Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: JDRF gala will benefit research to find cure

For more information:
Jamie Weissburg, Executive Director, 608-833-2873, [email protected]
Jess Noelck, Media Relations, 608.665.7861, [email protected]

April 14 Event at Monona Terrace Features Silent, Live Auctions, and Dinner

MADISON, Wis. – Tickets are still available for the JDRF’s Spring Gala – “Big Dreams,” to be held Saturday, April 14, at the Monona Terrace Convention Center.

The JDRF Western Wisconsin Chapter’s black tie-optional fund-raiser will feature a reception and hosted cocktail hour, elegant dinner, live and silent auctions, and dancing. The evening’s events begin at 5:30.

“Proceeds from the gala will go toward diabetes research,” said Jamie Weissburg, JDRF Western Wisconsin Chapter, executive director. “Last year’s event raised $332,999 for type 1 diabetes research. This year’s goal is to raise more than $350,000 for research. Keep in mind, insulin is only life support. Our goal through the Gala, our annual Walk and other fundraisers, is to find a cure.”

At the Gala, the 2012 Living and Giving Award will be presented to the Sub-Zero Foundation in honor of its commitment to improving the quality of life in the Madison community. As long-time contributors, Sub-Zero Foundation trustees Helen Bakke, Jim Bakke and Debbie Schwartz have supported JDRF in memory of their husband and father, Lawrence (Bud) Bakke, who passed away in 1981 due to complications from type 1 diabetes.

The Gala begins with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a live auction at 7:30 p.m. The silent and live auctions will include many attractive items and experiences, including: dinner with the fire fighters at City of Madison Station No. 1, Packers’ tickets, vacation villa in Porto Ixtapa, Mexico, and an ultimate Badger football experience. After the live auction, guests can make a direct gift to fund JDRF’s researchers and scientists through the “Fund-A-Cure” portion of the evening. The dance begins at 10 p.m. with entertainment by Cold Sweat & The Brew City Horns.

In addition to individual tickets, corporate table sponsorships are available. For more information on tickets, call the JDRF office at 608.833.2873, or visit the JDRF web site at http://www.jdrfwesternwisconsin.org.

About JDRF:

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.

Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.