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Hot Havana Nights in Houston as Promise Ball raises $1.6 million to fight diabetes


Houston, JDRF Promise Ball Havana Nights, May 2017, Drew Dougherty, Vita Dougherty, Paige Fass, Richard Fass
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Houston, JDRF Promise Ball Havana Nights, May 2017, Harrison Goytia, Julie Goytia, Robin Goytia, Isabella Goytia
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Houston, JDRF Promise Ball Havana Nights, May 2017, Erin Feeney Dyer, Mallory Williams, Alison Grage Fleming
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Houston, JDRF Promise Ball Havana Nights, May 2017, Sanjay Patel, Monica Patel
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Houston, JDRF Promise Ball Havana Nights, May 2017, Erik Reissig, Misha Reissig
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Houston, JDRF Promise Ball Havana Nights, May 2017, ballroom
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Houston, JDRF Promise Ball Havana Nights, May 2017, Kristin Crawford, Brian Cox
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Houston, JDRF Promise Ball Havana Nights, May 2017, Ben Halliday, Caroline Stokes, Haley McCann, Chris Leyendecker
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Houston, JDRF Promise Ball Havana Nights, May 2017, Jillian, Kellie, Randy and Jacquelyn Johnson
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Houston, JDRF Promise Ball Havana Nights, May 2017, Charlotte Flynn, Barrett Flynn
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Houston, JDRF Promise Ball Havana Nights, May 2017, Meredith and Fielding Cocke
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Houston, JDRF Promise Ball Havana Nights, May 2017, Lynda Irvine, Chad Knight
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Houston, JDRF Promise Ball Havana Nights, May 2017, Skyrocket
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Chairs Julie and Dr. Robin Goytia welcomed more than 1,000 guests to the 2017 Promise Ball, held at the Hilton Americas Houston in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

The annual fete honored Rebecca Brown, Rochelle Bullock, Brooke Busby, Erin Feeney Dyer, Alison Grage Fleming, Annie Marshall, and Mallory Williams, who were presented with a one-of-kind glass art piece from San Antonio's Garcia Art Glass for their support of the nonprofit. 

Silent and live auctions, featuring such items as a trip to the Formula 1 US Grand Prix in Austin and a Yellow American Labrador named Emmi, contributed to the more than $1.6 million raised for JDRF, whose mission is to progressively remove the impact of diabetes from people’s lives until we achieve a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).

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The JDRF Promise Ball was emceed by Drew Dougherty, host of Texans TV, pictured here with his wife Vita Dougherty and Paige and Richard Fass.

Harrison Goytia, Julie Goytia, Robin Goytia, Isabella Goytia.

Erin Feeney Dyer, Mallory Williams, Alison Grage Fleming.

Sanjay Patel, Monica Patel.

Erik Reissig, Misha Reissig.

The festive black-tie event, themed “Havana Nights,” featured a seated dinner of Cuban-inspired dishes, along with late night casino games and entertainment by Magician Ben Jackson.

Kristin Crawford, Brian Cox.

Ben Halliday, Caroline Stokes, Haley McCann, Chris Leyendecker.

The Johnson family (pictured, from left to right, Jillian Johnson, Kellie Johnson, Randy Johnson, Jacquelyn Johnson) shared how they have been impacted by type 1 diabetes during the Fund A Cure portion of the evening, inspiring the crowd to raise $700,000 for research.

Charlotte Flynn, Barrett Flynn.

Fielding and Meredith Cocke (pictured) presented longtime volunteer Kathy Stewart with the Meredith and Fielding Cocke Visionary Award. 

Lynda Irvine, Chad Knight.

A young leadership committee after-party boasted a performance by Skyrocket!, a champagne reception, and open bar.

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