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34th Annual Boston Gala
May 14, 2016, Boston, MA
The New England Chapter of JDRF will host the 34th Annual Boston Gala— a black-tie event that brings together more than 600 guests. The evening features an exciting silent and live auction, with one of-a-kind opportunities, of which we hope you will be a part. Our goal for the Gala is to raise $1.75 million for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Please join us for One Night where we will celebrate how far we have come toward the One Day when we will celebrate a cure.join
Special Guests and Gala Leadership
Moira McCarthy Stanford and Sean Stanford
Moira McCarthy Stanford and Sean Stanford
Shortly after six-year-old Lauren Stanford was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) her family was introduced to an organization that would change forever their life mission and focus.
After shopping at a local Marshalls department store, the cashier asked if Lauren’s mom would give a dollar to help JDRF find a cure for T1D. Moira McCarthy Stanford immediately replied yes, but her older daughter, Leigh, challenged her to go further. “Mom, don’t you think you should do more than that?” she asked.
Moira agreed, and she, along with Lauren, Leigh, and her husband Sean, formed a team for the JDRF Boston Walk that very afternoon. They canvassed their neighborhood for contributions, and days later they arrived at the event with the $486 they had collected.
As the family walked over the Arthur Fiedler Bridge toward the Hatch Shell, they saw a glimpse of what makes JDRF the leading global organization funding T1D―thousands of people working toward a common goal―a cure for their loved ones, a cure for Lauren. Moira and her family realized then that they had to be an integral part of JRDF’s mission. Since then the Stanfords have done everything possible to help JDRF cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.
The Stanford’s Walk team, Got Islets, has worked tirelessly since that visit to Marshalls almost 18 years ago. The $486 raised in the first year grew to more than $130,000 in 12 years, making Got Islets a top fundraising walk team in the nation.
Through the years, the Stanford’s commitment grew stronger as did the depth of their involvement. Moira and Sean have chaired the Boston Walk multiple times, and their family has regularly delivered JDRF’s Bags of Hope, which are filled with supplies and education materials, to newly diagnosed families. They’ve attended several Boston galas and even chaired the event. In 2000, Moira joined the New England Chapter’s Board of Directors, where she served as its advocacy team chair and president.
As chairs of JDRF’s National Government Advocacy and Outreach programs, Moira has spoken across the country on behalf of JDRF, and in 2005, they became the Chair Family for JDRF’s biennial Children’s Congress. Moira was awarded JDRF’s International Volunteer of the Year in 2007, because of her tireless passion and effort to bring awareness to JDRF and its cause.
In recent years, the Stanfords not only participated in JDRF’s Ride to Cure Diabetes, but also actively recruited new riders. Moira was awarded the Yellow Jersey for top recruiter along with the prestigious Rose Promise Jersey for the most dedicated JDRF rider. Moira recalls her greatest ride experience occurring last summer, when she and Lauren together finished the 100-mile JDRF ride in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
Moira’s efforts reach beyond the typical volunteerism one would expect from a family who has a child with T1D. She has used her professional talents as well to help families. Moira authored the best-selling books, The Everything Parents Guide to Diabetes and Raising Teens with Diabetes: A Parents Survival Guide, and she created despitediabetes, a blog dedicated to the challenges of having a T1D child. She also founded the popular online T1D support group, Project Blue November and is a featured speaker at the annual diabetes conference, Friends for Life.
Moira and Sean’s active engagement and courage to move JDRF forward make them true champions of the T1D community. In all they do, it’s clear the entire Stanford family have an endless dedication to JDRF and to promoting its mission. In recognition of their steadfast commitment and their boundless hours of dedication, we are thrilled to honor Moira and Sean at One Night, the 34th Annual JDRF Boston Gala.
Nancy Jones Diabetes Champion AwardeeBio
Nancy Jones Diabetes Champion Awardee
Dana Ball has been a patient advocate for 30 years. spending the past 15 years as a nonprofit executive driving innovative programs in type 1 diabetes (T1D). As CEO of Unitio, Dana has built an organization dedicated to uniting patients with research to accelerate better treatments and care.
As co-founder and executive director of Unitio’s first program, T1D Exchange, Dana has built an organization that fulfills the Unitio vision for a centralized, patient-centric resource that drives faster, more informed research. In just 5 years, he has established T1D Exchange as a widely-recognized, highly-credible resource in the T1D medical and research community globally, proven to accelerate research and improve outcomes in type 1. Today, Unitio also includes the community of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as one of its flagship programs.
Before becoming CEO and Founder of Unitio and Executive Director of T1D Exchange, Dana served as Program Director for the T1D program at The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, where he co-founded T1D Exchange. There, he developed long-term strategies and initiatives that funded novel approaches in T1D research, technology, systems, and outreach.
Previously, Dana served as Executive Director of the Iacocca Foundation, overseeing all aspects of the family’s philanthropic activities including development of a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign to advance the field of beta cell regeneration. Programs at The Iacocca Foundation included initiatives supporting research and development to advance understanding of T1D in humans and support new clinical interventions.
Dana is a charismatic and engaging expert who is sought out for his pragmatic vision to solving challenges in unmet needs in disease. A select list of Dana’s speaking appearances include:
Regenerative Medicine: Third International Conference: Progress and Its Cultural Impact
Stem for Life Foundation
The Vatican, April 28-30
Partnering for Cures: Channeling the power of “P” in patient-centricity
Faster Cures (a Center of the Milken Institute)
New York, November
ADA Scientific Sessions: The Artificial Pancreas from Key Stakeholder Perspectives
American Diabetes Association
Boston, MA, June
T1D Exchange: T1D Exchange Annual Meeting
Boston, Ma, April 30-May 1
Faster Cures (a Center of the Milken Institute)
New York, November
Health Research Alliance Member Meeting: New technologies and models for collecting, organizing and utilizing personal health data to advance health research
Health Research Alliance (HRA)
As early as eight, Crystal Bowersox has recollections of hitting the karaoke hot spots with her mom, performing Patsy Cline hits among others. She recalls, “Music was always there and there wasn’t anything else I ever wanted to do.” Although the spotlight shone on Crystal when she appeared on American Idol, she was already a seasoned veteran of the folk circuit before she was on the show. She began performing regularly at ten and by her teens she was gigging steadily. In 2004 she relocated to Chicago where she spent several years honing her skills on Chicago’s North Side, busking at train stations and performing at clubs and bars, as well as internationally.
2010 was a big year for Bowersox who placed second in one of the nation’s biggest singing competitions, married fellow musician and friend Brian Walker, and released her critically heralded Farmer’s Daughter. Her recording debut was a powerfully moving and personally revealing recording that dealt with real life issues including childhood abuse, love and life’s everyday challenges.
Crystal shares, “I feel like I’m finally achieving a sense of balance in my life and it’s making itself evident in my new material. My career is really still in its infancy and the possibilities are limitless. The silvery residue from Idol has faded a bit and now it’s all about what’s true and real in my world. I’m paying way more attention to the things that really matter and making more of my decisions based in kindness and love. My son has taught me so much about that, how strong I can be, even in my weakest moments.” In 2012, Crystal was featured on Blues Traveler’s release, Suzie Cracks the Whip, where she performed a lively duet with Harmonica virtuoso John Popper on the song “I Don’t Wanna Go.” She also quietly released an acoustic five song EP titled Once Upon a Time with long time friend, bassist and collaborator Frankie May. The material featured pre-American Idol recordings.
Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age six, Crystal Bowersox has played an active role in advocating awareness and education for the disease. “Initially I did not want to dive into that role and tell the world. There were some issues of shame and embarrassment. It’s a lonely disease, you feel like you’re the only one who has it sometimes,” she says. “I want people to know that they are not alone and that people from all walks of life have to deal with Type 1 Diabetes. I know what kids and adults with this disease are going through. I want people to know that it is important to know how to care for your body. I am happy to be a voice. It brings joy to my world to be able to help people.”
A busy mom who delicately juggles motherhood and a thriving music career, Crystal admits that the challenge is not always easy. Understanding the importance of taking care of oneself and finding balance, she manages to find the time to knit and do yoga, which she says has helped with both her blood sugar and performances. She also loves to put her culinary skills to the test and has even thought about putting together her own cookbook. She adds, “I am health conscious and I do my best to take care of my body in every way I can.” She also believes in taking care of our planet. “Somehow this year I plan to wean our household off fossil fuel. Not sure
how quite yet but it’s something that’s important to me, and most important for my son, and all of our children.”
One of the most admirable attributes about Crystal Bowersox is her down-to-earth, no-nonsense, what-you-see is-what-you-get vibe. She honestly loves the exchange with her audience and is thrilled to be hitting the road in support of All That For This. “There is a world of difference when you get to meet people, look into their eyes, hear their stories, share your own and make a connection. You can’t beat that.” With a new CD, national tour and some high profile acting ambitions in sight for 2013, it looks like the sky is the limit. Bowersox concludes, “I hope this music thing works out because I am a really bad waitress. I am rooting for music!”
Anthony Everett is the Emmy Award winning co-anchor of WCVB-TV’s nightly newsmagazine “Chronicle,” the nation’s longest running local newsmagazine. He joined the program in September 2005. He has also served as anchor of NewsCenter 5 at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00PM.
Everett has been honored with multiple Emmy Awards, including Emmys for his work as host of “Chronicle” in 2010, for his reporting on the recycling industry in 2009, and for a report on special education in 2008. Also in 2010, The Improper Bostonian magazine named “Chronicle” Boston’s Best Local TV Program.
In 2000, Everett won the “Best Newscast,” award from the Associated Press for his work in the early evening. He has won numerous additional awards including the National Headliner Award and Massachusetts Broadcasters Association First Place award for spot news coverage.
Everett has served as WCVB’s senior correspondent for major national events and breaking news. His strong anchoring and reporting skills have helped WCVB garner multiple prestigious awards including the National Headliner Award for “Breaking News” in 2003 following the Rhode Island nightclub tragedy. His international assignments have taken him to Russia, Vietnam, Italy, South Korea, Central America and beyond.
Everett’s dedication to charitable work has led to collaborations with such organizations as: the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Habitat for Humanity, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Boston Ballet, the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Home for Little Wanderers, Derby Academy, and many others.
As a longtime advocate and volunteer for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Everett was honored with their Public Education Award in 1992, and in 2006 received one of the Society’s highest honors, the Partners in Progress Award.
Everett began his tenure at WCVB-TV’s NewsCenter 5 in 1990 as a general assignment reporter. Prior to joining Channel 5, Everett was a general assignment reporter and weekday anchor on the 6 PM and 11 PM newscasts at WVIT-TV, the NBC affiliate in Hartford, Conn.
Before working in Hartford, from 1985 to 1987, Everett was an award-winning news director and anchor at KSPN-TV in Aspen, Colo., where in 1984 he began his professional broadcasting career as a sports reporter and anchor.
Everett is a graduate of Tufts University in Medford, MA. He is currently a lecturer at Tufts, teaching a journalism course in the university’s Communication and Media Studies Program.
Gala ChairLetter from Mindy
2016 Gala CommitteeCommittee List
2016 Gala Committee
Chair, Gala Committee
Chair, Auction Procurement
Chair, Volunteer Resources
Elizabeth Marx Wexelblatt
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.Donate
Become a Sponsor
Partnering with JDRF provides your company with a valuable return on your business investment, along with endless networking and marketing opportunities. More than 600 guests, including Boston’s prominent philanthropists and business and community leaders will gather at this year’s Gala.
Purchase an Ad
The Annual Boston Gala Program is given to each guest the night of the Gala and is a 100+ page book of advertisements, updates on JDRF activities and research, and also serves as the evening program. You may wish to provide an ad in support of the honorees, Moira McCarthy Stanford and Sean Stanford; our Nancy Jones Diabetes Champion Awardee, Dana Ball; the Gala Chair, Mindy Maines; or JDRF.
Our evening features a Live auction with one of a kind opportunities!
Featuring items like:
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