Dallas Wine Opener, Fundraiser for Local CF Chapter, Set for Friday Night

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The Northeast Texas chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) is holding its 2018 Dallas Wine Opener on Friday night, May 4, to raise money for cystic fibrosis research and improve the lives of patients and caregivers.

The annual “cocktail attire” event is a gathering of more than 500 business leaders and philanthropists.

Participants get a chance to taste top American and international wines and fine cuisine. They can also take part in silent and live auctions for items that include wine, restaurant dining, travel, art, and other gifts. Funds from the auctions benefit CF research.

Live music will be provided by Lynne Cadena and the Southern Couch Band.

“When parents today learn that their child has CF, they also learn there are many reasons to have hope,” Preston W. Campbell III, president and CEO of CFF, said in a release provided to Cystic Fibrosis News Today.

“Thanks to advances in research and care, many children with CF will grow into adults and follow their dreams — attending college, pursuing careers, and having families of their own. The progress we have made together is nothing short of astounding,” Campbell said.

Regular tickets to the event, which runs from 7 to 11 p.m., at the Empire Room in Dallas are $100. The price covers admission, a souvenir wine glass, food and beverage tastings, and live entertainment.

VIP tickets are $150. They cover all the benefits of a regular ticket plus early arrival with a special musical guest, access to a VIP section and bar, and a reserved seat.

A table sponsorship of $5,000 or more provides guests with a chef who will prepare a special dish at the table, along with a rare Bordeaux wine. Other levels of sponsorship are also available.

All guests have access to the silent and live auctions.

Tickets can be purchased using this link.

Since germs can take a serious toll on CF patients, the event has a special infection control policy. Everyone is asked to clean their hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand gel, and to cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue or their inner elbow.