Jill Viner’s personal connection to the Diabetes Research Institute dates back several decades. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, and during her years in college, she attended the Love and Hope Ball with her parents. The family’s interest in supporting type 1 diabetes research was sparked when Jill’s brother, Craig Silver, was diagnosed with the disease as a child.
Jill has continued to champion the cause, and finding a cure for diabetes has become her top priority. She has become a major supporter of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF).
Not only is Jill a contributor, she has helped steer other donations to the DRI. A few years ago, she was honored by Chanel and Saks Fifth Avenue at an elegant luncheon and fashion show held at the Boca Raton Resort. Jill was instrumental in having the Diabetes Research Institute named as the beneficiary of this successful event. She also underwrote all of the expenses, to channel the maximum proceeds to the organization.
Jill also hosted more than 300 people in her Hamptons home to raise awareness and funds for the DRI. She engaged top Miami event planner, Barton G., to produce a spectacular evening of food and drink, complete with a concert by Patti LaBelle. Jill Viner and her good friend, Barton G., underwrote the entire cost so that all of the money raised would benefit the DRI. The following summer, they hosted another "Evening Under the Stars," and this time Diana Ross performed.
Jill is also involved with Love and Hope. She has served as an honoree of the Ball for the past few years.