18th Annual A Gift of Love...A Gift of Hope Luncheon
The ladies of the Palm Beach Auxiliary came ready to shop, lunch and play for a great cause at the sold-out A Gift of Love...A Gift of Hope luncheon and card party at the Polo Club of Boca Raton Monday February 27, 2017. Led by philanthropists and Chairwomen Renee Aronin, Natalie Olstein and Gloria Katz - all whom have had a loved one personally affected by type 1 diabetes - the event raised $130,000 for the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI)'s work to cure the disease.
After attendees browsed and purchased some of the latest fashions from more than a dozen local boutique vendors, the chairwomen introduced DRI Foundation Senior Vice President Lori Weintraub - who thanked everyone involved for their support and contribution toward helping DRI scientists get closer to reaching a biological cure for diabetes. She then introduced Randi Fibus-Caster, a Boca-based DRI supporter who has lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 50 years, but has been insulin free since receiving an islet cell transplant at the DRI years ago.
Weintraub then called up guest speaker 11-year-old local singer Emily Kaufman - who also has type 1 diabetes. She gave a moving testimony about living with the difficult disease and then wowed the audience with a rendition of Barbara Streisand's song "Don't Rain on My Parade" - which inspired a standing ovation from the room. After Emily's powerhouse performance, more than 70 raffle winners were called and received great prizes, including the grand prize winner of a diamond necklace. All items were generously donated by vendors, sponsors and supporters.
The ladies then socialized over coffee, a dessert buffet and various card games including Canasta, Mah Jong and more.