The March 15 event will feature a tasting of Italy’s finest wines and a presentation and review by Eric Hemer, a master sommelier who has again donated this year’s award-winning selection for all three planned Swirl events. The donation allow all money raised to directly support LRF research programs. Hemer is senior vice president and director of wine education at Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc.
“Any time you have a selection of this many world-premier wines, it’s quite the momentous occasion,” Hemer said in a press release. “However, to be able to share these wines in support of the Lymphoma Research Foundation and their mission will make for a truly remarkable evening that I am proud to play a role in.”
Last year’s Swirl event at the club drew more than 130 wine enthusiasts and raised almost $50,000 to support the LRF’s mission to end lymphoma and better serve those affected by the disease. The host committee for the upcoming event includes Florence and Robert Werner, Leigh and Cory Olson, Barbara and Jerry Freundlich, Debbie and Kevin Fennessey and Walter Andrews.
“Once again, the excitement we’re seeing around this year’s Swirl, A Wine Tasting Event is a true indicator of the passion of the South Florida philanthropic community to support the Lymphoma Research Foundation in its mission,” said Meghan Gutierrez, the organization’s CEO. “We are tremendously grateful to Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc., for their continued partnership and generosity, as well as this year’s event committee, as they continue to make Swirl a hallmark of LRF’s fundraising efforts.”
The organization estimates that, in Florida alone, 5,000 people are diagnosed with lymphoma each year.
LRF is the country’s largest non-profit organization devoted to funding research and serving the lymphoma community through educational programs, outreach initiatives, and patient services. LRF has provided a total of about $57 million to support lymphoma-specific research.