Taste For a Cure For CF 2015 - another fantastic success!

WE raised $1million in 9 years!!

We wish to express our deep gratitude to all our friends and supporters in Amherst who helped make the 9th Annual Taste for a Cure for CF on April 9th, such a fantastic success this year. With the help of our local community and beyond we raised over $140,000  to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This means that Taste has raised over $1million for CF research in nine years– just incredible!!

The night would not have been possible if it was not for the involvement and generosity of many, many  people! The Taste Committee is the backbone of Taste; this event could not have happened without the hard work and dedication of the most wonderful committee – Heather Crowe, Jennifer Grunbeck, Kathy MacPhee, Jo-Ellen Redmond, Maryellen Redway and Anne Spenser. From ribbon tying to filling out spreadsheets to getting auction items, this committee made sure everything was perfect!

The food and beverages this year was second to none, thanks to the continuing support of the local restaurants, beverage and food businesses that participated. A huge thank-you to the following restaurants, bakeries and businesses who shared their wonderful culinary creations with our guests - A&E Custom Coffee Roastery, Cabot Cheese, Cupcakes 101, Frederick’s Pastries,  Greenhouse Catering, Holy Grail Food & Spirits,  Hooked & Ignite, Michelle’s Totally Awesome Gourmet Popcorn, Not Your Average Joe’s, Orchard Street Chop Shop, The Peddler’s Daughter, Piccola Italia Ristorante, SALT Kitchen & Bar at Wentworth by the Sea, Woodstock Inn Brewery, and Zorvino Vineyards.

We are so grateful for the support of our presenting sponsors Arthur and Joan Bourgue of  Survs Up, and all our generous sponsors -Allegro Microsystems LLC, Dovetail Dental Associates, Hampshire Fire Protection, Ira Lexus of Manchester, Ocean Properties, Pegasystems, People’s United Bank, RiverStone Resources, US Trust  and National Sponsor – American Airlines. Their continuing support every year is getting us closer to a cure for CF.

The night was perfect! The room at Executive Banqueting Facility looked amazing thanks to the committee’s hard work and flowers donated by PJ’s Flowers of Bedford. The BYPC Jazz Combo, and EMCEE AND DJ Porter Dodge ensured that everyone had a very entertaining evening. The Volunteers from Souhegan High School and Kohl’s ensured that everything went smoothly that night! Photographer Ray Peeples did a fantastic job taking photos throughout the evening. Many local businesses donated wonderful auction items for our silent auction – we had over 100 items, ranging from weekends away to autographed sports memorabilia!! And this year, many friends donated wonderful baskets and handcrafted unique goodies which ensured our best auction ever!! THANK-YOU!

A very special thank-you to Jennifer and Bob Grunbeck and the Grunbeck Family foundation for their continuous and outstanding generosity, they are wonderful friends who make this event possible. The Grunbeck family have been part of this event since the very beginning and I know their involvement ,on so many levels, and their support has ensured the success of  Taste over the past nine years. Thank-you Jen and Bob!

A  huge thank-you to the staff of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, who work tirelessly to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. Long after the office door closed they worked tirelessly to ensure the success of this event. And lastly and most importantly, thank-you to our guests who bought tickets, purchased auction items and contributed to Bid For A Cure, we are forever grateful for your support and know that every dollar makes a difference.

When our daughter, Rosie was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, we were told that the life expectancy for someone with CF at that time was 19 years. She celebrated her 17th birthday last week! It is thanks to your support of Taste, Great Strides, Rosie’s Roses Glass. Lemonade stands, Canvas Roadshows, and every other fundraiser we organize that has given her a life where she can enjoy and participate everything a 17 year old should enjoy! Over 50% of the CF population is over 18 years of age!! We won’t give up asking for your support and will keep on going until we find a cure.


The Garvey Family 

 Rosie preparing her speech, where she explained what it is like to live with cystic fibrosis.

How Taste For a Cure For Cystic Fibrosis came to be.

My  daughter, Rosie was born with cystic fibrosis – a genetic disorder that affects many parts of the body but in particular the Lungs - there is no cure. Over 30,000 Americans have CF, we don’t get any federal funding for research so it’s up to families and many passionate friends to help raise funds for a cure for this condition. One Friday night, in May 2006, I sat on my deck with a neighbor talking about ideas of how we could raise funds to find a cure for Rosie. We agreed that everyone loves food and came up with the idea of “Taste for a Cure For CF”. Firstly, we formed a committee – basically my neighbors on Holly Hill! After realing that very one on the committee had great talents we agreed to start a food based fundraiser to raise money for CF research. We contacted local restaurants and food businesses to see if they would be interested in joining us at Taste and serving their signature dishes to guests and were surprised with the support we got. To cut a long story short, we called everyone we knew who would attend Taste, participate in the event, sponsor the event, donate auction items! We hoped that we would raise $20,000 at our first Taste at The Millyard Museum in Manchester NH. The snow ( yes, in April!) didn't stop anyone form attending and we raised an amazing $70,000! From very humble beginnings Taste for a Cure has blossomed into an annual event that has sold out the past couple of years and has raised over $1 million for the CF foundation – we raised over $140,000 this year. I cannot identify one single thing that makes Taste such a success but rather a combination of many things and the most amazing committee that makes it all come together! Talking of the Taste committee, we are a group of local ladies whose combined talents make the Taste magic happen – our talents range from bow making to organizing excel spreadsheets!  I have to give a special mention to the Grunbeck Family Foundation whose continuous support  of Taste has made it the great event that it has become. Although there is no cure for CF, this year, for the first time ever the median age for people with CF in the US is over eighteen years. Great progress continues to be made and hopefully we will have a cure for Rosie very soon!

Thank-you so much, we are forever grateful for your support.

The Garvey Family

For more information on cystic fibrosis please visit www.cff.org 

 Some pics from 2014 - our photographer Ray Peeples did a fantastic  job, check his website http://www.peeplesphotography.com/