UK’s Liv Event Donates Two Million Dollars to the CF Foundation

March 19, 2008

Volunteers present a check to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's National Office from the Liv charity benefit held in the United Kingdom.
Darren and Sara Dein present a check from the Liv charity benefit to Robert J. Beall (center, with check), and C. Richard Mattingly.
Sometimes a special gift is made even more special when it is delivered in person. That was certainly the feeling of Robert J. Beall, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, when Sara and Darren Dein from London visited the Foundation’s national office in Bethesda on March 13 to hand-deliver a check for two million dollars. 

The Deins’ wonderful generosity is the result of the Liv charity benefit held in London in January and named for Olivia, their 2 ½-year-old daughter who has CF. The benefit, starring Sir Elton John, brought together more than 400 guests, including Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah, whose son Fraser also has CF. The net proceeds from Liv will be shared equally by the UK’s Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

“We were honored by this extraordinary gift,” said Beall. “Thanks to the Deins’ incredibly hard work and determination, the results exceeded all expectations.”

C. Richard Mattingly, executive vice president and COO of the CF Foundation, also was delighted to be able to personally thank the Dein family. “We are so grateful to have the partnership with Sara and Darren. The enormity of the event’s success, however, is surely due to the dedication of the Deins’ friends and associates, their commitment to the CF cause, and—perhaps above all else—their leadership,” he said. “Their friendship is invaluable. We look forward with great anticipation to working with the Deins on other projects in the future that will help us all meet our ultimate goal, a cure for cystic fibrosis.”