Thursday, September 15, 2011
A charity event entitled Flying Toward a Cure, benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the University of Dayton Arena “Flight Deck.”
The event will be hosted by Shaun and Alison Westfall of Dayton. The couple’s 2-year-old son has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. The disease is incurable and reduces life expectancy.
Many in the Dayton-area wine community will recall that Jessica Paringer, who was the co-owner of Cuvee Wine Bar and Cellar, succombed to cystic fibrosis in March 2009 a month after receiving a double-lung transplant at the Cleveland Clinic. Jessica was 36.
With the help of extended family, the Westfalls have formed “Carson’s Crew” to help raise money to fight the disease and help treat those who have been diagnosed. (On a personal note, Carson is the grandson of Mike Kelly of Fremont, Ohio, who was my city editor in my first newspaper reporting job at The (Fremont) News-Messenger in the early 1980s.)
The Sept. 24 event will include a silent auction of a variety of donated items, including wines (one auction item: a six-bottle wooden case of 2000 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon); two round trip vouchers for anywhere in the US on Airtran (up to $1,000); gift cards for area restaurants and retailers; and “city packages” for getaway trips to Columbus, Cleveland and other cities. (click here for more details on the silent auction items.) The event also will include dinner, music and multiple raffles. A full dinner buffet will be provided by UD Catering Services, with coffee, decaf, hot or iced tea, water included; a cash bar is available with beer, wine and cocktails.Tweet