2020 JDRF Hope Gala, Keys to a Cure

January 18, 2020, Jackson, MS
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Honoring Jill and David Gates
Presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Mississippi

Please join us at the Westin Jackson for JDRF's Hope Gala, Keys to a Cure and The After-Party. This event will bring together over 400 prominent philanthropic community leaders to raise critical funds for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) research. This year's Hope Gala will feature a cocktail reception, seated dinner, silent and live auctions followed by the After-Party where guests can enjoy drinks, dancing, late night bites, dueling pianos and much more!

Event Details

  • This year’s silent auction will again be fully electronic via your smartphone.  For the best experience and early access to the silent auction, please provide a 10-digit cell phone number for you and all guests to JDRF Mississippi prior to the event. Once your contact information is received you will be sent a text message with your personal OneCause link. Simply click the link to launch the app and bid early and often right from your smartphone! If you do not have a smartphone, OneCause Concierge staff will be available at the event to assist you with bidding.

  • This is a ticketless event so all Guests must check in before entering the Hope Gala. To minimize wait time at check-in please make certain that JDRF Mississippi has all of your guests’ names and contact information on file. Guests may pre-register online by clicking here or by emailing Kimberly Harris kharris@jdrf.org. If there has been a change in who is attending with you, please let us know that as well to ensure proper table seating.

    ** Providing mailing address, email addresses and cell phone numbers of each guest will help expedite your guests’ check-in experience. This also helps with auction check out preparation, post gala thank you / tax letters and more.

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.

  • The generous support of our corporate partners enables JDRF to fund research leading to life-changing therapies and ultimately a cure for T1D. Click here to select from the remaining Hope Gala sponsorship opportunities or click here for more information.

    Contact us directly and we’ll help identify the right opportunity that will meet your organization’s philanthropic goals 601.981.1184.

  • Click here to purchase The After-Party tickets. If you can’t make the earlier Hope Gala please join us for The After-Party and dance the night away! The After-Party, featuring dueling pianos, starts at 9:15PM with music, open bar, and late night bites and ends at 11:00PM.

    *If you are attending the Hope Gala, After Party attendance is included. You do NOT need to buy a separate After-Party ticket in addition to your Hope Gala ticket.*

  • Can’t attend but want to bid on the amazing items in our 2020 Hope Gala Silent Auction?

    Register your credit card prior to January 18, 2020 by clicking here and remote bid on your cell phone for Silent Auction! Your credit card will not be charged unless you are the winning bidder.

    What is remote mobile bidding? You will receive a text message prior to the event inviting you to bid on any Hope Gala Silent Auction package from your mobile phone.


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Finding a cure and better treatments for T1D is a personal mission for David and Jill Gates. Jill was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 17 so, after being married for 33 years, the couple knows first hand the difficulties facing a person with Type 1 diabetes.

David and Jill’s desire to improve the lives of Mississippians affected by T1D is vastly evident by their many years of supporting JDRF’s One Walk and Hope Gala. Their leadership in giving and community involvement is an inspiration to others in the Mississippi community to do the same.

More Info

6:00PM Silent auction and cocktail reception begins  

7:15PM Seated dinner, live auction and Fund A Cure

9:15PM The After-Party featuring Dueling Pianos

  • Attire: The Hope Gala is a Black tie optional event.
  • Check-in: All Guests must check in before entering The Hope Gala. You will receive your table number, bid number and confirm your credit card information for express pay. To minimize your time at check-in, please pre-register here.
  • Hotel: To take advantage of  JDRF pre-negotiated discount hotel rates at the Westin Jackson for Friday, January 17th and/or Saturday, January 18th click here. 
  • Parking: Complimentary valet parking will be available for both the Gala and The After-Party.


The Westin Jackson

The Westin Jackson is a premier event venue and hotel featuring modern elegance located in the heart of downtown Jackson, Mississippi.  Should you decide to stay the night, you’ll find a host of amenities designed to make your stay exceptional…treat yourself to a pampering visit at Soul Spa, stretch your muscles in the 24-hour WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio, swim in the indoor pool and enjoy cocktails or a gourmet meal at the Wine Bar & Bistro.

To take advantage of JDRF pre-negotiated discount hotel rates at the Westin Jackson for Friday, January 17th and/or Saturday January 18th click here. 

407 South Congress Street
Jackson, MS 39201

Event Contact

JDRF Mississippi
6019811184 | mississippi@jdrf.org

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