17th Annual A Gift of Love...A Gift of Hope Luncheon
The ladies of the Palm Beach Auxiliary came ready to play and to support the work of the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at the sold-out 17th Annual A Gift of Love…A Gift of Hope luncheon and card party held at the exclusive St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton Monday, February 22, 2016. Event Chairs Renee Aronin, Natalie Olstein and Gloria Katz welcomed more than 300 guests to the social affair – which raised nearly $135,000 for the DRI’s cure-focused research.
Guests were treated to an afternoon of lunch, an assortment of card games, raffle prizes, and an exclusive fashion presentation from the popular Wish Apparel Boca boutique – where models roamed the room displaying the latest trends.
DRI Foundation President and CEO Joshua Rednik kicked off the afternoon’s program thanking guests for making this event a success every year. During the program, guests also got to hear from guest speaker 14-year-old Brooke Goldfarb – who has type 1 diabetes. Brooke, whose grandmother is event co-chair Natalie Olstein, gave a moving testimony about living with type 1 diabetes and how their support helps give her hope that there will be a cure for her and the millions of people affected by this difficult disease.
Following her speech, Rednik presented her and her twin sister Isabella with awards on behalf of the DRI Foundation for their fundraising efforts. The twins recently presented the DRI with a check for $3,800 after celebrating their 14th birthday by asking friends to donate money to give to the DRI in lieu of gifts. This gift was then matched by others for a total of $11,400.
There were some more surprises that afternoon, when Rednik presented co-chair Renee Aronin with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her tireless efforts and dedication to a cure over the years, and a Cycle of Discovery Award to guest and longtime DRI supporter Cookie Shapiro for her very generous donation to the DRI.
After the heartfelt moments, guests got a chance to wind down and socialize over coffee, a dessert buffet and games of Canasta, Mah Jong and more.
The Palm Beach Auxiliary has raised more than $700,000 for the DRI since its founding in 1998. New members are always welcome, and those living in Palm Beach County who are interested in joining are encouraged to call the DRI Foundation at 800-321-3437.