The Brewer’s Ball chaired by Dr. and Mrs. Dennis & Jennifer O’Leary and Lynn Rudolf, sold out one week prior to the event and hosted up to 900 guests, a unique silent auction with over 200 packages, live entertainment from The Congress band and more than 30 breweries and restaurants providing craft beer and delicious, tasty samplings throughout the evening. The event raised more than $275,000 to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The D.C. Ball had a “Beers from Around the World” raffle raising nearly $5,000. The Savor the Flavor photography sponsor, Raymond James, sponsored the photo booth where guests could be photographed throughout the evening. Photos can be viewed here (credit: Mark Van Bergh), as well as a roaming photographer who captured a lot of the action (credit: Timothy Lundin Photography). All guests walked away with a Brewer’s Ball pint glass sponsored by Airwatch.
“We have a young 11-year old son, Casey, who has cystic fibrosis and that is how we got involved,” said co-chair, Dennis O’Leary.
In January of this year, the FDA approved a drug called Kalydeco for treatment of patients with cystic fibrosis. “This drug has the potential to not just add years to people living with CF, but to add decades. This drug was developed by a company called Vertex, which was fully funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,” said O’Leary. This is a transformational moment in the history of cystic fibrosis, proof positive that the money raised by the CF Foundation will bring a cure to reality,” he added. For more detailed information visit http://www.cff.org/
A VIP Reception was provided to top sponsors of the Brewer’s Ball, featuring exclusive brews from 6 of the VIP breweries. The VIP Reception was sponsored by Shepard Exposition Services and they hosted other local corporate sponsors who included: Baker Tilly, AITHERAS, E*Trade, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Phase One Consulting Group and GE Capital. This year’s Brewer’s Ball featured some new local brews from DC Brau, Chocolate City and Sixpoint, as well as hosting some returning favorites such as Dogfish Head Alehouse, Flying Dog, and Tuppers Hop Pocket Beers. Some more national flavors attended in the form of Sierra Nevada and New Belgium. Restaurants included Hank’s Oyster Bar, Station 4 and Granville Moore’s serving freshly shucked oysters, duck confit and steak and cheese sliders.
Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that affects 30,000 adults and children in the United States and 70,000 people worldwide. It causes debilitating lung infections that lead to premature death. More than ten million Americans are symptomless carriers of the CF gene.
To help fight CF, and to get involved with the Metropolitan D.C. Chapter, call (301) 657-8444 or visit http://metrodc.cff.org