LRF Sixth Annual Swirl: Miami Raises More than $85,000

Miami Beach Philanthropic Community Supports LRF’s Mission to Eradicate Lymphoma and Serve Those Impacted by this Blood Cancer

Swirl: Miami Host Committee (From top left: Kevin Fennessey, Cory Olson, Zack Stein, Robert Werner, Jerry Freundlich, Walter Andrews. From bottom left: Debbie Fennessey, Leigh Olson, Simone Stein, Florence Werner, Barbara Freundlich, Nina Andrews)

Miami, Fla. (March 28, 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 – hosted the sixth annual Swirl: A Wine Tasting Event series in Miami Beach on March 19. Returning to the La Gorce Country Club, the event raised more than $85,000 in support of the Lymphoma Research Foundation and its mission.

Representatives from National Wine Sponsor Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (SGWS) were on hand to present attendees with a selection of award-winning wines that featured Hot Wine Trends of 2019, highlighting emerging wine trends from lesser known countries and appellations. More than 150 guests attended the evening’s unique wine tasting and silent auction, bringing the total amount of funds raised since the inception of Swirl: Miami to more than $365,000.

Due to the success of Swirl: Miami, the Foundation is one step closer to achieving $1 million raised through the Swirl: A Wine Tasting Event series. To celebrate the upcoming milestone achievement and to honor national Wine Sponsor Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits partnership and commitment to LRF’s mission, the Foundation will present their coveted philanthropic Hope Award to SGWS at Swirl: Chicago on May 30.  LRF Board member, steadfast supporter of the Foundation’s Swirl series and Executive Vice President of Commercial Operations at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Kevin Fennessey will be in attendance to accept the award.

“As the national Wine Sponsor of the Swirl series, we are incredibly inspired by the series’ tremendous success 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. “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.”

“We are truly grateful for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits support of the Swirl: A Wine Tasting Event series,” said Meghan Gutierrez, LRF Chief Executive Officer. “Due to their extraordinary generosity and their commitment to LRF’s mission, we were able to not only raise nearly $1 million; but, bring together philanthropic communities around the country to make an impact on lymphoma research and the lives of people impacted by this blood cancer.  We are honored to show our gratitude to SGWS by presenting them with the Hope Award.”

National Swirl series sponsors include Wine Sponsor Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits; Presenting Sponsor Genentech; Platinum Sponsor Kite Pharma, a Gilead Company; and Gold Sponsors AbbVie, and  Verastem Oncology.

Nina and Walter Andrews, Debbie and Kevin Fennessey, Barbara and Jerry Freundlich, Midge and Mark Halpern, Leigh and Cory Olson, and Florence and Robert Werner served as the evening’s Host Committee. Leigh and Cory Olson are also the Premier Sponsor for Swirl: Miami.

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Kinya P. Harte
Director of Communications and Marketing