Event: 27th Annual Book of Hope Luncheon
Charity: Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America
Date: March 13th
Price: $150 per ticket
Location:Boca Raton Resort & Club
Event features bestselling author Michael Tonello and the chance to win a rare $15,000 handbag
Boca Raton, Fla. (February 15, 2017) The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is offering the chance to win a rare Hermes Birkin bag valued at $15,000 during their annual Book of Hope Luncheon, now being dubbed The Birkin Bash. The signature fundraiser, now in its 27thyear, will take place on March 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Complementing the theme of Birkin mania, CCFA is excited to announce that keynote speaker for the luncheon is famed author Michael Tonello.
Tonello, who grew up in Osterville, Massachusetts, “attended New York City’s Fordham University for almost a full day, before beginning an ambitious field study of New York socialites in their native nightlife habitats.” Eventually, he made his way to San Francisco where he founded a successful company, Team Artist Representatives. Later, a chance job assignment in Spain led him to resettle in Barcelona where he began yet another career as a luxury reseller, specializing in Hermes.
His memoir Bringing Home the Birkin was published in 2008 by William Morrow/HarperCollins. The book details his adventures as an entrepreneur who travels all over the world, visiting Hermes stores to procure “same day” Birkins for wealthy and famous clients who don’t want to wait for the iconic purse. Now published in 13 languages, Bringing Home the Birkin has been on multiple bestseller lists.
In addition to Tonello’s keynote address, attendees to the Book of Hope Luncheon will enjoy a splendid gourmet lunch, before learning more about the great achievements being made by CCFA in the ongoing efforts to find a cure for Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and other digestive diseases.
The Book of Hope Luncheon is one of the CCFA South Florida chapter’s signature events with the goal of raising funds and awareness to support the chapter’s mission of a world without digestive diseases. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $150 per person, raffle tickets for the Birkin bag sold at $100 each. Those interested in attending the luncheon or wishing to become a sponsor may contact Jennifer McCorvey by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 561-218-2929 (Ext. 2).
About Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are painful, medically incurable illnesses that attack the digestive system. Crohn’s disease may attack anywhere from the mouth to the anus, while ulcerative colitis inflames only the large intestine (colon). Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever and weight loss. Many patients require hospitalization and surgery. These illnesses can cause severe complications, including colon cancer in patients with long-term disease. Some 1.6 million American adults and children suffer from Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, with as many as 150,000 under the age of 18. Most people develop the diseases between the ages of 15 and 35.
About the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s mission is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. The Foundation ranks third among leading health non-profits in the percentage of expense devoted to research toward a cure, with more than 84 cents of every dollar the Foundation spends goes to mission-critical programs. The Foundation consistently meets the standards of organizations that monitor charities, including receiving the highest rating from the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance (give.org) and the American Institute of Philanthropy (charitywatch.org). For more information, please contact the Foundation at 800-932-2423 or visit www.ccfa.org.