Under the Tuscan Sun Fundraising Dinner Raises $24,000 for CMA


By Ludmilla Temertey

Our Fundraiser, "Under The Tuscan Sun", was indeed a success and raised $24, 000! The friendly atmosphere was warmed by the many friends and supporters that came from near and far. The food and prize winning wine, exquisite by any standard, was appreciated by all. We have Chef Alida Solomon and her wonderful staff who came willingly to work on their only day off, to thank, not only for donating their hard work and time, but also for soliciting donations from food suppliers who did not hesitate to give us their highest quality foods.  Our auction items were a huge success. Friends and family bid generously on the Tuscan villa, Casa Raia, cottage and Ski Chalet donated by yours truly Ludmilla Temertey, Mr and Mrs Temerty and Mr and Mrs Frank Hazenfratz.  We were lucky to have wine enthusiasts who did appreciate the value of the great Pertimalli Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Riserva vintage offered by casa Raia as well as the case of Chianti wine offered by the Merchant Vintner.  The many food baskets and items that were given to us went quickly to guests eager to make a dent in their Christmas shopping list!

Within our membership we have many who are in the position to support our research efforts consistently and generously. There are many ways in which one can contribute to our organization.  Each one of us can influence the outcome of our fundraising efforts. We all have friends, family, and colleagues at work and in the business community who will join in pushing Marfan research forward.    Finding a cure is doubly challenging when private money goes to the larger umbrella organizations under which there is no hope of finding refuge for those with rare disorders. We count on your generous support and influence to help us with our mandate. Awareness remains our greatest challenge!