To help our community stay healthy during the coronavirus pandemic, JDRF will be reimagining events through 6/30/20 rather than hosting in person gatherings – details to follow.

One Party Gala

May 9, 2020, Sacramento, CA
6:00 pm

Honoring Earnie Franklin, Chief Operating Officer, VSP Global
Presented by Capitol City Stucco

Join us for a special evening to support JDRF's mission to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. The annual One Party Gala will be held on Saturday May 9, 2020 at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento.

Event Details

Ways to Support

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.



Earnie Franklin, Chief Operating Officer, VSP Global
One Party Gala Honoree

JDRF Northern California Inland Chapter is proud to announce the Honoree for the 2020 One Party Gala, Earnie Franklin.  Earnie is a longtime supporter of JDRF, who is being recognized for his dedication and passion to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D).

The chapter has much to be thankful for when it comes to what Earnie has contributed not only to the local JDRF chapter, but to the entire JDRF organization.  Earnie first became involved with JDRF in 2013 after learning of the T1D diagnosis of a close friend’s daughter.  At that time, he joined the local chapter in Jacksonville Florida as their One Walk Corporate Chair helping to inspire companies throughout the region to participate and help raise funds.

“I am humbled to be recognized as the 2020 One Party Gala Honoree and I share this honor with my colleagues across VSP Global who were instrumental in helping raise funds for this great cause,” said Earnie Franklin, Chief Operating Officer of VSP Global. “As a health –centric company, working to support JDRF was a natural fit for our organization, which is helping raise awareness of the role comprehensive eye exams play in the early detection of signs of diabetes.”

His passion to inspire others in supporting JDRF has continued over the years.  After joining VSP Global in 2018, he soon found himself connected with the local chapter and in a familiar role.  In 2019, Earnie championed a year-long VSP employee-led campaign that helped raise $100,000 at the 25th Annual One Walk in October.  This effort engaged VSP employees across the U.S. to participate in local JDRF walks, and included sponsorships of walks held in New York, Ohio, and Sacramento.

Northern California Inland JDRF Chapter Executive Director, Dawn Angelo, shares, “Earnie has been a true inspiration to our T1D families and it is our chapter’s honor to celebrate him in 2020 and express our gratitude for all that he has done and continues to do.”

Please join us in celebrating Earnie on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

  • 2019- Roger and Salena Leasure, NCTS

    2018 – Bob Poole, CMO and Partner at Dome

    2017 – Greg Vaughn, former MLB Player

    2016 – Fran Dixon, Vince Friend, Aaron Gurley

    2015 – Winnie Comstock-Carlson, Kathy Pescetti, Francine Vorhees, Michelle Wong

    2014 – Bobby McMullen

    2013 – Rob Lynch, VSP Global

    2012 – Dos Coyotes Restaurant

    2011 – Kirk Doyle, Surewest Communications

    2010 – Jerry Reynolds, Sacramento Kings

More Info

All guests must check-in upon arriving at the One Party Gala.

To minimize your time at check-in, guests may pre-register their credit card and provide JDRF with their full contact information prior to the event. Your credit card will not be charged unless you make a purchase at the One Party Gala. 

Mobile Bidding for Silent Auction
This year’s silent auction will be fully electronic via your smartphone. For the best experience and early access to the silent auction, please provide a 10-digit smartphone number for you and all guests to JDRF before event night. You will receive a text message prior to your arrival at the Sheraton Grand on Gala night. Simply launch the enclosed personal link to bid early and often right from your fully charged smartphone!

Can’t attend but want to bid on auction packages?
If you can’t attend the JDRF One Party Gala, but still would like to bid on auction items, please contact Dana Baker at or (916) 920-0790. We ask that all individuals interested in bidding on auction items remotely please pre-register a credit card and provide a mobile phone number.


Sheraton Grand Sacramento

Thrive in California’s capital at Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel. Located inside the Public Market Building, our downtown hotel is a short drive from the Sacramento International Airport (SMF) and attractions in Midtown, Mansion Flats and Alkali Flats. Walk to the Sacramento Convention Center across the street and reach parks, museums and theatres via Sacramento Valley Station. Our modern lodgings include on-site valet parking, free lobby Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and a 24-hour Sheraton Fitness center.

1230 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Event Contact

Dana Baker
916-920-0790 |

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