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First annual Brewer's Ball to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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The first Annual Brewer's Ball, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will take place Friday, Oct. 21, from 7 p.m. to midnight, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Fargo.

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The ball will provide the perfect setting for an evening of unique, entertaining fun, that when all is said and done, will play a huge part in helping support a great worthwhile cause.

Playing off the theme "Serving up hope for a cure...one pint at a time," guests will enjoy the opportunity to sample a variety of microbrews from some of the area's top bars and restaurants and samplings of gourmet pub food. The evening will also feature live entertainment and one of the region's most unique silent auctions.

The Brewer's Ball marks the first signature event for the new Dakotas Satellite office for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation that was opened in March in Fargo.

Patrick Kirby, senior director of development for the office, said the proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and its recently opened office. "As with every fundraiser the CF Foundation produces nearly 90 cents of every dollar raised to fund research to cure cystic fibrosis, one of the most common genetic diseases of children and adults in this country."

"Organizers wanted to come up with a fun idea to raise money for cystic fibrosis but also maybe reach a new group of people in the FM area to educate them about cystic fibrosis.

"We are comfortable talking about it over a beer, so we decided to share the whole thing with everyone else and put together a really unique evening and get people to learn about cystic fibrosis. It all just seemed to fit."

Kirby said that 250 to 300 guests are expected to participate and those involved are "ecstatic. The bars and restaurants and distributors have been extremely supportive and have really latched onto the idea. They are outstanding partners and it's all turning out to be pretty amazing and should be a real blast."

For a one-time fee of $75, guests can taste the 19 different craft beers and enjoy the all-you-can-eat pub food from the Hilton Garden Inn. Live music will also be provided by the DK All Stars, the Saturday night house band at the Venue in the Hub, and over 40 Silent Auction items will be featured

Kirby said that the monies raised at the event will be crucial to research for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

He explained that since the illness affects a very small patient population, 26,000 individuals, it is considered an orphan disease with the numbers not enough to warrant the federal government providing funds for research.

Consequently, not a single penny is received from the federal government to do research so the foundation has to rely on events like the Brewers ball to raise money for vital cystic fibrosis research. "People are really generous in this area" and for those who want to give, Kirby said he hopes they consider the Brewer's Ball fundraiser benefitting cystic fibrosis as the route to go. "We provide the biggest bang for our buck from a donation standpoint because almost 90 cents from every dollar goes to research and education programs for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation."

On that note, he encourages everyone thinking about it to come on over to the Hilton Garden Inn Oct. 21. "It's going to be a really fun time. For $75 you get it all, and of that, $30 is tax deductible."

Kirby said that the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will also continue to promote it's Great Strides Walk in May, a fundraiser that has been a fixture for several years, adding the overall challenge of the foundation, no matter what the fundraiser, is to accrue dollars to fund landmark research to cure cystic fibrosis and make a difference in the lives of all those with this disease.

For tickets or more information, contact Kirby at 952-237-0836 or pkirby@cff.org or visit their website at http://dakotas.cff.org/brewersball.

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