38th Annual JDRF Boston Gala—One Night
May 9, 2020, MA
One Night Signature Sponsor
Bain Capital Community Partnership
One Night Gala Chair
Corporate Development Chair
Ways to Support
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.
Partner with JDRF as a sponsor of the JDRF Boston Gala. Sponsorship provides maximum brand alignment with JDRF and unique exposure to our highly sought-after Gala audience. This year, we have enhanced the benefits and recognition that sponsors receive and added more underwriting opportunities that are customizable based on your business goals and objectives. We invite you to view the complete list of our corporate partnership opportunities here. Reserve your sponsorship here. Please email JDRF Boston Gala Team or call 781-431-0700 to learn more.
Your auction items will make a difference! The amazing generosity and support from our community have ensured the success of our auction year after year.
- Golf at Premier Courses
- Tickets or Suites for Concerts, Sports, or Shows
- Private Dining Experiences or Cooking Lessons with local chefs
- Domestic Weekend Getaways and International Travel Packages
- Vintage Wines and Liquors
- Behind-the-Scenes Opportunities
- Hot Electronic Items
- High-End Household Goods
- Designer Fashion Items
- New Children’s Toys
We ask that the median value of items be approximately $50 to ensure the highest resale potential to raise the most funds.
Please contact the JDRF Boston Gala Team with your auction donations, ideas, questions, or to learn about joining the Gala auction committee.
Thank You to Our 2020 Gala Supporters
Presenting Sponsors - $100,000+
Honoring Joan and John Kelley
For us it was a Saturday morning. We should have been driving between gyms for the basketball games on the day’s schedule, and rushing about in the six-days-before-Christmas mode. Instead, we had a life-changing diagnosis for our 14-year old boy, and we entered the community of type 1 diabetes (T1D) families.
Everyone who’s in this community says it – we are part of a special group that no one wants to be a member of, but oh what a group. We have been counseled, consoled, empowered, and emboldened by the JDRF T1D community. Every time we are in your midst, you have made supporting this wretched condition a little bit easier.
So we kept coming back for more. The seven years of Ride to Cure meant seven opportunities for John to rally friends and colleagues to support the cause. But those adventures in Burlington, Death Valley, and Saratoga also gave both of us seven chances to be in the presence of that band of exuberant folks who strap on their bike shoes and pull each other along the 100 miles of hills and heat and muscle strains. John’s three years on the New England Chapter Board of Directors meant both of us had the privilege of hearing more about the new research and the specific ways that genius scientists and creative minds have been driving solutions for managing T1D and propelling all of us closer to the cure. But it also meant occasions for shared optimism with the other committed people who are hopeful, and grateful for the funding that improves our T1D family members’ lives.
And then, the Gala. We made a decision long ago to make this event a celebration – a chance for Tommy and his friends and ours, his cousins, aunts, and uncles, to dance the night away, to eat too much and return too many times to the Martini Bar. But most importantly, to be in that ballroom with the community of JDRF-ers. The people who know what it’s like to struggle with lows and highs, and be stalked by the relentless pursuit of glucose stability. It’s the one night of the year when everyone in the room gets it, and we can celebrate those heroes among us who take on T1D with gusto every day.
On this, the 10th anniversary of Tommy’s diagnosis, we feel as if we have T1D to blame, but the JDRF community to thank. Given the many talented and committed people involved in JDRF New England, we feel particularly fortunate to be chosen as this year’s honorees.
Hope to see you all at the gala. Look for us amidst the crazy crowd on the dance floor.
All the best,
Joan and John Kelley
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