JDRF East Tennessee Chapter Year in Review

As we close out 2017, all of us here at JDRF East Tennessee would like to thank our wonderful supporters for another incredible year!

This past spring, more than 1,500 walkers gathered in Chattanooga, Knoxville, and the Tri-Cities and raised over $802,000 for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research!

Team selfie time in Knoxville!
Festive mom & daughter leggings in Chattanooga!
JDRF East Tennessee staff members getting silly in the Tri-Cities!
Just a sampling of some of the fundraisers put on by our AWESOME family and corporate teams!
Local corporate partners Food City, Burger King, Subway, and Pilot Flying J supported the East Tennessee One Walks through JDRF paper sneaker sales.

In March, the Chattanooga community hosted their first annual One Night. The social event featured live music, a silent auction, amazing food and drinks, and great company. Most importantly, it raised over $44,000 for T1D research and was a smashing success!

One Night guests mingling at The Peyton.
Fun party details at Chattanooga’s first annual One Night.
One Night’s hardworking volunteer committee!

Just last month, over 350 guests attended 25th Anniversary One Hope Gala, raising over $315,000 for T1D research! The evening’s festivities included a silent and live auction, JDRF’s Fund A Cure program, and a fantastic night of dining and dancing. We were proud to honor the East Tennessee T1D community and to celebrate a quarter century of collaborative efforts and progress towards a cure.

25th Anniversary One Hope Gala Ballroom, Knoxville Marriott. Photo by David Bridges Photography
Generous bidding during the Live Auction! Photo by David Bridges Photography
A big THANK YOU from some of our Youth Ambassadors! Photo by David Bridges Photography

Throughout the year, seven fearless East Tennessee Riders participated in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes. Collectively, the local team raised over $29,000 and rode hundreds of miles to find a cure for T1D!

Ride Coach Allen Rogers and his lovely family.
East Tennessee Riders at the halfway point in Saratoga Springs, NY (left to right: Mike Hamil, Heidi Barcus, Audrey Lee, and Coach Allen Rogers)
Riders Laura Eye and Tami Bland with their well-earned finisher medals in Amelia Island, FL.

In addition to local fundraising efforts, our supporters also worked hard to raise awareness of JDRF and T1D. Our chapter rolled out the new T1D Connections Program and, so far, we’ve had 32 Outreach Volunteers sign up! JDRF Outreach Volunteers are the voices of experience and hope for those facing the challenge of learning to manage their T1D, or those transitioning to a new life stage with T1D.

JDRF Bag of Hope

Because of YOU, JDRF is able to support a broad spectrum of research that will make living with T1D safer and healthier, until a cure is found. We appreciate your passionate leadership and wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season!

**Please note that JDRF offices will close for Winter Break at 2pm on Friday, December 22nd and reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd.**