31st Annual JDRF Maryland Hope Gala

31st Annual JDRF Maryland Hope Gala

Turning Type One to Type None! JDRF Maryland Chapter is one step closer to that goal after a stellar evening at the Hilton Baltimore.

With a mission to improve lives with those who live with type 1 diabetes, and ultimately find a cure, the “31st Annual Maryland Hope Gala” honored The Kahlert Foundation, represented by Roberta and Greg Kahlert, and Star of Hope award winner, Dr. Nicholas Argento, of Maryland Endocrine.

350 guests came together for an evening of cocktails, dinner and a program, followed by silent and live auctions…

…and the always popular Fund A Cure.

The celebration concluded with an After Party, featuring DJ Kopec and a Pixilated Photobooth. With a lead Fund A Cure gift from The Kahlert Foundation of $100,000, the Gala raised around $830,000 and made huge strides in turning Type One to Type None!(November 3, 2018 – Hilton Baltimore)

Gala Co-Chairs: Toby & Heather Noyes (far left) and Robb Cohen (far right) and Gail Schwartz (middle); with their daughters, Alex Cohen (third from right) and Lilah Noyes (second from right), who were both diagnosed with T1D within a few years apart from each other

Pictured (LtoR) Greg W. Kahlert and Roberta Kahlert, event honorees; with Claudine Biddison and Tom Biddison, JDRF Maryland Board President, who have a daughter with T1D.

Pictured (LtoR) Dana Facius, T1D parent; and Jamie Facius, T1D parent/JDRF board member

Pictured (LtoR) Patti Blaha, Maryland business owner; and Aida Gamerman, Cummings & Co. realtor

Pictured (LtoR) Dr. Stuart Levine, MedStar Harbor Hospital CEO/president/chief medical officer; and Amanda Levine, community volunteer

Pictured (LtoR) Suzana Mokadden, community volunteer; Michael O’Sullivan, Baltimore City police officer; and Susan Hogan, Kramon & Graham attorney

Pictured (LtoR) Christine Vaile, M&T Bank analyst; Bridget O’Donnell, M&T Bank analyst; Justin Hughes, Paychex sales consultant; and Sarah Hughes, Wilmington Trust administrative vice president

Pictured (LtoR) Community volunteers: Molly Driver; Cindy Franchak; Christina Powell; Beth Miller; and Ruthellen Sheldon

Pictured (LtoR) Jack Canfora, New York-based playwright; and Rebecca McGinley, Janney Montgomery Scott director

Pictured (LtoR) Kickin’ it on the dance floor: Adelaide Clossey, 7½; and Angela Coleman, Hilton Baltimore banquet server

Pictured (LtoR) Katelyn Biddison, 12, taking a “dip” with her dad, Tom Biddison

Pictured (LtoR) Wendy Anderson, Medtronic registered dietician/certified diabetes educator; Duane Merkel, Petra Contractors construction estimator; and Jimmy Burk, New Penn Financial wholesale mortgage banker 




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