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San Diego Women Raise $105,000 to Support Foundation’s Mission

May 20, 2014


Guests at the luncheon enjoyed art, champagne and 2014 fashion trends and raised $105,000 to help support the search for a cure.

United in their fight against CF, more than 200 Southern California women came together to raise $105,000 in April to help support the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Guests at the San Diego and Imperial County Chapter's 65 Roses Ladies Luncheon enjoyed the latest in art and fashion at an outdoor, Chelsea-style gallery, which showcased pieces from California artist Juliette Milner. They sipped champagne while clothing designer Kristine Heggelund, who has worked for premier international brands including Oscar de la Renta and Bobbi Brown, presented her line of 2014 fashion trends.

The event also honored four members of the CF community who are outspoken, energetic, courageous and determined to help end the disease. The recipients of this year’s Women Who Take Our Breath Away awards included Twinkle Hillman, CF nurse; Dr. Meerana Lim, pediatric pulmonologist; Andrea Petray, CF adult; and Maggie Villarreal, CF mother.

“This event recognizes and celebrates the important role that women play in our unified fight to cure and control this disease,” said Sam Swanson, development manager of the San Diego and Imperial County Chapter. “As mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, doctors, nurses and friends, each woman who attends this event is an indispensible part of our mission.”

Life Lessons


San Diego and Imperial County Chapter’s 65 Roses Ladies Luncheon celebrates the important role women play in the fight against cystic fibrosis.

The highlight of the luncheon came when CF mother Katrina Young delivered an impassioned Bid for a Cure speech. Katrina is the mother of Caroline, Allison and Sean, who was diagnosed with CF just before his second birthday.

Katrina shared 10 life lessons she learned from being a mother to someone with CF. She ended her speech by reminding the audience that CF is a disease one cannot fight alone.

“My son’s health, hopes, dreams and future depend on the generosity, support and compassion of those who attend events just like the 65 Roses Ladies Luncheon,” Katrina said.

Katrina’s story inspired one guest to offer a $20,000 match, which led to a combined Bid for a Cure total of $60,000.

The San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter would like to thank generous sponsors who made this event possible:

  • Katherine Cosmetics
  • ProFlowers
  • Cal-Sorrento
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The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau.