The fifth annual Butte Cystic Fibrosis NCAA Basketball Calcutta will be March 14 at the Butte Country Club.

Last year's event raised $22,680 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening, progressive genetic disease that affects a child's digestive and respiratory systems. It requires extensive daily medication, therapy and monitoring.

Only about 30,000 children in the United States are living with CF, and so no major pharmaceutical company is willing to invest time and money into drug research. The relatively few number of patients also limits federal funding, making private donations vital.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's research and development model is dependent on such donations. Through its efforts, great strides have been made, improving the life expectancy of CF patients, but a cure is out of reach without continued donations.

In the Calcutta, all 68 teams in the 2018 NCAA Men's Division I basketball tournament will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, which can be either a single person or team of people. Ten percent of the money bid on teams will be donated to the foundation, with the rest going into the "pot." If a team wins even one game, the successful bidder for that team is guaranteed a share of the prize pot.

Last year, payouts ranged from $28,280 for the first-place team to $989 for each team finishing 17th through 32nd.

The event is legal and licensed by the state of Montana. Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to attend. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Rick Anderson at