Gala brings in $1.2M for JDRF

Fresh off a $1.2 million fundraising success, JDRF Southwest Ohio is already looking forward to its next big fundraiser . . . and the next one after that.

JDRF’s 32nd annual Cincinnatians of the Year Gala drew nearly 800 supporters and raised more than $1.2 million to fund research for a cure for type 1 diabetes. That total includes nearly $600,000 brought in by the Fund a Cure auction during the gala, setting a new chapter record.

The event honored Kim and Dave Dougherty as Cincinnatians of the Year. The Doughertys know all too well the struggles of living with the disease, since Dave Dougherty was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last year at the age of 57.

The gala also honored Jamie Gindele, who has worked on behalf of JDRF for more than 20 years,  as the Cynthia Marver Marmer Volunteer of the Year. The event was chaired by JDRF volunteers Susan Mustian and Laura Cramer.

While a million-dollar event is out of reach for all but a handful of organizations in Greater Cincinnati’s nonprofit community, that is the starting point for organizers of JDRF’s annual gala.

“Each year we are challenged to raise $1 million at the Cincinnatian of the Year Gala, and we are thrilled this year to have exceeded that objective, setting a new record in the process,” said JDRF executive director Melissa Newman. “Thanks to the leadership of Dave and Kim, along with our co-chairs and other volunteers, we were able this year to set the bar even higher than before.”

JDRF’s Southwest Ohio chapter covers 43 counties in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. Over the course of the year, the JDRF chapter anticipates raising close to $3.3 million.

The next big event is coming up almost immediately. One Walk at Kings Island, June 4, is expected to attract as many as 5,000 participants and could raise another $800,000 – bringing the two-month total for JDRF fundraising to $2 million. And after that . . . time to sit back and relax for a while?


Planning has started for next year’s gala, and the Cincinnatian of the Year selection committee has announced that 2017 honorees will be University of Cincinnati president and JDRF board member Santa J. Ono and UC first lady Wendy Yip. The gala is set for May 13, 2017.

About JDRF
JDRF is the world’s leading funder for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research with a mission to find its cure. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that can strike anyone at any age and is not caused by diet or lifestyle choices. The goal of JDRF is to cure, treat and prevent T1D, which affects nearly 31,000 people in Greater Cincinnati alone.
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