2024 Central Pennsylvania Gala

May 18, 2024, Lancaster, PA
5:30 pm

2024 Central Pennsylvania Gala

May 18, 2024, Lancaster, PA
5:30 pm


We invite you to join us for a festive night of entertainment featuring a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner, and dancing.

The JDRF Central PA Gala brings prominent philanthropic corporate and community leaders throughout the region together for an incredible occasion benefitting JDRF in the fight against type 1 diabetes (T1D).

Event Details

Event Leadership

Kathy Pape

Shareholder, Saxton & Stump, LLP

Joseph Haddock

CORPORATE CHAIR | Market President Eastern Pennsylvania | Highmark Blue Shield

Dan Hayward
Managing Partner
Novak Strategic Advisors

Angela Meyers
Director, Talent Acquisition
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts

Michael Stevens
Account Management Executive
Carelon, a Division of Elevance Health

Dave Warfel
Financial Planning & Analysis Manager
Armstrong World Industries

Louise Knight, Esq.

Michael Salvo
Director, Business Development
Pennsylvania American Water Company

William M. Stout, PE
Retired Chair & CEO
Gannett Fleming

Kristin Warfel
Chief Financial Officer
Graham Packaging

Kathleen McKenzie
Vice President Community Affairs
Highmark, Inc.

Todd Shipp, CPA
Managing Director, Business Tax Services

Paula Vitz
Vice President Business Development Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation & Government Affairs Director OZFund, Inc.

Kirsten Yurich
Vistage Worldwide

Flora Salvo

Host Committee Chair

Jai Beecy

Kate Lecker

Dave Warfel

Laura Brashear

Jennifer Lieb

Emilee Winters

Jennifer Eisenberg

Michele Mitchell

Mary Zeigler

Sponsorship Details

Please click the link below to view the sponsorship and underwriting details and benefits.

2024 JDRF CPA Gala Sponsorship

Meet our 2024 Fund A Cure Family

Lugone Family

Dear Family & Friends (old & new),

It is a real honor for our family to be chosen as the JDRF Western & Central PA Fund A Cure Family! We see this as an opportunity to continue to make a difference in our type 1 diabetes (T1D) community, not just today but for years to come. As many of you know, there are three of us in our home who live with T1D. I (Chelsea) was diagnosed at the age of 23, Kate was diagnosed at age 3 (now 14), and Ryan was T1D antibody positive at age 3 and started insulin at age 8 (now 11).

At the time of my diagnosis, I felt my world shatter. I felt numb, scared, and fearful that my life was over. It was lonely and I was hopeless. Shortly after my diagnosis, though, I thought, “Let me try to connect to the T1D community. Let me see what I can do to give back.” Knowing nothing and having zero expectations, I decided to volunteer at the JDRF One Walk, and was placed at the registration/check-in table. I knew my efforts were going to help, but what I did not know is what this day would mean to me in my life and in my journey with T1D.

As I stood at the table, group after group came up with excitement, joy, and this palpable power of doing something great and impactful! Families came all decked out and I will never forget a family whose 2-year-old daughter had T1D. They were all wearing matching shirts that read, “Emily’s Wish.” Emily wore her shirt and waved a magic wand, and as I watched her and her family, I reflected on how their wish was my wish and the wish of everyone who was there… and everyone who is reading this right now! Our wish that there will be a cure for T1D! On that day, I felt the T1D community coming together and for the first time since my diagnosis, I felt hopeful for all of our futures!

I am deeply grateful for JDRF and what this organization has meant to me, my family, and our community. I’ve watched so many children, including my own, connect with other children at JDRF community events. I’ve seen the power of JDRF advocacy which has helped to make insulin more affordable and keep the government support for T1D flowing.

As a clinician, I’ve seen countless lives positively impacted by the improved technology backed and supported by JDRF. I’ve had the privilege of attending many diabetes conferences where T1D research is presented. Research dedicated to our cure! Research financially supported by JDRF! JDRF invests our dollars to find our cure, improve our health, and positively impact our quality of life with T1D. It is a truly remarkable organization that cares about all of us!

Even though my family will be the faces of Fund A Cure this year, know that ALL OF US are the Fund A Cure Family!!! Let us come together and “Reach for the Stars,” giving what we can to JDRF so they continue to positively impact our lives and our futures! I hope you will join us for the 2024 JDRF Central PA Gala on May 18th. Even if you cannot join, I am kindly asking each of you to please give what you can toward the cause that means the most to all of us!

Please donate directly to Fund A Cure todayYour 100% tax-deductible donation will impact not only our family, but the lives of all of those living with and affected by T1D by going straight toward advancing research and accelerating cures.

With our deepest gratitude and love,

Chelsea, Kate, Ryan, & ALL OF US!!!

2024 JDRF Fund A Cure Family

May 18, 2024
Starts: 5:30 PM
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
Lancaster, PA 17603
Alyssa Breining
Western and Central Pennsylvania Chapter
Mail donations to:

PO Box 5077
Hagerstown, MD 21741-5077

Thanks to our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsor