Dreams in the City


After careful deliberation, we have made the difficult, but necessary, decision to cancel our upcoming DREAMS in the City Gala and look forward to returning in May 2021. We recognize the risk to our community and our primary focus is the health and safety of our guests, honorees and partners.

This event raises critical funding for our cure-focused research. To ensure we don’t lose momentum toward a cure—at a time when it’s needed more than ever—we encourage you to make a donation directly to research.

Thank you for your understanding and for your ongoing support of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.

To learn more about protecting yourself and your loved ones with diabetes from corona virus / COVID-19 please click here.

Our Dare to Dream Honorees

For the past 15 years, the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation has honored individuals who are dedicated to pushing the needle forward towards a cure for this insidious disease. We look forward to honoring The Goldberg Family, recipients of the Dare to Dream Award, in 2021.

The Goldberg Family

Amanda, Marc and Denise
Goldberg's Famous Bagels
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Samantha Shanken Baker
Peter Friedfeld
Bonnie Inserra
Meryl Lieberman
Susan Weiner

Young Professionals' Chair
Lindsey Inserra

Host Committee*
Lukas Benjamin*
Dawn Briggs*
Zachary Diamond*
Mia Fasanella*
April Franzino*
Amanda Goldberg*
Dr. Howard Gould
Elisabeth & Matthew Holtzer*

Larry Inserra
Lawrence Inserra, III*
Kathleen Lant
Jessica Lovett*
Sarah McLeod*
Patrick McLaughlin
Dara & Jeremy Melnick
Jennifer Ross*
Dawn & Chris Rotio*

Amy Herman-Schechter &
Matt K. Schechter*
Tracy Silverman
Donna & Ed Sirlin
Jill & Dr. Matthew Teich
Edra & Jonathan Tepper
Roberta & Bruce Waller
Wendy Waller
*Young Professionals' Committee Member

Special thanks to all of our generous sponsors*

Thank you to our 2020 and 2021 partners for their support of DREAMS in the City!

The Inserra Family
Roberta & Bruce Waller and Family

Nancy & Alan Manocherian
The Marino Family & The Kanter Family, together with Century 21 Construction and Lodi Markets
The Shanken Family Foundation
Rachel & Bruce Siegel
The Sundheim Family Foundation

The Goldberg Family
Virtus Partners

Peter Friedfeld & Patrick McLaughlin
Hackensack Meridian Health & Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation
The Raia & St. Germaine Family
The Zakim Family

EisnerAmper LLP
Meryl Lieberman and Dr. Howard Gould

Barnett Brown
Morgan Stanley/Kevin and Christine Meyers




*List in formation

Stay tuned for important updates for 2021!

Relive the Night!


Take a look at our favorite photos from last year!

DREAMS in the City 2019
Photo Credits: Marc S. Levine Photography; Bob Mitchell Photography
A full gallery of event photos can be found here.

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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