AROUND TOWN: JDRF Promise Ball pledges to help wipe out Type 1 diabetes

May 29, 2014 Updated: May 29, 2014 at 5:00 pm
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George and Jacki Koury meet the American Eskimo puppy they would be taking home to their two daughters after the JDRF Gatsby Gala. 051014 Photo by Linda Navarro

The rally cry for the JDRF Promise Ball was "Until Type 1 Becomes Type None."

JDRF, formerly known as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, has changed and no longer refers to juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes. It's a branding change to cover a more-inclusive Type 1 designation.

Joining what rapidly has become the popular theme of the year for fundraisers, "The Great Gatsby," the Promise Ball with its "In the Mood for a Cure" drew 185 people to May 10 festivities at Cheyenne Mountain Resort where they raised more than $180,000.

Highlights of the evening included a "Bees Knees" silent auction with smartphone bidding and Fund-a-Cure pledges going directly toward diabetes research.

But the craziness and yelling befitting a Gatsby event came during the live auction with enthusiastic bidders competing with gusto for trips, fine wine, a "Breakfast at Tiffany's" event for 25 amid real diamonds inside Johannes Hunter Jewelers, a Ladies Night Out with dinner prepared by members of the Colorado Springs Police Department SWAT team, and a fluffy white American Eskimo puppy.

Honored for their years of support for JDRF were Linda Hunter, Brenda Hunter-Boyd and Robin Johannes of Johannes Hunter Jewelers.

Sponsors included GE Johnson Construction Co., Apple Orthodontics, Barbi and Ashleigh Willis, Bob and Pattie Smith, Canon National Bank, Colorado Springs Conservatory, Dr. Michael and Angie Barber, Lynn Page, Russell Stover, Stacy Packer, Studio C3, The Colvert Wealth Management Group, Fox 21 News/SOCO CW and The Gazette.

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