Thank you for attending the June Accelerent Breakfast powered by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance.
I would like to thank my Accelerent Partners and their guests for embracing the Accelerent nonprofit initiative launched in January 2013. As a collective, we have made an impact in our community and have provided support to several local nonprofit organizations. At the breakfast in May we introduced Don Bosco Centers and encouraged you to help them with their wish list items. Today I want to shift your attention to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: Heart of America Chapter.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation serves the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) community, which includes people with CF and their families, volunteers, and donors in the entire state of Kansas and the western half of Missouri. Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. An estimated 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide) have CF. In people with CF, a defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections. In addition, it obstructs the pancreas, stopping natural enzymes from helping the body break down food and absorb vital nutrients. People with CF can have a variety of symptoms including very salty-tasting skin; persistent coughing, at times with phlegm; frequent lung infections; wheezing or shortness of breath; poor growth and slow weight gain, in spite of a good appetite; and frequent greasy, bulky stools or difficulty in bowel movements.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for CF. The Foundation funds lifesaving research and works to provide access to quality, specialized care and effective treatments for people with CF. Nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. Through its efforts, the life expectancy of a child with CF has doubled in the last 30 years, and research to find a cure is more promising than ever before.
The Heart of America Chapter volunteers plan, organize, and implement various fund-raising projects throughout the year. Their calendar of events includes: formal and informal dinner dances; a fund-raising walk, Great Strides; golf tournaments; a sporting clay tournament; bowling tournaments and many other wonderful events. Today I want to invite you to participate in the Kansas City Wine Opener scheduled for August 28th at Union Station. From wine novices to advanced wine enthusiasts, The Wine Openeris a casual and fun evening for all experience levels! Savor great cuisine presented at festive tasting stations where the area’s hottest chefs prepare their specialties just for you. Discover the marketplace where local and national purveyors of fine foods, wines, liquors, and wine-related items present interactive displays for your enjoyment. Along with delicious food and wine pairings, and the sights and sounds of the marketplace, guests will be treated to lively auctions and entertainment.
Individual tickets are typically $70. However, we are asking that you consider participating in the Kansas City Wine Opener Corporate Partner Program. Corporate partner ticket holders are entitled to all the benefits of the standard ticket but at a discounted rate of $60 per ticket, $40 of which is tax deductible. Contact Jillain Williams with the Heart of America chapter at 913.384.8997 if you are interested in participating.
Thank you for embracing the Accelerent nonprofit initiative. As a collective, we can make an impact in our community by providing support to local nonprofit organizations like the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: Heart of America Chapter.