JDRF Illinois One Dream Gala

December 9, 2023, Chicago, IL
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (Central Time)

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. Last year's event raised a record-breaking $16 million, the highest-grossing fundraising event in JDRF's national history. Save the date for this year's event on Saturday, December 9, 2023.

Event Details

Ways to Get Involved

There are many ways to support the JDRF Illinois One Dream Gala. Find more information below or contact the Signature Events team to learn more.

Donate
  • Table sales are officially open! Visit this link to secure your reservation today or contact Melissa North (mnorth@jdrf.org or (708) 505-6792) with any additional questions.

  • 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. Donate to Fund A Cure to support the power of progress at this year’s Gala.

  • 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. Contact Nancy Bowman for more information.

  • Support the One Dream Gala auction – your items make a difference! The amazing generosity and support from our community have 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.

Sponsors

Gala Sponsors

Entertainment

See the Goo Goo Dolls at the JDRF One Dream Gala on December 9!

Formed by Rzeznik and Takac in Buffalo, NY in 1986, Goo Goo Dolls have quietly broken records, contributed a string of staples to the American songbook, connected to millions of fans, and indelibly impacted popular music for three-plus decades. Beyond selling 15 million records worldwide, the group has garnered four GRAMMY® Award nominations and nearly a dozen platinum & gold singles combined, and seized a page in the history books by achieving 16 number-one and Top 10 hits. As a result, they hold the all-time radio record for “Most Top 10 Singles.” 

Thus far, A Boy Named Goo [1995] has gone double-platinum, Dizzy Up The Girl five-times-platinum, and Gutterflower [2002] and Let Love In [2006] both went gold as Something for the Rest of Us [2010] and Magnetic [2013] bowed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200. Their music continues to reach new audiences around the world and rack up platinum & gold statuses – including the recently platinum-certified “Slide”, “Black Balloon” and “Better Days” – and has been covered by everyone from Taylor Swift to Phoebe Bridgers and Maggie Rogers.

Among a string of hits, “Iris” clutched #1 on the Hot 100 for 18 straight weeks and would be named “#1 Top 40 Song of the Last 20 Years.” On the heels of going viral on TikTok, the track recently achieved seven-times-platinum status and re-entered the Billboard charts, yet again proving the timelessness of Goo Goo Dolls’ illustrious catalog

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.

Venue

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.

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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