Top driver challenges public to accelerate towards a cure

NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick has been chosen to be the honorary chairman for the North Texas Wine Opener to rev up awareness and fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

As one of NASCAR’s most successful drivers, Harvick is best known for his Daytona 500 win and one of the busiest race schedules in the industry.

The event will be held on Saturday, May 12, at Royal Affairs Ballroom in Lewisville.

“We are honored to have such a gifted athlete and passionate philanthropist team up with the North Texas Wine Opener,” said Eric Welke of Highland Village, event co-chair.

“His high level of success really drives home what it means to have a winning track record. That’s the kind of attitude and single-mindedness we want on board as we raise much-needed funds for cystic fibrosis research aimed at finding a cure.”

Harvick will remotely welcome more than 300 guests for a seated dinner prepared by acclaimed chef Morris Salerno of The Grotto; a selection of fine wine generously supplied by Newton Vineyard; and a silent and live auction led by GDP Auctioneer Services. The theme for the May 12 event is ‘Raise for the 65 Roses,’ which incorporates the thrill and excitement of car racing.

In the months leading up to the event, fundraising efforts will continue with a zpizza fundraising night; lemonade stands by event sponsor The Lemonade Pals; and Change for CF, a friendly competition among local schools that last year raised over $12,000! All proceeds—100 percent—will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

To date, the North Texas Wine Opener has raised more than $1.4 million for the Foundation, which has been used to fund vital research to find a cure or control for cystic fibrosis (CF), including drug, physical, and genetic studies affecting CF.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, call the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northeast Texas at 214-871-2222 or visit


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