IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The seventh annual Natalie’s Wish Fore a Cure Golf Tournament raised a tournament-record $362,585 to cure cystinosis through generous donations and sponsorships by more than 200 companies and individuals. Cystinosis is a rare, metabolic disease that afflicts about 500 children and young adults in the United States and 2,000 worldwide.
“The exceptional support and generosity of our friends and community has enabled the Cystinosis Research Foundation to make significant advances in the treatment of cystinosis. CRF-funded researchers at institutions around the globe are making important breakthroughs toward the cure. We are honored to be part of the progress to help Natalie’s Wish become a reality by contributing to cystinosis research,” said Vince Ciavarella, the CRF’s tournament chairman.
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Since 2007, the Fore a Cure golf tournaments have contributed $2,233,585 to cystinosis research and the quest for a cure. This year’s tournament on Oct. 27 returned to Santa Ana Country Club. Proceeds to the CRF are committed entirely for research aimed at finding a cure and improved treatments for the disease.
Leading the event’s list of supporters was Oltmans Construction, returning for a third year as Presenting Sponsor.
Silver Sponsors were: Fidelity National Title, TLG Paving Company, Silverline Construction and SARES•REGIS Group.
Bronze Sponsors were: Allan Automatic Sprinklers, Allen Matkins, Applied Roofing Services, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bank of the West, Ben’s Asphalt Inc., Tres Reid, Brad Bierbaum and Brian DeRevere of CBRE, Commercial Roof Management, Contract Carpet Corp., DeRevere & Associates, Eagle Construction, Fashion Furniture Rental, First American Title, FullScale Demolition Inc., Howard Roofing Company, Independence Bank, Joseph Holt Plastering, Joe McKay and Mike Wolfe of Lee & Associates, Norm Wilson & Sons General Contractors, RGA Office of Architectural Design, Sanders & Wohrman, Sullivan Curtis Monroe Insurance Services, TCA Architects, Tucker Electric Corp. and Villa Park Landscape.
Underwriters were: RealPage, Western National Group, Manly Stewart Finaldi, CentiMark, Automatic Fire Sprinkers, Alabout Fire, Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery, Partner Engineering and Science, Colliers International, Moran & Company, R. J. Noble, Fletcher Jones Motorcars, Traditional Jewelers, John Schumacher, Val Achtemeier, Darla Longo and Barbara Emmons of CBRE, Multihousing Pro Magazine, Berkeley Point, The Dot Printer, GuardTop, Mechanical Air Control, Noelle Marketing, Chuck Belden of Cushman & Wakefield, Champion Fire Systems, Alta Interiors, Walker & Dunlop, Emcor Services, HAR-BRO, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, CommerceWest Bank, Dunn-Edwards Paints, SimplexGrinnell and Spectra Contract Flooring.
“This year’s event brought many past sponsors and golfers, as well as many new supporters and we are grateful to everyone who participated,” Ciavarella said. “The tournament’s reputation as ‘the best in Orange County’ was yet again confirmed as golf sponsorships were sold out several months before the event, and because of our dynamic golf committee all of the underwriting opportunities were completely sold by tournament day.”
Cystinosis is a metabolic disease that slowly destroys every organ in the body, including the liver, kidneys, eyes, muscles, thyroid and brain. There is a medicine that prolongs children’s lives, but there is no cure.
The CRF of Irvine, California, is the leading private source for bench and clinical investigations of cystinosis research worldwide. All the foundation’s administrative costs are privately underwritten.
The foundation was formed in 2003 by Nancy and Geoffrey Stack, a managing director of the SARES•REGIS Group, an Irvine real estate company. Their daughter Natalie, 23, was diagnosed with cystinosis at infancy.
The CRF has raised $25.8 million and funded 122 cystinosis research studies and fellowships in 12 countries and is the largest fund provider of cystinosis research in the world.
For more information about the Cystinosis Research Foundation call (949) 223-7610