Ball for Claire’s Place Foundation to Raise CF Funds, Honor Founder

Tickets for 3rd cystic fibrosis fundraiser on Oct. 22 on sale now

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The Claire’s Place Foundation, a nonprofit that supports people with cystic fibrosis (CF) and their families while honoring its late founder, will present its Third Annual Clairity Ball on Oct. 22 in Santa Monica, California.

Billed as “a magical evening that transforms lives,” the event raises funds for foundation programming and celebrates founder Claire Wineland, a CF patient who died in 2018 at age 21.

Tickets are $300 each. Tables for 10 and 12 attendees are $3,000 and $3,500, respectively.

Held at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalow, the seaside affair will feature celebrity guests, dancing, and live music by The Lucky Devils and Honey & Blue, plus a performance by multi-platinum recording artist Andy Grammer.

Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served under the iconic Moreton Bay fig tree, in addition to dinner and a live auction that will feature items that include a dinner for seven prepared at the winning bidder’s home by noted chef Matteo Becucci.

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In addition, awards will be given to longtime supporters of Wineland and the foundation for their dedication to her legacy, according to a nonprofit press release Honorees will include:

  • Grammer, who will receive the Clairity Impact Award for efforts to enhance the foundation’s influence in the CF community. His song “Don’t Give Up On Me,” which he will perform at the ball, is now an anthem for those living with CF and other rare disorders. It was featured in the film “Five Feet Apart,” which Wineland inspired.
  • Richard Montgomery, the mayor pro tem of Manhattan Beach and Outfront Media government affairs manager. He will receive the Clairity Spotlight Award for heightening public awareness of the foundation and its work. Montgomery donated a billboard to Claire’s Place to highlight its mission.
  • Laura McHolm and Ram Katalan, NorthStar Moving co-founders, who will get the Clairity Partner Award for their longtime dedication to Wineland, her legacy, and the CF community. McHolm, who is chair of the foundation’s board, had been close to Wineland. In addition to supporting Claire’s Place annual fundraiser, NorthStar Moving donates moving services to the cystic fibrosis community.

The mission

“My daughter Claire’s one wish was for us to carry on the mission of her foundation, and the Clairity Ball is one critical way in which we fulfill that,” said Melissa Yeager, the foundation’s executive director, and Wineland’s mother.

Wineland had created the foundation at age 13, with a mission to aid other CF patients and their families.

“The Clairity Ball is an essential fundraiser for us so that we can help hundreds of families living with cystic fibrosis all year long,” Yeager said. “On October 22nd we will celebrate Claire’s light and life, as well as the remarkable individuals and organizations that are moving her mission forward. Claire worked tirelessly to start her foundation, nurture it, and grow it. She encouraged and inspired all of us to live a life we are proud of. We plan to do that at the Clairity Ball and beyond.”

Wineland was a CF activist, author, Tedx speaker, and social media star. She died following complications after receiving a double-lung transplant.

For more information about the fundraiser, send an email to [email protected]

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