JDRF One Night Gala: Thank You!

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On Saturday, May 7, more than 700 guests joined us at the Boston Marriott Copley Place and virtually throughout the world for the 40th Annual JDRF Greater New England Gala–One Night. It was an exceptional evening celebrating the collective efforts of the entire community, raising $2.25 million for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research (and counting)! It was incredible to bring the entire chapter footprint of Maine, eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont together for this memorable return to the ballroom. The energy and enthusiasm felt throughout the night was palpable, and we are so grateful for the generosity of our sponsors, families, and friends of JDRF.

Hosted by our outstanding emcees, Kevin Lemanowicz and Mark Ockerbloom of Boston 25 News, JDRF Greater New England was privileged to recognize this year’s honorees, Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Douglas Melton, Ph.D. and Family, for their passion, support, and steadfast commitment to JDRF’s mission. Their tremendous work and unwavering devotion to being the momentum, the progress, and one day, the cure, inspires us all. We invite you to view each of the honorees’ videos, showcasing their significant impact in the T1D space, and to share broadly to help further drive our mission forward.

Fund A Cure
There is still time to donate to Fund A Cure! One of the most powerful aspects of the Gala each year takes place during Fund A Cure. We are truly grateful to this year’s inspiring Fund A Cure Speaker, Tommy Kelley, for sharing his story, and for inspiring generosity and hope. Gifts to Fund A Cure are 100% tax deductible and are as critical as ever, as they directly support ground-breaking T1D research. If you or someone you know is interested in supporting, please visit https://bit.ly/JDRFGalaFAC2022, or call 781-431-0700.

Thank You to our JDRF One Night Partners and Event Volunteers
The evening would not have been possible without the astounding support of our JDRF partners. We are so thankful for the ongoing commitment of our Signature Sponsor, Bain Capital Community Partnership, and to all our incredible sponsors noted below. We offer very special thanks to our extraordinary One Night Gala Committee led by Gala Chair, Jaleen Siekman, Procurement Chair, Dawn McGrew, Marketing and Communications Chair, Jamie O’Riordan, Guest Experience Chair, Sherri Panaro for your remarkable efforts in making the evening both successful and memorable; our Corporate Development Committee, led by Chair, Jon Freni, for your steadfast commitment to engaging generosity through our corporate partners; and to the Greater New England Community Board, led by President, Colin Motley, for your leadership and encouragement throughout the year. Many thanks to Brian Smith and his talented team for producing the beautiful videos and for always bringing your unparalleled talent and passion to this event! We are also grateful to Exquisite Events and Cramer Productions for bringing our ideas to life, assisting in the look and management of the evening’s program. Special thanks to Hannoush Jewelers for providing the stunning diamond tennis bracelet for our raffle, and the Boston Marriott Copley Place for your ongoing partnership. We would also like to recognize Kevin Trimmer Photography for capturing the memories, which may be viewed by visiting http://kevintrimmer.instaproofs.com/JDRF-Boston-Gala-2022. Thank you to our friends at Boston GIF for providing a fun and exciting way to promote the magic of One Night through social media, and to Portrait Simple for highlighting our T1D families so beautifully. Lastly, thank you to the 80+ event volunteers who assisted the JDRF Greater New England staff and Gala Committee leading up to, during, and following the event. We are truly grateful to everyone who provided support, energy, and time to ensure this year’s return to the ballroom was a successful one!

Thank you to our generous One Night sponsors!