By Sheri DeCarlo
I was invited to attend the inaugural Decant Gala & Fine Wine Auction – An Evening in France hosted by Ben Mulroney, anchor of Canada’s ETALK and National Ambassador to Cystic Fibrosis Canada on Saturday, May 2, 2015. The event took place at the Delta Toronto, bringing together Toronto’s stylish crowd and raising $358,000 for cystic fibrosis research and care.
With a certain “je ne sais quoi,” guests enjoyed this elegant evening, which was akin to a walk down the Champs-Elysées, if you will, by sampling vintages from the most famous wine regions in France, taking part in silent and live auctions that included a selection of fine wine lots, and highlighted by performances by French Can-Can dancers and a Parisian opera singer. The brand new gala included a cocktail reception featuring specially selected wines, followed by an exquisite full course dinner and wine pairing, and keynote speakers included Chris MacLeod, an inspiring Canadian living with cystic fibrosis.
The first time I met someone with cystic fibrosis was when, as a child, I was lucky to be a camper at Camp Coochiching. The new initiative that began at Camp Cooch, as we affectionately called it, was also the first camp program of its kind in the world. Camp Cooch operated a special month-long camping program for children with cystic fibrosis, carving a reputation as a place for all and a special place in my heart for those living with cystic fibrosis. I continue to hope for a cure and do my part to support those living with cystic fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis Canada invested more than $9.9 million in innovative research and clinical care, funded 48 research projects, 8 special research initiatives, and 27 fellows and students in 2014/2015. Of the Canadians who lost their battle to cystic fibrosis in 2013, half were under 35 years old. There is no cure, but there is hope.
Thirteen-year-old Madi Vanstone knows firsthand the challenges of living with cystic fibrosis after being diagnosed with the disease as a baby. “People with CF like me never get a day off from hours of therapy and dozens of medications,” notes Vanstone. “I hope every Canadian will join me by participating or sponsoring a walker in CARSTAR’s Great Strides Walk™ for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.”
You too can join the fight against cystic fibrosis! In honour of Cystic Fibrosis Month, CARSTAR Automotive Canada Inc. is donating $5 (up to $100,000) to Cystic Fibrosis Canada for every social tweet, retweet or share on Twitter or Facebook during the month of May that includes the #AWorldWithoutCF hashtag
This year, thousands of Canadians will take steps for a CF cure on Sunday, May 31, 2015 in 65 locations across Canada. CARSTAR’s Great Strides™ Walk for Cystic Fibrosis Canada is a national fundraising event that raises vital funds for cystic fibrosis research, care and advocacy initiatives to help Canadians with cystic fibrosis live longer, healthier lives. To register, collect pledges and/or make a donation, visit Cystic Fibrosis online. www.cysticfibrosis.ca/greatstrides today.
I thoroughly enjoyed the CF Decant Gala & Fine Wine Auction at the Delta Hotel. It was a sumptuous evening that shed light on such an important cause.
You can donate to support life-saving cystic fibrosis research and care or find more information at Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Cystic Fibrosis on Facebook or follow on Twitter @CFCanada.