Saks Will Host 2013 Winter Ball Women of Distinction Announcement Event

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The official announcement event of the 2013 Women of Distinction and Ambassador for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America's Winter Ball will be hosted by sponsor Saks Fifth Avenue at the Houston Galleria store on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. The evening will continue the salute to these women who go above and beyond to support their community, culminating to the 26th Annual Winter Ball event in January 2013, benefiting the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Houston Gulf Coast / South Texas Chapter.

As part of Saks Fifth Avenue’s ongoing sponsorship and support of the CCFA, the premiere store will present a cocktail event to formally announce the honorees for The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Winter Ball 2013 on Tuesday October 2nd. . The event will include award winning ABC 13 journalist Melanie Lawson, and will present each of the honorees and Ambassadors to over 150 guests. The Women of Distinction and Ambassador for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America's Winter Ball 2013 are honored for making a difference in the Houston community through their charity work and tireless volunteer hours. Over the past 25 years, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) has honored more than 250 of Houston’s most talented and dedicated women at the annual Winter Ball, which is a primary fundraiser for the foundation. The 2013 Women of Distinction are Jana Arnoldy, Darlene Bisso, Donna Bruni, Arvia Few, Debby Leighton, Nidhika Mehta, Alice Mosing, Liz Rigney, Elizabeth Stein and Pamela Wright. The 2013 Ambassador is Sidney Faust and the Legendary Woman of Distinction is Margaret Williams. The 2013 Chairs for the Winter Ball are Mary Ann McKeithan and Danielle Ellis t. The ABC-13 Women of Distinction, presented by the Mercedes-Benz Dealers of Greater Houston, will be honored at The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America's Winter Ball on January 26, 2013 at the Hilton Americas Hotel. . For more information on attending The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America's Winter Ball 2013 please call 713-572-2232 or email

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America’s (CCFA) mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), these painful, chronic illnesses affect approximately 1.4 million Americans, including some 140,000 children under the age of 18. CCFA was founded in 1967. CCFA is supported solely by individual, foundation, and corporate contributions with more than 81 cents every dollar CCFA spends goes directly into research and educational programs. CCFA is among the top-rated charities in the American Institute of Philanthropy's Charity Rating Guide.

Since CCFA's inception, approximately $136 million has been provided for researchers attempting to find the causes of, and cures for, IBD. Each year, more than 80 current and ongoing research grants are funded. More than 60 percent of CCFA-sponsored researchers have obtained subsequent funding from the National Institutes of Health for further IBD research.

In 2001, NOD2, the first gene linked to Crohn's disease, was discovered. This breakthrough was funded in part by a CCFA research grant. CCFA continues to accelerate the pace of IBD research by collaborating with top researchers and clinicians. CCFA-sponsored research, such as "Challenges in IBD Research," a series of top-priority initiatives, the DNA and Cell Line Bank, and the Clinical Alliance, is forging new collaborations and providing vital resources for investigators nationwide.

About Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s preeminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and gifts, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its Associates. Today, Saks operates 45 full-line stores in 20 states, 2 licensed stores in the Middle East and 2 licensed stores in Mexico City, 61 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and, the company’s online store. For more information, visit

Saks Fifth Avenue is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named.

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