An Evening of Hope... It Takes a Family

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A night of gourmet cuisine, fine wines, superb entertainment and a lively auction are givens at JDRF Hawaii's "An Evening of Hope…It Takes A Family" annual Gala on June 9, 2012 at the Sheraton Waikiki. However, what many here in Hawaii may not be aware of is the growing number of children and adults in our island home who are dependent on JDRF'S efforts to successfully raise the funds that will help find a cure and provide support for Type One Diabetics (T1D).

It's a tough disease to live with and one that over 5,000 members of our island 'ohana need to manage 24/7, including daily finger pricks and insulin injections. It's an autoimmune disease that can't be banished with a healthier diet or more exercise. It's going to take a cure and real advances such as the one recently announced where JDRF-funded researchers received FDA approval to begin patient trials at two U.S. universities with an artificial pancreas. T1D is a 'quiet' disease and one with serious complications that impacts an entire family should a member be diagnosed with it; the entire family must adjust to new ways of doing things and caring for the family member with the disease. JDRF Hawaii's `Ohana is an invaluable resource and support for families of those newly diagnosed.

For those wanting to make a real difference in the lives of people you know with T1D, reserve your table or tickets now and join JDRF Hawaii for the fight to find a cure for T1D at the June 9 annual gala. The Gala's extraordinary cuisine will be created by many of Hawaii's top chefs - and will present courses that are T1D-diet approved. The dinner menu is being created by: Chai Chaowasaree, Chef/Owner Chai's Island Bistro; Colin Hazama, Executive Sous Chef Sheraton Waikiki; Camille Komine, Chef/Owner Camille's On Wheels; JJ Praseuth Luangkhot, Chef/Owner JJ's Bistro & French Pastry; Matthew Naula, Executive Chef Azure at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel; Sean Priester, Chef/Owner Soul Café and Brett Villarmia, Executive Chef Rumfire- Sheraton Waikiki. This exciting family of chef's' is dedicated to supporting JDRF's efforts and their creative culinary cuisine is sure to be the highlight of this important fundraising event.

In addition to the exquisite cuisine that all attendees will experience, the evening is boasting an unusual Silent and Live Auction, with mainland trips including two first class roundtrips to Chicago and tickets to the Joffrey Ballet; localized packages including a stay in the Presidential Suite at the Sheraton Waikiki, and several unique items and products from local retailers such as a koa wood Hope Chest.

The entertainment for the evening include special performances by the Iona Dancing Company who engage audiences with avant-garde dance and visually rich costumes; Taimane, considered one of Hawaii's finest female ukulele players, pianist and composer Grant Carvalho, and DJ Matt Hall will round out the evening with music to dance by.

Finding a cure and providing the support to manage T1D on a daily basis…takes a family. The JDRF family works hard to ensure that Hawaii's T1D families have the guidance needed to be responsible and caring. JDRF is the leading global organization focused on T1D research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents and adults with this disease, JDRF is the largest charitable funder of T1D research. The goal of JDRF is to improve lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating and preventing T1D.

For further information regarding JDRF's June 9, 2012 Gala or to reserve your table, contact JDRF's Hawaii Chapter at 808-988-1000 or email.

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