Imagine Gala Raises Over $1.1 Million

On April 22nd in the historic grand ballroom of the Beverly Hilton, several hundred of L.A.’s top industry leaders and celebrities gathered to recognize advances in the fight against type 1 diabetes (T1D) at the 14th annual JDRF Imagine Gala.  Gala attendees enjoyed an incredible evening that included intimate performances by Andra Day and Hailee Steinfeld and a speech by Usher. The Honoree Award was presented to Max Harris, son of philanthropist, T1D advocate and music producer, James “Jimmy Jam” and Lisa Harris. The Spirit Award honored Rabbi Harvey J. Fields, who presided over Los Angeles’ oldest synagogue, Wilshire Boulevard Temple for 18 years, and had T1D since the age of 16.


Usher speaks at the 2017 JDRF Imagine Gala

With a silent and live auction full of exclusive items along with JDRF’s tax-deductible “Fund a Cure” program in which one hundred percent of proceeds go directly to T1D research, the Gala was a success, raising over 1.1 million dollars.

Were you part of the Kendra Scott jewelry pull on Gala night?  If you didn’t get a chance to grab one of the beautiful pieces or if you want more, join us at Kendra Scott in the Century City Westfield Mall this Thursday, May 4 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM as they will be donating 20% of all proceeds back to JDRF. Come sip on some champagne and sweets and shop for some new jewelry.

The evening would not have been possible without the generous support of the following individuals and businesses.  Thank you to our sponsors:

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The Family of Rabbi Harvey J. Fields

Abacus Wealth Partners
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
Babok & Robinson, LLP
Comerica Bank
Ken & Sherry Corday
Dennis & Bonnie Ellman
Film Finances, Inc.
Dennis Gilbert
Greenberg Glusker
Ben Leeds
Doreen Leeds
Lilly Diabetes
Liner LLP
Millennium Media
Momentous Insurance Brokerage, Inc.
Jon & Angie Platt
Mitchell & Nina Quaranta
Stephen & Anne Rader
Morgan & Carolyn Rector
Lars & Joanne Reierson
Savitsky, Satin & Bacon
Marc & Robyn Sidoti
Starnet Data Design, Inc.
Adam & Amelia Stewart
Kevin & Erin Wehrenberg

Janice & James George
Warner Bros. Television

Special Thanks to
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To see all the photos from the Gala, go to Getty Images (Cred: Randy Shropshire) here and for other images (Cred: Craig Stubing) click here.

Next year’s Gala is already in the works.  For information on how to be part of the planning and fundraising, please contact Dara at