DC Hope Gala 2015
November 7, 2015, Washington, DC
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.join
Barbara Rapaport and daughter, Lauren Rapaport
Gala ChairsWelcome Message
Barbara Rapaport and daughter, Lauren Rapaport
Welcome to the 2015 JDRF Hope Gala!
For the past 36 years, JDRF has been our passion, our network, and our family. We have been on this journey a very long time, since Lauren’s diagnosis with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in 1979. So much has changed in T1D management since then, and that is because of you and the support you have provided JDRF. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you!
This year, we have the honor of serving as Co-Chairs for the 2015 Hope Gala and would like to personally thank our corporate sponsors, donors, volunteers, and JDRF staff.
Thanks to JDRF, we have witnessed vast improvements in blood sugar management in the 36 years since Lauren’s diagnosis. In 1979 urine testing was our only option, now we have improved home blood testing devices and a continuous glucose monitor, which monitors her blood sugars wirelessly. While this technology has been life-changing, it is not enough. With your help, we are looking at future advances such as the artificial pancreas, encapsulated beta cells, and smart insulin. Every year, 40,000 adults and children are diagnosed with T1D in the United States. T1D requires 24/7 management, there are no days off and there is no cure. This is why the Hope Gala is so important.
Please enjoy the night and remember what an impact you’re making to the lives of so many with T1D. We encourage you to take part in the auction or consider making a donation to Fund A Cure, a 100% tax deductible way to give directly to research.
Together we will create a world without T1D.
Award-winning journalist Leon Harris anchors the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts for ABC7/WJLA-TV. He came to Washington after 20 years at CNN’s Atlanta Headquarters, where he co-anchored CNN Live Today and Prime News, and hosted CNN Presents and American Stories.
Harris has covered a wide variety of stories including the September 11th terror strikes, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Asian Tsunami of 2004, the explosion and crash of TWA Flight 800 and the Los Angeles riots. He has interviewed presidential candidates, and reported live from both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.
Harris’ work has earned him a number of honors, among them multiple CableAce awards for Best Newscaster, and National Emmy Awards for coverage of the September 11th terror strikes, the Oklahoma City bombing and the 2000 presidential election. He was honored, too, with a National Headliner Award and more recently with a National Capital Area Emmy Award for Best Anchor.
Leon Harris is passionate about improving the lives of children. His weekly segment entitled Harris’ Heroes profiles adults helping kids or kids helping their peers in the DC metro region. The series runs every Wednesday evening during ABC7 News at Five. The news segments can also be found on wjla.com.
Harris also works with many charitable groups including For Love of Children, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, Unique Learning Center, March of Dimes and many others.
He is a Cum Laude and honorary doctorate recipient from Ohio University.
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 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.
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.
FUND A CURE
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 (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.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