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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Announces Celebrate Every Breath Gala: A Grand Chefs Event

October 22, 2015

MCLEAN, VA - On Sunday, November 1, 2015, the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation will host its inaugural Celebrate Every Breath Gala: A Grand Chefs Event Presented by CIM Group at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner in McLean, VA. This new and exciting gala promises to be an elegant evening of culinary creativity, interactive dining, aromatic wines and collaboration among the most talented chefs in DC – all for an incredible cause – to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Celebrate Every Breath Gala: A Grand Chefs Event Presented by CIM Group aims to increase awareness and raise significant funds in order to help take major steps forward in CF research and care, in the quest to ultimately find a cure for this life-threatening genetic disease.

Kieran Donahue Marinucci, Vice President of Marketing, Americas for Hilton Worldwide, is the chair of this year’s event, and is spearheading Celebrate Every Breath in honor of her cousin who is battling CF. The event committee welcomes longtime Foundation supporters Ed Barnidge of Williams & Connolly, Vito J. Germinario of GPR, Inc., Harvey Goodman of Goodman, Gable, Gould, Ed and Ellen Nemeroff of GovConnection, and Walter Whitt. Scott Pelley, Anchor and Managing Editor of CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes correspondent and dedicated supporter of the CF Foundation, will be the Master of Ceremonies.

“I am proud to be part of this group of people that is working hard to make our dreams of finding a cure for cystic fibrosis a reality. We are at an exciting time in the history of this disease – a cure is finally within reach. Together, we can achieve something that has never been done before – making CF stand for Cure Found. And we won’t rest until we put a cure in the hands of each and every person affected by cystic fibrosis.” says Donahue.

The Celebrate Every Breath Gala: A Grand Chefs Event Presented by CIM Group promises to be a spectacular evening with a wide array of unique experiences and opportunities for the 300 guests anticipated to attend. This sensory adventure will begin at 6:00 pm with an Opening Reception presented by Belfast Valley Contractors, showcasing hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, libations and more. Each guest will then enjoy a delectable three-course meal paired with fine wines. A limited number of top sponsor tables will each be hosted by a personal chef who will prepare his or her cuisine tableside. Meanwhile, Culinary Spotlight Tables will feature menus designed by a collaboration of the area’s finest chefs. Some participating restaurants include Harth, Kapnos Taverna, Evo Bistro, Salamander Resort & Spa, Redwood Bethesda,  Clarity, Belga Café and B Too, Mokomandy, Matchbox, All Set Restaurant and Bar, and Windows Catering.

Throughout the evening, guests can participate in the grand silent auction, which features exclusive items and experiences such as A Waldorf Astoria Driving Experience, where the lucky winner will take part in a supercar driving tour at the Arizona Biltmore. The live auction, hosted by Robin Treadway, features a trip to the Grammy’s, a weeklong stay in Santorini, Greece, a South Beach Wine and Food Festival package, and a Formula One Trip to Dallas, Texas. The evening concludes with a dessert reception, where bakeries and restaurants such as Amphora Bakery, Dolci Gelati, and Woodward Table, will satisfy guests’ sweet tooth with heavenly desserts, served alongside coffee and liqueur.

Major sponsors of the evening include CIM Group, Belfast Valley Contractors, EagleBank, GPR, Inc., Hilton Worldwide, The Holmer Family, and Jones Lang Lasalle. The event is sold out, however limited sponsorship opportunities are still available; please contact Jenna Swirsky- Sacchetti (; 301-657-8444) if interested.

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Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of 30,000 children and adults in the U.S., with more than 10 million Americans as symptomless carriers of the CF gene. The CF Foundation is the world’s leader in the quest for a cure for cystic fibrosis, and is a donor supported nonprofit organization. The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. Nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. For more information, please go to