15th Annual JDRF Hampton Roads Hope Gala – Into the Blue

February 24, 2018, Virginia Beach, VA
6:00 pm

Presented by Suburban Capital and The Carr Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Join Gala Chair Heather Carr and the Hampton Roads Board of Directors for an unforgettable evening of raising funds to Turn Type One into Type None. The evening will feature: silent and live auctions, a 3 course meal you won't find anywhere else, an inspiring program, Fund A Cure, and dancing the night away with The Janitors!


Event Details

  • Janet Roach

    Janet Roach

    Mistress of Ceremonies


    Janet Roach

    Mistress of Ceremonies

    Janet is a four-time Emmy award winning journalist and a two-time Edward R Murrow award recipient.

    Join her Monday through Friday as co-anchor of 13News Now at 4, 13News Now at 5 and 5:30 p.m.

    Janet has been out front covering big national headlines throughout her television career. From the terror attacks on 9/11 at the Pentagon to the history making inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington DC in 2009.

    In 2013, she won a regional Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for the half-hour documentary she reported and produced called “Battleground Virginia.” The special examined the transformation of Virginia into a politically “purple” state in the 2012 presidential election.

    In 2014, Janet co-anchored and reported a half-hour special on the, Affordable Care Act, called “Healthcare, The Bottom Line.” The documentary was awarded a regional Edward R. Murrow award.

    As an investigative reporter for WVEC, Janet has warned viewers of numerous scams and consumer alerts. In 2006, Janet won a Virginia Associated Press award for her investigative reports surrounding an employment service accused of charging clients high fees for bogus promises of jobs. Her reporting lead to the closure of one the company’s offices in Virginia Beach.

    Also in 2006, Janet won the Associated Press Douglas Southall Freeman award for public service in journalism for her series of reports on domestic violence. Janet followed the story of several domestic violence victims to expose legal loopholes in the process of securing protective orders against abusers.

    While in reporting in Milwaukee, her documentary on domestic violence, “Hurting to Healing,” garnered several local and regional awards, including an Emmy. She was honored by the city of Milwaukee for her continuing coverage on the issue of domestic violence.

    Janet is a big believer in looking out for your community. She spends much of her spare time talking to women and children’s groups. She served the American Cancer Society’s South Hampton Roads Relay for Life Honorary Chair in 2010 and the Honorary Chair of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in 2011. She also works closely with the American Heart Association.

    In 2010, Janet was named a Woman of Distinction for the YWCA of the Virginia Peninsula.

    Before coming to Hampton Roads, Janet worked for ABC affiliate, WMAR-TV in Baltimore, Maryland, WTTG-TV in Washington DC, and WITI-TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    Janet is a graduate of the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in Public Policy Analysis. As a Tarheel, Janet was inducted into the “Order of the Golden Fleece” which is the highest honorary at the University. She also won the annual Martin Luther King Scholarship given to one student annually for their commitment to the improvement of the quality of life on campus.

    Being a mom is Janet’s proudest achievement. She has two children, Gabrielle and Trevor. She lives with them and her husband in Newport News.


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Celebrating our Past Honorees, Board Members, and Chapter Founders on the chapter’s 20th Anniversary

Past Honorees

Sammy & Sandy Turbeville
Dr. Marta Satin-Smith
Thomas Orsini
Kaddy Hamilton
Dan Welch
Phil & Monica Hullinger
B. Rod Rodriguez
Stephen P. Sparkman II & Anne Sparkman
Bob & Tiffany Gaylord
David Hamilton Jr. III
Dr. Doug Culling & The Culling Family


Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront

3001 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Event Contact

Savannah Bolin
7573555459 | sbolin@jdrf.org