Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Hosts Promise Ball That Raises Hope And Funds In San Antonio
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
THE SCENE: Over the course of two days in San Antonio, several hundred of the area’s most notable sociables, philanthropists, and community leaders turned out for an exceptional suite of fundraising events. Held at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, The 24th annual Promise Ball, hosted by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation was the highlight of these festivities and the promise of a seven-figure haul for the organization. The event was also the capstone for a series of five galas held in each of the largest Texas markets by JDRF during the social season.
THE VIBE: The cocktail attire crowd of 500 featured an elegant mix of tuxedos and suits that were perfectly complimented by festive ballgowns ranging from metallics to bright colors, which created a happy welcoming vibe for all on hand. The theme of the event, One Night in Texas, guaranteed that the generosity of the Texas spirit would be on full display throughout the night. The fun began on the exterior grounds of the Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa for and fun and lively cocktail hour. Here, guests could be seen mingling and enjoying themselves while sipping on their favorite spirits, while others could be found perusing the impressive array of silent auction items.
The festivities then headed into the ballroom for the main program. As the crowd dined on their multi-course meals, they were treated to words by event leaders as well as touching tributes on how Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation has positively impacted the lives of so many. Next, came a spirited live auction where revelers bid on an impressive array of experiential packages. The main program concluded with a “Fund A Cure” presentation where children and young adults with Type 1 Diabetes offered a huge thank you to the audience from the stage. The evening was capped off with an after-party and dancing where the fun continued.
THE NON-PROFIT: The gala, co-chaired by Dee Ann and Mark Schofield, raised over $1.4 million for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Proceeds raised from the event benefitted the Fund A Cure Campaign, which will go directly towards research to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, a condition that often begins among those afflicted with it during childhood.