The Crohnâ€™s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA),Â the only national nonprofit voluntary health organization dedicated to the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis,Â hosted its annual â€œAn Evening of Hopeâ€ gala at Hollywood Beach Marriott.
The evening kicked off with anÂ elegant cocktail reception where guests joined for a culinary trip around the world with tasty tidbits and delicious libations from restaurantsÂ Johnson & Wales University, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Latitudes Restaurant and the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.Â The cocktail reception was followed byÂ 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 Crohnâ€™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 eventÂ chair were Craig & Dana Konhauzer, and Steven & Susan GringauzÂ . Funds raised from this event support research, educational programs, summer camps, support groups, and more for children and adults affected by Crohnâ€™s disease and ulcerative colitis.