Nearly 200 people gathered at the Birmingham home of David Shelby on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, for the Magic in the Moonlight Gala, benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Thomas J. Methvin, managing shareholder of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. law firm in Montgomery was honored as the 2009 recipient of The Sheena Diane Ayers Humanitarian Award for his longtime dedication and service to the cause of Cystic Fibrosis awareness and research. The award was presented by event co-chairs Roger and Diane Appell, and is named after their daughter, who suffered from CF and recently passed away.
The event, presented by the Alabama Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, featured live entertainment by famed jazz musician Cleve Eaton and The Alabama All Stars, as well as a silent auction. Guests enjoyed signature specialty dishes prepared by leading Birmingham restaurants Bongiorno, Brio, Daniel George, Gianmarco’s, Homewood Gourmet, John’s City Diner and Michael’s. Proceeds from admission and the silent auction benefitted the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Barton-Clay Fine Jewelers also presented “Diamond on Ice,” with tickets for $20 each to win a diamond. Popular FOX-6 News anchor Rick Journey served as emcee for the event, which raised nearly $60,000.
Methvin has a personal connection to the fight for CF treatment, as his niece, Mary Lindsey Hannahan, was diagnosed with the condition at age 2. 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, and 70,000 people worldwide. Today, advances in research and medical treatments enhance and extend life for children and adults with CF.
“It is encouraging to see the great progress that is being made in the fight for a cure and effective treatment for cystic fibrosis,” Methvin says. “The work of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is helping people to live longer, and to enjoy better quality of life as well. I am honored to help make CF stand for ‘Cure Found.’ I personally want to thank all the people who work so hard for awareness and funding, and everyone who supports this mission with their donations. Together, we can make a real difference.”
About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis foundation, a nonprofit donor-supported organization, is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease. The Foundation is the leading organization in the United States devoted to cystic fibrosis. It funds and accredits more than 115 CF care centers, 95 adult care programs and 50 affiliate programs, and has 80 chapters and branch offices nationwide. For more information, visit www.cff.org.