Gala Approaches $3 Million

Stunning $1 million personal gift sends this gala into fundraising stratosphere

Stunning $1 million gift sends gala into fundraising stratosphere

JDRF Gala, 5/2016 FIELDING COCKE, MEREDITH COCKE
Gala honorees Fielding Cocke, Meredith Cocke. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
JDRF Gala, 5/2016 Andrea Soper, Michael Soper
Gala chairs Andrea Soper, Michael Soper. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
JDRF Gala, 5/2016 Lisa Weeks, Tad Weeks
Lisa Weeks, Tad Weeks. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
JDRF Gala, 5/2016  Brad Snead, Lauren Snead
Brad Snead, Lauren Snead. Photo by Chris Brown
JDRF Gala, 5/2016 Diane Lokey Farb, Ceron
Diane Lokey Farb, Ceron. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
JDRF Gala, 5/2016 Judy Morgan, Bob Morgan
Judy Morgan, Bob Morgan. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
JDRF Gala, 5/2016 Windy Johnston, James Johnston
Windy Johnston, James Johnston. Photo by Chris Brown
JDRF Gala, 5/2016  Fred Hagans, Bob Kruckemeyer
Fred Hagans, Bob Kruckemeyer. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
JDRF Gala, 5/2016 Kiani Majgier, Joel Majgier
Kiani Majgier, Joel Majgier. Photo by Chris Brown
JDRF Gala, 5/2016 Donnie Boutwell, Jaclyn Boutwell
Donnie Boutwell, Jaclyn Boutwell. Photo by Chris Brown
JDRF Gala, 5/2016 Allison Whilhite, Elaine Turner
Allison Wilhite, Elaine Turner. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
JDRF Gala, 5/2016 Chris Leyendecker, Haley McCann
Chris Leyendecker, Haley McCann. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
JDRF Gala, 5/2016 FIELDING COCKE, MEREDITH COCKE
JDRF Gala, 5/2016 Andrea Soper, Michael Soper
JDRF Gala, 5/2016 Lisa Weeks, Tad Weeks
JDRF Gala, 5/2016  Brad Snead, Lauren Snead
JDRF Gala, 5/2016 Diane Lokey Farb, Ceron
JDRF Gala, 5/2016 Judy Morgan, Bob Morgan
JDRF Gala, 5/2016 Windy Johnston, James Johnston
JDRF Gala, 5/2016  Fred Hagans, Bob Kruckemeyer
JDRF Gala, 5/2016 Kiani Majgier, Joel Majgier
JDRF Gala, 5/2016 Donnie Boutwell, Jaclyn Boutwell
JDRF Gala, 5/2016 Allison Whilhite, Elaine Turner
JDRF Gala, 5/2016 Chris Leyendecker, Haley McCann

What: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation "Promise Ball."

Where: Hilton Americas-Houston.

The scoop: Fundraising reached a fever pitch during the live auction and the Fund a Cure paddle-raise, the giving inspired by honorees Fielding and Meredith Cocke, who stunned the gathering of more than 1,000 guests with announcement of their $1 million personal gift. 

By night's end, the event had raised an unprecedented $2.7 million and counting. It was a spectacular night for gala chairs Andrea and Michael Soper. Sequent Energy Management was acknowledged as corporate honoree.

Who: Emcee Frank Billingsley, Belinda and State Rep. John Culberson, Elaine Turner, Chelsea and Philip Ebner, Diane Lokey Farb, Ceron, Jennifer and Allen Berryman, and Megan and Brad Cherry.

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