2018 JDRF Hope Gala, Past.Present.CURE

January 20, 2018, Jackson, MS
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Honoring Betsy and Kane Ditto . Ellen and Eason Leake . Lisa and Jack Reed, Jr.

Please join us as we gather together to fund type 1 diabetes research at the 2018 JDRF Hope Gala, Past. Present. CURE. This year's Hope Gala will feature a cocktail reception, seated dinner and auction followed by the After-Party where guests can enjoy drinks, late night bites and dueling pianos.


Event Details


All guests MUST check in upon entering. Here you will receive your table number and bid number, as well as provide your credit card information for Express Pay.

To minimize your time at check in,  you may securely pre-register a credit card by clicking here to charge your purchases at the 2018 Hope Gala.

Bid Pal

This year’s silent auction will again be fully electronic via your smartphone.  For the best experience and early access to the silent auction, please provide a 10-digit cell phone number for you and all guests to JDRF prior to the event. Once your contact information is received you will be sent a text message with your personal Bid Pal link. Simply click the link to launch the app and bid early and often right from your smartphone! If you do not have a smartphone, Bid Pal Concierge staff will be available at the event to assist you with bidding.

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.

Help JDRF Fund A Cure

Click here for more information on Fund A Cure Donations  At the Hope Gala, there will be a moment when the room is stilled, the story of hope unfolds and Fund A Cure begins. Whether or not you are able to join us January 20th, you can participate in Fund A Cure.  Click here to make a Fund A Cure 100% tax-deductible donation sent directly to cutting-edge medical research and funds the science that will deliver a world where:

– Children (and parents) sleep through the night without fear
– An intelligent pump eliminates dangerous high and low blood sugars
– A single daily injection maintains tight control with no carb counting
– Those with T1D can live insulin free for up to 24 months
– You no longer worry that a loved one will develop T1D
– There is no carb counting, no injections, no testing… no T1D

JDRF isn’t just imagining such a future.  We are making it happen. Last year, through Fund A Cure, JDRF directed more than $23 million to research.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here for Corporate Partner Opportunities Information  The Hope Gala is the platform to publicly acknowledge our community partners.  The event will attract 400-450 guests. It is a fun evening with a serious purpose.  Our goal at the 2018 Hope Gala is to raise more than $400,000 for research to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs for type 1 diabetes on the way to finding a cure for this disease.

The need is great and Mississippi is significantly impacted.  An estimated 289,100 people in the state have diabetes; as many as one third of these cases are undiagnosed. Costs are increasing and the incidence rate of type 1 and type 2 diabetes is also on the rise.  Better treatments and ultimately prevention and a cure drive the research that JDRF funds.

We need your support! Please consider participating in this event through a sponsorship.  Help JDRF continue to improve the lives of children and adults living with T1D, and ultimately find a cure. Your support is vital to our fundraising efforts—thank you for helping us turn Type One into Type None. Click here to become a Corporate Sponsor.

Purchase a Table

Click here to purchase VIP tables

$1,600  VIP table of 8 including After-Party

$2,000 VIP table of 10 including After-Party

Please contact JDRF with any questions regarding tables.

Purchase Individual Tickets

Click here to purchase tickets  Individual tickets cost $200 which includes sit down dinner, complimentary drinks, and the opportunity to participate in the auctions and Fund A Cure program plus the After-Party celebration.

Please contact JDRF with any questions regarding individual tickets

Purchase The After-Party Tickets

Click here to purchase The After-Party tickets The After-Party tickets cost $45 which includes cocktails, late night bites, and dueling pianos.  The After-Party begins at 9:15PM and continues until 11:30PM.


Presenting Sponsor $35,000

View All Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor $35,000

20 YEARS Diamond Sponsor $20,000

Platinum Sponsor $10,000

Gold Sponsor $5,000

Silver Sponsor $3,000

BidPal Sponsor $15,000

Smile Sponsor $10,000

The After-Party Sponsor $7,500

Live Auction Sponsor $2,500

Auction Checkout Sponsor $2,500

Photo Booth Sponsor $2,500

Guest Registration Sponsor $2,000

Volunteer Sponsor $2,000

Photography Services


Over 20 years ago, a small group of parents shared a common goal, to find a cure for diabetes.  Their conviction and determination built the cornerstone for JDRF Mississippi Chapter. The mission was clear – fund research.  Please join us in commemorating our 20th Anniversary of the Mississippi Chapter by honoring three founding families, Betsy and Kane Ditto, Ellen and Eason Leake and Lisa and Jack Reed, Jr. for their work for the many children and families in Mississippi who live with type 1 diabetes.

More Info


The Westin Jackson

Click here to reserve your room at the Westin Jackson for Gala weekend and enjoy the JDRF Mississippi special event rate.

407 South Congress Street
Jackson, MS 39201

Event Contact

JDRF Mississippi Chapter
601.981.1184 | mississippi@jdrf.org