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2020 One Hope Gala

May 1, 2020, Manchester, NH
6:00 pm

Honoring William C. Brewster, VP Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

The Northern New England Chapter of JDRF is excited to host our 19th Annual Gala at the historic Armory Ballroom in downtown Manchester, NH on May 1st, 2020. The evening features an exciting silent and live auction, cocktail reception, dinner and live entertainment. Please join us as we fight this fight against Type 1. To learn more about the 2020 JDRF Gala - USO themed and how you can participate, please contact the JDRF Northern New England Chapter at (603)222-2300 or by email at

Event Details

  • 6:00 pm starts check-in time and cocktails as we Come on Strong for 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.

  • Join us for dinner and the evening’s program presentation. Make sure to 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 One Hope 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 at or call (603) 222-2300.

  • A variety of sponsorship’s are available for this year’s JDRF One Hope Gala.  Table Exclusive and underwriting sponsorship’s are also available.  For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please click here, or email Brian Shankey at or call (603) 222-2300.

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


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William Brewster, MD, FACP, CHIE is Vice President of the New Hampshire market for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a not-for-profit health services company.  Harvard Pilgrim and its family of companies provide health benefit plans, programs and services to more than 3 million members in New England and beyond. William is part an organization of over 1,600 employees who are committed to improving the health and well-being of its members and the community.

William joined Harvard Pilgrim in 2012 as Medical Director and then in 2014 as Chief Medical Officer for Benevera Health, a joint venture involving Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Elliot Health System, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Frisbie Memorial Hospital, formed to improve the quality of health care in New Hampshire while reducing costs.  In addition, he served as Harvard Pilgrim’s Utilization Management Medical Director, overseeing the evaluation of medical necessity, appropriateness, and efficiency of the use of health care services.

A board-certified internist who has practiced in New Hampshire for over thirty years, William received his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in 1977 and his medical degree from George Washington University in 1981. He completed his residency at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC.

Prior to joining Harvard Pilgrim, William held several leadership positions in the health care industry including serving as Medical Director for Seacoast Redicare, Medical Director for the IPA Physicians Association of Rochester and Director of the IPA’s PHO Health Advantage New Hampshire.

William currently serves on the board of directors for Frisbie Memorial Hospital and Memorial Hospital, the Citizens Health Initiative, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Business and Industry Association and the Foundation for Healthy Communities. He was also recently honored as one of New Hampshire’s top 200 influential business leaders from New Hampshire Business Review.

A New Hampshire native, William resides in the Merrimack County area of New Hampshire with his wife Jo-Ann.

  • 2019-Scott Christensen, Managing Partner, Northwestern Mutual Northern New England Financial Network

    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, The DoubleTree by Hilton

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
175 Ammon Drive, Suite 201
Manchester, NH 03101

Event Contact

Brian Shankey
603-263-4346 |

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