JDRF Illinois One Dream Gala

December 10, 2022, Chicago, IL
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (Central Time)

We did it! Because of you, we once again made history at the 2022 JDRF Illinois One Dream Gala! Thank you to everyone who helped us raise more than $16 million to fund life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications.

2022 Event Details

  • Location: Lobby outside Arie Crown Theater


    The One Dream Gala auction is like none other! Featuring hundreds of packages, including once-in-a-life experiences, signed memorabilia, luxury items, and unique opportunities, this is an auction you won’t want to miss.


    BidPal electronic bidding will be used during the Gala’s silent auction. Guests may bid directly from their smartphone – anywhere and anytime!

  • Location: Upstairs, Lakeside Center Ballroom

    2022 One Dream Gala Dinner Menu

    Roasted Apple and Raspberry Salad

    Petite greens, endive, walnuts, raspberry, goat cheese

    Petite Filet Mignon

    Truffled fondant potato, asparagus, baby carrots, demi-glaze, shallot butter


    Rosemary Roasted Chilean Seabass (Pescatarian) 

    Wilted greens, slow-roasted tomato, baby potatoes, orange brandy butter sauce

    Italian Rollups (Vegan)

    Zucchini, spinach, basil and vegan cashew “ricotta,” can marzano tomato sauce, vegan polenta

    Dessert Box

    Chocolate chunk brownie and cookie dough macaron

    *Please note: entire menu is gluten-free

  • Location: Arie Crown Theater

    Join this year’s Gala host, Judy Hsu of ABC7 Chicago, for an inspirational program highlighting stories from the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community.

  • When entertainment begins, Auction item pick-up is available in the lobby (signs and volunteers will guide you).

  • Live performance by Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning songwriter and performing artist, Cyndi Lauper!

Ways to Get Involved

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.

  • Gala table and ticket sales are officially open! Tables of ten seats range from $6,000 to $25,000 and individual tickets are $625.00 each. Please contact Melissa North at mnorth@jdrf.org or (312) 416-5072 with any additional questions.

  • One Dream Gala sponsorship provides maximum brand alignment and unique exposure to the Gala audience. Packages range from $35,000-$150,000 and are designed to increase your company’s recognition before, during, and after the Gala. Please contact Michael Mayberry to learn more about our corporate event partnership opportunity.

  • Support the One Dream Gala auction – your items make a difference! The amazing generosity and support from our community has ensured the success of our auction year and year. Today, we have one of the most unique, expansive silent auctions in Chicago!

    Consider donating an “in demand” item:

    • Private dining experience or cooking lessons with local chefs
    • Behind-the-scenes opportunities
    • Domestic weekend getaways and international travel packages
    • Celebrity opportunities
    • Tickets or suites for concerts, sports, or shows
    • Vintage wines and liquors
    • Golf packages at premier courses

    Interested in making a difference? Contact Libby Winter at lwinter@jdrf.org or 312-447-7953 with your auction donations, ideas, questions, or to learn more about joining the Gala auction committee.

  • Volunteer registration for this years gala has closed. JDRF is always looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to help with many chapter activities. If you are interested in exploring other volunteer opportunities and deepening your involvement with JDRF, please contact Stefi Rodriguez today!


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Cyndi Lauper is a groundbreaking Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning songwriter and performing artist with global record sales in excess of 50 million. Her iconic voice, influential punk glamour, and infectious live shows have catapulted her to stardom. Lauper won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist with her first album, She’s So Unusual, and became the first woman in history to have four top-five singles from a debut album. Since then, Lauper has released ten additional studio albums, yielding timeless classics like “Time After Time,” “True Colors,” and the anthemic “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”

She’s been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, seven American Video Awards, and 18 MTV Awards. In 2013, Cyndi Lauper became the first solo woman to win Best Original Score (music and lyrics) for Kinky Boots. She contributed a Tony-nominated song to the score of the Broadway musical SpongeBob SquarePants and is currently writing the score for the Broadway adaptation of the 1988 feature film Working Girl.

Lauper was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015, released a New York Times best-selling memoir, and continues to collect impressive accolades across the music industry and beyond. In 2018, Lauper designed and launched a sold-out Home Decor Collection with Grandin Road and added a guest starring role on CBS’ hit TV show Magnum PI to her acting resume. She closed out 2018 by receiving the “Icon Award” from Billboard at its 13th annual Women In Music event and brought down the house with a rousing tribute to Cher at Kennedy Center Honors. In 2019, “She’s So Unusual” was honored for its cultural, historical, and aesthetic importance by being inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. She has a scripted comedy series in the works for a 2021 release on Netflix

In addition, Lauper is tireless in her advocacy work. She has been an activist since day one, always fighting for the underdog – especially women, people living with HIV/AIDS, and LGBTQ people. Her commitment runs so deep that she started her own charity, the True Colors United in 2008 to bring an end to homelessness amongst LGBTQ youth. In December 2019, the United Nations presented Lauper with their first-ever High Note Global Prize, an award that will be given to artists who use their significant platforms to fight for social justice.

Fund A Cure Program

Donate to Fund A Cure. Make a difference. Change lives.

What is Fund A Cure?

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.

Where do Fund A Cure donations go?

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.

How can I make a Fund A Cure donation?

Donate to Fund A Cure to support our mission. Please contact the JDRF Illinois Signature Events Team at 312-670-0313 with any additional questions.


McCormick Place Convention Center & Arie Crown Theater

The One Dream Gala is located in the McCormick Place Lakeside Center and Arie Crown Theater.


JDRF offers One Dream Gala guests special rates for overnight stays. You can make reservations at either the Hyatt Regency , or the Marriott Marquis. Reservations, at either hotel, for all guests must be received by the “cutoff date” of November 18.

2301 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616

Event Contact

JDRF Illinois Signature Events Team
312-670-0313 | galail@jdrf.org

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