Why We Host The Gala
Sadly on August 4, 2016 our dear friend Nicholas Costantino lost his nearly 50 year battle with Cystic Fibrosis. He created this Gala to shed light on a rare disease that takes the lives of many at a very young age while financially supporting a group of professionals responsible for his impressive and fulfilling life. By partnering with us you are helping to keep Nick’s dream and philanthropic legacy alive.
Families & Friends Supporting Cystic Fibrosis Care is a non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life of people with cystic fibrosis (CF) while they await a cure. “CF Care” was established to ensure that CF patients continue to have access to the special programs they need in order to maintain their health and achieve their goals. This organization followed Nick from 1977 until the moment he passed. They are affiliated with Beth Israel Hospital where Nick was treated but the proceeds from our benefit will go directly to the CF Care organization and not the hospital nor to any fundraising committee members. We raised almost $200k for the cause since our event’s inception and we look forward to raising even more money this year!
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Please note: Only one person with CF should be present at a CF sponsored indoor event. This person will be invited by the event organizer.
People with CF and their families should be aware that individuals with CF might choose to attend the event without notifying event organizers. We strongly discourage this; however, we cannot guarantee that only one person with CF will be present at any indoor Foundation event.
Engel & Volkers’ EV Hoboken Cares Program (formerly Empire Cares) would like to once again formally celebrate, honor and raise money for the specific program of distinguished professionals who have given Nicholas Costantino years of dedicated medical treatment and support. Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. It affects an estimated 30,000 children and adults in America and approximately 70,000 people world wide.* It requires expensive treatments and thrives on innovative medical research. By celebrating with us you are helping CF Care help others and continue their good work in search for a cure. So grab your black and white formal attire and come help us celebrate the life and legacy of Nicholas Costantino!