U. City Resident Seen On The Scene of $1.1 Million JDRF Gala
JDRF Garden of Hope Dream Gala
Blossomed Into Over $1.1 Million for Diabetes Research
A profusion of room-size orange, yellow, turquoise and fuchsia blooms, bumble bees and butterflies welcomed 600 guests as they entered the JDRF Garden of Hope Dream Gala on May 12th at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom in downtown St. Louis.
“This year’s Gala was a beautiful event and I feel truly blessed by the generosity of everyone in making OVER our $1 Million goal – and then some,” said Gala Chair, Susan S. Block.
Among the A-List guests were: Arash and Dana Amini…St. Louis Blues table had B. J. and Janet Crombeen, Alex Pietrangelo, Carlo Colaiacovo, Alexander Steen and Mike Caruso…Mike and Bettina Esser…Rich and Marie Unnerstall… Loraine and Gary Budke…Jim and Melissa Fox…John, Connie and Lizzie Kurowski…Brad and Angela Kurowski Daubach...Ginger and John Eichhorn and KMOV’s Russell Kinsaul, master of ceremonies extraordinaire.
Special recognition was given to Award Recipients:
- Anheuser-Busch/Living and Giving Award – accepted by David A. Peacock
- Diabetes Champion/2011 Walk Chairman – Chuck Berry
- Diabetes Champion/2011 Walk Chairman – Jim Theiss
Evening highlights included photo opportunities with a Clydesdale foal, cocktail reception with time to browse super silent auction offerings, surf and turf dinner served with uncommon aplomb by the incredible hotel staff, energetic (and highly completive) live auction, the over-the-top, heart racing Fund A Cure auction, and after party to the music of Groovethang.
“Special thanks to our amazing families, corporate supporters, committee members, Board and grandparents who planted the seeds for a cure at our Garden of Hope Dream Gala,” said M. Marie Davis, Executive Director JDRF Metro Saint Louis/Greater Missouri Chapter.
JDRF is the global leader in funding the research to treat, cure and ultimately preventing diabetes. ####