The Castle Peak Grille was hopping to the tunes of Jonny Mogambo while he rocked high-energy solo acoustic sets to help support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Mogambo has played in the Vail area club scene for more than 15 years and brought out friends and Vail Valley music buffs to help support the inaugural Uncork the Cure. Event organizer and longtime Eagle County resident Suzy Black said, "It was Jonny's idea. He had been to a Denver CF fundraiser and told me that I should organize an event in the Vail Valley." Mogambo's influence paid off as the fundraiser was wildly successful with a house full of enthusiastic supporters.
Suzy Black, a mother and a nurse, spoke from the heart and thanked the crowd for coming out to join in the fight to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.
"I am so touched and humbled and grateful," she said.
Mogambo added, "The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is about hope in action. They are research pioneers that advocate for families and caregivers and make the fight to find a cure a top priority in government, industry and research."
Black stated that the community's willingness to be involved with the fundraiser was humbling and thanked those who donated wines and auction items, including the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, Up the Creek Restaurant, the Denver Nuggets and Gore Range Brewery, to name a few.
What was most evident during Uncork the Cure was how heartfelt and authentic the crowd was about their reason for being there, and that was to convey a sense of hope for the future and positiveness. There was definitely an upbeat energy at the event, which turned out to be quite a reunion for many folks who had lived and worked in this Valley for more than 20 years. These doctors, nurses, musicians, waiters and other locals may not be the original founders of Vail but, in many instances, these people have helped keep the place going for better than half of the town's life. In addition, to holding down the fort, they lift up their own when needed, as evidenced by this special evening.
To learn more about the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's mission to cure and control CF visit www.cff.org.
Betty Ann Woodland covers fundraisers and events and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.