Dreams in the City


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On Thursday, May 6, 2021, Dreams in the City looked a bit different than usual, as we entered everyone's home as a virtual celebration! The night was an amazing, engaging and memorable celebration; building awareness and raising necessary funds for the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI).

Hosted by co-anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning and CBS 2 News At NoonChris Wragge, the event featured performances from Broadway and beyond, specialty drinks crafted in the Splash Mixers Cocktail Lounge and Toast Vodka & IKRAA Premium Caviar After Party and, an inspiring and heartfelt tribute to Dare to Dream Honorees, The Goldberg Family. The sounds of The Jay Prince Band also did not disappoint, as they had guests dancing all night long. The magical night helped to raise close to $350,000 for the DRI, a world leader in cure-focused research with a sole mission to find a biological cure for diabetes.

If you didn't see the live broadcast, you don’t have to miss out. Watch the replay!


The event co-chairs extend much gratitude to this year’s leading sponsors including: Bruce and Roberta Waller and Family and The Inserra Family at the 50-Carat level; The Shanken Family FoundationThe Marino & Kanter Families, together with Lodi Markets and Century 21 Construction and Rachel & Bruce Siegel at the Platinum level; The Goldberg Family at the Diamond level and all of the night's event partners.

We would also like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Bruce and Roberta Waller and their entire family for their additional gift of $100,000 which was announced during the live broadcast and spurred a tremendous amount of giving. The Waller Family continues to support the Diabetes Research Institute, in honor of their daughter Dara Melnick, who was diagnosed at the age of 7 and has grown to become a strong diabetes advocate and mentor. This only solidified the family's strong commitment to find a cure since 1989, when Rowland and Sylvia Schaefer ran to support the DRI when their granddaughter Dara was first diagnosed. The DRI's Rowland and Sylvia Schaefer Building is a tribute to his dedication to the DRI's goal of a permanent cure for diabetes.

2021 DARE TO DREAM HONOREES

 We congratulate Dare to Dream honorees The Goldberg Family, and thank them tremendously for their dedication and commitment to push the needle forward towards a cure for this insidious disease.


The Goldberg Family
Amanda, Marc and Denise
Goldberg's Famous Bagels
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Hosted By:

Co-Anchor CBS 2 News This Morning and
CBS 2 News At Noon


Co-Chairs:
Samantha Shanken Baker
Peter Friedfeld
Bonnie Inserra
Meryl Lieberman
Susan Weiner

Young Professionals' Chair
Lindsey Inserra

SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OF OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS

50-CARART (PRESENTING) SPONSORS:
The Inserra Family
Roberta & Bruce Waller and Family

PLATINUM SPONSORS:
The Marino Family & The Kanter Family, together with Century 21 Construction & Lodi Markets
The Shanken Family Foundation
Rachel & Bruce Siegel

DIAMOND SPONSOR:
The Goldberg Family

GOLD SPONSORS:
Andrew Goldberg
Hackensack Meridian Health & Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation
The Raia and St. Germaine Family
Wendy Waller and The Waller Family
The Zakim Family

SILVER SPONSORS:
Peter Friedfeld & Patrick McLaughlin
Kevin J. Meyers, Managing Director - Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors
Wakefern Food Corp.

BRONZE SPONSORS:
Samantha Shanken Baker
Breakthru Beverage Group
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Katz
John and Amanda DiMeglio
Meryl Lieberman & Dr. Howard Gould
Ro Sorce
Town Title Agency, LLC.

DREAMER SPONSORS:
Brown Family Properties - Barry Brown
Diane and Bob Cohen
Heidi and Erik Crane
Diane and Larry Greenwald
Maura and Ed Mark
John Robinson
Jodi Roberts
Roseann Spevack
Ryan Turner
Mr. & Mrs. Boris Vasyl'yev
Susan Weiner

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EVENT PARTNERS

     
ENTERTAINMENT BY:   VIRTUAL PHOTO BOOTH
THE JAY PRINCE BAND  
  MEDIA PARTNERS  

 

For more information, please contact:

Amy Epstein, Director of Special Events
Diabetes Research Institute Foundation
259 W 30th Street, Suite 402
New York, NY 10001
Direct: 646-475-1572
Office: 212-888-2217
Email: aepstein@drif.org

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