The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) of Western New York hosted its 18th Annual Journey to a Cure Gala on Saturday to raise money to Cure type one diabetes. The event raised more than $400,000.
The gala was hosted at the Seneca Niagara Resort Casino and boasted more than 500 attendees dedicated to turning type one into type none. The evening had a silent auction, a live auction and a “Fund a Cure” auction to encourage gala-goers to give more to the cause. Out of the dozen live auction items, the most popular was a package of 4 autographed Wayne Gretzky jerseys that sold for $5,000 and a 9-week old shih tzu puppy that sold for the same amount.
JDRF Western New York is the leading charity in the Buffalo area and it showed with the amount of energy and passion the guests had for the cause. There were multiile bidding wars and complete silence as the crowd listened to a research update about Type One Diabetes, a rarity at most fundraising events.
To support JDRF, visit its website here.