35th Annual Detroit Promise Ball
April 24, 2020, Detroit, MI
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Honoring Dr. Thomas Gardner & the JDRF Funded Research Team University of Michigan
Presented by Ford Motor Company
Join us for an evening of giving and grandeur as we transform Ford Field for this Seuss themed event to help further the quest to treat, prevent and cure T1D. Oh, the places we will go creating a world without type 1 diabetes!
Dr. Thomas Gardner and the JDRF Funded Research Team University of Michigan
The Andoni Family - Peter, Lisa, Stephanie, Nicholas, and Alex
2020 Fund A Cure Family
2020 Inspirational Ambassador
The Brian Alexander Band
Fred and Michelle Minturn
Jane Jospey Cobb Promise Award
2020 Recipients: Dr. Thomas Gardner & the JDRF Funded Research Team University of Michigan
This award is in memory of Jane L. Jospey Cobb, a founding member of the JDRF-Metro Detroit & S.E. MI Chapter who, through her outstanding service, enabled the chapter to raise millions of dollars for diabetes research. She is remembered as a courageous woman whose remarkable dedication, passion for research and indomitable spirit continue to be an inspiration to all.
Jane was one of the founding members and past board president of the Metro Detroit Chapter. Jane died in 1997 at the age of 53 from diabetes complications. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at the age of 20 months, she lost her sight at age 23. Jane has two daughters, Allison and Annie and was married to Robert Cobb.
Jane was a graduate of the University of Michigan. She was a dynamic individual with a terrific memory, mathematically inclined and always ready to learn something new. She enjoyed all the gadgets that have been developed to assist the blind in their daily living.
She opened a boutique in the Somerset Mall specializing in travel items. Later she operated a specialty upscale gift basket store in the Prudential Town Center. In her late forties, Jane became a student in Detroit Receiving Hospital’s Visually Handicapped Services Program. She was anticipating going back to school to earn a Master’s degree in English and Psychology and wanted to be up-to-date on the latest technology available to assist the blind. Jane died before she could realize these goals.
The award is presented to individuals and/or corporations who have distinguished themselves in advancing the mission of JDRF through their support of research and education about research.
2019: Ambassador Ron and Mrs. Eileen Weiser
2018: Bill & Vivienne Young
2017: Pat & Carolyn McNamara
2016: Grant & Susan Beard
2015: N/A (Lifetime Award given to Cynthia Ford)
2014: Marvin & Lauren Daitch
2013: Thomas Sr. & Jackie McInerney
2012: Ron & Carol Dooley
2011: Tim & Jean Jennings
2010: Mrs. Rita C. Haddow
2009 : Mr. Martin Shoushanian
2008: Cynthia & Edsel B. Ford II
2007: Mr. Jim Queen
2006: David and Jennifer Fischer
2005: Mr. Jack Haire
2004: Mr. James A. Hiller
2003: Heart of Gold – Marilyn Berman
2002: Heart of Gold – Estelle & Philip Elkus
2001: Heart of Gold – Betty Collens
2000: Heart of Gold – Helen & Norman Wachler
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