JDRF Illinois One Dream Gala

December 9, 2023, Chicago, IL
5:30 pm (Central Time)

JDRF Illinois One Dream Gala

December 9, 2023, Chicago, IL
5:30 pm (Central Time)


Thank you for helping advance JDRF’s mission at the 2023 One Dream Gala on Saturday, December 9. Because of you, we raised over $18 Million for T1D research and broke fundraising records for the eighth consecutive year. We couldn’t do it without you. Stay tuned for information about the 2024 event.

The annual JDRF Illinois One Dream Gala brings together the diabetes community for an unforgettable evening featuring an expansive silent auction, one-of-a-kind live auction, seated dinner, award-winning live entertainment, and a night of fundraising all in support of JDRF.

Event Leadership

Anne Pillion & Lea Taylor

Auction Chairs

Wall of Heroes

Living on the Go Foundation
Tullman Family Foundation

Megan & Keith Anderson
The Biller Family
Marlene & David Engberg
General Catalyst
Alicea & Kayne Grau
Elizabeth Cobbs and Phil Green
Kadens Family Foundation
Marisue & Joe Lacher
The Poulton Family
Jenny Schneider
Lee and Valerie Shapiro
Bridget and David Van Eekeren Charitable Fund
Vinik Family Foundation
Patti & Steve Winegar
Emilee & Brian Wolfe
Working Theory Foundation

The Aldridge Family
Trish & Ken Atha
The Boyle Family Foundation
Carrie & David Carlson
Karen & Jay Case
Susan and J. Laurence Costin
DeYoung Family
Megan & Steve Dragich
Marci Eisenstein & John Treece
The Mitchell Family
Anne & Bob Pillion
Michael Sturmer

Sarah & Michael Alter
Sheri & Marc Bassewitz
Jennifer & John Beard
Carla & Michael Kilbane
Koplar Enterprises
Scott & Judy Leisher in memory of Laura Van Horn
Dan & Kim Michelson
Naeymi-Rad Family
Katie & Joe Nelligan
Julie Newman & Jamie Burgdorfer
Stan & Vivian Nitzberg

Erica & G.P. Palsis
Catherine & John Peterman
Tanya & Michael Polsky
Rauner Family Foundation
Linda & Michael Roche
Susan and Steve Shute
Kara & Stephen Smith
Marlene Spigner
Mark & Nasrin Thierer
Greg & Kim Wasson Family Fund

Rachel & Arif Ahmed
Gary & Suzanne Alpert
Isaac Applbaum
Jenna & Drew Barnett
Kate & Matt Bialecki
Zane Burke
Nancy Carey
Rhonda Cohen
Jessica & Joe Dougherty
Janet & Craig Duchossois
Catherine & Alex Feld
Ruth & Lawrence Field
Ken Frazier

Glerum Family Foundation
Karl & Sara Greiter
Gregory & Annie Jones
Daniel & Patricia Jorndt
Amar Kendale & Prabha Kannan
Mary & Mark Lahey
Dawn & Dave Ludden
Margaret Mickey
Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH
Dennis & Stella Olis
Sarah & Eddie Opler
Patterson Family Foundation
Andrea & Angelo Perino

Jared Polis
Katie & Jim Pursley
Julie & Keith Radner
Melissa & Tom Reedy In Honor of Aaron Kowalski, JDRF Chief Mission Officer
Angie & Rick Rover
Lydia & Pat Ryan
Judy & David Schiffman
Thelma & David Steward
Harrison Street
Tepas Family Foundation
Cory Tull
Debbie Wineberg
Gail & David Wolfe
Staci Wood

Table Sponsors

Thank you to all of our Table Sponsors!

Aldridge Electric
Michael & Sarah Alter
ArentFox Schiff
Armstrong Teasdale
Ashley Capital
Todd & Lauren Berger
Berkadia Real Estate Advisors
Matt & Kate Bialecki
Brennan Investment Group
James & Jennifer Brooks
David & Carrie Carlson
Clarius Partners
Cooler Screens
DLA Piper
Steve & Megan Dragich
Laura Dunne
Josh & Wendy Dunnington
Jim & Celeste Durkin
Alex & Catherine Feld
The Field Family
First Stop Health
Ginsberg Jacobs

Tom & Denise Glasgow
Steve & Debbie Gordon
Steve Grapenthien & Staci Wood
Kayne & Alicea Grau
Karl & Sara Greiter
Jerry & Emily Hoffman
Illinois Tool Works
Michael J. Kilbane Family & Friends
Lynn Lipsig
Loftus & Preusser Wealth Partners
Colin & Jessie MacLean
Justin Mahlik
Kevin & Laurie McGraw
Marsh McLennan
Barry & Holly Metzger
Dan & Kim Michelson
Miller Cooper
Barry & Beth Mitchell
Old National Bank
Otness-O’Neill Families
Michael & Vicki Paulsen

Michael & Felicia Perlman
John & Catherine Peterman
Tim & Kate Phair
Bob & Anne Pillion
Tom & Melissa Reedy
Mike & Nora Rice
RMK Management
Sloan Valve Company
Daniel Stefani
Ben & Meredith Swartz
Syndicated Equities Group
Simon & Lea Taylor
The Pritzker Organization
Mark & Nasrin Thierer
John Treece & Marci Eisenstein
Tullman Family
Vivante Health
Joanathan & Amy Vree
Bob & Dianne Wasieleski
Steve & Patti Winegar
Brian & Emilee Wolfe

Event Details

JDRF offers One Dream Gala guests special rates for overnight stays. You can make reservations at either the Hyatt Regency or the Marriott Marquis.

By becoming a corporate sponsor of the 2023 JDRF Illinois One Dream Gala your business will be in good company with some of Chicago’s most trusted corporate partners to make T1D history. Sponsorship packages begin at $35,000 with custom activations designed to meet your company’s target objectives. For more information please contact Nancy Bowman at nbowman@jdrf.org.

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

with frisée, and baby greens, goat cheese, pear, sundried cranberries, pistachios, and pomegranate vinaigrette

Brazi Bite

gluten free Brazilian Cheese Bread

Duet of Beef Short Ribs & Brie Stuffed Chicken Breast Wrapped

wrapped in prosciutto, with parsnip puree, roasted fingerling potatoes, and braised green beans and carrots

— available upon advanced request —

Pan Seared Sea Bass

with winter succotash, and red wine sauce


Italian Rollups

zucchini, spinach, basil and vegan cashew “ricotta,” san Marzano tomato sauce, with vegan polenta


Dessert Box

includes chocolate coconut macaroon, vanilla French macaron, chocolate-covered strawberry


December 9, 2023
Starts: 5:30 PM
McCormick Place Convention Center & Arie Crown Theater
Chicago, IL 60616
JDRF Illinois Signature Events Team
Illinois Chapter

PO Box 5018
Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018


Gala Corporate Sponsors