What: JDRF’s “The Power of Us: From Start to Finish” virtual gala
Where: Small screens throughout Houston and beyond
The scoop: Houstonians donned their pajamas and best black-tie attire for the annual JDRF gala, which, this year — like so many others — went virtual. Dubbed “The Power of Us: From Start to Finish,” the gala raised more than $1.2 million for JDRF’s mission to fund and nurture type 1 (T1D) diabetes research.
The event was emceed by Drew Dougherty, who hosts Texans TV and is himself a type 1 diabetic (his tuxedo and shorts combo was not to be missed). Guests joined the live YouTube event from their living rooms, beds, and even their pools, all while donating to Fund A Cure and bidding on silent and live auction items.
Auction items included a vacation to Beaver Creek, dinner and a wine tasting at local favorite B&B Butchers & Restaurant, and an adorable Goldendoodle puppy. Other sought-after items included a premium wine cellar with one-of-a-kind wines selected by The Tasting Room owner, Jerry Lasco; a week-long vacation to Los Cabos, Mexico; and an 11-day stay at a beautiful home in Crested Butte, Colorado.
Meanwhile, guests cheered each other on through the chat feature and engaged in friendly, competitive bidding wars, led by Stokes auctioneer Jim Jungers. Local photographer, Barbara Perlick, donated her time and stopped by a few of the board members’ homes to capture a few of these unique scenarios. (Some supporters even reported doing cannonballs after large Fund A Cure donations — not your typical way to close a gala. But why not?)
Who: Multiple guests, including honorees, Peggy and Robert Kruckemeyer, shared inspiring words about their journeys with type 1 diabetes and JDRF. DeAndre Carter of the Houston Texans, also a type 1 diabetic, also stopped by. The gala also featured special video messages from T1D patients and WWE superstar, Lacey Evans.