On Saturday, April 13th, more than 400 members of the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community came together to attend the 2019 JDRF Spring Gala with one goal in mind: creating a world without type 1 diabetes. The event was a resounding success, raising nearly $500,000 to fund type 1 diabetes research. None of this progress would have been possible without the tireless work of our event partners, donors, attendees, and volunteers—we cannot thank you enough!
The evening was fun and whimsical thanks to the Kentucky Derby theme. Guests were outfitted in big hats and bow ties, ready to bet on a cure. In addition the the fun we had, we also focused on the harsh realities of living with T1D, day in and day out. We were honored to hear from our incredible Fund A Cure family, the Meyer’s, about how their daughter, Olivia, has handled life with T1D since her diagnosis in March 2018. The impact of their story could be seen in the ballroom on Gala night and we are extraordinarily grateful for sharing their story. If you weren’t able to attend (or would like to watch their video again), it can be seen here! You still have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of everyone affected by T1D, such as Olivia, by donating to Fund A Cure. We are just about to cross the finish line and hit $500,000 raised, will you help us do it? If you are interested in donating, click here.
It is also important to acknowledge the event partners who made a significant impact on the night, whether they were able to be in the ballroom or not. A special thank you to our 2019 JDRF Spring Gala Event Partners:
Mission Partner: Hallick Holdings and Investment, Inc.
Smile Partner: Sub-Zero Wolf Foundation
Inspiration Partner: UW Health & Quartz
Reception Beverages Partner: Dunkin’ Donuts
Dream Partner: CUNA Mutual Group
Entertainment Partner: Wilderness Resort
Dinner Partner: The Suby Group
Hope Partner: Baker Tilly, Boardman & Clark, Division of Transplantation, Event Essentials, Innovenn, Inc., Union Bank & Trust Company
Auction Check-Out Partner: Madison Family Dental
Signature Cocktail Partner: Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Promise Partner: Advanced Pain Management, Firefighters Local 311 Charities, Foley & Lardner, Friends of Diabetes Research, Galway Companies, General Beverage, Goldstein & Associates, J.H. Findorff and Son Inc., Odorico Family, SVA Certified Accountants, TASC, Traeder Enterprises, WPS Health Solutions
Registration Partner: Oak Bank
Valet Partner: Dunkin’ Donuts
Thank you everyone for a wonderful night and your commitment to JDRF! Make sure to save the date for next year’s Gala, as we return to the Monona Terrace and Covention Center: Saturday, March 14, 2020.