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Southern California Remembers Longtime CF Ambassador, Inspires Generosity

September 29, 2008

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Southern California Chapter hosted the 27th Annual Par Wars Golf Classic.
George Krikorian, of Title Sponsor Krikorian Premiere Theaters, and the event’s Co-Chair Chuck Bennett hold up a photo of Jessica Strisower, Bennett’s late niece and the inspiration behind the Southern California Chapter Par Wars Invitational.
This year’s 27th Annual Par Wars Golf Classic was an especially poignant event. After a courageous 16-year battle with cystic fibrosis, Jessica Strisower, the event’s ambassador since she was 2 years old, passed away in March. In honor of this beloved teenager, more than 300 guests attended the Southern California Chapter’s golf tournament, making it the most successful Par Wars to date and raising nearly $300,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Details That Made a Difference

Following a day of playing 18 world-class holes along the sprawling 261-acre Trump National Golf Club, in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., guests retreated to the Clubhouse for dinner and live music, casino-style gaming and an exciting silent and live auction.

Photos of Jessica’s smiling face greeted guests upon entering the reception, and the event’s Commemorative Journal included special messages dedicated to the young “spitfire,” who was known for her high energy and sense of humor. Jessica’s uncle and Event Co-chair Chuck Bennett brought the evening to an emotional close with a deeply moving Bid for A Cure

“The entire day was a perfect balance,” said Co-chair and longtime Strisower family friend Jennifer Krikorian Alvarez. “It provided a wonderful tribute to Jessica’s life, while at the same time conveying the need for us to continue our fight for a cure for CF.”

Thanks a Million

Many thanks to Co-chairs Jennifer Krikorian Alvarez and Chuck Bennett for their tireless work behind the scenes.

A special thank you to our corporate sponsors, who helped to make the event a success:

  • Krikorian Premiere Theatres – Title Sponsor
  • Paul Hastings Attorneys – Golf Course Sponsor
  • Dining on Fifth Restaurant Group – Dinner Sponsor



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