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IMPACT Employee Earns Top Honors at the Top of the Triangle Finale for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC: 11 December 2014 –On the evening of November 20th, nine of the Triangle’s future leaders were honored by the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation as being the “Top of the Triangle.” Having successfully completed a 10-week program focused on philanthropic leadership, the Finale was a celebration of compassion, generosity, and hope.

topCalled “The Finest” by the national CF Foundation, the Top of the Triangle program is the Triangle area’s unique spin on this national movement to develop young leaders while raising funds for CF and furthering the mission of the CF Foundation: to assure the development of the means to cure and control CF and to improve the quality of life for all people with CF.

Beginning at the kick-off meeting in September, young professionals nominated into the program were paired with a mentor from the previous year’s program to help with fund-raising and logistics, an executive coach from the local business community to promote professional development and networking skills, and a CF ambassador family for motivation, support, and inspiration.

An ingenious concept, these future leaders developed professional skills and contacts while raising funds for CF via numerous avenues, including securing donations for the Finale’s silent auction.

This year’s Top of the Triangle participants included Laurie Comfort (Momentum Research), Chanelle Hilliard (Personify), Kim Kirchstein (Leopold Designs), Erick Odom (BB&T), Margo Sarlo (All American Entertainment), Matthew Schanz (Cornerstone Wealth Management), Jonathan Smith (AeroTek Scientific, LLC), Jon Volmer (Flexcell), and IMPACT Pharmaceutical Services’ very own, Lori Davis.

The 10-week program culminated in the Finale, where the honorees were formally recognized for their accomplishments at a cocktail reception held in the generously donated Center for Architecture and Design in Raleigh.

As donors and nominees alike mingled and networked throughout the reception, the silent auction offered up everything from massages, to professional artwork, to beach house vacations. Once closed, the auction donations were tallied, and the honorees were recognized, in order of the amount they had raised.

hugThe IMPACT table beamed with pride the instant we realized that all of Lori’s hard work and effort had paid off. Raising over $10,000 in 10 weeks, Lori was named the #1 fundraiser of 2014, and thus was the Top of the Top of the Triangle.

Not only did Lori raise the most money of the 2014 honorees, but as Kay James, Executive Director of the CF Foundation stated proudly, “Lori was not only the top of the class, but she was the top of the top of the class, raising more money as an individual than any participant since the start of the program in 2011.”

When asked what she gained from the program, Lori responded “I worked really hard during my campaign, but I got so much out of it. I made important professional connections, met new friends, and learned so much about CF and its remarkable community. I’m truly amazed and humbled at the support and generosity people showed. This was an incredible growing experience for me.”

Congratulations, Lori, your IMPACT family is very proud of you!team

But if you think the story ends here, you are mistaken. This is where the magic began.

speachFor this is when guest speaker, 13-year old Skylar Davis, got up to speak. Skylar is one of 30,000 children and adults in the US who live with CF each day. She was diagnosed with CF at birth.

This beautiful, spirited teenage girl spoke clearly and articulately as she educated the crowd about her daily life, which includes attending classes, playing softball, receiving 4 nebulizer treatments, 2 sets of chest therapy, and 36 pills (and that’s on a healthy day), multiple hospital stays, and the trying times of dealing with unknowingly insensitive classmates who can’t understand her condition.

All the while relaying her story with a smile on her face and the spunk of a teenager.

Unbeknownst to her, she brought the crowd (men included) to quiet tears.

For as adults, it was easy to see that this 13-year old has a courage, determination, and maturity beyond her years. Living with CF makes children grow up too fast. A cure must be found.

And with that, the Bid for the Cure began. Moved to action by her sincere words, generous attendees donated money to CF’s cause. As a result, the 2014 Top of the Triangle program netted a total of $33,000, over $8,000 more than the previous year. An excellent first step.

At the end of the event, Skylar and her family mingled with attendees. When Skylar was asked what this night meant to her, she responded astutely, “For some people this is just a fundraiser. They come but they don’t know. But this is my life. I show them that they’re doing this for someone.”

And show us, she did. Great job, Skylar! You are an inspiring young lady!


And with that, the 2014 Top of the Triangle Finale was over. Awaiting the next year of eager, young participants jockeying for their chance to work with today’s leaders while becoming tomorrow’s hope.

For the Top of the Triangle program does more than raise funds for CF. It raises CF’s future leaders. With this program, everyone wins – young professionals, today’s business leaders, and most importantly, people living with CF.

For more information or to donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, please visit or call (919) 845-2188 (toll-free: 1-800-822-9941). To nominate someone for the Top of the Triangle program or to get more information about the program, contact Colette Odom at

And from our IMPACT family to yours, we hope you have a safe and happy holiday season!!!


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