Wine & Roses toasts Cystic Fibrosis Institute
Mary and Peter Papavasiliou of Northbrook at the Of Wine & Roses benefit at the Northbrook Maestro restaurant. | Karie Angell Luc~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 4, 2012 10:25AM
The Northbrook Maestro Seafood & Grill inside its historic airplane hangar (formerly the home of the 1920s Sky Harbor Airport) provided a soaring setting for Of Wine & Roses, which benefited the Glenview-based Cystic Fibrosis Institute. Tickets were $100.
Glenview pediatric pulmonologist Dr. Steven Boas served as host and speaker, welcoming guests via a microphone in front of a beautiful red rose quilt backdrop.
His daughter, Samantha, and son, Joshua, enjoyed a lovely March 11 afternoon. Their mother, Cheryl Boas, a patent attorney for Abbott Labs, also watched as Boas addressed the audience.
“I love my dad,” said Samantha, beaming.
“I’m very proud of him [Boas] because not only does he take care of kids with cystic fibrosis, but he takes care of their families as well,” said Cheryl Boas. “His heart is in the right place, definitely.
“He’s watched some of them [patients] get married,” she continued. “He’s been a pall bearer at some of the funerals because that’s what the families wanted. Some of his patients have had lung transplants as well, so he’s really driven into research.”
Jack Kulesza of Huntley travels to Glenview for his treatments with Boas.
“I think it’s pretty cool that it’s for a great cause,” said 13-year-old Jack of the benefit.
The Heinemann Middle School seventh-grader looked dapper in his suit worn for this occasion.
“He’s doing well,” said Jack’s mother, Nancy Kulesza. “He [Boas] takes real good care of him.”
Jack, the Kuleszas’ only child, beamed while noshing on pizza.
“It’s great, I mean, a chance to raise money for a good cause, and Dr. Boas [and his] causes help so many kids in the area,” said Jack’s father, Ron Kulesza. “This [the proceeds] actually go back to his patients [as a benefit].”
Concluded Nancy Kulesza: “I think when you have a child who has a disease — I think it’s everyone’s responsibility to take responsibility.”
The Cystic Fibrosis Institute is located at 2401 Ravine Way, #302 in Glenview; for more information visit cysticfibrosisinstitute.org and chicagocfcarecenter.org.