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The 10th Annual Breath of Life Gala

On Thursday, November 21st, nearly 600 guests filled Cipriani 42nd Street for the 10th Annual Breath of Life Gala, and yet despite the grandeur, an intimate ambiance was felt throughout the evening. This decennial celebration, honoring Tom Grotta and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, also recognized all past Breath of Life Award recipients.

Throughout the evening, guests were entertained by the New York Pops and placed bids on an abundant silent auction, which raised over $70,000.  Scott Pelley, Anchor and Managing Editor of CBS Evening News, was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening and Joe O’Donnell, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Milestones Campaign Chair, proudly thanked and announced the names of all the past honorees.

2004 Thomas and Virginia Hughes
2005 Alfred and Margaret Kelly
2006 Kelly and Elizabeth Martin
2007 Robert and Kate Niehaus
2008 Robert and Donna Shafir
2009 Frank Deford
2010 Doris Tulcin and Vertex Pharmaceuticals
2011 Richard and Marcella Dresdale
2012 Gary and Eileen Negrycz and Turner Construction

C. Richard Mattingly, Executive Vice President and COO of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, presented the 2013 Breath of Life Award to Jesus Leal, Vice President and Head of Critical Care Business Unit for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, and Tom Grotta, Greater New York Chapter Board Advisory Member.  Tom Grotta’s heartfelt and earnest speech not only evoked emotion from the audience, but also gave a message of hope and optimism for everyone living with cystic fibrosis. Tom’s words resonated throughout the room and his story elicited a standing ovation.

Tom Hughes and Alfred Kelly, previous Breath of Life Award recipients hosted the Bid for a Cure, which raised an astounding $350,000. 

The 10th Annual Breath of Life Gala is set to raise 1.86 million dollars.  We are so grateful to all of the donors, volunteers and staff who helped make this event such an incredible success!