The 2016 JDRF DIA-BEAT-IT Gala exceeds its goal!

Montreal (Quebec), December 7, 2016, – The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is pleased to announce that it raised $550,000 through its DIA-BEAT-IT Gala held on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the St-James Theatre in Montreal. Dressed in their finery, more than 350 guests responded to the invitation of the event’s Honorary President, Mr. Martin Thibodeau, President, Quebec Headquarters, RBC Royal Bank. Funds raised during the evening respond to the pressing need to accelerate the pace of research that will lead to curing, better treating and preventing type 1 diabetes (T1D), a disease that affects more than 300,000 Canadians.

“Juvenile diabetes (T1D) is a source of stress for those it affects. It is also a public health and social issue. We must therefore tirelessly pursue our engagement and help advance research on behalf of affected people”, declared Martin Thibodeau.

In an elegant décor, with Michael Jackson’s scintillating silhouette hovering above, and to the greatest delight of all present, Jimmy Moore and his dancers opened the festivities with three of the king of pop’s greatest hits, and most notably Beat It, a rallying call perfectly suited to the event. Throughout the evening, all generous souls were invited to take part in several fundraising activities, including a prestigious draw, a silent auction, a live auction—which gave rise to some memorable battles—and the traditional T1D FUND A CURE Research Funding, which was dedicated this year to JDRF’s Artificial Pancreas Project.

An avalanche of gifts for T1D research

Many business people and donor families made substantial gifts of up to $25 000. Our most sincere thanks to Mr. Ezio Carosielli and his wife, Mrs. Luisa Sassano, owners of the St. James Theatre, for their exemplary support to ensure the success of the 2016 DIA-BEAT-IT Gala.

About JDRF Canada​

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.

As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring
$530 million in scientific research in 18 countries. For more information, please
visit jdrf.ca.

Media contact:
Emmanuel Fritsch
National Communications Specialist, JDRF Canada
efritsch@jdrf.ca
514.744.5537, extension 247

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