If you are like me, you love any reason to get dolled up and throw on a pretty dress! Now if the occasion happens to support Type 1 Diabetes research then that is a MAJOR plus in my book! Back in May, I was able to attend the JDRF Imagine Gala in Los Angeles, CA. JDRF hosts galas nationwide as a big fundraiser for Type 1 Diabetes research. If you have ever wondered what goes on at a JDRF Gala, I am here to share!
This weekend was an amazing experience. Mercedes Benz held a golf tournament in Scottsdale benefitting JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). I know nothing about golf but my husband is a golf addict. Of course I love any opportunity to support JDRF so I asked Kevin if he would play in the tournament. He recruited his friend Byron and they teamed up in the Mercedes Benz Tournament at The Phoenician Resort. For every player JDRF donated $100!!! I found this to be very generous considering the entry fee was only $159. Thank you so much to Mercedes Benz of Scottsdale for donating to such a deserving cause!
As I often volunteer for JDRF, I asked MB if there were any opportunities for me to get involved. They put me at the Hole-in-One as a witness. If someone actually made a hole-in-one, they would win a brand new Mercedes Benz! Unfortunately, no one made it. I was really counting on my husband to win me a new car! After my hole-in-one duties were finished, I drove my golf cart around looking for Kevin. Him and Byron were playing so well!!! I knew there would be a big chance for them to actually win the whole tournament.
Hi friends! On May 5th, 2017 I attended a fundraising event for Beyond Type 1. It was a cocktail party in LA... well not just any old cocktail party, it was such a chic, classy, well put together event, all to support those affected by Type 1 Diabetes. I want to share every little detail of the night with you! It'll be like you were a guest that night too!
First I want to start by telling you about my day leading up to the event. I flew in from Arizona THAT morning, and I ran around LA all day until the event. I got my makeup done at Sephora on Hollywood & Highland and I was beyond pleased! I never let anyone do my makeup! I even did my own makeup on my wedding day, but I figured since I was flying in, it would be one less thing to pack. After getting my makeup done I checked into my Airbnb. (Click here to save $20 on your first Airbnb stay!) I quickly curled my hair, got dressed, called an Uber and headed to the Hollywood Roosevelt!
If you know my story, you know that it took me a long time to find my way in the diabetic world. I felt lost and alone for YEARS before connecting with other diabetics online. Through social media I have gained a virtual place where I am no longer alone. Still, IRL (in real life) I had never seen someone “like me.” Not once had I ever seen someone else wearing a pump, giving injections, checking blood sugars, etc. The online community gave me a new found confidence but most importantly, a new found purpose. I knew what it felt like to feel out of place and alone. My new purpose became that I would never want someone to feel that way again. I decided to dedicate my life to bringing awareness, supporting others and raising funds for a cure. It’s a big task and I knew I would need backup. That’s when I discovered the American Diabetes Association and my life has forever changed.