JDRF 25th Anniversary One Hope Gala

November 11, 2017, Knoxville, TN
6:00 pm

Honoring East Tennessee T1D Community
Presented by JDRF East Tennessee Chapter

THANK YOU for your support of the JDRF 25th Anniversary One Hope Gala, one of Knoxville's most exciting events. Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 11, 2017 when together we will continue our tradition of outstanding entertainment, record-breaking fundraising, and a night of inspiration. Thank you to the hundreds of guests, donors, committee members, and volunteers whose dedication makes a difference every year! Interested in getting involved? Contact the East Tennessee Chapter at (865) 544-0768.

Event Details

6:00 PM - Check In, Cocktails, and Silent Auction

Our One Hope Gala Silent Auction is filled with exciting and unique items such as trips, once in a lifetime experiences, priceless treasures, and so much more!

NEW – BidPal Mobile Bidding will be used during the silent auction. Guests may bid directly from their smartphone – anywhere and anytime! Watch this video to ensure you’re prepared to bid on all your favorite items on Gala night! If you have questions on this feature, please contact the East Tennessee chapter at (865) 544-0768. You will receive a text message prior to your arrival at the Gala with information on how to start bidding. Bid early and often right from your fully charged smartphone! Special thanks to our Electronic Bidding Sponsor, Pilot Flying J!

Specialty Cocktail provided by our Exclusive Cocktail Sponsor, Nisus Corporation!

7:30 PM - Lobby Bars Close and Ballroom Doors Open

7:45 PM - Program Begins

8:00 PM - Dinner Served


Salad: Strawberry Field Greens Salad – mixed field greens, sliced strawberries, mandarin oranges, candied pecans, and feta cheese

Entree: Filet with a Cabernet Roasted Shallot Sauce

Sides: Rosemary Roasted Red Potatoes and Asparagus

Desserts: Chocolate Decadence Cake and Italian Cream Cake

Special thank you to our Dessert Sponsor, Volunteer Pharmacy!

Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten Free options available upon advance request.

8:45 PM - Ballroom Bar Closes and Live Auction Begins

10:00 PM - After Party Begins and Auction Item Pick Up Opens

After party features Party Boys DJ Show, complimentary beer and wine, and cash bar for mixed drinks.


Black tie optional – think tuxedos, dark suits, pantsuits, cocktail dresses, or full-length dresses.

Live Auction Golden Ticket

NEW this year – Purchase a Golden Ticket for $100 and receive a special token from JDRF. One lucky Golden Ticket holder will be randomly selected to have their pick of one of our amazing Live Auction packages*! You must be in the ballroom to win, and there are only 100 Golden Tickets available so don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to choose your package before anyone can bid on it!

*Exclusions may apply.

Wine Pull

NEW this year – Take a chance! Buy a numbered cork for $25 and win the bottle of wine with the corresponding number. We’ll have 25 bottles of wine at varying price points up for grabs. Note: Must be 21 to participate. Wine cannot be opened or removed from the wine pull area but will be available at Auction Item Pick Up at the end of the evening. Wine Pull donations are not tax-deductible.

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 and Individual Ticket Opportunities

Align with an organization that supports your philanthropic goals, as well as your business footprint. Sponsorship opportunities range from $15,000 to $500 and individual tickets are available for $200 each. For more information on the benefits provided at each sponsorship level, contact Christine Cloninger at (865) 544-0768 or ccloninger@jdrf.org.

Auction Item Donation

The One Hope Gala has made it possible for JDRF to fund cutting-edge research to help in the treatment, prevention and ultimate cure for type 1 diabetes. We are asking that you consider supporting JDRF this year by donating a gift, a gift certificate, or a unique experience to our event. If you are interested in making an auction item donation, please contact Kellen Bridges at (865) 544-0768 or kbridges@jdrf.org.


Presenting Sponsors

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Presenting Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

  • American Boat Center
  • BESCO (Broadway Electric Service Corporation)
  • Brown Construction Consolidated, Inc.
  • CNS, LLC
  • Del-Air Mechanical
  • Denark Construction, Inc.
  • Endocrinology Consultants of East Tennessee
  • Funderburk Electrical Service
  • G&P Masonry
  • GEO Services, LLC
  • Harrison Construction
  • Henderson, Hutcherson & McCullough
  • Joseph Construction
  • Lewis Group Architects
  • LHP Capital
  • Massey Electric
  • MasterCraft Boats
  • McCarty, Holsaple & McCarty Architects
  • Moon Capital Management
  • Pavement Restorations, Inc.
  • Pavement Restorations of East TN, Inc.
  • Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • Power Equipment Company
  • Scott Insurance
  • Sea Ray Boats
  • Stowers Machinery Corporation
  • Superior Steel, Inc.
  • The Christman Company
  • Vulcan Materials Co.
  • Whaley & Sons, Inc.

Sapphire Sponsors

  • All Crane Rentals of Tennessee, LLC
  • Blue Ridge Realty
  • The First Tennessee Foundation
  • Mr. & Mrs. Mike and Carol Connor
  • REA, Inc.
  • Rogers Petroleum, Inc.
  • State Farm Insurance, Todd Henderson Agency
  • Xtreme Heating & Air, Inc.

Honorees - East Tennessee T1D Community

Our East Tennessee T1D community – at the evening’s event we will raise a toast to 25 years of past honorees and all of the volunteers, sponsors, and individual and family donors who have helped to make JDRF one of the most effective charities in the nation.

Past Honorees

2016 – Bruce Hartmann – Chattanooga Free Press

2015 – Bob Petrone – B&T Distributing

2014 – David Reynolds, Todd Henderson and Ryan Key (JDRF East TN Volunteers)

2013 – Amy Miles – Regal Entertainment Group

2012 – Mark Hazelwood – Pilot Flying J

2011 – Mike Connor – Connor Concepts

2010 – The Stokely Family

2009 – Ralph & Karen Weekly – University of Tennessee

2008 – Fuad Reveiz & Dr. John Eaddy

2007 – Dr. Casey Page & Children in East Tennessee with T1D

More Info

Event Leadership
Evans Bennett – Logistics Chair
Don Freeman – Corporate Development Chair
Howard Jarvis – Fund A Cure Chair
Carolyn Kirkland – Procurement Chair
Gail Van Hoozier – Social Tables Chair

Gala Decor: Altar’d State
Gala Graphic Design and Print: Hart Graphics
Gala Production: DV Communications


Knoxville Marriott

Complimentary parking is available onsite.

501 E. Hill Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37915

Event Contact

East Tennessee Chapter
(865) 544-0768 | easttennessee@jdrf.org

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