Washingtonians Raise Monumental Millions for CF
December 28, 2009
At the historic National Building Museum in downtown Washington, D.C., 700 guests gathered in November for the 8th annual Breath of Life Gala to raise $2.9 million for the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Event Chair Don Wood, left, presents the Hitchcock Humanitarian Award to Roy H. March. The award is presented each year to an outstanding member of the community in honor of Alfred Hitchcock’s great granddaughter Melissa, who had CF.
Guests were treated to a first class event, from the candlelit entrance to the trumpet call which sounded the start of a three-course, gourmet meal.
Live and silent auctions featured exciting memorabilia, including a Bruce Springsteen guitar, tickets to the popular televisions shows “Dancing with the Stars” and “American Idol,” concert tickets to Taylor Swift, coveted NFL and MLB tickets, and an African safari adventure.
Back by popular demand, the after hours “Club Breathe” offered high energy music by top Motown group, The Right On Band, and late night dancing. Guests enjoyed bite-sized snacks, a dessert buffet, popular “Breathe-tinis” and cappuccinos well past midnight.
Honored guest Pam Stewart, whose daughter Megan passed away last year at the age of 15, gave a Bid for a Cure speech that left the audience awestruck. “Some days the memories of Megan make me smile and some days they break my heart,” said Pam. “Although I can no longer fight for my own daughter, I continue to have hope for those with CF she left behind.”
A Thousand Thanks
The Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Chapter is grateful to its ever dedicated volunteers: event chair Donald Wood, CEO of Federal Realty Investment Trust, who once again made the Breath of Life Gala a huge success and Hitchcock Humanitarian Award recipient Roy H. March, President and CEO, Eastdil Secured/Wells Fargo, and for the support of its top corporate sponsors:
- Bank of America Merrill Lynch
- Beacon Capital
- BET Networks
- Biegel and Waller
- BOWA Builders Inc.
- The Brickman Group
- CIM Group
- Clark Construction
- Closeline Settlements
- Computer Sciences Corporation
- Concur Technologies
- Convergent Wealth Advisors
- Dynamic Aviation
- Eastdil Secured
- Eilerson Development Corporation
- Fandango Productions\
- Federal Realty Investment Trust
- First American Title Insurance Co.
- First Potomac Realty Trust
- Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
- Grant Morgan
- Grant Thornton LLP
- Goldman, Sachs & Co.
- Goodman-Gable-Gould Adjusters International
- Hilton Hotels Corporation
- The JBG Companies
- The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
- J & J Vassalluzzo Foundation
- Katten Muchin Rosenman Foundation, Inc.
- Kindred Healthcare
- LaSalle Hotel Properties
- Maquire Properties
- March Family Foundation
- The Meltzer Group
- Paramount Group
- Philip and Janice Levin Foundation
- RBC Capital
- Ryan Seacrest Enterprises, Inc.
- Towers Perrin
- United Healthcare
- Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
- Wells Fargo Bank