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The Lemonade Pals, a grassroots effort that has raised more than $20,050 over eight years, asked cars to Stop for CF in an effort to raise awareness and donations. North Texas children and parent-helpers held six lemonade stands in Highland Village’s Highland Shores neighborhood; Flower Mound’s Bella Lago, Tour 18, Bridlewood and Wellington neighborhoods; and the Lantana neighborhood. Together, the kids brought in $4,200. Bella Lago earned the Lemonade Cup by bringing in the most donations for the cause.

North Texas communities have generously supported this effort, by kids and for kids, to impact the lives of neighbors living with CF, a life-threatening disease that attacks the lungs and digestive system. CF affects about 30,000 children and young adults, and more than 10 million Americans are unknowing carriers of this inheritable genetic disorder. The Lemonade Pals, recognized by the State of Texas for their contributions, plan to continue the fundraising tradition each spring.

“As a parent of a CF adult I thank you all for what you are doing,” says James Lancaster, Sachse resident and friend of the North Texas Wine Opener. “You are awesome!"

The Lemonade Pals are children of volunteers with the North Texas Wine Opener, which to date has raised $2.2 million for the CFF. The 10th year gala event will feature a seated dinner prepared by acclaimed chef Morris Salerno of The Grotto; a selection of fine wine generously supplied by Newton Vineyard; and a silent and live auction led by GDP Auctioneer Services. The ‘Red Carpet Reverie’ theme will spotlight moments from the decade of fundraising, progress made and lives lost.

For more information, call the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northeast Texas at 214-871-2222, visit www.cfwineopener.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cfwineopener.

Thank you to volunteers who helped staff the Lemonade Pals booths this spring: Bella Lago: Andrea, Ava and Andrew Grubbs; Ashley Crosier; Ava and Gabe Vannuccini; Michael, Susan, Catherine and Julia Young; Cathy and Patrick Hurley; Todd, Joy, Tyler, Spencer, Ethan and Charlotte Fries; Edgar and Emily Crosier; Kim, Luke and Jen Vannuccini; Kim and Jessica Antonacci; Jill, Micah, Noah and Elijah Brewer; Wellington: Brooks, Graham and Vicki Toothman; Preston Smith; Ben Hanley; Dylan Humphries; Ella and Lydia Bouck; Tara McBride; Emma Butler; Caroline Mullins; Macey Dietrich; Emily, Lauren and Beth Spencer Lantana: Linda, Taylor and Cayman McMillan; Valerie and Tyler Mason; Stacey, Brooke and Mia Ferrara; Mattie Block; and Matthew Stone; Bridlewood: Vance Carter; Grant Carver; Mike, Cynthia, Jacob and Christian Funderburk; Bob, Jill, Grace and Anna Helmers; Jacob McCoy; Reagan Neale; Tracy, Truett and Jaydan Sena; Robin and Grace Wagner; Eric, Jill, Abby and Jay Welke; and Trevor Wilson. Highland Village: Lee, Hollie, Ella and Jackson Woodham; Rob, Lesley and Paige Henry; Michael, Merri Lynn, Kathleen and Paul Hake; Chris Patton; Matt and Marissa Miltz;Tracy, Trinity and Tatianna Beach; JoAnna, Alyssa and Alex Dean. Tour 18: Karly Plamondon; Victoria, Ariana, Aiden and Ethan Fisher; Margo and Pam Oaten; Kari, Powell and Pierson Valles; and Ashley, Madison and Mackenzie O'Rourke.

 

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