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By Debbie Miller

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2nd Annual CCFA Orange County Bocce Invitational

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Be a part of some great entertainment at Il Fornaio Restaurant where executives get a chance to show off their skills outside the boardroom. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)’s Second Annual Bocce Invitational takes place on Friday, August 23rd, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

The evening features live jazz on the bocce courts by The SMART Foundation Quartet, wonderful food and wine from Il Fornaio and excellent company with other prominent local business leaders, all of whom have joined together to raise funds and awareness for mission critical research, education and support for healthcare professionals and the more than 15,000 Orange County families they serve.

Known collectively as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affects approximately 1 in 200 people[1] yet less than 50 percent of people in the US are familiar with the disease.[2]

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) has also recently launched a comprehensive and compelling new awareness campaign, “Escape the Stall” in order to raise awareness for these chronic illnesses.

The campaign features actress Amy Brenneman, most well-known for her role on “Judging Amy,” and has just won a national award for best PSA.

IBD are painful, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system.  Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, bleeding, fever, severe fatigue and weight loss. Many patients require numerous hospitalizations and surgery. The fastest growing patient population is children under the age of 18.

With the help of the local business community, including Carol Fox and Teri Aikin of Orange County Business Journal, Michael Katz of Katz & Yoon, LLP, Alejandro “Alex” Angulo of Rutan & Tucker, LLP, Betty Rengifo Uribe of California Bank & Trust, Paul O’Mara and Patty Juarez of Wells Fargo, and Michael Aceves of Union Bank, CCFA can continue to drive the conversation about these often “taboo” diseases.

More than 82 cents of every dollar donated directly supports the Foundation’s mission to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

For those new to the sport, “coaching” is provided onsite. Last year’s Italian lawn bowling extravaganza raised over $32,000 for the cause, and a Stanley Cup style trophy is awarded to the winning foursome.

Tickets may also be purchased to attend as a guest of this fabulous mixer event. To reserve now, please visit http://online.ccfa.org/bocce.



[1]  GASTROENTEROLOGY 2012;142:46–54

[2] OmniTel Overnight CCFA Awareness Pre Wave, October 2012

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