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Oregon Volunteers Dish Up Support for CF Foundation at Chef’s Dinner and Wine Extraordinaire

April 28, 2011

Volunteers Belinda Loucks and Ashley McLaughlin, 27, who has CF and spoke at the event, helped raise more than $160,000 at the Oregon Chapter’s recent Chef’s Dinner and Wine Extraordinaire.
Volunteers Belinda Loucks and Ashley McLaughlin, who has CF and spoke at the event, helped raise more than $160,000 at the Oregon Chapter’s recent Chef’s Dinner and Wine Extraordinaire.

On March 10, more than 200 volunteers of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Oregon Chapter enjoyed a lively reception and a fantastic multi-course meal prepared by a team of the Northwest’s finest chefs at the 14th annual Chef’s Dinner and Wine Extraordinaire.   

Guests were treated to delectable dinners paired with carefully selected wines, while helping to raise more than $160,000 in support of the Foundation’s mission.

“We delivered on our promise to attendees of a fun and meaningful evening,” says Amy Swanson, event co-chair. “Most important, we delivered needed support for the individuals and families who deal with CF every day.”

Longtime volunteer Barbara Crockett, who has lost three children to cystic fibrosis, inspired guests as she shared her family’s story and the many advancements in CF care and research that have given her hope over the years. 
Longtime volunteer Barbara Crockett, who has lost three children to cystic fibrosis, inspired guests as she shared her family’s story and the many advancements in CF care and research that have given her hope over the years.
 

 

 Words of Hope

Ashley McLaughlin, 27, a successful magazine and television professional, spoke of her experiences living as a mother with CF and recently losing her brother Ryan to the disease. “At the age of 29, my brother lost his battle with cystic fibrosis,” she said. “But our battle rages on, as I fight for breath and a cure.” 

Barbara Crockett, who has lost three children to cystic fibrosis, inspired guests as she shared her family’s story and the many advancements in CF care and research that have given her hope over the years.

Bidding in Support of the CF Cause

To raise funds for the Foundation’s critical research and care programs, guests bid on exciting silent and live auction items, from elaborate gift baskets to week-long tropical excursions — many of which were donated that night from members of the enthusiastic crowd.

For an extra boost of support, chefs also auctioned off unique dining packages, including an extravagant meal on a private yacht, an intimate dinner with friends at the winning bidder’s home, a wonderful getaway for two at a fine resort and more.

The Oregon Chapter would like to thank the event co-chairs:

  • Kevin VandenBrink and Amy Swanson

Its corporate sponsors:

  • Cedar Mountain Advisors
  • Christenson Electric
  • Macadam Forbes, Inc.
  • Fred Meyer
  • The Nines
  • Opus Solutions
  • The Standard
  • Sullivan & Associates
  • TZ Medical
  • Wyse Investments

And other key volunteers who helped make the event a success:

  • Dan Childs
  • Kristin Coleman
  • Laurie Demelo
  • Jennifer Denis
  • Nicole Jonak
  • Belinda Loucks
  • Luana Lovette
  • Ashlee Thurman
  • Tim Trickey

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