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Volunteers Hit the Links in support of the CF Foundation

November 21, 2012

At the 18th annual Ultimate Golf Experience this November, more than 100 spirited golfers came together in South Carolina for a great weekend of golf, camaraderie and above all, for a great cause.

Ultimate Golf Experience 2012 - Lewis Black

Grammy Award-winning comedian and longtime CF Foundation friend Lewis Black catches up with Bid for a Cure speaker, Wells Clark, 12, who has CF.

Held at the picturesque Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the three-day tournament served up tight competition, light-hearted laughs and unprecedented generosity. The event raised a record-breaking $700,000 to support the fight against cystic fibrosis.

Celebrating Friendships

Longtime CF Foundation friend, honorary trustee and Grammy Award-winning comedian Lewis Black, who has emceed and been the “soul” of the Ultimate Golf Experience for nearly two decades, entertained the crowd both on and off the links. Once again, Black had a great group of friends in tow – ranging from childhood pals to fellow entertainers – whose enthusiasm for supporting the CF cause remains strong year after year.

Guests were also wowed by the talent of Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Victoria Shaw and her musically-gifted daughters Ruby and Ava. Shaw is a dedicated friend of the CF Foundation, and wrote “One Heart at a Time” to benefit the CF cause in 1998.

Bid for a Cure

UDE 2012 - Victoria Shaw

Victoria Shaw, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and supporter of the CF Foundation, entertained guests with a performance on Thursday night.

CF Foundation volunteer and brave CF warrior Wells Clark, 12, delivered a moving Bid for a Cure speech on Friday night. Wells shared details of his daily battle and recent struggles with CF.

“I am grateful for my parents’ involvement in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It allows me to see how very important the work of the Foundation is to my future,” said Wells, who recently battled a tough lung infection. “Every new drug, every new trial that the CF Foundation brings closer to me gives me so much hope for the day I will be living a life without cystic fibrosis.”

Inspired by Wells’ courageous words, the audience enthusiastically raised their placards to bid on exciting live auction items. Popular items included themed “Hollywood” and “Broadway” trips, generously donated by Lewis Black and friends, with accommodations and airfare provided by Four Seasons and American Airlines.

Honors and Awards

UGE 2012 - Pat Villani

Pat Villani, pictured with his daughter Anna, was the winner of the Gio Award, named after his late son whose infectious smile and competitive spirit are fondly remembered by those who met him in the early years of the Ultimate Golf Experience.

Each year, the winner of the golf tournament takes home the Gio Award, named in memory of Giovanni Villani, who was a familiar face at the Ultimate Golf Experience in its early years, and was known for his competitive spirit and infectious smile. He was a talented golfer who loved the game, and he lived courageously with CF until he was 14. This year, Gio’s father Pat Villani was the winner of the tournament, and movingly accepted the award named in his son’s honor.

In recognition of their steadfast support in the fight against CF, Ron and Pat Harris were presented with the Sheri Mount Champion for a Cure Award, named in memory of the late event co-chair, for her unyielding dedication to fight against CF.

The CF Foundation would like to thank the event chair:

  • David Mount

And its corporate and major sponsors:

  • American Airlines – Outstanding Corporate Partner
  • The Huggins Family – Hospitality Room Sponsor
  • Phelps Trucking – Beverage Cart Sponsor
  • Roche Bros. Supermarkets – Golf Cart Sponsor
  • Loring Wine Company – Wine Sponsor

The 19th annual Ultimate Golf Experience will be held October 30 – November 3, 2013, at the beautiful Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Coast, Calif.

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