22ND ANNUAL FLORIDA CLASSIC BENEFITTING CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION TO BE HELD NOVEMBER 16 - 18, 2017 Jon Secada to headline an “Intimate Evening” on November 17

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – (August 24, 2017) – The 22nd Annual Florida Classic Presented by Ford, BB&T and Breakthru Beverage announced today its lineup of happenings for the three-day event that will take place November 16-18, 2017. Since its inception 22 years ago, the Florida Classic has netted nearly $8.8 million for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, helping to fund cutting-edge research and top-quality care for cystic fibrosis patients.

The highly anticipated annual event will include:

 BeachBash on Thursday, November 16 at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

 Golf Tournament on Friday, November 17 at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club

 “An Intimate Evening with Jon Secada” on Friday, November 17 at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

 Fishing Tournament on Saturday, November 18

Formerly known at the 65 Roses Gala, this year’s dinner event will debut a revamped experience, “An Intimate Evening with Jon Secada,” that will feature a performance by the GRAMMY Award-winning artist. Guests will enjoy a warm and sophisticated atmosphere including luxurious lounge-style seating which will allow them to be front-and-center for Secada’s performance. Reserved and open seating options will be available, as well as a variety of table sizes including 2-tops, 4-tops, 6-tops, 8-tops, etc. The overall ambiance will have the look and feel of an upscale lounge.

Born in Havana, Cuba and raised in Hialeah, Jon Secada is best known for his work with Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Mandy Moore. Secada also boasts an illustrious solo career, selling 20 million albums and topping the charts with his own style of music which fuses funk, soul, pop and Latin percussion. 

The Florida Classic is one of the largest fundraisers for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s South Florida office. This year’s General Co-Chairs are Phillip DeBiasi, Heather Geronemus, Joe Hess and Gregg Snowden. The dinner chairs are Joe Batalla, Paul Sallarullo, and Johanne Marcoux. 

The schedule of events is as follows:

Thursday, November 16, 2017Captains’ Meeting and Kick-Off PartyHome of Chad Moss – 1736 SE 13th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM 

Captains’ Meeting, registration and angler gift package distribution

Thursday, November 16, 2017

BeachBash “50 Shades”The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale - 1 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale7:00 PM – 10:00 PM 

Enjoy open bar, hors d’oeuvres and live music by DJ Adam Foster at the ‘Sexiest Party of the Year’!

Friday, November 17, 2017Golf Tournament “Party on the Green” Fort Lauderdale Country Club - 415 E Country Club Cir, Fort Lauderdale7:30 AM Registration & Breakfast

9:00 AM Shotgun Start1:30 PM Lunch & Awards Ceremony

Friday, November 17, 2017“An Intimate Evening with Jon Secada”The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale - 1 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale7:00 PM Open bar and silent auction

8:00 PM Dinner, silent and live auctions, and entertainment

Saturday, November 18, 2017Fishing TournamentBoats leave from and return to any inlet in between Government Cut and Lake Worth8:00 AM Lines In- 3:00 PM Lines Out

Saturday, November 18, 2017 Fishing Tournament Awards 

Reception: 15th Street Fisheries - 1900 SE 15th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Open bar and hors d’oeuvres

Cocktails for all events are graciously provided by Breakthru BeverageTo purchase tickets to any of the Florida Classic events, for additional information, or to make a donation, please visit www.flclassic.org. You can also contact the South Florida Office of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 954-739-5006. 

Visit our Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/CFFSouthFlorida/ and www.facebook.com/BeachBashCFF.About Cystic Fibrosis FoundationCystic fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease affecting an estimated 30,000 children and adults in the United States. Currently, there is no cure. The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality specialized care. 

For more information about cystic fibrosis, please call (954) 739-5006, or visit www.cff.org.

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