Foundation to Host Annual Wine Tasting Fundraising Event at The Casino in Chicago, IL

Founding Sponsor Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits to Present  Hot Wine Trends of 2019 and Special Craft Whiskey Tasting

Chicago, Il. (May 1, 2019) – The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) – the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services – will host the third Chicago installment of its Swirl: A Wine Tasting Event Series at the Casino on May 30.

2019 National Swirl Series Sponsors AbbVie, Genentech, Kite Pharma, a Gilead Company, Pharmacyclics, and Verastem Oncology will join Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (SGWS), Founding Sponsor of the Swirl Series, to present attendees with a diverse selection of world class wines, and new this year, a special craft whiskey tasting. Attendees can also expect delicious hors d’oeuvres to complement the tasting and live jazz performances throughout the evening.

LRF’s Swirl Series, held in select cities throughout the country, has raised substantial funds for the Foundation since 2013. This year, the Swirl Series will exceed a fundraising milestone of $1 million in revenues for the Foundation at the conclusion of the 2019 Swirl: Chicago installment. Celebrating this occasion and highlighting their tremendous support, LRF will present Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits with the coveted philanthropic 2019 Hope Award in recognition of their partnership and commitment to LRF’s mission.  Michael Werner, Chairman of LRF’s Board of Directors, will be in attendance to present the award.

“As the Founding Sponsor of LRF’s Swirl Series, we are incredibly inspired by the tremendous success of these events around the country and the impact our partnership has on the lymphoma community,” said Kevin Fennessey, Executive Vice President of Commercial Operations at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and member of LRF’s Board of Directors. “We look forward to our continued partnership and expanding to more wonderful philanthropic communities to further our support of LRF and all those impacted by a lymphoma diagnosis.”

This year’s Swirl: Chicago Host Committee members include Laura and Michael Werner (Chairs); Lynn and Michael Froy; Donna Landsman; Jill and Lee Pollock; and Diane and Paul Reilly. Honorary Host Committee members include Leo I. Gordon, MD, FACP and Barbara Pro, MD, of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University; John P. Leonard, MD of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medicine; and Sonali M. Smith, MD of the University of Chicago.

“We are delighted to return to Chicago as part of the Swirl series, as it is a crucial part of our efforts to raise funds for lymphoma research and awareness for the lymphoma community,” said Meghan Gutierrez, LRF Chief Executive Officer. “It’s incredible to attend this event and witness firsthand the dedication the Chicago community has to the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s mission. We are grateful for the contributions of the Swirl Host Committee members and our national sponsors who support this event each year.”

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Kinya P. Harte
Director of Communications and Marketing