Breathe easy; Amer­i­can Lung As­so­ci­a­tion hosts lun­cheon

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Dr. Ma­ri­etta Glazer and Kathy Mo­linet will serve as co-chairs of the “In­spire Life, Breathe Free Lun­cheon & Fash­ion Show” event, which will take place on June 1 start­ing at 11:30 a.m. at Bone­fish Grill lo­cated in Fort Laud­erdale.

The event will ben­e­fit the Amer­i­can Lung As­so­ci­a­tion. The Maut­ner Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion is the pre­sent­ing spon­sor. The Broward County Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion and the Broward County Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion Al­liance, pro­ducer of the lun­cheon, will honor the mem­ory of Kathie Zier and Jack Ward, who both died of lung can­cer. An in­for­mal fash­ion show will fea­ture cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories from Es­sen­tial Bou­tique, mod­eled by mem­bers.

“Kathie was a great friend to our com­mu­nity. Her di­ag­no­sis of lung can­cer was a shock to Kathie as she didn’t smoke and led a very healthy life. It took her life af­ter just a few months of the di­ag­no­sis,” said Dr. Glazer. “Many peo­ple re­mem­ber her as Kathie Jack­son.”

Bone­fish Grill has been un­der­writ­ing this yearly fundraiser since its in­cep­tion.

“Thanks to the pas­sion and com­mit­ment of Ma­ri­etta and Kathy, the un­told hours the vol­un­teer com­mit­tee mem­bers con­trib­ute and the gen­eros­ity of Rick Fett and the Bone­fish Grill Fort Laud­erdale, we have not only raised $100,000 over the past six years, but we have been able to gain a higher pro­file in the com­mu­nity, which spot­lights the work of the Amer­i­can Lung As­so­ci­a­tion,” said Re­gional Di­rec­tor of the Amer­i­can Lung As­so­ci­a­tion, Paula Pren­der­gast.

“Bar­bara Maut­ner, a lo­cal phi­lan­thropist, has made a com­mit­ment to fund this pro­gram for the next 10 years. She is hon­or­ing her dear friend Jack­ward who died of lung can­cer,” said Mo­linet.

Cather­ineward, his widow, will be in at­ten­dance to ac­cept the honor. Kathie Zier is be­ing rec­og­nized for the life she led and the bat­tle she fought dur­ing her ill­ness. Per Kathie’s re­quest, an Amer­i­can Lung As­so­ci­a­tion en­dow­ment has been cre­ated to fund lung can­cer re­search.

Tick­ets are $50 per per­son and can be pur­chased by vis­it­ing www. Breathe­freesouth­ or by call­ing 954-524-4657.

Founded in 1916 to fight tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, the Amer­i­can Lung As­so­ci­a­tion of Florida works to pre­vent lung dis­ease and pro­mote lung health. It funds re­search on the causes of and treat­ments for lung dis­ease. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit

Michelle Radich, left, Dr. Ma­ri­etta Glazer and Kathy Mo­linet Cyn­thia Peter­son, left, Dr. Dana Wal­lace and Cleo Bom­stad

Lynne Pri­eto, left, Dr. Linda Ba­lent, Dr. Amy Swan, Anne Ahrens and Stella Siegel

Mar­cia By­noe, left, and Dr. Kun­jana Mavunda

Su­san Maurer, left, and Kristi Krueger

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