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November 11 , 2011

Breath of Life Gala | Steve Lieberman Receives Award

Breath of Life Gala | Steve Lieberman Receives Award

The Northeast Texas Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s most prestigious and anticipated event – Breath of Life Gala – will be held tomorrow evening at the Ritz Carlton. The prestigious fete began four years ago and has continued to assist in raising substantial amounts of donations to fund critical research and provide education about cystic fibrosis as well as help fund care centers throughout the United States. The event will bring the Northeast Texas Chapter’s contributions to over $20 million dollars in funds raised. Betty Jo and David Bell, Honorary Chairs and Dr. Robert Harris and his wife Dianna are the Breath of Life event chairs for 2011. This year’s Breath of Life Award recipients are Steve Lieberman, CEO | The Retail Connection, and Jerry Rasansky, Managing Partner | Law Offices of Jerald Rasansky and Lawyers Title. Lieberman and Rasansky have been deemed the North Texas Chapter’s top “go-to” team and team builders as a result of the numerous events they created, built and/or chaired over the last 20 years, including; the Marathon Challenge 100 Holes for a Cure, the Royal Argyle golf tournament and the Drive for the Goal basketball event. Not only did these activities became national models for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, they also led to the recruitment of hundreds of new volunteers, thousands of new donors, and millions of dollars raised for the funding of the Foundation’s research initiatives. “Both Steve and Jerry understand the importance in being involved in the community and supporting worthy causes and organizations such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,” said gala chairman, Dick Bowman. “With roots deeply entrenched in the CF Foundation, Steve and Jerry have established long-standing relationships within the Northeast Texas Chapter. Their reputation, experience and ongoing work connecting the Foundation with major donors is widely recognized and offers an unparalleled source of knowledge for the CF Foundation in growing their donor base. It is very fitting they would receive this award,” he stated further. Returning for their fourth year of support, Jacqueline and Richard Bowman are once again the gala’s “presenting sponsor.” Additional sponsors include: American Airlines; Meredith and Jack Woodworth; Dr. and Mrs. Robert Harris; Sloan Wealth Management Casey and Kelly Conway; Lieberman Dell Family; The Retail Connection; Waldman Bros; Mr. and Mrs. John Devon Wayne; Dawn and Todd Aaron; Carol and Steve Aaron; Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation; AT&T; Betty Jo and David Bell; Amber and Travis Carter; Mr. and Mrs. Dorflinger; Glazers; Allison Moran; and Physicians Synergy Group. Skip Hollandsworth, senior editor of Texas Monthly, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Guests will enjoy a dinner prepared by world famous chef, Dean Fearing of the Ritz-Carlton, browse the Silent Auction, and view a special video created to honor the award recipients. For more information about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or The Breath of Life Gala, please call (214) 871-2222 or visit www.cff.org. # # # Contacts: Tina Garcia, Executive Director Amy McMichael, Development Director tgarcia@cff.org amcmichael@cff.org 214-871-2222 214-871-2222
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