“This national series of fundraisers has made a huge impact on research, education and support programs for patients and we’re very thankful to our guests and sponsors for their support in advancing our mission to eradicate lymphoma” said Meghan Gutierrez, CEO of the Lymphoma Research Foundation.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (PRWEB) July 13, 2018
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) – the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to funding innovative lymphoma research and serving the lymphoma community through education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services – hosted the inaugural Orange County-based edition of its national Swirl: A Wine Tasting Event series at the Balboa Pavilion/Harborside Grand Ballroom in Newport Beach, CA, on June 21, 2018. The event had more than 175 attendees from the Newport Beach area and raised $98,000 in support of LRF and its mission. To-date, Swirl wine tasting events across the country have raised nearly $900,000 for lymphoma research and patient support programs.
“We are delighted by the success of our first-ever Swirl event in Orange County,” said Meghan Gutierrez, CEO of the Lymphoma Research Foundation. “This national series of fundraisers has made a huge impact on research, education and support programs for patients and we’re very thankful to our guests and sponsors for their support in advancing our mission to eradicate lymphoma.”
Guests of Swirl Orange County enjoyed some of the finest Old & New World Wines presented by Ira Norof, CSE, CWE and Director of Education & Events at Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits (SGWS), the event’s National Wine Sponsor, and Past President of the Society of Wine Educators and Stewart Prato, CWE, CSS and the California Statewide Director for Maisons, Marques, and Domaines at SGWS.
Kevin & Peggy Calcagnie served as the event’s inaugural presenting sponsors, joining Swirl Series National Sponsors AbbVie; Genentech; and Kite Pharma, a Gilead Company. In-Kind Sponsors included: Sartori (Cheese/Culinary Sponsor), Nothing Bundt Cakes (Dessert Sponsor), Reuben Castro (Photography Sponsor), Dream Brother (Musical Sponsor), Tami Ballard & Nancy Goldman (Floral Sponsors).
The wine selection included: Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV, Champagne, FR and Roederer Estate L'Ermitage 2009, Anderson Valley, CA, (Sparkling), Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2010, Burgundy, FR Simi Reserve Chardonnay Russian River 2014, Sonoma County, CA Pascal Jolivet Pouilly-Fume Les Terres Blanches 2014, Loire, FR, Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc Reserve To Kalon Vineyard 2013, Napa Valley, CA, (White), Chateau Carbonnieux Rouge 2013, Bordeaux, FR, Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Napa Valley, CA, Domaine Faiveley Mercurey ler Cru "Clos Des Myglands" 2016, Burgundy, FR, Domaine Anderson Pinot Noir 2013, Anderson Valley, CA Delas Saint-Joseph 'Francois de Tournon' 2013, Rhone, FR Qupe Syrah Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard 2014, Edna Valley, CA, (Red), Cockburn's Fine Tawny Port, Portugal Cockburn's Special Reserve Port, Portugal Dow's 10 Years Old Tawny Port, Portugal Dow's 20 Years Old Tawny Port, Portugal Leacock's 5 Year Madeira, Portugal and Leacock's Rainwater Madeira, Portugal (Port).
Swirl: Orange County’s host committee was chaired by Michelle and AJ Manas, Tami and Jeffrey Ballard, Casey and Sean Calcagnie, Nancy Goldman, and Sara and Matthias Weber.
“We are overwhelmed by the incredible support of the Orange County community and so appreciative of everyone that joined us in honor of LRF!,” said host committee chair Michelle Manas. “It was a special evening complimented by our beautiful setting on the water, and we enjoyed celebrating with new and old friends. Our inaugural event was such a success and we are looking forward to continuing to grow the event in years to come!”
The event’s Honorary Host Committee included Elizabeth A. Brém, MD (UC Irvine School of Medicine), Wing C. (John) Chan, MD (City of Hope Medical Center), Richard A. Van Etten, MD, PhD (Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, Irvine), Alex F. Herrera, MD (City of Hope Medical Center), Lauren C. Pinter-Brown MD, FACP, (Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, Irvine) and Steven T. Rosen, MD, (City of Hope Medical Center).
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.