2013 Hope Gala Raises more than $1 Million!
What a journey we all took on Saturday night, May 18, at the Hope Gala. Our fun experiences with the bubbles in New York, salsa in Miami, and the casino tables of Las Vegas ultimately lead to leaving our hearts in San Francisco!
The evening would not have been complete without our honorees from the past 15 years, who we are all so very grateful for as we celebrated the 15th Anniversary of the Hope Gala. It was a great opportunity to honor them as well as the 2013 Living and Giving Award recipient, Wells Fargo. The honorary chair John Shrewsberry delivered a compelling message about the importance of giving and sustaining the JDRF mission of finding a cure for T1D, a message that was reinforced through the authentic and compelling story of our Fund a Cure speakers, The Nilsson Family. They brought us all to tears and closer to an understanding of the effects of T1D on an entire family and the way a diagnosis can shape a family’s future.
Fun was had by all with wonderful drinks and dinner perfectly delivered to us by The Ritz Carlton, San Francisco staff! Thanks to our celebrity emcee, one of People Magazines “Sexiest Men” and chef extraordinaire Sam Talbot. The exceptional gala committee planned countless surprises throughout the evening, and the after PARTY was one to be reckoned with! Thanks to David Martin’s House Party, our casino hosts 21FunCasinos, The Laugh Box, and Mixologist Camber Lay of Parallel 37.
In the end, it was YOU that brought the magic to the evening helping to raise more and $1 million to fund T1D research. Thank you.
p.s. To view photos of the event, click here!
Save the date for next year….Saturday, May 17, 2014 at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco!
About the 2013 Honorees
Honoring The 2013 Living And Giving Award Recipients:
Each year the Living & Giving Award is presented to individuals or organizations who have demonstrated exceptional support and dedication to JDRF. Wells Fargo sets the example for corporate philanthropy and service to community. Through the efforts of their enthusiastic team member-volunteers and charitable contributions, they have shared their success with JDRF throughout the United States, including substantially in the Bay Area. The generosity of Wells Fargo helps JDRF fund critical research, central to improving the lives of millions of people and curing type 1 diabetes.
Why We Need a Cure
Watch videos featured at past JDRF Bay Area events to learn more about type 1 diabetes and the affect it has on individuals and families.