Cystic Fibrosis Foundation sets ‘Uncork for the Cure’ Nov. 14
NEW ORLEANS — Uncork for the Cure, the Louisiana Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s annual fundraiser will take place Nov. 14 at the New Orleans Fair Grounds. All proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as it seeks to find a cure for the leading genetic killer of children in the U.S.
According to the Foundation, Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease of the secretory glands (which create mucus and sweat in order to keep some internal organs moist to prevent decay and infection). While normal mucus is slippery and watery, CF patients’ mucus thickens and builds up to block the airways that carry oxygen to and from the lungs. The result is a negative effect on the lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, sinuses and sex organs.
Ashley Mills, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation executive director, said, “Several decades ago the average life span of a victim of Cystic Fibrosis was 5-years-old; through research, technological developments and the work of organizations such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the mean life expectancy is now 38-years-old.”
The annual fundraiser will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Fair Grounds located at 1751 Gentilly Blvd. Now in its sixth year — it will include a champagne and sparkling wine tasting, food from local restaurants, a silent auction, raffles and entertainment by DJ Seth Badeaux. Restaurants participating include Barcadia, Semolina, Royal House, 801 Royal, Vega Tapas Café and more.
Tickets are $50 per person, $100 for VIP and $1,000 for a VIP table which seats 10.