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The 20th Annual Hope Gala – SOLD OUT!
May 19, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Honoring The Kurtzig Family
The Hope Gala is JDRF’s most high profile networking opportunity and most successful annual fundraiser in the Greater Bay Area. Celebrating its 20th year, this Black tie event includes a cocktail reception, presentation of the Living & Giving Award, a spectacular live auction and Fund A Cure program, gourmet dinner, music and dancing. With over 500 attendees, the Hope Gala is a fun and inspirational event that offers supporters the opportunity to be socially conscious community leaders who help turn Type One into Type None. UPDATE: The JDRF Hope Gala is sold out thanks to our community’s extraordinary support of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.join
Honorees, Fund A Cure Speaker, Emcee
The Kurtzig Family
The Kurtzig Family
Each year at the Hope Gala, JDRF presents the Living and Giving Award to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to our mission of accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, treat, and prevent T1D and its complications. The 2018 honorees are the Kurtzig Family: Andy, Sara, Jamie, Kelly, and Kai.
Andy and Sara, both passionate philanthropists, are driven by a personal interest in finding a cure for T1D. Eleven years ago, their daughter Jamie was diagnosed with the disease at only 19 months old. Since then, Sara and Andy have been committed to supporting development of new devices and finding a cure.
In 2008, Andy and Sara founded the Royal Ball — a festive family gala benefiting JDRF. Jamie, now 13, inspired the creation of the event at the age of three. Jamie would often see her parents attend JDRF fundraising events, but did not understand why children impacted by the disease were not included. The Kurtzigs fixed that by creating The Royal Ball – and in six years, the annual event has raised more than $1 million for JDRF.
Today, Jamie writes a popular monthly blog for jdrf.org, sharing her day-to-day experiences living with the Medtronic MiniMed 670G closed-loop “Artificial Pancreas.” The family also participates in the JDRF One Walk, and has banded together with Jamie’s schoolmates to form their team “San Domenico Cares.” Last year, they were one of the top performing teams at the Walk in San Francisco, raising more than $53,000.
Sara and Andy have been involved with JDRF since Jamie was diagnosed 11 years ago. They are active members of the support group T1D Marin, founded by Marcena Hopkins Peterson. “After starting T1D Marin, the Kurtzigs opened their home to us for fun-filled parties and events,” says Marcena. “At any T1D gathering you will see either Sara or Andy (usually in his signature Hawaiian shirt), offering their support, wisdom, strength and humor. In addition, Jamie, at such a tender young age has served as a tireless advocate for our children. She is a model for her peers in our community!”
Sara has spent countless hours in the last decade working as a volunteer for JDRF and chairing the Royal Ball six times. Previously, she was a technology investment banker at Robertson Stephens during the internet heyday. She also serves as the VP of Community Building at her children’s school and works as a Cycle instructor at the Dailey Method.
Andy is the founder and CEO of JustAnswer, the world’s largest Expert site connecting people with doctors, lawyers, mechanics, tech support, and other professionals 24/7. Over the years, JustAnswer has made many notable corporate donations to JDRF.
Andy and Sara live in the Bay Area with their three children – Jamie, Kelly, and Kai. JDRF is pleased to present this year’s Living & Giving Award to The Kurtzig Family. Thank you and congratulations!
Fund A Cure SpeakerBio
Fund A Cure Speaker
Jamie is a 13 year old from Marin County, California who is deeply committed to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. She was diagnosed at age 1 – one of the youngest patients at the time that her doctor had seen – and she has been advocating and fundraising for a cure ever since. When she was 4 years old, she had the idea to have a fancy family gala for all members of the family. This idea evolved into the popular ROYAL BALL that she and her family lead for 6 years, raising over $1 million for JDRF. Jamie also is a second degree black belt in Taekwondo, which she started when she was 6 years old. She was elected by her peers to be the Vice President of her 8th grade class and she is really enjoying this leadership opportunity at school. She is an entrepreneur at heart and has started and worked on 2 home grown businesses, Kurtzeggs (her egg selling business – still going) and WetPads (a custom waterproof ipad cover company she started when she was 8). She is also an accomplished violinist and an avid reader. Her dreams are to be a part of finding a cure for type 1 diabetes and to make a difference in the world. She loves to spend time and celebrate life with her friends and family. She is so grateful for your support of her and her family at the 2018 JDRF Hope Gala.
To make a donation to Fund a Cure, please visit https://jdrf-gbay.ejoinme.org/hopegalaFAC.
Master of CeremoniesBio
Master of Ceremonies
Sam Brock is a Reporter for NBC Bay Area. He reports for NBC Bay Area’s evening news broadcasts and on the stations digital platforms. He joined NBC Bay Area in September of 2012.
Since joining NBC Bay Area, Sam has won an Emmy award for his coverage of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland. More recently, he covered the Kate Steinle murder trial from start to finish, the death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and the devastating Wine Country fires. Sam reports on general assignment news with a focus on San Francisco politics and government issues.
Ways to Give
Fund A Cure
Fund A Cure immediately follows the Live Auction portion of the evening. Fund A Cure is an opportunity to make an impact on the lives of people living with T1D and their loved ones through a 100% tax-deductible donation, which will accelerate life-changing research. Fund A Cure donations will be invested in JDRF’s effective and focused research agenda aimed to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until there is a cure.Donate
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2017- Jennifer and Sean Jeffries
2016- Chara Schreyer
2015- Dayton Coles and Pam Sagan
2014- Gretchen de Baubigny
2013- Wells Fargo
2012- Dr. Anthony P. Adamis and Dr. Napoleone Ferrara of Genentech
2011- David and Joan O’Reilly
2010- Pitch and Cathie Johnson
2009- Dr. Saleh Adi, Dr. Stephen E. Gitelman, Dr. Bruce Buckingham, and Dr. Darrell M. Wilson
2008- Charles and Ann Johnson
2007- Philip C. Stapleton and Conifer Securities, LLC
2006- John and Nancy Lasseter
2005- Robert N. Klein
2004- Dr. Michael German and Dr. Seung K. Kim
2003- Susan and Jonathan Bloom, Pamela and Stephen Mittel
2002- Jane and Bobby Kahan
2001- Dr. Jeffrey Bluestone
2000- Will Weinstein and Elana Weinstein
Leadership & Sponsors
Managing Director, Housatonic Partners
Vice President, JDRF Greater Bay Area Chapter Board
2018 Hope Gala Chair
Fund A Cure Champions
Jamie, Sara & Andy Kurtzig
The Kroner Family Foundation
Leslie Mulholland and Family
Karen and Joe Niehaus
Table Patron Sponsors
dQ&A – The Diabetes Research Company
Michelle Griffin and Tom Parker
Karen and Jeff Jordan
The Kinney Family
Amy and Chad Lewis
Matson Navigation – in honor of Brad Mulholland
Kevin and Ingrid Oliver
PNC Capital Markets
The Riley Family
Pam and Bill Sagan
Judy & Robert Silverman
Stanford Children’s Health
UCSF Diabetes Center
The Brody Family
Exclusive Music Sponsor