Book of Hope Luncheon featuring Elizabeth Smart

The Florida Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, is excited to announce Elizabeth Smart as the guest speaker of their 22nd Annual Book of Hope Luncheon, being held on Monday, March 12, 2012 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.
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During the luncheon, Smart will give inspiring insight on “Overcoming Adversity in Your Life”. Her speech will provide hope and encouragement to not only those who suffer from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, but for anyone who has struggled with a difficult or traumatic situation.  Elizabeth Smart’s courageous strength is a daily reminder not to allow a challenge to dictate your life’s future.

The Book of Hope Luncheon begins at 10:30 am with a silent auction featuring more than 100 fabulous items including hotel stays and trips, jewelry, restaurant and spa gift certificates and much more! While enjoying the delicious cuisine, the more than 500 guests will have the opportunity to view the latest spring fashions courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue in Boca Raton.

CCFA will be honoring longtime supporters Sloane & Marc Gillman and Shaldine & Richard Gillman during the event.  The Gillmans are all too familiar with the impact IBD has on a family.  At the age of 10, Sloane and Marc’s eldest son, Brandon was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.  His once carefree childhood suddenly changed to a path of numerous hospitals visits, daily medications and painful surgeries.  Through the process of caring for Brandon, Sloane and Marc Gillman and Marc’s parents, Shaldine and Richard Gillman, have made it their mission to help find a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.  Both families became involved with CCFA by serving on the Board of Trustees and helping fund important research initiatives.  Brandon has never let his diagnosis get in his way of living life to its fullest. He and his family have spent tireless hours volunteering and raising funds to find a cure.  CFFA is privileged to honor such a dedicated family.

All proceeds from the Book of Hope Luncheon will benefit CCFA and help raise funds to find a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. More than 1.4 million Americans have Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).  

Tickets are available for only $125 per person. For more information on how you can attend this very special event and hear one of the most inspirational stories of triumph, please contact Michelle Klein at the CCFA Florida Chapter at 561-218-2929 or via email at
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