JDRF Hope Gala 2019


Thank you to all who made the 2019 JDRF Hope Gala a stand out success!

It was an inspirational night with an outpouring of support for people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) that raised more than $980,000 for T1D research! This is a nearly 20% increase over last year and we are incredibly grateful to all the passionate volunteers that worked so diligently to raise each dollar.

Special thanks to our Hall of Fame Gala Chairs, Connie Kurowski, Angela Daubach & Elizabeth Kurowski and the entire Gala committee, to our outstanding Honorees, Laurie & Jim Theiss, to our dedicated Emcee, Russell Kinsaul, veteran news anchor for KMOV News Channel 4, and to our inspiring Fund A Cure families, Jim & Melissa Fox, Charlie & Michelle Hillemann and Jake & Carrie Parent for sharing their stories and to our generous sponsors, attendees, donors and dedicated volunteers.

The Gala is over, but your opportunity to support a world without T1D continues. More than $980,000 was raised at the Gala for T1D research!


How to Help the 2019 JDRF Hope Gala

Fund A Cure

Hear the stories of our 3 incredible Fund A Cure families in this short video. Even if you were unable to attend the event, you can still make a gift of any size to Fund A Cure in support of the Fox, Hillemann and Parent families, along with the many families affected by T1D. These donations are directed 100% to research and fund projects to cure, prevent and treat T1D. Fund A Cure gifts for the 2019 JDRF Hope Gala will be accepted for a limited time. Please make your gift today by calling the JDRF office at 314-729-1846.

Tell Your Friends

Together, we will create a world without T1D! Share your T1D story with friends on social media and ask them to join you in making a donation to Fund A Cure today. Visit JDRF Greater Missouri & Southern Illinois on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share our posts about Fund A Cure donation opportunities.

Matching Gifts

If you made a donation to the JDRF Hope Gala, your company may match it and double or triple the funds sent to T1D research! Ask your HR department or visit jdrf.org/matchinggifts to see if your company offers a matching gift program.


Thank you for your support. Together, we will create a world without T1D. We hope you can join us next year for the 2020 JDRF Hope Gala on Saturday, April 18 at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. Save the date!

For more information or questions about the JDRF Hope Gala, contact Tori Freeman, Development Manager, Signature Events, at vfreeman@jdrf.org or 314-748-7059.