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Young Professionals Honored at Annapolis Finest 40 Under 40 CF Foundation Event

March 8, 2011

To recognize outstanding young professionals who are dedicated to finding a cure, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Maryland Chapter honored 40 leaders in the Annapolis area at the first annual Annapolis Finest 40 Under 40 honoree awards reception held Jan. 25.

At the first annual Annapolis Finest 40 Under 40 event, young local leaders were honored for their contributions to the Foundation’s mission to cure and control cystic fibrosis.
At the first annual Annapolis Finest 40 Under 40 event, young local leaders were honored for their contributions to the Foundation’s mission to cure and control cystic fibrosis.

The honorees joined together with 225 guests to raise $89,000 to help support vital CF Foundation programs and are continuing to work toward their goal of $100,000. “We are continuing over the next 60 days to help everybody hit their goal,” said Timothy Ritchie, who co-chaired the event along with Mary Giannini. “As a group, we have made a commitment to raise $1 million over the next 10 years.”

The event was powered to great success in its first year with the help of online fundraising and several honoree-hosted events, including a “Santa Soiree,” a wine dinner and financial planning seminar, bar nights, and a birthday party where “virtual gifts” were purchased as donations to the Foundation.

40 Under 40 Stars

“I know that I have all of you in my corner, fighting against CF,” said Colleen Clary Perzan, 27, the night’s Bid for a Cure speaker.
“I know that I have all of you in my corner, fighting against CF,” said Colleen Clary Perzan, 27, the night’s Bid for a Cure speaker. 
Casey Breslin Murphy, a lecturer at the Towson University Department of Kinesiology, raised more than $12,000 to earn the title of the event’s top fundraiser. Casey, who has a younger sister with CF, attracted the generous support of her family and friends, including a close family friend that surprised Casey the night of the event with checks that totaled more than $5,000.

The night’s Bid for a Cure speaker, Colleen Clary Perzan, 27, who has CF, shared her experiences of owning her own floral business, giving back to the CF community and enjoying married life. She kicked off the live and silent auctions and thanked guests for their support. “The CF Foundation, along with your help, continues to bring hope into my life,” she said. “I am never going to give up the fight, and I know that I have all of you in my corner, fighting against CF.”

Items up for bidding included American Airlines tickets, a wine dinner for six, a trip to a Colorado vacation home, Monster Jam tickets, a day of rockfishing and much more, raising nearly $10,000.

The Maryland Chapter would like to thank the event chairs:

  • Mary Giannini
  • Timothy Ritchie

Its corporate sponsors:

  • ARINC
  • BB&T Bank
  • Bullock Construction
  • Calvert and Lee-Design Build
  • Maritime Autowash
  • The Hogan Companies

And the event site:

Loews Annapolis Hotel and general manager James LoBosco

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