ALBANY MEDICAL CENTER TO DONATE $75,000 TO JDRF
JDRF andAlbany Medical Center announced a $75,000 partnership over the next three years to provide critical funding for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and to support outreach programs that benefit individuals livingwith T1D in the Capital Region.
Albany Medical Center’s three-year commitment to JDRF will support the annual One Hope Ball, JDRF’s Ride to Cure Diabetes in Saratoga Springs and JDRF’s new “One Awards,” as well as ongoing awareness programs.
“JDRF is extremely grateful to Albany Medical Center for its commitment to a world without T1D and helping thousands of members of our community live well with T1D until a cure is found,” said Ray Kimmelblatt, executive director of JDRF’s Northeastern New York Chapter.
GALA HONOREE SPOTLIGHT – RICHARD A. ROSEN
Richard A. Rosen of Columbia Development Companies has been selected as the 2017 One Hope Ball honoree. The 21st annual gala, scheduled for November 11, 2017 at the Albany Marriott, will raise $500,000 for research to cure, prevent, and treat T1D.
Rich is Partner and Vice President of Columbia Development Companies where he has been an integral part of the team for 28 years. Prior to joining Columbia Development, Rich worked for long time affiliate BBL Construction Services as a Construction Project Manager. Rich serves as the Chairperson for the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, coaches SMS CYO basketball, and volunteers for many local charities including JDRF. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the State University of New York at Albany.
ONE WALK SARATOGA – CINDY HOLLOWOOD AND THE “3 DADS” TO CHAIR
We’re headed back to the historic Saratoga Race Course for this year’s One Walk Saratoga on October 14, 2017. This year is proving to be special, as Saratoga Springs’ community leaders come together to rally support for one mission: to turn Type One into Type None.
This year’s event will be chaired by Cindy Hollowood, JDRF NENY Board Member and General Manager of the Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs, along with husband Brien Hollowood, Mary and Rich Flaherty, and Anne and Jim O’Toole in honor of Cindy and Brien’s daughter, Colleen. Colleen was diagnosed with T1D in 2009, and her “3 dads” – Brien, Rich and Jim – are committed to raising funds for T1D research through JDRF’s One Walk program.
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – LAURA J. CAPONERA
Each year, JDRF International awards 3 “volunteer of the year” awards. Laura J. Caponera, longtime volunteer and past president of JDRF’s Northeastern NY Chapter, was recognized as this year’s Erwin Lurie Award winner.
The Lurie Award recognizes a special volunteer whose commitment to the volunteer/staff partnership has significantly advanced the mission and strategic priorities of JDRF. Appropriately, the award is named after the late Erwin Lurie, who helped found JDRF in 1970 with his wife Carol and others, after their son was diagnosed with T1D.
INAUGURAL ONE AWARDS
The inaugural One Awards was held on June 28, 2017 at the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia, NY. At this event, JDRF recognized those who have been on their journey with T1D for 10, 25, 50, and 75 years with the Lilly Diabetes Journey Award. This year, 11 individuals were awarded their 50 year medals.
Over 200 attendees packed the ballroom and heard a research update from JDRF’s Chief Mission Officer, Aaron Kowalski. The event also honored our Chapter Champions and One Walk fundraising leaders, in addition to recognizing two special volunteers from our chapter.
The Outreach Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Katie Marschilok, an RN, CDE and the parent of 2 adult children with T1D. She is a longtime volunteer for JDRF who helps run the Sugar Free Gang support group, coordinated the Chapter’s first 2 TypeOneNation Summit events, leads school nurse trainings, rolls up her sleeves to help at every event and gives generously of her time, talent and treasure. Katie’s dedication to our families and knowledge about diabetes is unmatched.
Honorable Mention for the Erwin Lurie Award, which recognizes chapter volunteers on a National level, was presented to Erin Hoffman. Erin is extremely dedicated to JDRF. She is the driving force behind the Hoffman Car Wash and Hoffman Jiffy Lube Golf Classic and Par-Tee, which raised an impressive $155,000 this year. Erin volunteers her time in the office, leads by example with her philanthropy, and supports the staff in any and every way that she can.
2017 CHILDREN’S CONGRESS DELEGATE – DREW BOGDAN
Drew Bogdan of Voorheesville was selected from a pool of thousands of children, ages 4 to 17, to attend JDRF 2017 Children’s Congress in Washington, D.C., representing New York State and JDRF’s Northeastern NY Chapter.
JDRF 2017 Children’s Congress is taking place from July 24-26 in Washington, D.C. Held biennially, Children’s Congress is the largest media and grassroots event supporting T1D research.
Children’s Congress raises awareness about T1D and lets Congressional leaders know how essential they are in advancing research and helping us achieve our vision of a world without T1D. As many as 1.25 million Americans have T1D, and the disease costs the U.S. as much as $276 billion annually in healthcare and other expenses, according to a 2014 estimate.