JDRF Arizona’s annual Promise Ball Gala raises $2M

On Saturday, Nov. 10, the JDRF Arizona Chapter held its 18th annual Promise Ball Gala in Scottsdale, where the local organization successfully raised more than $2 million to help fund a cure for type 1 diabetes.

Nearly 700 society and industry leaders from across the Valley attended the Promise Ball, which is one of Arizona’s largest fundraising galas, according to a press release.

“Congratulations to our JDRF Arizona Chapter community on a wonderfully successful Gala. It has been an honor and pleasure to partner with our local Chapter Board of Directors and community. You inspire us daily to work harder for the desired impact,” said JDRF Executive Director Paula Boca-Bommarito, in a prepared statement.

The black-tie fundraiser, which was themed “Together We Shine,” was held at The Phoenician Resort & Spa and included a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, dinner, dancing and entertainment.

Big ticket auction items included all-inclusive vacations, a New York Fashion Week experience, VIP tickets to a taping of Jimmy Kimmel, beautiful acrylic paintings by JDRF youth ambassadors and local artist Christopher Gerlings, 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited Sport 4X4 and an adorable puppy, the press release stated.

This year’s event honored Jessica Gabbay and the Gabbay family for their outstanding commitment to JDRF’s vision of a world without type 1 diabetes. KSAZ’s Anchor Syleste Rodriguez served as the emcee of the event, Letitia Frye returned as the auctioneer and Colleen Steinberg served as the event chair.

Renee Parsons announced an impactful $500,000 grant from The Bob & Renee Parson Foundation.

Since 2009, the Arizona Chapter has raised more than $15 million through its fundraising galas, which directly goes to research and programs for type 1 diabetes in Arizona and nationwide.

According to JDRF, there are more than 10 percent of people in Arizona who have been diagnosed with diabetes and approximately 1.25 million nationwide suffer from type 1 diabetes.

For more information, visit jdrf.org/arizona.

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