Gatsby Gala for the ADA Swings into the MGM Grand March 29

The 22nd Annual Commitment for a Cure Gala Honors Local Doctor, Herman Gray

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) in southeastern Michigan will host its 22nd annual Commitment for a Cure event – the Gatsby Gala, presented by Binson’s Home Heath Care Centers and AssuraScript. The Gatsby Gala takes place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit.

Enjoy an event themed after the quintessential novel of the Jazz Age, The Great Gatsby. Give the password and gain entrance to a swanky 1920’s party and VIP speakeasy. More than 5400 leaders from civic, corporate and medical communities will honor those who have made a difference in the fight against diabetes.

“More than 1.6 million children and adults in Michigan have some form of diabetes and an additional 2.78 million have prediabetes,” says Mary Riegle, director of corporate development for the American Diabetes Association. “Since the discovery and mass production of insulin in the 1920’s, our society has learned much about this disease, its management and complications. Research funded by the American Diabetes Association has been, and continues to be, critical in accelerating the transition of scientific discoveries into practical, life-enhancing treatments and programs. Funds raised from the Gatsby Gala support numerous research projects in Michigan, as well as Camp Midicha, the only residential diabetes summer camp in the state designed for children and teenagers with diabetes,” Riegle explains.

Executive Vice President of Pediatric Health Services for the Detroit Medical Center, Dr. Herman Gray, will be honored with the Diabetes Champion Award for his dedication to the American Diabetes Association. The event will also celebrate the ADA’s Red Diner program that recognizes those in attendance who have diabetes.

The Gatsby Gala will begin with guests enjoying signature cocktails, a silent auction and music by the Ben Sharkey Quartet. An elegant sit-down dinner and energizing live auction will follow where those in attendance can bid on unbelievable trips and treasures. There will also be an opportunity for guests to purchase ‘Camperships’ to send less fortunate children and teens to the American Diabetes Association’s Camp Midicha – the only residential summer camp designed for, and dedicated to, children and teens with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association camps are the nation's largest and second oldest of its kind. The party continues when dessert is cleared and The Rhoedes Band takes the stage and guests dance the night away.

The Commitment for a Cure Gala is the third largest fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association in Michigan. With the support of its local committee, the Commitment for a Cure  gala has raised more than $3x.x6 million for local and national diabetes research and programs since its inception. 

Bob Binson, vice president of Binson’s Home Health Care Centers, is event chair, Matthew Flynn is youth ambassador, and WDIV Local 4’s Brandon Roux is emcee.

The VIP reception ($350) will begin at 6:00 p.m. VIP Plus packages ($900) include two VIP tickets, a luxury room at the MGM Grand the night of the event, breakfast at the MGM Palette Dining Studio the following morning, recognition in the event program book and overnight valet. The main event ($250) starts at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception. Dinner and program follow at 8:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, please contact Brandy Hirschlieb at bhirschlieb@diabetes.org or call 248-433-3830, ext. 6688. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.diabetes.org/detroitgala.



The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to stop diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call your local American Diabetes Association office at 1-888-DIABETES (1-888-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org.



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