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Kansas Gala Raises $260,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

August 1, 2008

At the Heart of America chapter’s Gala at the Glen: Betting on a Cure in May, 110 guests gathered in Olathe, Kansas to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, raising $260,000 for research toward a cure for CF. 

Event Chair Beau Guyette and daughters Kyla and Cali enjoy the games and glamour of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Betting on a Cure.
Event Chair Beau Guyette and daughters Kyla and Cali enjoy the games and glamour of Betting on a Cure.
Details That Made a Difference

Event Chair Beau Guyette attributes the evening’s success to “putting on one heck of a classy party that everyone wants to attend.” Against the backdrop of a Vegas nightclub, guests dressed in black tie, smoker’s jackets, sequins and pearls, sipped martinis, played blackjack and hummed along to the songs of Sinatra-style lounge singer Frankie Vig. Roulette, blackjack, and crap tables were packed, with players donating all winnings to the CF Foundation.

Two related events raised additional dollars:  a golf day with celebrated University of Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and a progressive evening of art, south-of-the-border cuisine, and chocolate desserts for the ladies of Cedar Creek.

“In the past 12 years, we’ve raised over a million dollars and helped make huge advances towards a cure,” Guyette says.

Thanks a Million

Many thanks to the following Board members who worked so tirelessly behind the scenes:  

  • Crista McPherson
  • Sara Tarvin
  • Marty King
  • Miles Schnaer 
  • Greg Orman
  • Gary Hruby
  • Pet Bello 
  • Janine Young
  • John and Angella Garrison
  • Sharon Dahmer
  • Holly Malkames

Thank you to our corporate sponsors, who helped make the evening a success:

  • AGC Industries
  • Guardian Industries
  • KCPL
  • US Bank
  • Strickland Construction
  • Insulite

A special thank you to Coach Bill Self, who shared his time and winning personality with our golfers. 


The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau.