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laird_dave(July 9, 2013) – Ocean Vodka is thrilled to be supporting the fifth annual PIPELINE TO A CURE Gala benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, to be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, California. This year’s Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Pipeline to a Cure gala will honor longtime supporters Mike and Christine Ness (Social Distortion) and be attended by many surf and rock celebrities, including Honorary Co-Chairs and surf legends Dave Kalama and Laird Hamilton.

A private, behind the scenes tour of the Ocean Vodka Farm and Distillery will be featured in the live auction in a package for a Maui Getaway at the Four Seasons, activities provided by waterman Dave Kalama. Some lucky bidder will also be taking home two cases of delicious Ocean Vodka from the silent auction that night!

“From the first time they heard about the devastating effects of cystic fibrosis, Mike and Christine were touched by the courage of those who fight CF. Their reaction – ‘what can we do to help?’ We are inspired by their commitment and are grateful for the chance to honor them at Pipeline to a Cure,” said Paul Motenko, president of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Orange County Chapter. Mike Ness, who grew up in Orange County, and Social Distortion have profoundly impacted the American Punk Rock movement. Inspired by such greats as Johnny Cash and the Rolling Stones and early rock and roll pioneers, Mike Ness took that revolutionary spirit to a new level with Social Distortion, which began when Ness was 17 years old. The band’s groundbreaking music exposed the effects of complacent culture and challenged the norm. Now in its fourth decade, Social Distortion’s sound has evolved but remains very relevant as the band continues to perform for sold out crowds.

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Even with his tour schedule, Mike and Christine Ness have not missed a Pipeline event, helping to raise more than $2 million for research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. On July 20th Mike and Christine Ness will be joined by legendary watermen Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama, other musicians, athletes and surf industry giants who will gather to celebrate the healthful connection between surfing and cystic fibrosis.

The Pipeline to a Cure event was created to herald the discovery by Australian researchers who found that cystic fibrosis children that surfed had significantly healthier lungs. Doctors determined that inhaling saltwater mist has a powerful effect on rehydrating the lining of the lungs, which allows cystic fibrosis patients to more easily eliminate bacteria-contaminated mucus. This discovery led researchers to develop a hypertonic saline solution, which cystic fibrosis patients around the world now inhale every day. In essence, cystic fibrosis patients now mimic a “surf session” on a daily basis.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). 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, and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

With no public funding, funds raised from the private sector provide a tremendous and critical lifeline to the more than 70,000 children around the world with cystic fibrosis. The last three events attracted a groundswell of support from the business and surf communities.

The Pipeline gala begins at 6pm for cocktails and silent auction, dinner and live auction program begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the event are $350. Table and other sponsorships are available. For more information about Pipeline to a Cure or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, please call (714) 938-1393 or visit pipelinetoacure.com or cff.org.  Follow on Facebook here.