Tony Award® and Grammy® Award winning musicians Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day, world champion surfers Lisa Andersen, Tom Curren and Peter “PT” Townend, surf legend Mickey Munoz, skate legend Tony Hawk and gold medal swimmers Rowdy Gaines and Jason Lezak will join surfing legends and founding co-chairs Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis at the fifth annual Pipeline to a Cure Gala this Saturday, July 14th. The event will once again be held at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, CA.
The goal of the Pipeline to a Cure is to increase awareness and funding for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by rallying the surfing and action sports world. Over the past five years, Pipeline to a Cure has raised more than $1.5 million for research to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, a deadly inherited disease. This summer gala will again recognize the positive effect that surfing has on the health of children with cystic fibrosis.
Guests will enjoy an evening of celebrity entertainment, fabulous food, and spectacular silent and live auctions, all while mingling with their favorite surfing celebrities.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A few years ago, Australian researchers found that cystic fibrosis children who surfed had significantly healthier lungs. Doctors determined that inhaling saltwater mist has a powerful effect on rehydrating the lining of the lungs, which allows cystic fibrosis patients to more easily eliminate bacteria-contaminated mucus. This discovery led researchers to develop a hypertonic saline solution, which cystic fibrosis patients around the world now inhale every day.
As such, cystic fibrosis patients literally mimic a “surf session” on a daily basis. Given this natural link to surfing, the Pipeline to a Cure campaign was born, and events such as surf and stand-up paddle events for CF families are planned outside of this gala.
The funds raised at Pipeline go directly to life-saving research. With no public funding, funds raised from the private sector provide a tremendous and critical lifeline to the more than 70,000 children around the world with cystic fibrosis.
The Pipeline gala begins at 6pm for cocktails and silent auction, dinner and live auction program begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the event are $350.