2018 Promise Gala

April 14, 2018, Indianapolis, IN
5:30 pm

Honoring Dr. John C. Lechleiter

Join us for an evening of giving, fellowship, and unity at the 2018 JDRF Indiana Thread of Hope Gala. This inspiring evening features our expansive silent and exciting live auctions, a sit-down dinner, our signature Fund A Cure program, and late-night dancing! Make a difference in the lives of millions living with type 1 diabetes and join passionate volunteers and advocates, as well as business and civic leaders for this one-of-a-kind event. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Gala updates and to see more photos of last year’s event!


Event Details

Check In: 5:30PM

To make your check in experience faster, pre-register your information with this link!


Dinner and Program: 7:30PM

Welcome Remarks

Live Auction

Presentation of Awards

Fund A Cure

Moyer Fine Jewelers Winner Announcement

Dancing with The Doo! 10PM

Indianapolis based band The Doo! – (formerly Zanna-Doo!)is a high energy dance band providing soulful vocals and rock solid beats that keep fans moving all night long. The Doo! mingles tunes from Disco, Motown, Retro. 90’s, yacht rock, 80’s, classic rock and current top 40 hits.

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.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The JDRF Thread of Hope Gala offers corporate event partnerships with benefits starting at $5,000+. Please contact the JDRF Indiana Gala Team  at 317-308-4964  learn more about our corporate event partnership opportunities.

Donate or Procure Auction Items

Your auction items will make a difference! The amazing generosity and support from our community has ensured the success of our auction year after year – and today we have one of the more unique, expansive silent auctions in Indianapolis!

In Demand Items:

  • Private Dining Experiences or Cooking Lessons with local chefs
  • Behind-the-Scenes Opportunities
  • Domestic Weekend Getaways and International Travel Packages
  • Celebrity Opportunities
  • Tickets or Suites for Concerts, Sports, or Shows
  • Vintage Wines and Liquors
  • Golf at Premier Courses
  • Hot Electronic Items
  • High-End Household Goods
  • Designer Fashion Items
  • New Children’s Toys

Learn how to turn your next gathering into a Party With A Purpose and build the auction at the same time. Or consider a “Virtual” Party With A Purpose.

Interested in making a difference? Contact Frances Garrett at fgarrett@jdrf.org with your auction donations, ideas, questions, or to learn about joining the Gala auction committee.


JDRF is always looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to help with the Gala and other chapter activities.

If you are interested in volunteering for the 2018 JDRF Thread of Hope Gala follow this link to view our available volunteer positions: https://goo.gl/bBLj2r

If you are interested in exploring other volunteer opportunities or deepening your involvement with the Gala, please contact Frances Garrett at fgarrett@jdrf.org to learn more.


Platinum Sponsor

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Platinum Sponsor

Pearl Sponsor

Sapphire Sponsor

Electronic Bidding Sponsor

Live Auction Sponsor

VIP Reception Sponsor

Smile Sponsor

Red Carpet Sponsor

Carrier Corporation Sponsor

Old National bank Sponsorship


JW Marriott

Considered the crown jewel of Marriott Place Indianapolis, the JW Marriott Indianapolis Downtown is a landmark amid the five Marriott hotels connected to the Indiana Convention Center. This luxury hotel in Downtown Indianapolis soars 33 stories above the city and boasts one of the largest Marriott ballrooms in the world.

10 S. West Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Event Contact

Frances Garrett
317-308-4964 | fgarrett@jdrf.org