Derby Gala

May 3, 2019, Manchester, NH
6:00 pm

Honoring Scott Christensen, Managing Partner, Northwestern Mutual Northern New England Financial Network

The Northern New England Chapter of JDRF is excited to host our 18th Annual Gala at the historic Armory Ballroom in downtown Manchester, NH on May 3rd, 2019. The evening features an exciting silent and live auction, cocktail reception, dinner and live entertainment. Please join us as we place our bets on a cure for T1D! To learn more about the 2019 JDRF Derby Gala and how you can participate, please contact the JDRF Northern New England Chapter at (603)222-2300 or by email at

Event Details

6:00PM Cocktails and Silent Auction

6:00 pm starts check-in time and cocktails as we place our bets on a Cure!  Join us from 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm for a vibrant silent auction where we will engage in a new, fun way to bid through BidPal. Make sure you submit your cell phone number during the registration process to learn more about how to bid through this exciting mobile program.

7:30PM Dinner, Live Auction, and Fund A Cure

Join us for dinner and the evening’s program presentation.  Make sure the raise your paddle high when it comes to our amazing live auction.  There is something for everyone and it’s all for a great cause!

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.



From dining out and local adventures, to luxury getaways and once in a lifetime experiences, the JDRF Derby Gala features one of the best auctions in town! To donate an auction item, please click here. Interested in joining our committee or learning more about our auctions? Please email Christina Foster or call (603) 222-2300.

Sponsorship Opportunities

A variety of sponsorship’s are available for this year’s JDRF Derby Gala.  Table Exclusive underwriting sponsorship’s are also available.  For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please click here, or email Christina Dailey or call (603) 222-2300.


Individual tickets are available for the JDRF Derby Gala and are $250 per person. To purchase your ticket, click here. For more information on tickets and table sales, please email Christina Dailey or call (603) 222-2300


Scott G. Christensen, CLU, ChFC, CFP, CLF

Scott is the Managing Partner of the Northern New England offices of Northwestern Mutual, a position he has held since 2004. The organization is headquartered in Manchester, NH and is comprised of over 60 financial advisors and college interns.  Scott’s role is to grow the distribution of Northwestern Mutual in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Northeastern Massachusetts.  The office has roots that date back to 1883 when Northwestern Mutual began operations in Portland, Maine.

Scott is a native of the Chicago suburbs. He attended the University of Illinois and graduated with a degree in Business Administration/Marketing in 1984.  Upon graduation, Scott began his professional career with Inland Steel Company.   He entered the financial services industry with Dean Witter Reynolds in 1987.  His career with Northwestern Mutual started in 1990.  As a financial rep, Scott built a solid practice and sold 100 policies for seven straight years.  On multiple occasions he qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table, widely known as the industry’s top sales achievement.   In 2002, Scott qualified for the Northwestern Mutual Forum, the highest award given to reps with the company. In 1998, he opened a District Network Office for Northwestern Mutual in Crystal Lake, Illinois.  He grew that operation to thirteen reps and six interns before being appointed Managing Partner in New Hampshire.

In the community, Scott is the incoming president of the Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts Daniel Webster Council in New Hampshire. He also participates on the Board of Advisors of StayWorkPlay, an organization focused on attracting and retaining young people in New Hampshire.

Scott is married to his college sweetheart, Kathy. They have three daughters, Carly, Sara and Abbey.  In leisure time, Scott enjoys skiing, golf and travel.   The family resides in Portsmouth, NH.

Past Honorees

2018- Maureen Toohey, Managing Partner, Toohey Law Group, LLC

2017- Senator Susan Collins and Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senators for Maine and New Hampshire

2016- Lisa Guertin, President, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

2015- Scott Goodrich, President

2014- Tom Raffio, President and CEO of Northeast Delta Dental

2013- Ed Damiano, Ph.D. and Steven Russell, MD, Ph.D.

2012-Stefany Shaheen, Chief Operating Officer, Good Measures and Former National Chair, JDRF Children’s Congress

2011- Dr. Donald Logan, Southern NH Radiology Consultants

2010- Frederick Baldwin

2009- Joe Reilly, President and CEO of Centrix Bank

2008- Judy and Walt Havenstein Jr.

2007- Alyson Pitman-Giles, President and CEO, Catholic Medical Center

2006- Sean Owen, President, WEDU

2005-Steve Schubert, UBS Financial Services

2004- Elias Ashooh, President, Elias E. Ashooh, Inc.

2003- Jeff Eisenberg, Monarchs Cares Foundation

2002- Dean Kamen, DEKA Research and Development


The Armory Ballroom, DoubleTree by Hilton, Manchester, NH

The Armory Ballroom was built in 1904 as the first State Armory in New Hampshire.  It is on the National Register of Historic Places, and little has been changed to the original building.  It still maintains the original brick walls and hardwood floors, and one can still see where the horse stalls were below it.  The Manchester Downtown Hotel was built around this building in 1984.  The Armory Ballroom hosts a multitude of varied events throughout the year, and has seen many presidential candidates walk through its doors for events during the NH Primary elections.  It can host events of up to one thousand guests.


700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Event Contact

Christina Dailey
603-222-2300 |