The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosted 2014 Fort Lauderdale’s Finest Gala, held at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa. Finest Gala honors young professionals for their success in business, outstanding leadership, and fundraising commitment to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The 23 outstanding young professionals being honored this year were: Rachel Adkins, Lindsey Bowdouris, Ashley Boxer, Leslie Bravo, Kevin Carey, Marla Chicotsky, Jodi Cohen, Joe Costello, Ted Delcima, Richard Dinh, Nick Dipierro, Bonnie Farmer, Dianna Greene, Dave Mehta, Phillip Montalvo, Alysia Naples, Megan Patena, Jacqueline Romano, Jenna Sacks, Ryan Scarnecchia, Taylor Sherman, Michael Wagner and Robert Wild.
More than 275 guests attended the nautical-themed gala, which feature a silent auction, live entertainment, open bar and dinner. Finest honorees and guests had the opportunity to mix and mingle with Broward County’s most elite young professionals, while dancing the night away. This year’s event is being chaired by two previous honorees, Joanna Piira and Marisa DeMartino, for whom the CF Foundation mission is very personal.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting the respiratory and digestive systems of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. Currently, there is no cure, but through impressive research efforts, CF patients are living in to their 30s, 40s, and beyond. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. Based in Bethesda, MD, the Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease.