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May 08, 2010 - Dreams Come True - 11th Annual JDRF Dream Gala

Where: INVESCO Field at Mile High

When: Saturday, May 8, 2010

Time: 6:00 pm

Ticket Prices: $300 and up

Beneficiary: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Honoree(s): George S. Eisenbarth, M.D., PhD and Executive Director of The Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes

EMCEE: Libby Weaver, Anchor, Fox 31 News

Gala Chairperson(s): Michael and Karey Finch

Committee Members: Lisa Abreo, Breanna Deidel, Mary Beth Fleming, Gwen Grant, Peter Helburn, Ingher Leeuwenburg, Lee Prosenjakj, Don Baldridge, Dr. Peter Gottlieb, Perry Mattern, Jay Neppel, Brad Robinette, Warren Tullman, Amy Wallace-Stormer, Rebekah Bill, Sheri Frazier-Kesner, Pam Fast, Windy Gallagher, Diana Nelson, Brad Robinette, Cynthia Tullman

President(s): Peter Gottlieb, MD

Entertainment: 7dancers with choreography by Mandy Moore of So You Think You Can Dance

Sponsors: Allscripts, Bank of the West, Beacon E & P Company, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Schreck, Buckley Powder, Colorado State Bank & Trust, Delta Dental Plan of Colorado, Denver Investments, Department of Pediatrics, CU School of Medicine, Don & Jennifer Baldridge, Don & Debbie Frei, FirstBank Holding Company, Forest Oil Corporation, Fox 31 KDVR, George & Frieda Eisenbarth, IHS, Inc., Janus Capital Group, Jim & Mary Donovan, KPMG LLP, Michael & Karey Finch, Ollila Law Group, Patron Spirits Company, Peter & Gabriela Gottlieb, Sage Hospitality Resources, Scott Bearman & Terri Skalabrin, Smoker Friendly, Southern Wine & Spirits, Tom & Rose Robeson, Vectra Bank, Wagner Equipment Company, Warren & Cynthia Tullman

Auctioneer: Paul Schenfeld

Menu: Half wedge of crispy romaine leaves, tossed in creamy lemon garlic dressing, shaved parmesan curls and topped with a tomato basil relish, semi-boneless short rib, lightly roasted baby carrots with mesquite grilled asparagus and creamy polenta cake

Attire: Black Tie Optional

Donors: 7Dancers, Barbara Davis Center, Blacktie - Colorado, Cherry Creek Dance, De Ja Vu Media, Inc., DesignWorks, Epicurean Catering, INVESCO Field at Mile High, Joy Jeffrey, Kelly Photography, Lisa Abreo Design, Mandy Moore, Multimedia Audio Visual, Nick Green, Patron Spirits, Sage Hospitality Resources, Siler Printing, Southern Wine & Spirits, Tiffany & Co., Fox 31 KDVR

Blacktie Photos by: Dan Khadem

 Gala co-chairs Michael and Karey Finch
Gala co-chairs Michael and Karey Finch

The 11th annual JDRF Dream Gala was set at the United Club Level of INVESCO Field, overlooking the mile high skyline.  A fitting location for an event that raised mile high amounts of dollars for diabetes research. 

The night started with Youth Ambassadors escorting guests up towards the club level while enjoying a live violin performance.  At the club level guests enjoyed Patron cocktails while bidding on the numerous tables filled with silent auction items.  A drum-line led guests into the main ballroom for dinner. Libby Weaver, anchor of Fox-31 KDVR welcomed guests.  Other speakers included gala co-chairs Michael and Karey Finch, Mandy Moore of So You Think You Can Dance, and Rocky Mountain Chapter President Peter Gottlieb, MD, prior to the presentation honoring George S. Eisenbarth, M.D., PhD, Executive Director of the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes.  Dr. Eisenbarth, spoke and charmed the crowd then recognized his wife, Frieda Eisenbarth with flowers. 

Libby Weaver started the live auction with auctioneer Paul Schenfeld.  The lively and robust auction had numerous items to mention including trips to Chicago, Utah, Charlotte Motor Speedway, private jet trips to Las Vegas, Santa Fe, art, private parties and the Star Wars Party Package.  The Star Wars Party Package was a hit with the surprise guest appearance by the Stormtroopers and Darth Vadar. 

Before the evening was through, guests generously donated during the Fund-A-Cure then enjoyed entertainment by the 7dancers followed by the Cigar Bar. 

JDRF is the largest non-governmental funder of diabetes research.  At the local level, the Rocky Mountain Chapter has over 8,000 donors and participants.  Funding of research projects and facilities like the Autoimmunity Center at the Barbara Davis Center are part of the more than $3 million dollars JDRF spends annually in Colorado.  In addition, JDRF has funded more than $1.23 billion in diabetes research worldwide since 1970. 

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