Lymphoma Research Foundation to Host Inaugural Swirl: A Wine Tasting Event in Twin Cities

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LRF Partners with Minneapolis Institute of Art to Bring National Blood Cancer Fundraising Series to Minneapolis-St. Paul for the First Time

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“Each year, the Lymphoma Research Foundation receives incredibly exciting and innovative research grants for support; events like Swirl: Twin Cities enables LRF to continue funding important research thanks to our generous supporters,” said Thomas M. Habermann, MD, Chair of the LRF SAB

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 its national Swirl: A Wine Tasting Event to the Twin Cities for the first time on Thursday, February 22, 2018. The inaugural event will be held at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, where attendees will be able to view contemporary prints and sculptures in the MacMillian Atrium and enjoy private access to select galleries.

Through the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s unique partnership with Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, the evening will feature a selection of high-end wines generously donated to benefit LRF’s mission of eradicating lymphoma and serving those impacted by this blood cancer. Thomas M. Habermann, MD, Chair of LRF’s Scientific Advisory Board and Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine will serve on the event’s honorary Host Committee, and provide a keynote on updates in the field of novel treatment options and innovative research. Habermann will be joined by Joe Schmit, KSTP-TV Sports Director, longtime Minnesota broadcaster and lymphoma survivor.

“Each year, the Lymphoma Research Foundation receives incredibly exciting and innovative research grants for support; events like Swirl: Twin Cities enables LRF to continue funding important research thanks to our generous supporters,” said Thomas M. Habermann, MD, Chair of the LRF Scientific Advisory Board. “At this year’s American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting, the Lymphoma Research Foundation had a record-number of research presented, and the funds generated at this year’s Swirl: Twin Cities will go a long way in ensuring that we are able to continue funding the next generation of lymphoma researchers.”

The Foundation is pleased to bring this new event to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, as its annual Love to Find a Cure fundraiser was retired after a successful decade-long run. Swirl: Twin Cities will offer attendees the chance to some of the finest single varietal wines with an Old World versus New World theme, presented by Serafin Alvarado, Master Sommelier and Director of Wine Education at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Illinois. The evening will also feature a silent auction, including fabulous prizes and services from some of the area’s top retailers. Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, the national partner for the Swirl series, will present a selection of world-class wines, with proceeds benefiting LRF’s innovative research programs and support services. The evening will feature a silent-auction, including unique products and services from some of the area’s top retailers.

“The support that we, as an organization, have received from the Minneapolis-St. Paul community over the years has been truly remarkable,” said Meghan Gutierrez, LRF Chief Executive Officer. “We are thrilled to be able to bring the Swirl event series to the Twin Cities, and we thank to our generous partners at Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits for their continued support of this critical program.”

Renee & Scott Miller, Christian & Jim O’Neill, Debbie & Gil Roscoe, Tracy Rubietta & Thomas Nissen, T.J. Sheldon and Colleen Timmons will serve as the evening’s Host Committee. For more information about Swirl: Twin Cities and/or to purchase tickets, please contact Amy Savage, Senior Manager of Distinguished Events, at (646) 465-9101 or asavage(at)lymphoma(dot)org or visit lymphoma.org/SwirlTwinCities.

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

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