DREAMS in the City

DREAMS in the City


2018 Dreams in the City

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Feelings of hope and inspiration filled the air at DREAMS in the City when hundreds dug into their hearts and pockets sharing their personal connections with diabetes and their belief in the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) and a diabetes cure.

On May 3, attendees filled Cipriani 25 Broadway and experienced a fabulous cocktail hour featuring specialty drinks, flavorful wines highly rated by Wine Spectator, magnificent Broadway performances, a delicious dinner and successful live and silent auctions, all hosted by CBS2 News Anchor, Chris Wragge. The magical night helped to raise more than half a million dollars for the DRI, a world leader in cure-focused research with a sole mission to find a biological cure for diabetes.

DREAMS in the City Young Professional’s Chair Lindsey Inserra-Hughes contributed to the engaging and welcoming family feel to the night with a heartfelt and honest speech about living with type 1 diabetes and shared the story of how she met the night’s Dare to Dream honoree and Be Mixed Co-founder Jennifer Ross before introducing her.

“Jennifer is a superstar in every way, excelling in education, business and her bravery with living with type 1 diabetes,” said Inserra-Hughes, who welcomed Ross to the DRI family. “The baton has been passed to us from our parents and it is now our turn to be the voices and advocates that help raise the much-needed money for diabetes research. The advances at the DRI are extremely exciting but we have to make sure we keep at this until one day we have a cure and this event becomes a big party.”

Gleaming with excitement, Ross enjoyed every moment at DREAMS in the City and shared her story of perseverance with having type 1 diabetes, family support and hope for a cure.

“It was such a wonderful and special evening to be surrounded by my friends, family and the whole DRI community,” said Ross, who was diagnosed at age 6. “It was Be Mixed that brought me to Lindsey through the Inserra Supermarkets, who then introduced me to DRI. I feel so lucky to have gained, not only a new business partnership, but also a friend in Lindsey. Thank you Lindsey for helping me get involved in this wonderful organization who is helping make my, my sisters and many other’s ultimate dream of living in world without diabetes a reality.”

The dream for a cure is also passionately shared by event Co-Chairs Samantha Shanken Baker, Bonnie Inserra, Meryl Lieberman, and Susan Weiner who through this annual event have raised nearly $6 million to help find a biological cure for diabetes.

The night’s speeches were a highlight and also shining bright were Broadway stars Melody Betts, Micaela Diamond, Conor Ryan and Syndee Winters who all belted out some show tune favorites taking the Cipriani house down to the delight of guests. The sounds of Jay Prince Band also did not disappoint and had people dancing until the lights came on.

Event co-chairs extend much gratitude to this year’s leading sponsors include The Inserra Family at the 50-Carat level; Stacy Joy Goodman Memorial Foundation, Be Mixed, The Shanken Family Foundation, The Marino & Kanter Families, together with Lodi Markets and Century 21 Construction, Rachel & Bruce Siegel and Bruce & Roberta Waller and Family at the Platinum level; Lisa & Jeff Blau, Meryl Lieberman & Dr. Howard Gould and Mallory Buchmann, Stephen M. Ross – Related Companies and Donna & Ed Sirlin at the Diamond level. In-Kind sponsors, Isabella Garrucho Fine Art and TOAST Vodka joined the evening’s festivities as well.

For the full listing of sponsors and committee members, please see below for event program.

Dreams in the News

Special thanks to this year's honoree:
Jennifer Ross, Co-Founder of Be Mixed
Learn more about Jennifer here...

Dare to Dream Award Recipient

Thank you to our special live performances by some of Broadway’s brightest stars, hot off NBC’s recent hit, “Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert”!

Melody Betts
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Micaela Diamond
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Conor Ryan
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Syndee Winters
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Master of Ceremonies

Chris Wragge
Co-anchor, CBS 2 News This Morning and CBS 2 News at Noon

This year we are proud to partner with Isabella Garrucho Fine Art!!!  
To learn more about this partnership, click here!
          Cheers to Toast Vodka!!!
Our Vodka Sponsor for Dreams in the City 2018

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