DC Hope Gala 2015

November 7, 2015, Washington, DC
6:00 pm

Honoring Mrs. Amy Meltzer and son, Mr. Mark Meltzer
Presented by The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Chapter of JDRF

The JDRF annual DC Hope Gala is an extraordinary event, each year bringing together more than 700 prominent members of the Washington, D.C. community for a sparkling evening of fine dining, stellar entertainment and an exciting auction that each year raises millions towards funding research to prevent, treat and ultimately cure type 1 diabetes.


Event Details

6:00 PM - Check-in, Open Bars, Silent Auction, Hors d’oeuvres

7:45 PM - Program Begins

8:15 PM - Dinner Served

8:30 PM - Live Auction Begins

9:30 PM - Fund A Cure

10:00 PM - After Party! Drinks and Dancing! *NEW*


Amy, Mark, and Alan Meltzer (2015)

Amy Meltzer, along with her husband Alan and their family have been involved with JDRF since their youngest son, Mark was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in 1989. JDRF is honoring Amy and Mark to highlight the importance of the innumerable caretakers whose lives are affected just as profoundly as those who are diagnosed.   Amy and her family have organized countless fundraisers and been essential to the success of the Hope Gala and other JDRF events for nearly 30 years.

Having seen the effects T1D can have on a child and their family firsthand, Amy was determined to do all she could to help improve the quality of life for Mark and the many others living with this disease. In addition to the personal contributions that Amy and Alan have made to JDRF, Amy has helped to raise significant funds that have gone directly towards supporting T1D research and education.

As Mark battled T1D during his childhood, like so many others parents and guardians, Amy was there by his side for every visit to a doctor’s office, every prick of his finger, and every hurdle that stood in his way of leading a normal life. Even today, Amy offers words of support and encouragement on the days Mark needs it most.

After years of refusing to give his disease the attention it deserved, Mark came to the realization that he had to be the one to take control of his T1D in 2008. He discovered weight lifting, began eating healthy and eventually became a personal trainer – the transformation was amazing and for the first time in his life, Mark had diabetes under control.

While T1D was the challenge of a lifetime for Mark, his diagnosis and subsequent care were not his alone. Amy’s life was impacted as well but she stresses that this honor is not about her and Mark at all – it’s about the thousands of parents, siblings, and friends who have to manage T1D on a daily basis without ever being personally diagnosed.

Mark now follows the example shown by his parents in helping to lead the way towards a world without T1D.

More Info

We are so excited to have you as our guest at the JDRF Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Chapter 2015 Hope Gala and are gearing up for a fantastic evening! The Hope Gala is a night of celebration and courage for all those living with and affected by type 1 diabetes(T1D). Each person in attendance has the unique opportunity to directly impact and advance T1D research and technology advancements through his/her participation. We have highlighted below the many different ways in which guests can participate in the evening and contribute to the success of the Gala. These opportunities include:


There are over 150 unique items up for bid in the silent auction.  With the help of an amazing team of volunteers, we have worked hard to ensure that there is something for everyone! Please refer back to this website a week before the Gala for a preview of our auction items. ALL silent auction sections will close once live auction starts. Make sure to get there early & bid, bid, BID!


The Live Auction is an entertaining interactive auction filled with exciting and unique items such as trips, “one of a kind” experiences and more. Refer back to this website the a week before the Gala for more specifics.

Please note: Bid cards for you and your guests will be at your table. Live auctions items are not available through Bid Pal.


100% of your Fund A Cure donation goes straight to research/research related education and 100% is a tax deductible donation. At the Gala, please take a moment to raise your padal and have a direct impact on type 1 diabetes research.

Note: Please make sure to bring your cellphones fully charged! Guests will have the opportunity to use their smartphones when bidding on silent auction items throughout the night.

We hope your guests and you will have fun participating in these events throughout the evening. Please see below for further important details for the Hope Gala.



All guests MUST check in upon entering. Here you will receive your table number, and bid number as well as provide your credit card information for Express Pay.

To minimize your time at check in, please provide Emily Boynton (eboynton@jdrf.org) with your full contact information, including cell number prior to the event.


This year’s silent auction will again be fully electronic via your smartphone.  For the best experience and early access to the silent auction, please provide a 10-digit cell phone number for you and all guests to JDRF before November 7th. You will receive a text message prior to your arrival at The National Building Museum.  Simply launch the enclosed personal link to bid early and often right from your fully charged smartphone!

Please provide your cell phone number to Emily Boynton at eboynton@jdrf.org prior to the event.

If you do not have a smart phone, bidding devices will be available.


The JDRF Gala is a black tie optional event. Tuxedos and dark suits are appropriate for men. Cocktail or full length dresses are suitable for women.



The National Building Museum

The National Building Museum, historically known as the Pension Building, in Washington, D.C., United States, is a museum of “architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning”. It was created by an act of Congress in 1980, and is a private non-profit institution; it is adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and the Judiciary Square Metro station.

401 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Event Contact

Delia Whitfield
202-465-4117 | dwhitfield@jdrf.org