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!

Event Details




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


Ford Field

2000 Brush Street
Detroit, MI 48226

Event Contact

Jessie Jimenez-Schlicht
248-936-1281 | jjimenez@jdrf.org

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