Swirl, A Wine Tasting Event Raises More Than $50,000 For the Lymphoma Research Foundation at Miami Beach Fundraising Event

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World Renowned Wine Expert Eric Hemer Presents Award-Winning Italian Wines at La Gorce Country Club

Swirl Miami Host Committee Welcome Master Sommelier, Master of Wine Eric Hemer

“Tonight’s program made for a truly special event, from the wines we served to the programs they support.” - Eric Hemer, Master Sommelier, Master of Wine, and Senior Vice President, Director of Wine Education at Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc.

The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) – the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services – hosted Swirl, A Wine Tasting Event at the La Gorce Country Club on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. This year’s event, hosted in partnership with Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc., raised over $50,000 in support of LRF’s mission to eradicate lymphoma and serve those affected by this disease.

Eric Hemer, Master Sommelier, Master of Wine, and Senior Vice President, Director of Wine Education at Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc., gave attendees a special presentation and review of this year’s selection of wines, featuring some of the world’s premier vintages from Italy. All wines were once again generously donated by Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc., enabling all proceeds to directly benefit LRF’s mission.

“Tonight’s program made for a truly special event, from the wines we served to the programs they support,” said Hemer. “Over the years, the partnership between Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc. and the Lymphoma Research Foundation has made a great impact on the lymphoma community, and it is our hope that tonight’s Swirl event represents our commitment to eradicating this blood cancer.”

Each year, more than 5,000 Floridians are diagnosed with lymphoma – the most common form of blood cancer. This year's Swirl event hosted over 150 attendees at the La Gorce Country Club and raised $52,025 to support LRF’s mission, bringing its three year total to nearly $150,000. In addition, 2016 will see an expansion of the Swirl series to both the Chicago and Dallas markets as well.

“The Lymphoma Research Foundation’s partnership with Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. continues to identify new and exciting ways to raise funds for lymphoma research and awareness for Americans impacted by a lymphoma diagnosis,” said Meghan Gutierrez, LRF Chief Executive Officer. “The funds raised at Swirl will have an incredible impact on our mission of realizing a world without lymphoma, and we appreciate the tireless efforts of our host committee members and the entire South Florida philanthropic community in bringing us one step closer to fulfilling our mission to eradicate this disease forever.”

This year’s Swirl, A Wine Tasting Event was co-chaired by Walter Andrews, Debbie & Kevin Fennessey, Barbara & Jerry Freundlich, Leigh & Cory Olson, and Florence & Robert Werner, as well as members of an honorary committee including, Joshua Brody, MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Izidore Lossos, MD, University of Miami Health System, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Stephen D. Nimer, MD, University of Miami Health System, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. For additional information on Swirl, A Wine Tasting Event, including photos from the evening, visit lymphoma.org/swirl.

About the Lymphoma Research Foundation
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to funding innovative research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services. To date, LRF has awarded more than $57 million in lymphoma-specific research.

For additional information on LRF’s research, education and services, visit lymphoma.org.

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