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JDRF Hosts the 22nd Annual Rainbow Gala

The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel was the setting of this years JDRF's (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundations) Annual Rainbow Gala. On Saturday, April 12th, 775 impeccably dressed guests attended the sold out event, which raised more than $1.8 million.

Caitlyn Killinger in a striking orange gown with cut out detail.
Dawn Pomaybo
775 Guest at the 22nd Annual Rainbow Gala
Dawn Pomaybo

The evening began with champagne, hors d'oeuvre, and people watching while viewing the silent auction items, which included jewelry, designer sunglasses and fashions from Worth, Etcetera, and Linton's.

The ballroom doors opened to display the exquisite setting by Tolo Events, decorated in shades of plum and platinum with centerpieces of tulips, roses and decorative glass by Neubauer Florist.

This years honoree Arthur J. Rooney II, a longtime supporter of JDRF, gave a moving speech on how Type 1 diabetes had impacted his life. “Because my life has been personally touched by type 1 diabetes, I am pleased to partner with JDRF as this year's Honoree”.

The Board President, Nan DeTurk, also honored as outstanding volunteer, expressed the importance of an unrelenting passion and commitment to find a cure.

Corporate chairs for the event were Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers, and David J. Malone, President and CEO of Gateway Financial.

The Gala Committee, chaired by Maria Metro and Cindy Paul, worked tirelessly to make the evening truly flawless.

One of the most impressive factors of the evening were the volunteers. Young ladies and gentlemen dressed in black tie attire, worked throughout the evening selling raffle tickets and answering questions.

Music by Cityscape entertained throughout dinner with dancing following the Live Auction, featuring over 300 packages from a Costa Rica getaway to a one of a kind Pittsburgh Skyline created in mosaic glass by local children with type 1 diabetes, which sold for $23,000.

Over 30,000 people are diagnoses with T1D each year in the United States. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease which has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle, and there is nothing that can be done to prevent it. JDRF is working toward a goal of turning type 1 diabetes, into “Type None” diabetes, with a ultimate goal of finding a cure.

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