Party aids charity

MINEVILLE - Mineville partyers had a chance to welcome the new year and help a charity.

A New Year's Eve party at the Mineville VFW, hosted by the Celotti family, raised more than $1,100 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

"The Celotti family would like to thank everyone for attending the New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball Fundraiser and supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and our niece Caleigh," said Judy (Celotti) Garrison, who noted her niece suffers from the illness. "We raised over $1,100 and it was all made possible by your support, which is not only an investment in Caleigh's future, but the future of other children in our community with CF as well."

She noted the contributions of the Mineville VFW, Bernie and Joanne Podres, Lootza Burhart, Sue Morse, Keith Karkoski, Gabe Jaquish, John Nailor and Dan Dattilio as well as businesses Celotti's Wine & Spirits, Adirondack Auto, John Boyea of Boyea's Deli & Grocery, George's Restaurant, Kings Inn and Dave Malbon of Pine Cove Wood Works.

Garrison also thanked family members for their support.

"Thank you to the rest of our family and to the community members who donated money, food and or attended the event," she said. "We hope to see you again next year."

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.

To learn more about cystic fibrosis go to www.cff.org

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