A Gang of Good Sports Turns Out for CF
January 10, 2008
For the guests at the Connecticut Chapter’s fifth annual Sportscasters’ Super Ball, the opportunity to mingle with hometown sports heroes proved irresistible. The event, which traditionally honors some of the state’s greatest athletes, was held on November 30th at the Club at Rentschler Field, home of University of Connecticut football.
Elegantly attired for the black-tie event, 275 guests turned out for a night of dinner, dancing and unforgettable awards. The evening’s emcees, ESPN sportscasters Kenny Mayne and Joe Tessitore, presented awards to Connecticut’s own National Hockey League great Brian Leetch and to Jon Beatty, CF Foundation friend and president of International Aero Engines. To 11-year-old Cameron Britnell, Kenny and Joe presented the CF Rookie of the Year award for outstanding young athletes who have CF. According to event chair Joe Tessitorre who lost a sister to the disease, “It’s always our CF athletes…who are the real heroes. You could feel the spirit of fight in the room.”
Bid for a Cure speaker Cam Britnell (front), with his brothers Chad and Colin, his father Alex, his grandfather Jack Betterton, along with Native Son Honoree and future NHL Hall of Famer Brian Leetch.
At the live and silent auctions, guests bid for items such as an ESPY award package in which the highest bidder flies to Los Angeles to attend the sports equivalent of the Oscars, and a chance to dance with sportscaster and Dancing with the Stars contestant Kenny Mayne. An especially meaningful moment occurred when Dan Nolan, a firefighter and soldier recently returned from combat in Iraq, auctioned off a U.S. flag that he had brought back with him.
Cameron Britnell, newly named Rookie of the Year, raised nearly $60,000 in his Bid for a Cure. “Personally, I never like to say that my disease is cystic fibrosis,” he said. “It’s not mine, I don’t own it, and it will never own me. I pledge to continue my sports and maintain my health so I can help raise money to find the cure.”
All together, the event raised $165,000 for the CF Foundation.
The evening could not have succeeded without the support of corporate sponsors International Aero Engines and Outstanding Corporate Partner of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation American Airlines®.