20th Anniversary JDRF Platinum Promise Ball Raises $1.9 Million for T1D Research

The ballroom at the Hilton Americas-Houston glittered with platinum accents, beaded gowns and silver bow ties for the 20th Anniversary Platinum Promise Ball. Over 800 guests helped  raise $1.9 million for T1D.

The gala was chaired by Mary and Mark D’Andrea, M.D. and the evening was emceed by Andrea Bishop. The evening started with honoring Daniel Yates for raising over $500,000 for JDRF in the past few years. The program continued with the presentation of the Fielding and Meredith Cocke Visionary Award to Dr. Alana Spiwak and Sam Stolbun, who discussed the advances JDRF has made. This award was particularly special to Alana and Sam as it was not only the 20th Anniversary Promise Ball but also the 20th anniversary of their daughter’s diagnosis. The Fund A Cure portion of the evening featured The Fisher family and moved the room to tears with their story.

This year’s silent auction was filled with amazing items and trips for everyone. The live auction included items such as the Kentucky Derby, American Music Awards, lavish vacations and an adorable goldendoodle puppy.

After the program, the Liskow & Lewis After Party began which featured exciting entertainment from Professor D that kept guests dancing till 1am. Party goers also tested their luck at the late-night casino games, indulged in an exclusive scotch tasting bar, and enjoyed late night breakfast tacos.

Stay tuned for details on Promise Ball 2020 which will be chaired by William Hagans and Shannon and Ernest Hunter II!