Supplied photo courtesy of Susan Wasserman
Greg Eavey donated the custom surfboard at right to the 2012 Pipeline to a Cure East fundraiser.
Thirty thousand children and adults in the United States suffer from Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disease that affects the respiratory and digestive systems.
Though CF is chronic, there is hope for CF patients. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation funded a study in Australia to test the benefits of hypertonic saline — extra-salty water — on CF patients. Researchers found that the hypertonic saline mist cleared mucus from the lungs, and that the patients who tried the treatment were significantly healthier than those who hadn’t.
On July 13, the Country Club of Landfall will host Pipeline to a Cure East, a CFF benefit gala to demonstrate the connection between surfing and CF.
“We weren’t trying to do a gala or an evening event without a purpose,” said Susan Wasserman, the event coordinator. “There are a lot of CF patients that are surfers. …They know that there’s a great benefit to it.”
From the décor to the attire, the evening will be laid-back and festive.
“Last year, women wore maxi dresses and men wore khaki pants and collared shirts,” Wasserman said. “We kind of classified it as upscale beach casual. We will be selling leis.”
The food at the event will be top notch.
“It’s a sit-down dinner,” Wasserman said. Though most of the menu will be a surprise, guests can anticipate award-winning clam chowder from Michael’s Seafood in Carolina Beach.
Two auctions will take place throughout the evening: one live and one silent.
“There’s a lot of auction items that would be appealing to a surfing community,” Wasserman said. Guests can bid on an ocean-themed artwork, a hand-painted surfboard and more.
Several well-known athletes will attend the gala. Tommy Danger, who recently completed a 3,200-mile run across America, will be present.
Guests will also enjoy a cocktail reception and live music by a local band, Jack Jack 180.
All proceeds will go to the CFF to aid research for a cure. As a mother of a CF patient, Wasserman knows about the disease firsthand.
“My goal is to do things to create CF awareness in the community,” she said. “You see people from all walks of life who have that love for the ocean. They get excited because it’s a different type of event. Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach — they’re all working together for CF.”
Last year’s event raised more than $100,000 for the cause.
To purchase tickets and learn more about CFF, visit www.pipelinetoacureeast.org