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Gangsters and Molls Raise a Lot of “Dough” for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

September 23, 2008

The jig was up, as more than 300 gangsters and flappers entered the speakeasy door, after whispering the password “bootleg.” At the West Tennessee Chapter’s Breath of Life Gala, The Speakeasy, guests took a step back in time to the 1920s and raised $92,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Details That Made a Difference

Mike and Debbi Fields Rose were honored at the West Tennessee Chapter's Breath of Life Gala, The Speakeasy.
Fedoras and fancy hats were all the rage as the evening's honorees Mike and Debbi Fields Rose came decked out for the gala.
The evening honored Memphis business leaders Mike Rose, Chairman of the Board of First Horizon Corporation and his wife Debbi Fields Rose, founder of Mrs. Fields cookies, for their generous support of youth and health-related causes.    

Bid for a Cure was held interview style, with comedian and emcee David Naster asking William McBride, an 11-year-old with CF, about his life. Young William stole the show with his comic impersonation of a former 3rd grade teacher, and the Bid alone raised $27,000.

“The Roses are beloved to the Memphis community,” said Event Chair Jane Pierotti, “and their support brought out the generosity of others. It was integral to the gala’s success.”

Thanks a Million

For their amazing energy and hard work, many thanks to the gala committee, including:

  • Event Chair Jane Pierotti
  • Auction Chair Allison McBride
  • Jim Hartigan
  • Rose Ann Painter
  • Melissa Yawn

Thanks, too, to the event’s generous corporate sponsors:

  • First Tennessee Bank
  • Gaylord Entertainment Foundation


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