JDRF Omaha-Council Bluffs Discoveries

Spring 2012
In This Issue
2012 JDRF Promise Gala
2012 Walk to Cure Diabetes
Reach & Teach U
Ride to Cure Diabetes
Honorariums and Memorials
Why Hold a Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes at Your School?
2012 Annual Meeting
Board of Directors

2012 JDRF Promise Gala


More than 630 guests attended the 15th Annual JDRF Promise Gala “It’s Black & White … A Cure is in Sight” on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at the Embassy Suites Omaha LaVista, which raised more than $635,000 for diabetes research.

A special thank you to Honorary Chair Couple, Shannon and Rik Bonness; Event Chair Couple Dana and Jess Zeiss; Fund A Cure speaker Daron Smith, and the wonderful volunteers and donors who helped to make the Promise Gala an overwhelming success.

The event marked the Omaha debut of a new electronic bidding system by BidPal. As guests arrived they received a hand held device that allowed them to conveniently view and bid on auction items from the cocktail area and ballroom. The new device enhanced the guest experience by adding an element of fun and increased silent auction totals by 33 percent over prior years.

Highlights from the evening included a Malone & Company video explaining JDRF’s research progress toward a cure featuring JDRF Research Grant Recipient, Maureen McGargill, and Youth Ambassador, Madeline Mullen. In the live auction, a Super Bowl package sold for $6,750 and Sutton Bay golf outing with private air and overnight accommodations sold for $9,250! Following the live auction, the Fund A Cure video presentation by Malone & Co. featured Daron Smith, JDRF Board Member and President of Better Business Equipment, as he shared his personal experience of living with T1D since diagnosis at the age of 5. His compelling story helped to raise more than $300,000 in Fund A Cure alone. Following the program, guests enjoyed the “Fade to Black” After Party featuring Crazy Keys dueling pianos.

Gala Sponsors and Table Patrons

Gold Sponsors
TD Ameritrade

Silver Sponsors
Children's Hospital & Medical Center

Bronze Sponsors
Rik Bonness
Fullenkamp, Doyle & Jobeun

Table Hosts
All Makes Office Equipment
American National Bank
Annabel Galva-Arthur & Jason Arthur
Janice & Bob Batt
Better Business Equipment
Black Hills Energy
Shannon & Rik Bonness
Lisa & Nick Bruggeman
Karla & Scott Cassels
Celebrity Homes/Lamp
   Rynearson & Associates
Fidelity National Title Group
Foundation First Bank
Sandra & Drew Fossum
Fraser Stryker Law Firm
Marnie & Bill Hahn
Heartland Anesthesia
Lisa & Rob Johnson
Koley Jessen
Julie Krehbiel & Rocky Luna
Lockwood Development
Methodist Hospital
Janie & Allan Murow
Mutual of Omaha
Mutual of Omaha Bank
Omaha Steaks
Michael Robino, CFP
Rotella’s Italian Bakery
Security National Bank
Telvent DTN
The Gavilon Group
Union Pacific Corporation
University of Nebraska Foundation
Village Pointe Pediatrics
Wells Fargo – Private Bank
Dana & Jess Zeiss


Christine & Robert Bonness
Michelle & Dr. Stephen Brown
DLR Group
Dr. Sarah & Gary Gernhart
Omaha Bedding Company
Nickie & Shane Siefken
Dr. Deb Tomek & Dr. Chuck Tomek
Dan Welch
Woodke & Gibbons, P.C., L.L.O.

Video Presentation Sponsor
Malone & Company

Leaderboard Sponsors
Ear Specialists of Omaha
First National Bank of Omaha

BidPal Sponsors
Aksarben Village
Alegent Health

Valet Sponsor
Russell Stover Candies

Design & Print Sponsors
Barnhart Press
Mint Design Group
Renze Display
SKAR Advertising

Wine Sponsors
Quail Distributing
Laura & Greg Schnackel

Photography Sponsor
Amber & Rob Photography

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