Dreams in the City


DREAMS in the City 2019

(l-r) Dreams Co-Chairs Meryl Lieberman, Susan Weiner, Bonnie Inserra & Samantha Shanken Baker and DRI Foundation CEO Alice Rodd O’Rourke flank 2019 Dare to Dream honoree, Peter Friedfeld. (Missing from picture: Young Professionals’ Chair, Lindsey Inserra)

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

On May 2, attendees filled Cipriani 25 Broadway and experienced a fabulous cocktail hour, featuring specialty drinks courtesy of TOAST Vodka and Teroforma/1PT Infusion Blends, flavorful wines highly rated by Wine Spectator, magnificent Broadway performances, a delicious dinner, followed by a dessert reception and both a successful silent auction and mission-based fundraising drive, 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.

The emotional and impactful tributes and speeches were highlights of a jam-packed evening. Also shining bright were Broadway stars, Karen Mason and Craig Schulman, accompanied by Eugene Gwozdz, who belted out showtune favorites, taking the Cipriani house down, to the delight of guests. The sounds of The Jay Prince Band also did not disappoint and had guests dancing their cares away, until the lights came on.

Event co-chairs extend much gratitude to this year’s leading sponsors including: The Inserra Family at the 50-Carat level; 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; ClearVision Optical/Peter & David Friedfeld, Melissa L. Cohn and Bill Harts, Knights of Pythias Diabetes Research Association and Virtus Partners at the Diamond level; all of the night's Gift-In-Kind sponsors and; event partners Teroforma/1PT Infusion Blends and TOAST Vodka.

Click here to learn more about our 2019 DREAMS in the City Entertainers!

Karen Mason Craig Schulman Eugene Gwozdz


Special thanks to this year's honoree:

Peter Friedfeld, Executive Vice President of ClearVision Optical 
Learn more about Peter here...

2019 Dare to Dream Award Recipient
The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation congratulates Dare to Dream Honoree, Peter Friedfeld and warmly thanks the many wonderful sponsors and friends of Dreams in the City.

Master of Ceremonies

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


This year we were thrilled to welcome back TOAST Vodka as our 2019 Vodka Sponsor. We also are proud to partner with Teroforma /1PT Infusion Blends!

Samantha Shanken Baker
Bonnie Inserra
Meryl Lieberman
Susan Weiner

Young Professionals' Chair
Lindsey Inserra

50-Carat Sponsor:
The Inserra Family

Platinum Sponsors:
The Marino Family & The Kanter Family, together with Lodi Markets & Century 21 Construction
The Shanken Family Foundation
Rachel & Bruce Siegel
Roberta & Bruce Waller and Family

Diamond Sponsors: 
ClearVision Optical/Peter & David Friedfeld
Melissa L. Cohn and Bill Harts
Knights of Pythias Diabetes Research Association, Inc.
Virtus Partners

Gold Sponsors:
Colacino Tax Partners
Mimi Friedfeld, in memory of Fred Friedfeld
Hackensack Meridian Health & Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation
The Hatz Family
Norman Needleman/Tower Labs Ltd.
PVH Corp.
The Raia & Germaine Families
Jennifer Ross & The Ross Family
Donna & Ed Sirlin
The Tonkinson Foundation

Silver Sponsors:
EisnerAmper, LLC.
Donna Gindy
The Goldberg Family
Meryl Lieberman and Dr. Howard Gould
Susan & Jay Grossman and Marissa Fuchs & Gabriel Grossman
Sam Rosenblatt & Mario Dandrea
Traub Lieberman Straus & Shewsberry LLP
Barbara & Richard Taub
Wakefern Food Corp.

Bronze Sponsors:
Breakthru Beverage Group
Liz & Eri Friedfeld-Gebaide and Doug & Cari Friedfeld and thier families
Jobson Optical Group
Karen & Bruce Lerman
Morgan Stanley/Kevin Meyers
Federic Ohm
Sequential Brands
Patricia Sumas

Mobile Bidding Sponsor:
The Inserra Family

Relive the Night!

Take a look at some highlights from the night with our recap video.
Video courtesy of: Adolfo Mena Cejas, Admenas Movies -  www.admenasmovies.com

Dreams in the News

On Sunday, April 21, 2019, we partnered with the team at KTU 103.5 FM to talk about DREAMS in the City, the Diabetes Research Institute and the work that we are doing to find a cure for diabetes on the KTU Cares Show with Bartell.

View the Event Media Loop

For more information, please contact:

Amy Epstein, Director of Special Events, Northeast Region
Diabetes Research Institute Foundation
259 West 30th Street, Suite 402
New York, NY 10001


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