JDRF Illinois One Dream Gala

December 11, 2021, Chicago, IL
5:30 pm

Because of generous supporters like you, the 2021 JDRF Illinois One Dream Gala was the highest-grossing fundraising event in JDRF’s history – raising more than $15 million to fund critical diabetes research. Thank you to everyone who showed up for the diabetes community!

2021 Event Details

  • HEALTH SCREENING PROTOCOLS

    After a year of uncertainty, we are thrilled to welcome guests back to the One Dream Gala on December 11 at McCormick Place. JDRF is committed to event safety and is following all CDC and applicable local guidelines. All attendees will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test upon arrival.

    We have partnered with Bindle to verify proof of vaccination or negative test results on a mobile app. The Bindle app is safe, secure and available free of charge to attendees.

    To ensure a smooth and expediated entrance into the Gala, please follow the steps below to sign-up with Bindle and set-up your event pass for JDRF Illinois One Dream Gala.

    Step One:
    Download the free Bindle app on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Search “My Bindle” and download onto your smartphone.

    Step Two:
    Create an account and upload your vaccine information and/or negative test results.

    Step Three:
    Search for and select “JDRF Illinois One Dream Gala”

    Step Four:
    Create your entry pass before you arrive for speedier access!

    For more information, please visit Bindle’s FAQ.

  • Location: Lobby outside Arie Crown Theater

    AUCTION

    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

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

    Bidding will open the week of Gala – you will receive a text message on how to start bidding. Bid early and often right from your fully charged smartphone!

    Can’t join us but still want to bid? Remote bidding will be available starting the first week of December.

  • Location: Upstairs, Lakeside Center Ballroom

    MENU

    Baby Greens Salad

    Roasted Butternut Squash, Pomegranate Seeds, Pear, Goat Cheese and Sherry Vinaigrette

    Slow Roasted Beef Short Rib*

    With Celery Root Puree, Beluga Lentils, Smoked Shitake Mushrooms, Tri- colored Carrots topped with Pickled onion

    OR, available upon advanced request

    *Harissa-Spiced Roasted Cauliflower Steak

    Cauliflower mashed, Warm Lemon Chickpea Salad, Tahini

    *Sustainable, Pan Roasted Chilean Sea Bass

    Sauce Vierge, Ragout of Gem Potatoes, Knob Onions, Wild Mushroom and Artichokes

    Dessert Box

    Chocolate Chunk Brownie, White Chocolate Covered Strawberry, and Raspberry Macaron

    Please Note: Entire menu is Gluten Free

  • Location: Arie Crown Theater

    Join Gala host Judy Hsu of ABC 7 Chicago for a fantastic One Dream Gala program featuring remarks from our Co-Chair, Corporate Chair, inspirational Fund A Cure stories, and a one-of-a-kind live auction.

  • When entertainment begins, Auction item pick up is available in room E252 (signs and volunteers will guide you).

  • See Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo live on-stage! Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo forged the undeniable chemistry and unique sound that created some of rocks most memorable hits including We Belong, Invincible, Love Is A Battlefield, Promises In The Dark, We Live For Love, and Heartbreaker.

  • Thank you for showing up for the diabetes community and attending the JDRF One Dream Gala!

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.

  • Table and ticket sales are closed. If you have questions about your reservations, please contact Melissa North at mnorth@jdrf.org or (312) 416-5072.

  • Sponsorship packages are now closed. For information on sponsoring other JDRF Illinois events, please contact Jenn Carr at jcarr@jdrf.org.

  • Thank you for supporting the 2021 One Dream Gala auction! To everyone who donated items or bid on packages in the silent and live auctions, mystery balloons, and raffle, we appreciate your support. If you have questions about auction details, please contact Libby Winter at lwinter@jdrf.org or 312-447-7953.

  • Thank you to all the volunteers who made the 2021 JDRF Illinois One Dream Gala possible!

Sponsors

Thank you to the following Corporate Sponsors!

Entertainment

Pat Benatar’s staggering vocals and take-no-prisoners attitude, along with Neil Giraldo’s trailblazing artistry as a guitarist, producer and songwriter forged the undeniable chemistry and unique sound that created some of rocks most memorable hits including We Belong, Invincible, Love Is A Battlefield, Promises In The Dark, We Live For Love, and Heartbreaker.

Together they have created two multi-platinum, five platinum and three gold albums, as well as nineteen Top 40 hits. They have sold over thirty million records worldwide and have won an unprecedented four consecutive GRAMMY® awards. Their rock and roll love affair has endured for more than three and a half decades. Pat and Neil continue to tour, selling out concerts everywhere. Their chemistry will undoubtedly be thrilling music fans forever.

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?

If you would like to support our mission by making a donation, please contact the JDRF Illinois Signature Events Team at 312-670-0313.

Venue

McCormick Place Convention Center & Arie Crown Theater

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

HOTEL
JDRF offers One Dream Gala guests special rates for overnight stays. You can make reservations at either the Hyatt Regency or the Marriot Marquis. Please contact Melissa North with any questions.

2301 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616
Directions

Event Contact

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

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