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Melissa Kandel

Melissa Kandel

Hi there. 2019 marks my third year as a committee member for Finest and each year, I'm so grateful for everyone who donates to my campaign. Most of the money I raise happens during one event - Winter Bar Crawl for a Cause - this year taking place Saturday, Feb. 23 from 1 - 6 p.m. on Balboa Peninsula.

It's an awesome and fun day with drink specials, free food, thousands of dollars in prizes, live entertainment and most importantly, the chance to get together with more than 150 people who want to give back to this incredible cause - helping cure cystic fibrosis and helping those who live with the disease add many more tomorrows.

If you'd like to participate in this year's event, the third annual of its kind, you can purchase tickets at barcrawlforacause2019.eventbrite.com.

Why do I raise money? Why do I put on this massive bar crawl every year? Well first, it always falls on my birthday, so the event is a great excuse to get my friends together to celebrate with me (shameless) but second, I raise money in honor of my mom, who passed away several years ago from cystic fibrosis. (You can read my account of her story here: cff.org/CF-Community-Blog/Posts/2017/My-Mothers-Life-Overshadowed-CF)

She's the reason why I do what I do and why I volunteer for CFF OC in the first place. Because really, after the final raffle prize is awarded and the last note by the band is sung, I just want to make her proud. This one's for you, mom.

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