2024 One Dream Gala

May 4, 2024, West Orange, NJ
6:30 pm (Eastern Time)

2024 One Dream Gala

May 4, 2024, West Orange, NJ
6:30 pm (Eastern Time)


Join us for an evening of philanthropic giving as we move our mission to end type 1 diabetes Forward.

The evening will include a cocktail hour with open bar and passed Hor d’oeurves, silent and live auction, raffles, 3 course dinner, Fund A Cure Mission Moment and entertainment. Proceeds from the evening will benefit groundbreaking research in the field of type 1 diabetes.

Event Leadership

Andy Drechsler

Chapter Board President

Executive Committee

Ruthi Byrne: Co-Chair

Dr. Colette Knight: Co-Chair

Andy Drechsler

Travis Epp

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Dave Goodes

Dina Madonick

Chrisie Scott

Jon Wilk

Auction Committee

Dina Madonick: Co-Chair

Tracey Ingrasselino: Co-Chair

Gigi Brown

Candice Epp

Debra Feiler

Lynel Katz

Michele Loskant

Jan Miller

Jamie Weinstein

Dr. Richard Weitzman

Ruth Weitzman

Tracie Wilk

Chapter Board of Directors

Andy Drechsler: President

Greg Angelillo

Ari Aufgang

Sapna Bhambhani

Lucas Calhoun

Cathleen Callinan

Travis Epp

Scott Fishbone

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Audrey Geiger

Dave Goodes

Matt Kelly

Eva Kohn

Dina Madonick

Lulu McCartin

Joe McHale

Carolyn Sansevere

Chrisie Scott

Sumita Singh

Lori Wagman

Jon Wilk


Are you interested in donating to our auction?  We have many different opportunities to donate to our auction this year!

  • Click the Auction Donation tab on the right-hand side of the screen to submit an item via our webform.  A staff member will be in contact with you to make arrangements to collect the item.
  • If you are short on time or live far away, but would like to support the auction, we have an Amazon Registry full of items.  If you purchase from the registry, the item will ship directly to our office.
  • Another option for those of you who would like to contribute but do not want to choose any items, we have a monetary donation link for you.  All money collected from this link will go towards auction items.
  • New this year to our cocktail hour, the Bubbly Bar!  We are looking for donations of champagne at all price points.
  • For anyone/any family affected by T1D we offer the opportunity to create a Dream Basket.  These baskets can be themed to reflect your hobbies and interests.  Each basket should be a minimum of $250 and will be displayed in our Dream Basket category during the event.  Each basket will have a special recognition tag with information about the donor and their dream of a world without type one diabetes.

If you have any questions, would like to discuss donating to the auction, or need to arrange auction item pick up, please contact Danielle Hunt at dhunt@jdrf.org.

Bidding on the Silent Auction items will be through the Greater Giving Mobile Bidding Platform. Any Live Auction bidding will occur live at the Gala. All bids are final and non-retractable. There will be no exchange or refund on items unless otherwise specified. Please make payments in full this evening. We accept cash, check, Discover, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. DAF payments are not allowed for auction items.

Please carefully check envelopes containing gift certificates before leaving. JDRF is not responsible for replacing gift certificates lost after you leave the event. JDRF is under no obligation to extend, modify or change items or restrictions on items/certificates. Please pay careful attention to all condition, restrictions, and expirations on items and services. Unless otherwise stated, gift certificates exclude alcohol, tax and gratuity. Unless otherwise noted, all auction items and services must be used within one year of May 4, 2024.  We appreciate your strict observance of these restrictions, as future donations depend upon it. 

JDRF cannot ship alcohol. You must be 21+ to purchase any package with alcohol items include.

Dates for all trips and similar events must be mutually arranged with donor, unless noted. All reservations should be made at least one month in advance. All tickets in travel packages are for coach travel, unless otherwise specified. No refunds are permitted for canceled, lost, or unused tickets and/or accommodations. Airline blackout dates apply to all tickets, regardless of airline, unless specifically noted. Blackout dates are subject to change. Tickets cannot be reissued or refunded. 

All completed sales from this event are considered transactions solely between the purchaser and the donor of the auction item. All gift card usage is the responsibility of the buyer. Although the gift card and amount is currently valid, JDRF is not responsible for unused gift cards at businesses that may cease to operate before the expiration date. Auction items may not be transferred from the original buyer to another auction outside of JDRF without prior written consent from the donor.

JDRF has endeavored to catalogue and describe the auction items correctly on-line, in the ballroom, and the electronic bidding devices, but all items are sold “as-is”. No statements contained in the program or made orally at the sale or elsewhere shall be deemed a warranty, representation or assumption of liability. Bidders should carefully note the specific restrictions, conditions, and expiration dates for items purchased. Items depicted in the slide presentation, auction display and on electronic devices are for illustration purposes and may not be actual auction items.

JDRF reserves the right to withdraw any item from sale.

Event Details

6:30pm:  Arrive at Pleasantdale Chateau and enjoy the silent auction during our cocktail hour.

7:30pm:  Journey to the Ballroom through our T1D Champions display.

7:45pm:  Program remarks by our Co-Chairs, Ruthi Byrne and Dr. Colette Knight.  Followed by dinner.

8:30pm: Get your paddles ready for our Live Auction, you might be the lucky winner of an amazing trip!

9:00pm:  Our evening culminates with our Fund A Cure mission moment.  Every dollar raised during this time goes 100% to diabetes research and finally having a world without T1D.

10:00pm:  Dessert and Live Band

May 4, 2024
Starts: 6:30 PM
Pleasantdale Chateau
West Orange, NJ 07052
Katie Hobday
New Jersey Metro and Rockland County Chapter
Mail donations to:

PO Box 6605
Hagerstown, MD 21741-6605


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