Lakeview Fundraiser Welcomes 250 Attendees in Support of Blood Cancer Research

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 17, 2016

The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) – the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services – hosted its nationally recognized fundraising series Swirl: A Wine Tasting Event for the first time in the Chicagoland area at home of LRF Board Member Joseph Ferraro on Thursday, June 2, 2016. The inaugural event, hosted in partnership with Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc., raised $105,760 in support of LRF’s mission to eradicate lymphoma and serve those affected by this disease.

Serafin Alvarado, Master Sommelier and Director of Wine Education at Southern Wine and Spirits of Illinois presented a selection of world-class wines, featuring some of the world’s most celebrated vintages from Italy.

“We have seen Swirl events throughout the country raise critical funds and awareness in the past, and tonight’s event was certainly in keeping with this tradition of excellence and commitment to a cure for lymphoma,” said Alvarado. “From the wines that were sampled to the funds that were raised, Swirl: Chicago was a resounding success that we at Southern Wine and Spirits can take great pride in.”

Each year, more than 1,700 people in the state of Illinois alone are diagnosed with lymphoma – the most common form of blood cancer, and to date, the Foundation’s Swirl event series has raised $263,716 in support of the Lymphoma Research Foundation and its mission to eradicate lymphoma and serve those touched by the disease. The inaugural Swirl: Chicago event was held the eve of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO’s) Annual Meeting, held each year at McCormick Place.

“As we’ve seen time and time again, the Chicago lymphoma community has shown a tremendous strength and resilience in their commitment to our shared mission of eradicating lymphoma and serving those touched by this disease,” said Meghan Gutierrez, LRF Chief Executive Officer. “Swirl: Chicago truly represents this remarkable spirit of support of the Lymphoma Research Foundation, as the Chicagoland philanthropic community stands steadfast in its commitment to a cure for all blood cancers. ”

The evening was generously sponsored by Sheyla Conforte & Joseph Ferraro, Genentech, Pharmacyclics LLC and Janssen Biotech, Inc. and Laura & Michael Werner, who served as Sommelier Sponsors. Leo I. Gordon, MD, FACP, Abby and John Friend Professor of Cancer Research, Professor in Medicine, Director Lymphoma Program at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Chair of LRF’s Scientific Advisory Board and Sonali M. Smith, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Director, Lymphoma Program at the University of Chicago Medicine, Member, LRF Scientific Advisory Board, served as the evening’s Honorary Committee.

About the Lymphoma Research Foundation
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to funding innovative research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services. To date, LRF has awarded more than $58 million in lymphoma-specific research.

For additional information on LRF’s research, education and services, visit lymphoma.org.

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