PALM BEACH, FL – February
18, 2009 – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
held its Gem of an Evening Gala on February 7th,
2009 at The Breakers.
250 guests attended this event in its 24th
year for the benefit of diabetes research and
education. Kicking off the evening was a VIP reception
Hall, Jr., and honoring top donors and sponsors. This
was presented by National City Private Client Group and
Mark Stevens, its managing director for Florida.
Diamond underwriters recognized at this reception
included Mr. and Mrs. David T. Chase, Mr. and Mrs. Simon
Fireman and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Parker.
Hall, a three-time Olympian
and diabetes advocate, gave a stirring account of being
diagnosed with Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes at age 19,
overcoming doctor’s dire predictions for his future in
swimming and ultimately winning 10 medals including five
gold, three silver and two bronze.
Melissa Parker, returning
for a third year as chairman along with her husband,
Howard, reminded the room that even during tough
economic times it’s important to support organizations
like JDRF. She talked of extraordinary diabetes
breakthroughs made possible because of dedicated
researchers and scientists and her hope for a cure for
her son, Derek, and all those afflicted with diabetes.
The Gala Committee was
inclusive of Parker, Jamie Applefield, Michele Bianco,
Julia Chandler Boss, Gina Gordon, Gail McMillan, Donna
Ross, Lisa Thompson, Valerie Waters, and Jodi Wentley.
Jay Cashmere, WPTV NewsChannel 5 anchor and reporter,
served as emcee and offered up a lively and spirited
auction. Music was by Libido of Tropics Entertainment
and the simple yet elegant décor was provided by Michael
Ereshena and The Special Event Resource and Design
For more information on
JDRF, Gem of an Evening or diabetes in general please
call 561 686 7701 or visit: