Par Wars Golf Classic, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Since 1994, George Krikorian and the Krikorian Premiere Theatres (KPT) family have helped raise millions of dollars for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CF Foundation) through auction donations, monetary donations, and the annual Par Wars Golf Classic.
Krikorian first learned of the disease when Jessica Strisower, niece of a close friend, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) at the age of two. The Strisower family immediately became involved with a South Bay golf tournament benefiting the CF Foundation and asked Krikorian to place an ad in the journal. He did. Two years later, the tournament lost its title sponsor and asked Krikorian to increase his commitment. He did. Since that time, Krikorian and KPT have continued their commitment as title sponsor of the annual Par Wars Golf Classic.
What started as a small, local event in 1981, raising $1,000, has turned into one of the CF Foundation’s premiere South Bay events.
Throughout those years, Jessica became the face of the golf tournament. Par Wars attendees saw her lose her baby teeth, watched her become a teenager, followed her health when she opted for a double-lobe transplant and shared excitement when she was able to play high school basketball. Everyone grew to lover her, which made it that much more difficult when she lost her battle with CF on March 26, 2008 at the age of 16.
The 27th Annual Par Wars Golf Classic that was held just a few short months after her passing on July 25, 2008 was one of great sadness, but even greater determination. Everyone realized just how important their involvement with the CF Foundation was and how important their future commitment would be. The event netted over $300,000.
The Par Wars Golf Classic is still held every year, in loving memory of Jessica Strisower and will continue to be a focus for the KPT family until a cure for cystic fibrosis has been found.
Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States. A defective gene causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus. This abnormal mucus leads to chronic and life-threatening lung infections and impairs digestion. Currently, there is no cure.
CF Foundation-supported scientists, however, are writing a remarkable medical success story. They are quickly translating information from the laboratory – such as knowledge about the inner workings of CF cells – into promising new strategies for therapies. In fact, more clinical trials are underway on new CF drugs than ever before in history.
In recognition for its work, the CF Foundation has been cited by such publications as SmartMoney and Forbes as one of the top health organizations in the country in terms of its efficiency and innovative approach to curing a genetic disease.
The path to curing CF is paved with numerous research opportunities – any one o f which could have a profound impact on the lives of those with the disease. The only thing that stands in the way to finding a cure is additional funds to support the research. With your help, we can improve the length and quality of life for those adults and children living with CF. For more information visit www.cff.org
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