2018 Inaugural Hope Gala

April 14, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT
5:30 pm

Honoring Mary Kaye Huntsman and Liddy Huntsman
Presented by Zions Bank and The Jon and Karen Huntsman Foundation

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2018 JDRF Hope Gala as a guest, donor, sponsor, or volunteer. Event night photo links can be found in the "Event Night Photo" section below.


Event Details

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.


Corporate Sponsorships

The JDRF Hope Gala offers corporate sponsorship opportunities with customized benefits starting at $3,000+. We also offer a variety of underwriting opportunities in addition to our table sponsorship levels. Please see our Sponsorship Form for more details.

Please contact Ashley Howell (ahowell@jdrf.org) for questions or additional information.

Purchase Individual Tickets

The price of an individual tickets is $250, which includes a a reserved seat for this exclusive new event, along with dinner, local drinks, unique auction items, and our signature Fund A Cure event.

To purchase tickets, please click here.

Please contact Ashley Howell (ahowell@jdrf.org) with any questions regarding tables and individual tickets.

Donate and Procure Auction Items

Your auction items will make a difference! The amazing generosity and support from our community will ensure the success of our inaugural Gala event.

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

Please note: We request that the median value of items be approximately $40 to ensure the highest resale potential to raise the most funds.

Download the Auction Donation Form

and include it with your donation when you send it to the chapter or drop it off.

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 Ashley Howell (ahowell@jdrf.org) with your auction donations, ideas, questions, or learn about joining the Gala auction committee.


JDRF is always looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to help with many chapter activities. If you are interested in exploring volunteer opportunities or deepening your involvement with JDRF, please fill out our form here!

Event Night Photos

See Step-And-Repeat photos here, provided by Diane Owen Photography!

See event night photos here, provided by Justin Workman!

Corporate Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

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Presenting Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Patron Bag Sponsors


The Grand America Hotel

Valet parking will be included for all guests of the Hope Gala. Please enter off of 600 South for our private valet parking and entrance.

If you would like to reserve a room for the night-of at the Grand America Hotel, please contact Ashley Howell (ahowell@jdrf.org).

555 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Event Contact

Ashley Howell
801.736.8582 | ahowell@jdrf.org