Taste of Utah Volunteers Raise Funds for the Fight Against CF

December 28, 2011 

This November, 1,000 guests of the Utah and Idaho Chapter gathered at the 13th annual Taste of Utah to enjoy gourmet food, unique auction items and great entertainment while raising more than $322,000 in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s mission to cure and control CF.

Bid for a Cure presenters Lydia Lundell (center), 11, who has CF, and dad Danny, with co-emcee and former Utah Jazz head coach Frank Layden at the Taste of Utah event held this past November.
Bid for a Cure presenters Lydia Lundell (center), 11, who has CF, and dad Danny, with co-emcee and former Utah Jazz head coach Frank Layden at the Taste of Utah held this past November.

“With your generosity and commitment, the CF Foundation continues to extend and enhance the lives of thousands of individuals affected by this disease,” said event chairs Jerry and Tammy Sloan. “The volunteers and event sponsors in our community that are giving back to the fight against cystic fibrosis are truly making a difference.”

Jerry Sloan, former coach of the Utah Jazz and an NBA Hall of Fame member, and Tammy Sloan, former vice president of sales at Sysco Intermountain, were instrumental in bringing together local businesses, new sponsors and CF families to dramatically grow the event’s impact, with over $1 million raised since Tammy joined as event co-chair just four years ago.

Bidding for a Cure for CF

After guests enjoyed gourmet culinary creations from 30 of the state’s finest restaurants and catering establishments, they bid on unique auction items, including luxurious vacations to Costa Rica, Kauai and San Diego and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing with the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

In the night’s Bid for a Cure speech, Danny Lundell and his daughter Lydia, 11, who has CF, shared their family’s story. An accompanying video depicted the daily challenges of CF while highlighting Lydia’s determination to overcome these obstacles and pursue her many interests and passions, including gardening, swimming, playing the piano, clogging and crocheting.

Breath of Life Award

Breath of Life Award recipient Mac Christensen and wife Joan Christensen with event co-chair Tammy Sloan, who has been a driving force in growing the event over the past four years. 
Breath of Life Award recipient Mac Christensen (right) and wife Joan Christensen with event co-chair Tammy Sloan (left), who has been a driving force in growing the event over the past four years.

Each year at the Taste of Utah, the Breath of Life Award is presented to a caring and generous person who is driven by the desire to make the community and the lives of others better in a significant way. This year’s recipient, Mac Christensen, founder of the Mr. Mac chain of men’s clothing stores and president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, was presented with the prestigious award for his commitment to helping others in the fight against CF and beyond.

“We are deeply grateful to Mac for his support of the CF Foundation in helping to raise awareness and funds,” said chapter executive director Laura Hadley. “His dedication to our mission — and the contributions of all our volunteers — have helped make possible the wonderful advancements in our work to treat the underlying cause of CF, not just the symptoms.”

The Utah and Idaho Chapter would like to thank the Taste of Utah title sponsor:

  • Merit Medical

And its presenting sponsors:

  • J.J. & Sophia Wang
  • George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation