Promise Ball raises $500,000 for type 1 diabetes research
By Danna Sue Walker
June 2, 2011
The Tulsa Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation raised more than $500,000 for type 1 diabetes research during its 11th annual Promise Ball held recently at the Tulsa Convention Center.
The event honored Dr. David Jelley and the Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center.
Richard and Melanie Little were event chairs. Each of their two children, Kaela and David, has lived with type 1 diabetes since before the age of 2.
“As a family, we were blessed to have the opportunity to work with the volunteers and staff that made this year’s JDRF Promise Ball a success,” they said.
“The annual event is one supported through time and financial commitments by many people in the Tulsa community and is truly reflective of why we are all proud to call Tulsa home. Knowing that JDRF’s mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications, and understanding the successes JDRF has had in achieving this goal, makes for an easy decision to support this great organization.”
KJRH channel 2′s Julie Chin was the emcee.
The evening began with a silent auction and concluded with the Fund-A-Cure auction, in which donations were made to support the research of immune therapies selected by the honoree and chairs. It raised $250,000.
Quinn Cooper, who has type 1 diabetes, was the 2011 Fund-A-Cure speaker.
Promise Ball sponsors included Bill and Barb Drotar, The Hille Foundation, Arlo and Barbara DeKraai, Clayton and Gina Hughes, Unit Corporation, Applied Equipment Sales, Bank of Oklahoma, CommunityCare Managed Healthcare, Michael and Sheri Engelbrecht, Carl and Val Hansen, Donald and Nedra Hansen, Magellan Midstream Partners LP, Merrill Lynch, St. Francis Health Systems, Samson, Hogan Taylor, LLP, Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center, JCPenney Woodland Hills, Nadel and Gussman, LLC, Oak Indian Mission, OU-Tulsa, Vivion Pools, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, David and Clydella Hentschel, Charles and Ann Neal, Mike and Kelly Wilhelm, Leor and Hillary Roubein, Dr. Laren and Carisa Hightower, Andrew and Jamie Siegel, The Redfearn Family, Frank and Mary Quinn Cooper, DirectBuy of Tulsa, and Williams.
JDRF is the leading charitable fundraiser and advocate of type 1 diabetes research worldwide. Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1, JDRF has raised more than $1.5 billion for diabetes research. In a typical year, 85 cents of every dollar raised is dedicated to diabetes research and education.