American Airlines Celebrity Ski, an annual event, raises $1.1M for CFF

More than $45 million raised over 38 years in support of CF research, treatment

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American Airlines and its partners announced having raised $1.1 million for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) during the annual American Airlines Celebrity Ski event.

The event, running for 38 years, has collected more than $45 million in support of the foundation’s goal of a cure for cystic fibrosis (CF). Last year’s event, also held in Beaver Creek, Colorado, raised $1.2 million for the CFF.

“American Airlines, our longest-standing corporate supporter of nearly 40 years, has advanced our mission for all those living with cystic fibrosis … Their generosity has led to more people with CF living longer than at any time in history,” Patrick Feeley, chief development officer at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, said in a press release.

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“For nearly four decades, we’ve gathered on the ski slopes with a group of generous team members, sponsors and supporters of the foundation to rally for the fight against cystic fibrosis,” said Ron DeFeo, American Airlines’ chief communications and marketing officer.

“The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is incredibly important, and we are proud to do our part in combating this serious disease,” DeFeo added.

The 2023 Celebrity Ski event, which took place in March 2-5, was attended by more than 400 people, including sports and entertainment celebrities, and Olympic athletes.

Musicians John Oates and Teddy Swims performed at this year’s event.

American Airlines also donated $25,000 on behalf of its chief customer officer Alison Taylor, who is planning to retire, in recognition of her “long-time dedication to supporting the foundation.”

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation presented Elise Eberwein, American Airlines’ former executive, with the foundation’s Jena Award on March 23. Given to a select individual each year, the Jena award recognizes a volunteer who “goes above and beyond” in support of the foundation’s mission despite having no direct link with CF.

American Airlines’ community service program, “Let Good Take Flight,” aims among its goals to raise awareness and support the development of new treatments for CF, cancer, and other serious diseases.

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