Event Highlights - 2012 Breath of Life Gala

Honoree Gary Negrycz receives the 2012 Breath of Life Award

NYC Gala Reaching New Heights

Sara with grandparents Gary & Eileen Negrycz

The New York skyline lit up the gleaming walls of the historic Cipriani 42nd Street and welcomed guests to the 9th Annual Breath of Life Gala on November 15th.  As over 550 supporters entered the ballroom, the essence of the Big Apple was felt as several New York notables mingled with the crowd.  CBS-2 Chief Weathercaster and Board member Lonnie Quinn started off the festivities by introducing the Gala Chairmen, Turner Construction’s Charles D. Avolio, LEED AP, Vice President & Operations Manager, and Emad Lotfalla, Vice President.  Lonnie then passed the torch to the evening’s Mistresses of Ceremonies Heather Thomson and Carole Radziwill, stars of Bravo’s hit series, The Real Housewives of New York City.  Special guest Ali Wentworth, actress, writer and host, entertained the crowd, providing much wit and humor.  Throughout the evening, guests were entertained by The New York Pops and had fun bidding on fabulous silent auction items.  Following a delicious dinner YES Network’s voice of the NY Yankees, Michael Kay, joined Ali, Heather and Carole as auctioneers of the live auction. 

Piper Beatty, YPLC member and 2012 Annual Fund Co-chair, shared her story of living with CF and the quest for a cure. She said it best to all in the room on how close we are to finding a cure. “We can do this. We can all do this.”

CF Foundation Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, C. Richard Mattingly, presented honoree and Board member Gary J. Negrycz, Vice President of Turner Construction and Turner Construction, with the 2012 Breath of Life Award.  This prestigious award honors exceptional individuals & organizations for their commitment, leadership and dedication to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

$1.5 million was raised – and counting – truly bringing the Gala to new heights of success. Funds raised from the evening will go to further the discovery and development of new drugs and to make progress in our quest to end cystic fibrosis.

Many thanks to our 2012 Breath of Life Gala Committee members, Jacquie Colgan, Tom Grotta, Tom Lynch, Eileen Negrycz, Janice Rossman and Donna Shafir. 

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Photos thanks to Megan Baggott of ROCK CREATIVE MEDIA, LLC and Andrew Blake.

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