Triangle CCFA Hosts 6th Annual Gourmet Gala for Crohn's and Colitis Research

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  • Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (1888PressRelease) August 10, 2011 - In an effort to raise funds for the research of debilitating and potentially fatal digestive diseases, the Triangle membership group of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is hosting their 2011 Gourmet Gala, a philanthropic event featuring exquisite fare from the Triangle's finest chefs and restaurants, on Sunday, September 18th at the Raleigh-Durham Hilton.

    Seats for the gala are limited, but are currently still available. Individual tickets are priced at $75, and can be purchased at Tables can be reserved for $1,500. Proceeds from ticket and auction sales will fund the research of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, digestive illnesses affecting millions of Americans. The research, much of which is conducted in the Triangle, will improve the quality of life for those affected by these diseases, and, ultimately, contribute to the development of cures.

    Guests will be treated to an evening featuring exciting charity auctions and the unique culinary creations of top chefs from the Triangle's finest dining locales. The gala, which kicks off at 5:30 pm, features cuisine from ten local restaurants. 18 Seaboard, A Sweet Story, Antonio's Gourmet Market, Backyard Bistro, Creative Caterers, Relish Cafe & Bar, Remington's, Saint-Jacques French Cuisine, Solas Raleigh, and Solomon's Mediterranean Restaurant will all be represented. There will be a silent auction at the beginning of the gala, followed by a live auction. John Forslund, television personality for the Carolina Hurricanes, will act as Master of Ceremonies.

    Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are debilitating and potentially fatal digestive illnesses that affect more and more Americans every year. Currently, there are an estimated 41,000 North Carolinians suffering from the diseases, over 4,000 of which are children. The quality of life for many of these individuals is directly linked to advancements in medical research, which is largely funded by the philanthropic efforts of local branches of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, a national nonprofit.

    "The Gourmet Gala is our only formal fundraising event of the year. It's a chance for our members and supporters to enjoy a night of glamor and fun that will contribute to our ongoing efforts to improve the lives of those with Crohn's and Colitis," says CCFA Community Development Manager Nicole Pielech. "And let's not forget the amazing food. With the Triangle's top chefs in attendance, it's going to be quite the culinary event."

    Current sponsors for the 2011 Gourmet Gala are Salix Pharmaceuticals and Shire Pharmaceuticals. Sponsors are still needed for the event. For information, or to become a corporate sponsor, visit

    For more information on the gala, contact Nicole Pielech, the local CCFA Community Development Manager, by phone at (646) 300-2906 or by email at npielech ( @ ) ccfa dot org dot Those wishing to connect to the discussion surrounding the event via social media channels should visit the Triangle CCFA Facebook page at http://on dot fb dot me/ld2E4T or follow on Twitter at http://twitter dot com/TriangleCCFA dot

    About the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America:
    The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. It was founded in 1967 by Irwin M. and Suzanne Rosenthal, William D. and Shelby Modell, and Henry D. Janowitz, M.D. Four decades ago, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation created the field of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis research. Today, the Foundation funds cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, nurtures investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finances underdeveloped areas of research. Educational workshops and symposia, together with our scientific journal, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, enable medical professionals to keep pace with this rapidly growing field. No wonder the National Institutes of Health has commended the Foundation for "uniting the research community and strengthening IBD research."

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