One Dream Gala

May 19, 2018, East Rutherford, NJ
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Honoring Fitzpatrick-Passalacqua Family
Presented by Mazda North America

Spend an evening with JDRF, on the field of MetLife Stadium, alongside peers in the philanthropy and business communities. JDRF Galas are known for their entertainment, fantastic hospitality, and for leaving guests feel moved and inspired. Speakers set the scene as to the latest and most exciting endeavors in type 1 diabetes research. We hope you'll join us for the One Dream Gala on May 19, 2018!

Event Details

  • Location: Coach’s Club

    The One Dream auction is like none other! Featuring hundreds of packages, including one-in-a-lifetime experiences, luxury items, vacations, signed memorabilia and VIP access opportunities. This is an auction you won’t want to miss.

    BidPal electronic bidding will be used during the Gala’s silent auction. Guests may bid directly from their smartphone – anywhere and anytime!

    Watch this video  to ensure you’re prepared to bid on all your favorite items on Gala night! If you have questions on this  feature, please contact Teddi Bubnowski.

    You will receive a text message prior to your arrival at the Gala with information on how to start bidding.  Bid early and often right from your fully charged smartphone!

  • Location: In tent, on the field of MetLife Stadium

    Take a seat at your table, enjoy a delicious dinner and prepare to be inspired by incredible speakers as they share their stories, live auction and fund a cure.

  • Last chance to bid on all your favorite items before the auction closes!

  • Thank you for a wonderful night and for your support. Travel home safely.

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor


We are excited to announce this year’s honorees, the Fitzpatrick-Passalacqua Family!

Kathleen’s involvement with JDRF began in the mid 1990’s through her employer at the time, PaineWebber/UBS, where the employees participated in JDRF’s Walk Program. It was a little more than a decade later that Kathleen, and her husband, John, would be impacted directly by type 1 diabetes (T1D) when their daughter, Fiona, was diagnosed in 2007 at the age of 7.  Over the years that followed, Kathleen and John would rally their friends and family for their local JDRF Walk. With Fiona as captain, Fiona’s Foosters would go on to raise more than $350,000 over the next 10 years.

As President of the JDRF New Jersey Metro and Rockland County Chapter’s Board of Directors for the past three years, Kathleen Fitzpatrick is a fierce leader in the fight against T1D.  Kathleen also serves as a board member for Marble Jam Kids, a non-profit focused on creative-arts therapy and is also a mentor for the Columbia University Masters in Technology Management program. John has served as a member of the Northern Valley Regional High School Board of Education and has devoted many hours to area youth through coaching.

Professionally, Kathleen is CIO for Russell Reynolds Associates, having previously held Managing Director positions with UBS and Citigroup.  She is a graduate of Binghamton University.  John has held positions with several leading firms in the Entertainment and Publishing industries most recently as VP/General Manager for the Disney Movie Club, where his company gave considerable financial support to JDRF to match the family’s contributions.  John is a graduate of Cornell University.

Fiona, 19, has just completed her freshman year at James Madison University where she is studying Business Management. She has served as a JDRF Children’s Congress representative in 2013 and a camp counselor and fundraiser for Camp Nejeda, a summer camp for children and teens with T1D. Her brother Patrick, 16, is a sophomore at Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan where he and his football team recently celebrated a state championship.

More Info

The One Dream Gala is a first-class black tie optional fundraising event benefiting the JDRF New Jersey Metro and Rockland County Chapter. This high profile event attracts many of New Jersey’s elite philanthropists and corporations  providing a pleasurable evening of comradery all for a common cause. We will gather at MetLife Stadium on the field for cocktails, a formal seated dinner, silent and live auction, fund a cure and live entertainment.

To see pictures from last years event, click here!


MetLife Stadium

The One Dream Gala is located in MetLife Stadium. Please drive to Lot A (Bud Light entrance) for valet parking and to enter into the One Dream Gala. 

View this parking map for reference.

1 MetLife Stadium Drive
East Rutherford, NJ 07073

Event Contact

Teddi Bubnowski
732-219-6654 |

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