It was a magic night for the annual Promise Ball
the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation held at
Americas Hotel. Over 800 guests attended the evening
was led by Chairman Rosemary Schatzman and Jeff
and brought in more than $1.2 million to the coffers
an all-time record for the event. The guests began
evening bidding on silent auction items, then moved
beautifully decorated ballroom created by Darryl
Design, for the luscious dinner and to bid on live
items. The big ticket items included a week at the
Villas del Mar in Cabo San Lucas, a Hawaiian Holiday
Four Seasons Resort at Wailea in Maui, and a dinner
at Fleming’s Steak House. This year’s auction chairs
Kimberly Miller, Kathryn Smith and Elizabeth Vail.
Honorees this year were Alana Spiwak and Sam Stolbun,
whose daughter Ariel has type 1 diabetes, and who
long-time supporters of JDRF. The corporate honoree
Halliburton, represented by Halliburton executive
and his wife, Rhonda.
The Sam Smith Most Valuable Volunteer Award went to
year’s Invitation Chairman, Vanessa Sendukas, for
efforts on behalf of the gala.
The ballroom decor transported the guests on a
voyage to find
a cure for diabetes. Everyone enjoyed dancing or
the ever popular music of ELS from New Orleans.
JDRF, the leading charitable funder and advocate of
1(juvenile) diabetes research worldwide, was founded
by the parents of children with juvenile diabetes-a
which strikes children suddenly, makes them insulin
for life, and carries a constant threat of
Since its inception, JDRF has provided more than
$900 million in direct funding to diabetes research.
than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly
research and research-related education. JDRF’s
constant: to find a cure for diabetes and its
through support of research.
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