Birmingham’s Young Professionals Raise $93,000 to Help Support the Search for a Cure

November 15, 2013

Birmingham’s young business leaders were recognized for their contributions to their profession and commitment to the CF cause at the Alabama Chapter’s third annual Birmingham’s Finest Event.

Birmingham’s young business leaders were recognized for their contributions to their profession and commitment to the CF cause at the Alabama Chapter’s third annual Birmingham’s Finest Event. Nearly 400 guests raised $93,000 to help support the mission of the CF Foundation. Front row: Ashley Davis, Melissa Musgrove, Rebecca Walden, Ashley Wilbanks, Meredith Buchanan, Staci Pierce, Kylee Patrick, Jimese Harkley and Lee Ann Petty Back row: Taylor Powell, Chris Martin, Patrick Sprague, Jonathan Nelson, Tripp Durant, Bailey Cates, Matt Whitworth, Bill Sanders, Brad Martenson, Anthony Michel and John Bochnak. (Photo credit: His Hands Photographs)

The red carpet was rolled out for Birmingham’s top young professionals at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Alabama Chapter’s third annual Birmingham’s Finest Event, held October 24. The event recognizes young business leaders for their contributions to their profession and commitment to the CF cause.

Nearly 400 guests raised $93,000 to help support the mission of the CF Foundation while enjoying a night of glitz and glam. Guests were entertained by the live band “Gentleman Zero,” posed for Emmy-style photographs while walking a red carpet and enjoyed food from two of Birmingham’s favorite restaurants.

A Story of Success

The highlight of the evening came when Katey Ballard, a young adult with CF, took center stage. Katey, who had a lung transplant nine years ago, recently earned her nursing degree and now works at Children’s Hospital of Alabama.

As the Mission Moment speaker, Katey shared with guests her determination to keep fighting and her appreciation for those who work so hard on behalf of all people touched by cystic fibrosis.

“We can’t ignore that CF is still a terminal illness and we lose precious lives to this disease every day. But with the promising new therapies on the market and in the pipeline, we are seeing adults live longer and young adults are able to pursue college, get married, have a family, and accomplish so many dreams that were not even considered possible years ago,” Katey said.

An Evening of Adding Tomorrows

In addition to dazzling entertainment, guests had the opportunity to bid on luxury auction items, including a vacation to Seagrove, Fla., which sold for $1,000 and tickets to the SEC Championship football game in Atlanta, which sold for $1,100.

At the end of the night, alumni honorees were recognized and top fundraisers were honored for their dedication to the CF Foundation’s mission. Every 2013 honoree who attended the event was recognized for meeting, or exceeding, their fundraising goal.

“I am so proud of my fellow committee members and the event honorees who worked so hard to make this night a success. We truly feel that we are making a difference by helping to add tomorrows for every person with CF,” said Ben McLeod, committee chair. “We give to this cause because we know in our hearts that one day a cure will be found.”

The Alabama Chapter would like to thank 2013 Committee members and mentors:

  • Ben McLeod, Committee Chair
  • Kimberly Pruitt, Committee Co-Chair
  • Stephen Armstrong
  • Jay Dennis
  • Brooke Everley
  • Ansley Hagler
  • Jennifer Hagler
  • Ryan Killingsworth
  • Catherine Long
  • Marla McCully
  • Leah Beth McNutt
  • Charles Moore
  • Katie Prodoehl
  • Angie Sayler
  • Hamp Tanner
  • Holly Tanner

CF Partners:

  • Katey Ballard
  • Bellofatto Family
  • Gagnon Family
  • Rachel & Grant Griffin
  • Hill Family
  • Hagler Family
  • McCain Family
  • Oare Family
  • Parris Family
  • Ryer Family
  • Tombrello Family

Event Sponsors:

  • Regions Bank
  • Med Center Mazda
  • Reflex Blu
  • Luckie & Company
  • PANGEATWO
  • Maynard, Cooper & Gale P.C.
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Burr Forman, LLC

And organizations that provided in-kind donations:

  • Dreamland
  • United Johnson Brothers Wine
  • Avondale Brewery
  • Birmingham Budweiser
  • Birmingham Beverage
  • Stems & Styles
  • Gentleman Zero
  • B Metro Magazine
  • Jennifer Hagler Photography
  • His Hands Photographs
  • American Printing Company
  • Stefanie Blakely
  • Reflex Blu            
  • Style Advertising
  • Rob Conrad
  • Clear Channel Radio