‘Book of Hope Lun­cheon’ to ben­e­fit in­di­vid­u­als with Crohn’s dis­ease

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The Crohn’s & Col­i­tis Foun­da­tion of Amer­ica (CCFA) will host their 24th an­nual “Book of Hope Lun­cheon” March 17 at the Boca Ra­ton Re­sort & Club.

The event will be­gins at 10:30 a.m. and fea­tures a silent auc­tion of more than one hun­dred items in­clud­ing ho­tel stays, jew­elry, restau­rant and spa gift cer­tifi­cates, and more.

Best­selling au­thor of “It’s Not Just Who You Know,” Tommy Spauld­ing, will serve as key­note speaker of the event. The 2014 hon­oree is Saskia Madi­son, who has been an ac­tive mem­ber of CCFA for years and works to ad­vo­cate on be­half of those liv­ing with the de­bil­i­tat­ing di­ges­tive dis­eases. The wife of for­mer Mi­ami Dol­phins cor­ner­back Sam Madi­son, Saskia has ap­peared on nu­mer­ous news pro­grams, news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines to speak about her strug­gles with the dis­ease and the re­search and sup­port the foun­da­tion gives to those af­flicted. A for­mer phar­ma­cist, Saskia and her hus­band com­pleted the Crohn’s & Col­i­tis Foun­da­tion of Amer­ica’s “Team Chal­lenge Napa-to-Sono­maWine Coun­try Half Marathon” in July of 2013.

The “Book of Hope Lun­cheon” is one of the CCFA Florida chap­ter’s sig­na­ture events and will raise funds and aware­ness to sup­port the chap­ter’s mis­sion to find a cure for Crohn’s dis­ease and ul­cer­a­tive col­i­tis. Ad­di­tion­ally, the event will help make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of those af­fected by these dis­eases by rais­ing money for re­search, ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams and sup­port ser­vices.

The lun­cheon will be­gin at 10:30 a.m. with a silent auc­tion, fol­lowed by food from the award-win­ning chefs at the Boca Ra­ton Re­sort & Club and a key­note ad­dress by Spauld­ing. Co-chairs for the event are Sloane Gill­man and Su­san Gringauz.

Tick­ets are $125 per per­son. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Aman­daNik­laus at 561-218-2929 or email aniklaus@ccfa.org.

Su­san Gringauz, left, and Sloane Gill­man

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