Los Angeles Imagine Gala

April 22, 2017, Beverly Hills, CA
6:00 pm

Honoring Max Harris, son of Jimmy Jam and Lisa Harris

Tickets and tables available NOW! The Imagine Gala, one of Los Angeles' most exciting events, will be held on Saturday, April 22nd, at The Beverly Hilton. The 14th Annual Imagine Gala honors Max Harris, son of philanthropist, T1D advocate and music producer, James "Jimmy Jam" and Lisa Harris. The Spirit Award will honor Rabbi Harvey J. Fields, who presided over Los Angeles' oldest synagogue, Wilshire Boulevard Temple for 18 years, and had T1D since the age of 16. Thanks to the dedication of hundreds of guests, donors, committee members, and volunteers, the Imagine Gala is a night of inspiration, hope, and outstanding fundraising. Guests will enjoy our expansive silent and exciting live auctions, our signature Fund A Cure program, a special performance by award winning entertainment all hosted by celebrity emcee, Justin Willman. This one-of-a-kind event continues to be amongst the largest Galas in Los Angeles and raised $1.12 million in 2016. This is one night you do not want to miss!


Event Details

6:00 PM Registration and Auction


The Imagine Gala auction is like none other! Featuring hundreds of packages, including once-in-a-lifetime experiences, signed memorabilia, luxury items, vacations, 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!

Watch this video  to ensure you’re prepared to bid on all your favorite items on Gala night! If you have questions on this  feature, please contact Dara Weinraub.

You will receive a text message prior to your arrival at the Gala with information on how to start bidding.  Bid early and often right from your fully charged smartphone!

7:30 PM Dinner is Served and Gala program begins

Ballroom doors open at 7:15 PM.

Menu to be announced soon!

Location: The Beverly Hilton

Live Auction, Fund A Cure, and entertainment.

8:30 PM Silent Auction ends

Auction winners will be notified and can begin to pick their auction items up at 9:45 PM.

Ways to Give

Fund A Cure

Fund A Cure immediately follows the Live Auction portion of the evening. 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.


Corporate Event Partnerships

The JDRF Imagine Gala offers corporate event partnerships with customized benefits starting at $7,500+. Please contact Dara Weinraub to learn more about our corporate event partnership opportunities.

Purchase Individual Tickets

Patron-level tickets cost $1000, which includes premiered seating for dinner, complimentary drinks, and the opportunity to participate in the auctions and Fund A Cure program, and general seating costs $500.

Please contact Dara Weinraub with any questions regarding individual tickets.

Purchase a Table

Three VIP tables of 10, plus benefits

Two VIP tables of 10, plus benefits

One VIP table of 10, plus benefits

Please contact Dara Weinraub with any questions regarding tables.

Donate Auction Items

Your auction items will make a difference! The amazing generosity and support from our community has ensured the success of our auction year after year – and today we have one of the most unique, expansive silent auctions in Los Angeles!

In Demand Items:

  • Private Dining Experiences 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
  • Rare, Collector Wines and Liquors
  • Golf at Premier Courses
  • Designer Fashion Items

Fill out the Auction Donation Form and email it to Dara Weinraub. Please feel free to reach out to Dara with your auction donations, ideas, or questions.

Win a 2017 Honda!

Click here for a 1 in 500 chance to win a 2017 Honda Accord EX-L.

Ticket prices:

1 for $100

3 for $250

7 for $500


JDRF is always looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to help with many chapter activities. If you are interested in exploring volunteer opportunities or deepening your involvement with JDRF, please contact Sue Pietrzak to learn more!

Thank you to our 2017 Corporate Sponsors

Corporate Sponsors


Max is the real champion here and our hero. Diagnosed with T1D at the age of two, Max has courageously been dealing with this insidious disease for 14 years. At sixteen years old, Max is a healthy and happy role model for T1D kids all over the world. He is an exemplary athlete, playing basketball for Kenny Smith’s Aim High club team and for Oaks Christian High School. Max has plans for a music career, diligently working on his tracks and tunes every day which must run in the family. Most recently Max landed a curated collaboration campaign with the brand & global retailer Forever 21 along with his sister Bella. There is nothing he can’t conquer.

We would like to thank JDRF, the world’s leading organization funding Type 1 Diabetes Research for their unrelenting work on providing life changing therapies that will hopefully, one day lead to a cure. We dedicate our lives to supporting JDRF and it’s many accomplishments in new technologies and treatments for a better way of life for Max and others living with T1D. We will not stop until a cure is found. -Lisa Harris and Jimmy Jam

JDRF will posthumously honor Rabbi Harvey J. Fields who presided over Los Angeles’ oldest synagogue, Wilshire Boulevard Temple for 18 years, and had T1D since the age of 16. Rabbi Fields’s widow, Sybil Fields, will accept the Spirit Award on his behalf along with his daughter, Debra Fields, and son, Joel Fields.

Harvey J. Fields distinguished himself as a community leader, a writer, a husband, father, and Rabbi.  His life and career was marked by a deep commitment to community.  He was involved in the civil rights movement, helped build Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s West Side campus, and served on countless charity boards.  Fields played a prominent role in interfaith efforts to mend race relations after the 1992 riots in Los Angeles.

His son, Joel Fields said, “My father was always there to counsel young people diagnosed with T1D – and he always said that T1D helped form him, but never defined him.  He was and is a beautiful role model for meeting the world with optimism, love, and a commitment to making a difference.”


The Beverly Hilton

9876 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Event Contact

JDRF Los Angeles
213-233-9910 | dweinraub@jdrf.org