Champagne-ing for a Cure

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation sips for support.
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Over 10 million Americans carry the Cystic Fibrosis gene without knowledge of its presence due to a lack of symptoms. Each year, an estimated 1,000 new cases of CF are diagnosed. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has worked tirelessly throughout the years to reduce these numbers and, due to its undying devotion to the cause, the foundation and its supporters virtually made possible every CF fighting approved drug therapy in existence. This year, the foundation’s third annual “Uncork the Cure” champagne party, held at the Republic New Orleans on Friday, November 11, brought about 250 supporters together to fight CF.

Chair Jennifer Kelley ensured that the party remained true to its name. Champagne and sparkling wines sponsored by nola.com were flowing, and chefs from some of the city’s best restaurants offered spectacular dishes sure to satisfy a variety of tastes. La Côte Brasserie’s blackened chicken pasta, Zea’s corn grits and spinach salad and Parkway Bakery’s rum cake were just a few of the culinary delights found at the tasting stations. In addition to sinking their teeth into savory treats, guests enjoyed the swinging tunes of the Y’at Pack.

Despite the light-hearted indulgence and festivities, the importance of the cause was never far from the hearts of guests. Through the support of generous attendees, the foundation was able to raise $25,000 to go toward CF research for a cure and support for the local CF Care Center at Tulane Hospital.

Event at a glance
What: “Uncork the Cure” champagne party, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
When: Friday, November 11
Where: Republic New Orleans