Academy-Award winning artist brings a message of hope

The Academy Awards ceremony airs this Sunday, which reminds friends of the North Texas Wine Opener of their rare opportunity to attend an intimate concert with 2012 Oscar-winning artist, Foy Vance.

Vance recently performed a benefit show for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) at Royal Affairs Ballroom in Lewisville that generated over $4,000 in donations. To date, the North Texas Wine Opener has raised more than $1.7 million for CF research.

A personal connection between Irish-born Vance and the Strange family (Joe and Chris Strange; Scott and Christi Strange; and Cory and Amy Strange) led to the concert, held the week Vance was in town to open for the sold-out Ed Sheeran show at The Palladium Ballroom in Dallas.

“It was an amazing night that we will always remember,” said North Texas Wine Opener co-chair Jill Welke. “Foy’s music–inspiring and soulful–touched our hearts, and we are grateful to Foy for sharing his gift with us, and to the Strange family for making the evening possible.”

Vance composed the score for the short film The Shore, which won a 2012 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. Fans of Grey’s Anatomy may also recognize Vance’s songs, “Homebird” and “Gabriel and the Vagabond,” featured on season two.

General admission tickets to the North Texas Wine Opener, May 4 at Royal Affairs Ballroom, sold out in 16 days. Guests will enjoy 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. 

In the months leading up to the event, fundraising efforts will continue with zpizza Pizza in the Park, lemonade stands by event sponsor The Lemonade Pals and Change for CF, a friendly competition among local schools.

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

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