BY EMILY BASTAROLI
PHOTOGRAPHS BY LINDSAY DILL

Dressed in their best black-tie attire, 750 guests joined the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of JDRF (formerly known as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) for its 22nd Annual Rainbow Gala. This year, the event honored Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney II and raised more than $1.8 million. Through research, the chapter’s mission is to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes and its complications. Event planner Shelly Tolo decorated the Westin Convention Center Hotel ballroom with platinum and plum accents to create an elegant and intimate setting. During cocktail hour, guests participated in the silent auction, which included more than 300 items. A dinner of Steelhead trout and filet followed, along with dancing to the music of Cityscape. Next up was a live auction, during which a glass mosaic depicting Heinz Field and the Pittsburgh skyline sold for $22,000. The final portion of the auction, Fund A Cure, ended the evening on a high note, raising a total of $717,000 alone! Says JDRF Western Chapter Development Manager MC Houser, “We exceeded [our goal] by $150,000, which goes to show the generosity and support of the Pittsburgh community for finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes.”


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