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Meet the “Lip Sync for Lungs Live Battle!” Contestants

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Lauren Fox

President, Fox Events

Hi! I’m Lauren, equal parts girl-next-door, maestro of harmonizing logistics and party-thrower extraordinaire. I’m also a big fan of restaurant-hopping, ocean breezes, classic rock, vino, and my Beagle, Sherman.

A born-n-raised Tennessee girl, you could say I got bitten by the planning bug early on. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and Design, I began working for Charleston’s premier event planning companies until making the solo leap with Fox Events in 2013.

In that way, event planning was never just a hobby or “side gig” for me. It’s always been my passion to make this my life’s work.

Over the past 8+ years, I’ve effortlessly executed everything from celebrity weddings to corporate events for 4,000+ guests. I’ve built Fox Events from the ground up, and now manage a growing in-house floral team and décor rental warehouse. And I’ve also had the honor of winning the Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award in 2014 and 2015, thanks to my sweet and supportive clients.

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Heather Holmquest

President, The Maritime Association of South Carolina

Heather Holmquest is President of The Maritime Association of South Carolina. The Maritime Association (MASC) is a member-based trade association which connects the maritime industry and entities who support maritime commerce. Over 2,000 ships carrying upwards of $60 billion in goods pass through our ports and across our public and private docks every year. Trucking, rail, manufacturers, warehousing and third-party logistics providers are represented, among many others.

Heather’s personal connection to initiatives of the American Lung Association relate to her daughter, born prematurely, who since birth continues to struggle with asthma and respiratory issues, which are very scary for so many families. She’s passionate about conveying the message that there is much more to the Lung Association than lung cancer alone. The support she raises (by putting on an upbeat performance for you) goes to critically needed funds for local lung health programs including support groups for people with lung disease, asthma education in local schools, smoking cessation programs and the American Lung Association’s free asthma camp, Camp Breathe Easy, for children with asthma and their families. Come cheer on Heather and her team of Hooligans, and please help support this tremendously fun event and worthy cause!

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Mike Lata

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Buffie Bell Lilly

Owner, Charleston Wine Pairings – Exclusive Matchmaking

Buffie graduated from Clemson University in 2000 with a degree in Sociology. She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority during her time at Clemson. Upon her graduation from Clemson, she decided to further her education by attending the Medical University of South Carolina. She graduated from MUSC in 2004 with a Masters in Rehabilitation Science.

After living in Baltimore, Nashville and Chicago, she finally settled in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. She married her husband, Jay, in 2011 and now have 2 children together. After standing in the wedding of the seventh couple she had set up, Buffie officially started Wine Pairings in January of 2011.

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Susan Pearlstine

Susan Pearlstine Sarcoidosis Center of Excellence & Owner, The Bend

I hate to hit you with this word right off the bat, but I am very personally invested in improving lung health.  I have Sarcoidosis. Sar-coid-o-sis.  Trust me when I tell you that I feel so fortunate to be participating in Lip Sync For Lungs because there are many, many Sarcoid patients that are disabled with debilitating breathing issues.

I will never forget that moment, ten years ago, when I walked up a flight of stairs and had to double over to catch my breath.  It was one of the scariest things I’ve experienced. Since then, with the right medicines (which are both expensive and painful), I mostly live life on my own terms. Yet, about once a year I have a flare-up that exacerbates shortness of breath and a constant cough. Before my diagnosis I loved to take long adventure treks.  Having Sarcoidosis means there’s no way I could do that now. My diagnosis led me to establish the Susan Pearlstine Sarcoidosis Center of Excellence at MUSC to improve the lives of other Sarcoidosis patients and their families. There is currently no cure for Sarcoidosis, but the Sarcoidosis Center is working toward that goal every day.

Lung disease has affected me personally, and it’s also affected others in my life. Two years ago, I lost a close friend to metastatic lung cancer and my brother-in-law’s sister, Beth, is currently fighting for her life with metastatic lung cancer.

Professionally, I used to be a beer seller in a multi-generation family distribution business—Pearlstine Distributors.  Then, for a short period I was a beer seller at Palmetto Brewery.  These days I’m focusing my energy on a redevelopment project at The Bend on Azalea Drive in North Charleston.

I’m excited to share my passion for our community by participating in Lip Sync For Lungs this fall. It’s going to be such a great experience and a perfect platform to educate others about lung health. Thank you for supporting me as I take the stage on September 26th!