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‘We Will Be Free’ is Message at JDRF Hampton Roads 2013 Gala

The Hampton Roads Chapter of JDRF (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) held its annual Black-Tie Hope Gala on March 23 at the beautiful Westin Town Center, Virginia Beach.

Close to 300 guests, including many of Virginia’s elite philanthropists, corporate executives, medical professionals and community leaders gathered for cocktails, dinner, silent and live auctions, and live entertainment – all in an effort to help cure, treat, and prevent Type 1 diabetes (T1D).

From gorgeous tablescapes to elegant centerpieces, the main ballroom of the hotel was embellished with colorful silk butterflies accentuating the gala’s theme, “We Will Be Free.”

Type 1 diabetes ((medically known as diabetes mellitus) is a chronic, debilitating autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved.

As many as 3 million Americans may have type 1 diabetes. Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults – approximately 80 people per day – are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the U.S. For Type 1 diabetes sufferers, finding a cure would mean ‘freedom’ from an existence of diabetes management such as scheduled blood sugar checks and insulin injections or boluses.

Through a unique opportunity called Fund A Cure, 100% of the tax deductible donations made to JDRF fund vital research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes. Since 1994, JDRF has raised more than $186 million through Fund A Cure alone.

Tiffany and Bob Gaylord were the distinguished honorees for the gala. Sandy Oliver and Cathryn Perry served as Gala Co-Chairs.

Bob and Tiffany Gaylord accept gift of appreciation from JDRF. Photo by Thomas Gorman Photography

In 2012, the event raised over $300,000.

About JDRF

JDRF, the leading charitable funder and advocate of juvenile (Type 1) diabetes research worldwide, was founded in 1970 by the parents of children with juvenile diabetes – a disease which strikes children suddenly, makes them insulin-dependent for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Since inception, JDRF has provided more than $1 billion in direct funding to diabetes research. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. JDRF’s mission is constant: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. For more information about JDRF Hampton Roads CLICK HERE or call 757-497-2202.

More PHOTOGRAPHS from the gala can be found HERE


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