Father, Daughter a Hit at “Sixty-Five Roses”

Howard and Michelle Kessler, Mary Weiss

Howard and Michelle Kessler, and Mary Weiss

PALM BEACH, FLSophie Hodge, a 12-year-old with Cystic Fibrosis, wowed the crowd at the 46th annual “Sixty-Five Roses” reception.

Her remarks about what her life is like with the disease, followed by thoughts from her dad, Peter Hodge, motivated an outpouring of support – and dollars – to fight the disease.

John and Jana Scarpa

John and Jana Scarpa

After the pair spoke, Jana and John Scarpa stood up at the program and offered to donate $50,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They were followed by Frederick and Suzanne Menowitz, who pledged more than $20,000. When the frenzy finally ended, the foundation exceeded its goal by more than $80,000.

In all, the Palm Beach branch of the CF Foundation raised almost $300,000 at the reception.

Mary G. Weiss, founding president of the Palm Beach office, expressed her gratitude for the support, which has enabled scientists to not only extend the life expectancy of CF patients over the years, but to also vastly improve the quality of life they can enjoy.

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In 2012, the FDA approved a new drug, Kalydeco, which treats the underlying cause of CF on a molecular level. This is the first time in medical history that a drug of this kind has been discovered for any genetic disease, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation helped fund its research.

Among other guests at the Jan. 10, 2013, program at The Breakers were Gilda and Alfred Slifka, Joan K. Eigen, Harry Weiss, Jason Brian, Michelle and Howard Kessler, Kathy and Paul Leone, Clive and Deborah Boner, Judge Rodney Eielson, Dorothy and Bob Lappin, Stephanie and Hal Valeche, Kathryn Fox, Janet Pleasants and Michael Reiter, and Mark and Sonja Stevens.

For more information, call Chanda Fuller at (561) 683-9965 or e-mail

Photos by Davidoff Studios.

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