Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America "An Evening of Hope"Saturday, November 16, 7pm – Hollywood Beach Marriott, 2501 N Ocean Dr., Hollywood

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), the only national nonprofit voluntary health organization dedicated to the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, hosted its annual “An Evening of Hope” gala at Hollywood Beach Marriott.

The evening kicked off with an elegant cocktail reception where guests joined for a culinary trip around the world with tasty tidbits and delicious libations from restaurants Johnson & Wales University, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Latitudes Restaurant and the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. The cocktail reception was followed by a seated dinner, dancing, and the ultimate casino set up where guests could try their luck at the number of casino tables throughout the room. Guests also had the chance to bid on fabulous items in the live and silent auctions which feature highly sought after merchandise such as jewelry and luxurious vacation packages.

The highlight of the evening was the annual announcement of the 2013 Hope Award recipient. The Hope Award is an honor bestowed upon an individual or family who gives hope and inspiration to those living with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other digestive diseases. 2013 honorees were Steve & Steffani Jaffe, and Senator Eleanor Sobel. The gust speaker was Julie Kennedy, and the event chair were Craig & Dana Konhauzer, and Steven & Susan Gringauz . Funds raised from this event support research, educational programs, summer camps, support groups, and more for children and adults affected by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

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