Individual tickets are available for the JDRF Hope Gala and are $500 per person. To purchase your ticket, please click here. For more information on tickets and table sales, please email Alex Barker or call (202) 465-4123.
DC Hope Gala 2016
November 5, 2016, Washington, DC
Honoring John Brady
Presented by PhRMA
The JDRF annual DC Hope Gala is an extraordinary event, each year bringing together more than 700 prominent community members representing some of our region's leading business, civic and cultural leaders for a sparkling evening of fine dining, stellar entertainment, and an exciting auction. Each year, the Hope Gala raises millions that fund research to cure, treat, and prevent type 1 diabetes (T1D).donate
Meet the DC Gala Chairs!
Driven by the philosophy that one person and one family can make a difference in finding a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D), John Brady has worked with JDRF to create a world without T1D since February 2001. Inspired by his son—who was diagnosed at age three with T1D and is now 25-years-old—John has played an integral role in supporting JDRF, helping raise awareness of the organization and funds to advance groundbreaking research.
Appointed Chairman of JDRF’s International Board of Directors (IBOD) in 2014 after previously serving on the board for seven years, John continued his efforts to fund research into treatments and a cure for T1D. His Chairman term concluded in July of 2016 and he currently serves as a Chancellor to the organization.
In addition to his IBOD duties, John has served on numerous board committees and has worked closely with JDRF volunteers, staff and executives to usher in many important milestones. He has also served as a research communications spokesperson and travels throughout the U.S. to help people understand the critical research JDRF is funding and its impact on people with T1D.
John has spent the past three decades founding, operating, investing in and advising a number of marketing technology, data and strategic analytics firms. He resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
Susan & Tom Faries
DC Gala ChairsBio
Susan & Tom Faries
DC Gala Chairs
The Faries/Fuge Family have been actively involved with JDRF for 31 years. This year, Susan and Tom Faries are honored to take on the leadership role as the Chairs for the 16th Annual JDRF Hope Gala.
For them, T1D is certainly a family affair. Tom Faries has lived with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for 31 years. Susan’s son and Tom’s stepson, Jeff Fuge, has lived with T1D for over 25 years being diagnosed with T1D at just two years old. His younger brother, Tommy Fuge, has lived with T1D for 17 years, diagnosed with T1D at age 11. Ali Fuge Frye, sister to Jeff and Tommy, along with her sister in laws, Erin Fuge and Carlin Fuge, are also serving as the co-chairs of this year’s JDRF Hope Gala After Party.
Susan writes, “It would be hard to find a family who has more experience at different age levels with T1D then our family. All of our other family members have supported JDRF for the past 31 years, by walking, golfing, auctioning and Gala attending. We are grateful for their continued support. As a family we are grateful and blessed to benefit from the research supported by JDRF. The research dollars raised from events like the JDRF Hope Gala have enabled our ‘T1D family’ to fight the dreaded complications from type 1 diabetes.”
Award-winning journalist Leon Harris anchors the 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. newscasts for ABC7/WJLA-TV. He came to Washington after 21 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 major stories and events around the world familiar to us all. At the network and at ABC7 he’s reported on the September 11th terror strikes, the Indian Ocean Tsunami, the Rodney King Verdict Los Angeles riots, the DC area sniper, the Persian Gulf Wars, the funeral of Nelson Mandela and the illegal immigration pipeline, and the Ferguson, Missouri and Freddy Gray riots, to name a few. Harris has interviewed presidents, presidential candidates, reported live from every Republican and Democratic National Conventions since ‘92, and each Inauguration since ‘96.
Harris’ work has earned him a number of national and local 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 New York Festivals World Medal Award for reporting on Texas’ Death Row, and more recently with a National Capital Area Emmy Award for Best Anchor.
Leon Harris is passionate about improving the lives of children, and supporting the people and organizations who make that possible. 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 and can also be found on WJLA.com.
Harris also works with many charitable groups including The World of Children Awards, For Love of Children, Junior Achievement of the National Capital Area, Unique Learning Center, Hearts and Homes for Youth, the March of Dimes, DC CAP and a host of others.
He is a Cum Laude graduate and honorary doctorate recipient from Ohio University, where he has been inducted into the Ohio Communications Hall of Fame.
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
From dining out and local adventures, to luxury getaways and once in a lifetime experiences, the JDRF Hope Gala features one of the best auctions in town! Our audience includes over 700 high net worth social and business leaders in the DMV region and is great exposure for all our auction donors. To donate an auction item, please click here. Interested in joining our committee or learning more about our auctions? Please email Liz Wenrich or call (202) 465-4122.
A variety of sponsorships are available for this year’s JDRF Hope Gala. Table sponsorships are available, and start at $7,500. Exclusive underwriting sponsorships are also available. To purchase your sponsorship online please click here. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please email Alex Barker or call (202) 465-4123.
We are so excited to have you as our guest at the 16th Annual JDRF Hope Gala Presented by PhRMA and are gearing up for a fantastic evening! The JDRF 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:
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 paddle 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 Alex Barker (firstname.lastname@example.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 3rd. 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 Alex Barker 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.
More info coming soon!
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