One Dream Gala 2024

April 27, 2024, Philadelphia, PA
6:00 pm (Eastern Time)

One Dream Gala 2024

April 27, 2024, Philadelphia, PA
6:00 pm (Eastern Time)



One Moment. One Mission. One Community.


We invite you to spend an evening focusing on what matters to us most: one moment, one mission, and one community. We will reflect on where we’ve been and how far we’ve come…appreciating the past, enjoying the moment, and looking forward together as 1. We celebrate as a community committed to one vision: a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).

Our signature black tie event will feature silent and live auctions filled with unique items and experiences, a lively cocktail hour, an elegant dinner, an inspiring Fund A Cure program, and a live performance by the Heartbeats.

Please join us for an unforgettable night filled with hope, empowerment, and the opportunity to raise critical funds for those we love with T1D!






Image shows sugar polymer spheres being attacked by immune cells. Image Credit: Andrew Bader, Omid Veiseh, Arturo Vegas, Anderson/Langer Laboratory, Koch Institute at MIT

Event Leadership

Three Generations of the Cohn Family

Suzanne & Norman Cohn

Lea & Matthew Cohn

Sydney Cohn

Mackenzie Skylar Cohn

The JDRF Greater Delaware Valley Chapter is proud to announce that we will be honoring The Suzanne and Norman Cohn Family with the JDRF Living and Giving award at the 2024 One Dream Gala on Saturday, April 27, 2024. Suzanne and Norman Cohn, Lea and Matthew Cohn, Sydney Cohn, and Mackenzie Skylar Cohn have made a significant impact on the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community through their long-time support of JDRF.

Suzanne and Norman became involved with JDRF in the 1970’s when they were one of the first Gala Chairs. Their tie to JDRF became more personal and even stronger when their granddaughter, Sydney was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 7 in 2007 and Sydney’s sister, Mackenzie Skylar was diagnosed 18 months later at the age of 7.

It was at that point that Lea and Matthew Cohn immediately jumped in to support JDRF in whatever way they could. They, along with their daughters, created the Cohn Sisters walk team and led the team for over 10 years as the top walk team in the country year after year, and continue to comfort newly diagnosed families and advocate for JDRF. Matthew has served two terms on the Eastern Pennsylvania Board and also led the board as board president from 2018-2021. He has held roles for the International Board of Directors and currently is the Vice Chair for the JDRF Global Mission board. He has also been a mentor for other board presidents. Sydney and Mackenzie Skylar volunteered as Youth Ambassadors supporting walk, gala and advocacy efforts. They also were Children’s Congress delegates and had the opportunity to share their voice in D.C. to move forward JDRF’s advocacy priorities. Together, they have been a part of key clinical trials that have helped research advancements come to fruition, such as the artificial pancreas or closed loop system. Since the Cohn’s involvement 16 years ago, their family has raised more than $3 million for T1D research as well as continues to inspire countless others to join them in this fight.

“Our dream is that in our lifetime type one will become type none and JDRF is working to make our dream a reality.” – Suzanne & Norman Cohn

We are so grateful for the incredible impact the Cohn Family has had on the research being done at JDRF. They have been a part of our past, our present and will continue to move JDRF into the future until the cures are found.

Becca Benfield

Mike Block

Jordan Cohn

Susan Coleman

Andrew Freas

Jill Grasso

Bianca Haines

Chris Howard

Ashley Hughes

Noah Jaffe

Cindy Kramer

Sherry Lemonick

Judi Levine

Gerry Miceli

Matthew O’Neil

Dana Purvis

Brian Robinson

Laura Urbanovich


Get ready for an exclusive silent auction featuring a handpicked selection of coveted items. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the extraordinary items that will be up for bidding:

Experience the magic of late-night television with two tickets to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Get ready to laugh, cheer, and enjoy when you join the live studio audience for an unforgettable evening filled with celebrity interviews, hilarious sketches, and musical performances.

Escape to a world of serenity and joy at Rose Bridge Farm & Sanctuary, a haven for rescued animals. Bid for a chance to experience the magic of this sanctuary with in-person bottle feeding, animal snuggle sessions, glamping with goat yoga, piggy parties, and so much more. Don’t miss the opportunity to create heartwarming memories with their lovable, furry friends.

Discover the world of literature with a virtual meet and greet with Mallory Kass, editor, and young adult fiction author of ‘The 100’ series. In this exclusive one-on-one opportunity, she’ll share her expertise in writing and editing, making it a must-have experience for book enthusiasts and aspiring writers.

Elevate your surroundings with the creative works of an accomplished illustrator or a gifted photographer. Their inspiring artwork, filled with unique perspectives, is your chance to enrich your home and adorn your walls with captivating visuals.

Don’t miss the chance to bid on these extraordinary items and many more at our silent auction. Your opportunity to acquire these exclusive treasures awaits! 

Whether you’re attending the One Dream Gala this year or cheering us on from afar, get ready to indulge in our exclusive Silent Auction! But what is the difference between in-person bidding and remote bidding?

In-Person Bidding:
  • Attend the gala and immerse yourself in the action by bidding on live and silent auction items.
  • Get up close — see, touch, and feel each item before you bid.
  • Walk away with your winnings at the end of the night – instant gratification!
  • Participate in the night’s festivities, including reflections from our Honoree, heartwarming stories from our Fund A Cure Family, and live music from The Heartbeats.
Remote Bidding:
  • If attending the gala isn’t possible, no problem! You can still participate remotely by placing virtual bids on our one-of-a-kind silent auction items.
  • Be a part of the excitement until the final bid is in – the thrill lasts until we close bidding.
  • Pick up your winning auction items at our office in King of Prussia post-event.
  • Don’t miss out on the chance to make a difference, no matter where you are.

Let the bidding wars begin!

Event Details

6:00 p.m. Silent Auction and cocktail reception in the Millenium Ballroom

7:15 p.m. Doors to open with the grand reveal of the Regency Ballroom

7:40 p.m. Opening remarks followed by a seated dinner

8:30 p.m. Live auction and Fund A Cure

9:30 p.m. The party continues with live entertainment by the Heartbeats and dancing


Image shows sugar polymer spheres being attacked by immune cells. Image Credit: Andrew Bader, Omid Veiseh, Arturo Vegas, Anderson/Langer Laboratory, Koch Institute at MIT

The Heartbeats

Event Entertainment


Raise your paddles with enthusiasm, show your dedication, and join in the celebration that will pave the way for a brighter future for those living with type 1 diabetes (T1D)!

Fund A Cure is a unique opportunity for you to donate directly to the mission of JDRF: accelerating life-changing breakthroughs that cure, prevent, and treat T1D and its complications.


Fund A Cure is the cornerstone of the JDRF Gala program and it is our goal at every event to orchestrate an experience for our gala patrons that inspires, educates and motivates generous giving. During our program, attendees have the opportunity to raise their bid paddles and make a donation directly towards T1D 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.


Through your generous contribution, we can provide the essential funding needed for vital research that aims to enhance treatment options, advance scientific progress, and ultimately find the cures. Every dollar raised through Fund a Cure is directed toward research and our mission goals.


100% of your Fund A Cure Gift is tax-deductible!

THANK YOU for your support! Together we can create a world without T1D!


Image shows sugar polymer spheres being attacked by immune cells.

Image Credit: Andrew Bader, Omid Veiseh, Arturo Vegas, Anderson/Langer Laboratory, Koch Institute at MIT

Sponsoring One Dream Gala

 We are so appreciative of the amazing support and generosity our community provides to the JDRF mission. JDRF is continually grateful for the impact our sponsors have made on the progress of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. For more information on sponsorships, please contact Allison Tropea at or call 856-563-4295.


Image shows sugar polymer spheres being attacked by immune cells.

Image Credit: Andrew Bader, Omid Veiseh, Arturo Vegas, Anderson/Langer Laboratory, Koch Institute at MIT

April 27, 2024
Starts: 6:00 PM
The Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Amanda Vinciguerra
Greater Delaware Valley Chapter
Mail donations to:

PO Box 1532
Hagerstown, MD 21741-1532


Golden Circle

Decor by Arrangements Unlimited Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

VIP Reception Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

Cocktail Hour Sponsor

Program Book Sponsor

Valet Sponsor