Yesterday I attended a luncheon where the guest speaker was the energetic and passionate executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Lone Star Chapter, Mr. Hugh Hawthorne Farr. It was a good networking event, but the real value was found in the information Mr. Farr provided about Cystic Fibrosis, non-profit marketing, and venture philanthropy as a viable business model. They’ve been successful in making advancements in the treatment of CF as well as creatively advancing the business model of a non-profit organization — 90 percent of donated money finds its way directly to the treatment and research of CF. That’s an amazing percentage, and it means those involved are doing their job while keeping the mission close to their hearts. Quality volunteers form the backbone of this organization along with a passionate and dedicated staff.

The 4th Annual Thousand Oaks Fun-Run, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Lone Start Chapter, will take place at McAllister Park, Pavillion #4 at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2010. I encourage anybody who is able to please support this run/walk, which will raise money for CF research. For more information about this or other CFF events, or about the CFF in general, please visit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website. Also, feel free to download the flyer here.