Chapters Across the Country Say Thanks to Volunteers
February 8, 2007
During the Stars Will Shine event, Marc and Margarete
Cassalina received an award for their extraordinary efforts to support the Foundation's mission. They are joined by Robert J. Beall, Ph.D. (left), president and CEO of the CF Foundation and Ann M. Palmer, senior vice president of the Foundation.
With a phone in hand and a list of names, CF Foundation staff and volunteers around the country swiftly got to work. On Thursday, January 25—known as Thank You Thursday—hundreds of phone calls were made to some of the Foundation’s most generous supporters to say two simple words: thank you.
At the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, CF mothers worked the phone lines. “It was an honor to have the opportunity to personally thank so many people who are working hard to make a difference in the life of my child and all those with CF,” said Kaylen Janecek, mother of Amanda, age 3 with CF. “My family is truly grateful for the generosity and support provided by these wonderful volunteers.”
Many chapters also held their own formal thank you dinners. The Greater New York Chapter, including the Manhattan, Long Island and Westchester Offices, worked with the Greater New Jersey Chapter and Connecticut Chapter, to organize The Stars Will Shine. Foundation President and CEO Robert J. Beall joined more than 200 guests at the Hilton in New York City to recognize volunteers for their tremendous support and commitment. In addition, Dr. Beall spoke about the Foundation’s vision for the future and need to continue accelerating the pace of CF research.
The Foundation proudly thanks all our volunteers who work tirelessly year-round to support our mission. To all those who organize and host exceptional galas and sport tournaments, who reach out to all corners of the community to rally new support and who commit days, nights and weekends to fighting CF, we are deeply grateful. We cannot win the battle against this disease without you.