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North Texas Wine Opener Wows Guests with Old Hollywood Theme

May 27, 2014


Allison Villalobos, 25, has CF and moved guests with her heartfelt and inspiring Bid for a Cure speech.

More than 300 guests graced the red carpet at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Northeast Texas Chapter’s old-Hollywood themed North Texas Wine Opener to raise $416,500 in support of the Foundation’s mission to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.

The event, held April 12 at the Royal Affairs Ballroom in Lewisville, Texas, featured fine wines and a delectable dinner menu crafted by Master Chef Morris Salerno of BISTECCA. After tributes were made to families affected by CF, distinguished volunteers and event sponsors, guests had the opportunity to bid on extravagant prizes during the gala’s live auction.

Jill and Eric

Event co-chairs Jill and Eric Welke helped make the Northeast Texas Chapter’s North Texas Wine Opener a success. The event raised $416,500 to help support the search for a cure.

Two in-home pizza parties hosted by Chef Patrick Robbins sold for $8,500, while a custom hand-painted, one-of-a-kind Nicole DiNardo KitchenAid Mixer sold for $6,100.

The highlight of the evening came when 25-year-old Allison Villalobos gave a heartwarming Bid for a Cure speech. Allison is participating in a combination clinical trial testing the breakthrough drug Kalydeco with another potential CF therapy, VX-809. She eloquently explained how donations to the CF Foundation propel CF drug discovery, research and care.

“This event exemplifies the compassion and dedication of so many members of this community,” said event committee member Keith Kruger. “We are all bound together in this fight, and our collective hope is that one day, CF will stand for ‘cure found.’”

The Northeast Texas Chapter would like to thank volunteers:

  • Jill and Eric Welke, event co-chairs
  • The Strange Family
  • Morris Salerno
  • John and Carol Carter
  • Ed Kukol

And Corporate Sponsors:

  • IntetlliCentrics
  • Lerwick Partners, LLC
  • NeoGraft
  • Orthopedic Associates
  • Salient Partners
  • Complete LandSculpture
  • Flowermound Orthodontics
  • Schwob Building Company
  • Gronberg Orthodontics
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The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau.