The second year of supporting this gala event that raises money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Ocean Vodka is thrilled to support the work of this important organization. Honorary co-chairs of event are Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama, surfers who we know well and love on Maui. It is wonderful to see the surf community coming together to help raise awareness for important challenges in our communities.
“A sell-out crowd of more than 800 people gathered at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach on Saturday July 19 to celebrate the positive connection surfing has with the Cystic Fibrosis community. The evening of good vibrations turned into a record-setting fundraising event for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, raising a net amount of $1.2 million to help find a cure for this deadly inherited disease. Since its inception in 2007, the Pipeline to a Cure campaign has now raised more than $3.7 million to help find a cure for CF.
Other celebrity attendees included honorary co-chairs Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama, Gabrielle Reece, Olympic gold medalists Jason Lezak and Aaron Peirsol, surf legends Peter “PT” Townend, Jericho Poplar, Mickey Munoz, Reef McIntosh and Sam August.” Excerpted from Surfer Magazine
The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a nonprofit donor-supported organization, is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease. The Foundation is the leading organization in the United States devoted to cystic fibrosis. It funds and accredits more than 115 CF care centers, 95 adult care programs and 50 affiliate programs, and has 80 chapters and branch offices nationwide.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is one of the most efficient organizations of its kind. It has received a four-star rating for sound fiscal management from Charity Navigator, the largest independent charity evaluator in the United States and is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. The Foundation’s business model has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health and by publications such as Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek.