A gala fundraising event, Breathing Life into the Future, will be held at the Hotel Pattee April 22 at 7 p.m. and hosted by the Charlie’s Angels Team on behalf of 3-year-old Charlie Hugunin, daughter of Tim and Jenny Hugunin, who battles daily to breathe as she fights cystic fibrosis.
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening lung and digestive disease that causes heavy mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. The money raised from the Breathing Life into the Future event will fund research into new medications and eventually a cure for the disease.
As a warmup to Saturday’s event, the Hotel Pattee hosted an open house reception April 15 for their recently restored downstairs bowling alley, and a silent auction for Breathing Life into the Future, featuring about two dozen stylized bowling pins, gave the evening a festive air.
Free bowling, along with canapes and refreshments, were available. Alex Hugunin, 10, a fourth grader at Lakewood Elementary School in Norwalk, is the elder sister of Charlie Hugunin, the angel of the story. Alex said she has an interest in number coordinates at present.
Caitlin Cannon, a hostess at the hotel, welcomed visitors, encouraging them to help themselves to the refreshments and explaining the layout of the silent-auction pins.
Hotel Pattee owner Jay Hartz said the Saturday bowling event was a success, raising more than $800 for Breathing Life into the Future. The elaborately decorated bowling pins included a jackalope with the inscription, “Fighting Cystic Fibrosis One Pin at a Time.”.
Lynn Marr Moore of Ames, a Charlie’s Angels member, dined with the Hugunins at the hotel in January as they planned for the event.
“We had dinner,” Moore told her Facebook friends, “and toured the beautiful Hotel Pattee in Perry, our host for Breathing Life into the Future April 22 event for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Owners Jay and Denise (Hartz) were there to meet Tim Hugunin, Jenny Fuller Hugunin, Alex and Charlie. We are very excited to have them on our Charlie’s Angels team.”
Money raised at Saturday’s Breathing Life into the Future will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-Iowa Chapter and help fund research at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.
Attendees at the Charlie’s Angels evening at the Hotel Pattee will enjoy:
- Food and drinks (cash bar for drinks)
- Entertainment provided by Dueling Musicians
- Buying a rose from “65 Roses” for a chance to win great prizes
- Silent art auction
- Buying tickets to win one of many gifts provided by Charlie’s Angels merchants
- Buying tickets for a chance to have lunch with Iowa State University Football Coach Matt Campbell
“Fighting CF for Charlie is the right thing to do,” Moore said. “She has dreams about tomorrow and the future. We need to breathe life into her future!”
For room reservations at the Hotel Pattee, call the hotel at 515-465-3511 and mention Breathing Life into the Future to receive a 20 percent discount on your room. Check out room selections at the Hotel Pattee website.