Raleigh Business Leaders Team Up for 12th Annual Type 1 Diabetes Event

Bob and Penny Barnhill to be Honored at JDRF’s Hope Gala on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

Raleigh, NC, April 10, 2015 --(PR.com)-- The Triangle/Eastern NC Chapter of JDRF, the leading research and advocacy organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, has announced that the 2015 Hope Gala will be held Saturday, April 11 at 6 p.m. at North Ridge Country Club, located at 6612 Falls of Neuse Road. The theme of the 12th annual event will be “Hope Lights The Way.”

At the black tie event, more than 450 friends and supporters of JDRF, including the Triangle’s top philanthropic and corporate leaders, will celebrate the organization’s work, mission, donors, volunteers, and most importantly, the lives improved and the research advancements funded last year. The gala will include a cocktail reception; a multi-course dinner; silent and live auctions; and JDRF’s signature “Fund A Cure” program, in which 100% of donations go to JDRF research. Diane Adams, Chief People Officer at Qlik and member of the JDRF International Board of Directors, will serve as the gala’s co-chair, along with daughter Kristen Adams Thompson. Debra Morgan, WRAL-TV anchor, will emcee the event.

Proceeds from the event will go towards research and treatments of T1D. Last year, JDRF black-tie events nation-wide raised over $56 million. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $568 million in scientific research in 17 countries. Much of that funding came back to support projects at local universities. Since 2000, JDRF has given more than $17 million to fund studies at Duke University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University.

Each year, the Hope Gala Living & Giving Award is given in recognition of outstanding leadership by an individual, family or organization whose determination and tenacious efforts have championed JDRF’s mission. This year, the award will be presented to Bob and Penny Barnhill. Bob is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Barnhill Contracting Company, the company founded by his father in 1949. Barnhill is recognized as one of the leading construction companies in the Southeast and is consistently ranked among one of the Top 400 Contractors in the US by Engineering News-Record.

Bob and Penny have been married for 48 years and live in Tarboro, North Carolina. They have three children and 12 grandchildren. Their oldest grandson, Robert, was diagnosed with T1D in 2004, so this disease has touched their family personally. They are proud to partner with JDRF as the foundation continues to fund significant research and scientific advancements to find a cure for T1D.

For more information about the gala or to purchase tickets, please visit https://jdrf-triangle.ejoinme.org/HopeGala2015.

“Surpassing $5.5 million since the gala’s inaugural year in 2003, the Hope Gala has grown from its humble beginnings into one of the Triangle’s most prestigious charity events through the dedication of our generous donors, volunteers and partners,” said Adams. “I am honored to serve as this year’s gala chair, and I am excited to celebrate with my fellow JDRF supporters in what is sure to be a wonderful evening for a cause that is close to my heart.”

“This gala presents the perfect opportunity to celebrate JDRF’s achievements in the Triangle over the past year,” said Chris LaTurno, JDRF Incoming Executive Director. “We are so thankful for all those who have contributed their time, energy and money towards helping us improve the lives of those individuals and families living with type 1 diabetes.”

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About Type 1 diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that impacts millions of people around the world. The disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, a hormone essential to turning food into energy. Without insulin, glucose from food stays in the blood, where it can cause serious damage to all of the body’s organ systems. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure.

About JDRF:
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on 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 bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $568 million in charitable research in 17 countries. For more information, please visit jdrf.org.
Kelly Crupi