More than 800 guests from across Connecticut and Massachusetts joined the North Central CT/Western MA Chapter of JDRF on a “Path to a Cure” at the chapter’s annual Promise Ball. The event, held on May 19, 2012, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, raised an astounding $1.3 million for diabetes research. JDRF recognized The Hartford with the Star of Hope Award for the company’s commitment to the Foundation’s mission. The 2012 Promise Ball Honorary Chair and President of the University of Connecticut, Susan Herbst, presented the award to Liam E. McGee, Chairman, President and CEO of The Hartford. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra were among the evening’s attendees.
Fourteen-year-old JDRF Youth Ambassador Marshall Barnes, whose speech was met with an emotional standing ovation, was the evening’s featured speaker. Marshall shared his story of living with the disease since he was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 3.
The Fund A Cure program, during which 100 percent tax-deductible donations were made toward research, followed Marshall’s inspiring words. More than $452,470 was raised during this portion of the evening, with all of the funds going directly toward the Artificial Pancreas Project.
The black-tie optional event included a cocktail reception; silent and live auctions; a multi-course dinner; and dancing with a live band. One of the most memorable aspects of the evening was featured live art “trees” that entertained guests. NBC Connecticut’s Kevin Nathan returned once again as emcee for the evening.
JDRF would like to thank our amazing volunteers, gracious donors and outstanding sponsors for helping us put on a successful event for a cure!