Swirl: A Wine Tasting Event Returns to Chicago To Benefit the Lymphoma Research Foundation

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National Blood Cancer Organization Partners with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits to Bring Together Acclaimed Wine, Food and Arts Experts in Chicago for the Second Year

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"Following the success of last year’s inaugural Swirl: Chicago event, we at Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits are incredibly excited to continue our partnership with the Lymphoma Research Foundation..." Kevin Fennessey

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 – will bring together locally and nationally recognized experts in wine, food and the arts for its second annual Swirl: A Wine Tasting Event in Chicago on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits will again partner with the Lymphoma Research Foundation to present a selection of world-class wines from the Napa Valley region, with proceeds benefiting the innovative research programs supported by LRF.

Held once again at the private residence of LRF Board Member Joseph Ferraro, LRF will host the renowned Serafin Alvarado, Master Sommelier and Director of Wine Education at Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits of Illinois, who will present and review a selection of Napa Valley vintages throughout the evening. Acclaimed artist Francine Turk will also be on hand to conduct a specially-commissioned live art demonstration, and award-winning restaurant RPM Italian will serve as the evening’s in-kind catering partner.

"Following the success of last year’s inaugural Swirl: Chicago event, we at Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits are incredibly excited to continue our partnership with the Lymphoma Research Foundation to bring together enthusiasts in the Chicago wine, food, and arts scene for the benefit of such a tremendous cause," said Kevin Fennessey, Executive Vice President of Commercial Operations at Southern Glazer’s and member of LRF Board of Directors.

Each year, more than 1,700 people in the state of Illinois alone alone are diagnosed with lymphoma – the most common form of blood cancer, and last year’s inaugural Swirl: Chicago, has raised more than $105,000 in support of the Lymphoma Research Foundation and its mission to eradicate lymphoma and serve those impacted by this blood cancer. Swirl: Chicago is held in conjunction with the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO’s) Annual Meeting, held annually at McCormick Place in June.

“The funds raised throughout the Swirl: A Wine Tasting Event Series, and particularly in Chicago, has had an incredible impact on our ability to fund some of today’s most exciting and promising lymphoma-specific research programs,” said Meghan Gutierrez, LRF Chief Executive Officer. “We’d like to once again thank Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, whose continued generosity has enabled Swirl to become such a tremendous success across the nation, as well as Francine Turk and RPM Italian for helping to make this year’s Swirl: Chicago a staple of the Chicago cultural and philanthropic community.”

Sheyla Conforte & Joseph Ferraro and Laura & Michael Werner will serve as this year’s presenting sponsors, as well as serve on the evening’s Host Committee. Joining them are Eric Cohen, LRF Board of Directors, and Leo I. Gordon, MD, FACP, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Chair of the LRF Scientific Advisory Board, Thomas M. Habermann, MD, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Chair-elect of the LRF Scientific Advisory Board, John P. Leonard, MD, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medicine, Immediate Past-Chair of the LRF Scientific Advisory Board, and Sonali M. Smith, MD, the University of Chicago Medicine, Member of the LRF Scientific Advisory Board. For more information about Swirl Chicago and/or to purchase tickets, please contact Taylor Zitay Kahn at 646-465-9103 or visit lymphoma.org/SwirlChicago.

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 nearly $60 million in lymphoma-specific research. For additional information on LRF’s research, education and services, visit lymphoma.org.

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