National Foundation for Celiac Awareness Announces 10th Anniversary Celebration
Philadelphia, PA (September 17, 2013) – The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) will be hosting an anniversary celebration commemorating ten successful years of advocacy and recognizing ten honorees integral to NFCA’s achievements. On October 10th, 2013 at The Arts Ballroom (1324 Locust Street), donors, sponsors, and other members of the gluten-free community will enjoy a rare opportunity to experience the culinary innovation of world-class chef Stephen Starr in a setting free of gluten. Open to the public, this event, which includes a silent auction, is an opportunity to join in celebrating an incredibly accomplished decade of gluten-free advocacy. More information, including ticket purchases, can be found at https://www.beyondceliac.org/10years/celebrate/.
“We are thrilled to commemorate ten years of accomplishments and progress,” said NFCA President Alice Bast. “In honor of our decennial, we will recognize ten members of the gluten-free community whose contributions and involvement have advanced our mission to improve the quality of life for those on a lifelong gluten-free diet.” Anniversary honorees include: Dorothy Binswanger, Ed Snider, Bill Green, Richard Binswanger, Joseph F. Coradino, Bea, Bob & Will Bast, Frank Carey, Fran & Don MacMaster, Peter Vogt, and Ann & Walter Waldie.
Since 2003, NFCA has been the most prominent voice for restoring health and reclaiming lives for those with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders. Their education efforts have facilitated a nearly 15% increase in diagnosis of the disorder. And in recognizing the needs of the growing population of individuals with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten-sensitivity, NFCA has motivated and offered expertise to national grocery and super store brands, restaurants and other food providers on how to sell and prepare safe, affordable and appetizing gluten-free products. Their active consulting and advocacy has helped grow the gluten-free market into a $12.4 billion industry.
“The work that NFCA does is unmatched and indispensable,” said Ed Snider, founder of the Philadelphia Flyers, who has celiac disease. “In the last ten years, their dedication to the advancement of diagnosis and accessible gluten-free food options has made it possible for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity to live without fear.” Mr. Snider is a member of NFCA’s board of directors.
NFCA’s anniversary celebration will benefit the ongoing work of the organization. Specifically, this event will raise funds to support the areas where aid is most urgent:
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