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Waldorf'ing It.

This past Saturday, Chris and I had the absolute honor of being Fran Carpentier's guests at the JDRF Promise Ball in NYC.  At the Waldorf=Astoria hotel, where I felt waaaay out of my league but thrilled to be there. 

We don't have the opportunity to rock the black tie very often, so it was a fun treat to get all dressed up again.  

Kerri and Chris, black tie and all!

Chris and I at the gala, feeling rather spiffy.

Fran, Kerri (me), and Gina

Fran Carpentier, me, and Gina Capone with our big grins.

Gina, Tom, and Kerri (me)

A D-Blogger sandwich, with Mr. Tom Karlya at the center.

The night was beautiful, with friends and wine and many laughs.  With Mary Tyler Moore speaking to the crowd from years of experience with type 1 diabetes, and with Elaine Stritch backing her up in style, the crowd was impassioned, inspiring, and ready to spend. 

And oh how they spend.  I have never before seen 2.5 million dollars raised in the matter of an hour.  One quick lift of a sign gifted the JDRF with tens of thousands of dollars.  I sat there in awe, trying to keep the tears out of my eyes as people gave so much.

I don't know how many people in that room were living with diabetes themselves, but I know that at my table alone, Fran, Gina, and I tested our blood sugar before eating.  I know that there were others in the room who were also living with this disease, like my friend Jon who I worked with at dLifeTV, and Allison, and several children who would grow up, just like we did, with type 1 diabetes.

The JDRF is a remarkable organization, but there's still so much left to do.  I've been diabetic for 22 years and I have not yet seen a cure.  Fran has been diabetic for 40 years, and has not yet seen a cure.  Isn't it time?  Time to tell people that diabetes doesn't go away, that it can't be ignored, and that it deserves the attention of the nation?

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and we need to remind our country - our world - that we are still waiting for our cure.  Raise your voices this month and let people know what life with diabetes is all about.

Comments

Ohh, the sounds so fun! You look fabulous too! I love getting dressed up like that because I don't get to so often. I've wanted to go to the South Jersey chapter's Promise Ballfor several years, but the tickets are *crazy* expensive. I'll just live vicariously through you! The Waldorf too... Oohlala!!

Sounds like a wonderful time. And don't you and Chris (and Fran too) look just gorgeous in your dressy outfits. :)

Oh Ker, it was awesome hanging with you in real-time. Thank you Fran for such a great opportunity!

You all look FABULOUS!

What an awesome event! You guys all look great.

Chris is looking spiffy in the black tie!

I am so jealous Kerri!! I can't imagine what it was like to be there. Good for you for having the opportunity ... I hope you had a great time :)

oh my did'nt you all look beautifull . I am glad you enjoyed yourselves . Wow that is alot of money raised . kuddos to everyone who helped raise it .

Wow! Quite spiffy!

Call me naive, but wouldn't it be amazing if one of those dollars raised was the one that funded the cure?!

Wow, you look fantastic! I love Sara's comment...

You look marvelous! Hope you had a great time there. It sure looks like it.

For those of us who can't afford the crazy expensive tickets to the Promise Ball, there's always volunteering at the event as a way to get in! At least in our chapter, they are always looking for people to help do stuff - run the silent and live auctions, check guests in and out, set up and tear down...it's a great way (for me at least) to get to see how the other half lives and donates. :)

Fancy pants, as the Rob would say :) Niiice!

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