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!
First, special thank you to the JDRF Los Angeles Chapter for the invite. I am always happy and excited to partner with JDRF to continue the effort to turn Type One into Type None. I have partnered with many JDRF chapters nationwide! I'm not sure why my local Arizona chapter hasn't reached out to utilize my voice and audience to their advantage but I would love to add them to my network! When I was invited to the Los Angeles Gala, I was quick to say yes! I couldn’t wait hang out with my Los Angeles diabuddies at the Beverly Hilton.
I knew exactly what I had in mind! I wanted to be very glam and girly since the event was at the Beverly Hilton! I ended up using Rent the Runway for the first time ever! I was nervous to test it out for the first time on such a special occasion, but it worked out perfect. They sent a dress in my size and a size up! I am not sponsored by Rent the Runway but they do have a great referral program. If you use this link you can get $30 off your rental!
Since I love Los Angeles so much and I have so many diabuddies there, I decided to stay the whole weekend. I flew in on Friday and had 2 meetings that day and then met up with my diabuddies at a bar that night! It was so fun to see familiar and new faces! Once upon a time I felt so alone and didn’t know anyone who had Type 1. Now I am beyond grateful to have diabuddies to share “me too’s” with all over the world! My diabuddy Johana from New Mexico decided to fly out for the gala also! I asked her if she wanted to share a hotel and again diabetes has turned 2 strangers into friends!
The next morning, I had a fun photoshoot on Rodeo Drive then had lunch in downtown LA. Then Sarah Noble Photography came to my hotel room and snapped some shots of me and my friends! I had posted on Instagram that I was looking for a LA based photographer. My diabuddy Kate Noble replied and offered up her sister to come take some photos! I love it lol. So fun how social media can connect you with so many people!
After all our celebrity sightings we finally took our seats! The gala served a fabulous dinner as they had live entertainment based on the movie “The Greatest Showman.” The whole gala is centered around a cure! There is a silent auction going on in another room and a LIVE auction going on during the gala. It was quite entertaining to see people bidding on BIG ticket items and all for a good cause! I do wish there was some dancing involved but none the less, it was a fabulous event. I walked away with a HUGE smile on my face after seeing people give away $100k, $20k, $5k, $50k! What a great event! I highly encourage you to attend your local chapter’s gala. You can go to JDRF.org, search for your chapter and see their upcoming events!
Also if you love the content I share on my website and Instagram, let your JDRF know that you would love to see me at one of their events! I would love to come out to your JDRF Summit, walk, gala or anything that gets us one step closer to Type None! xoxo