Tonight, more than 130 people celebrated Halloween at the American Lung Association in Kentucky’s 12th annual Breath of Fresh Air Bash. The event raised $52,000 to support the Lung Association efforts to end COVID-19, and was held as a drive-in due to COVID-19 concerns It was safe and contactless but still had plenty fun, food and fundraising.
“We are so grateful to be able to continue this long tradition of being the highlight of the fall in Louisville,” said Deena Adams, executive director for the Lung Association. “COVID-19 has taken a toll on our community, but it will not deter us from our efforts against lung disease and for clean air. We are grateful that the Louisville community has continued to support us at this event and have fun in doing so in a safe way.”
During the event, the Lung Association honored three outstanding individuals with awards:
Dr. Victor van Berkel, Associate Professor of Surgery in the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Louisville, received the Honorary Chair Award for his years of work with lung health patients, including double-lung transplants, and as a champion of the Lung Association.
Lauren Fancher, a senior at Floyd Central High School, received the Youth Volunteer of the Year Award for her grassroots volunteer work distributing hundreds of asthma action materials to sports coaches in the Floyd County area.
Elizabeth Moir, a Louisville mother-of-two who was diagnosed with lung cancer last year, received the LUNG FORCE Hero Award for her resilience since being diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.
This year’s Breath of Fresh Air Gala was re-designed as a drive-in experience to keep all guests safe. The Spooktacular Soiree included entertainment, and a live and silent auction. Reserved car spots included two boxed dinners and beverages (additional meals may be purchased), signature cocktails, and trick or treat bags for kids.
Photos available upon request of 12th annual Breath of Fresh Air Bash
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.