An elegant event featuring a spectacular runway fashion presentation by Donna Karan was held on November 7th at the Garden City Hotel in support of the Diabetes Research Institute . A packed house of stylish attendees were treated to the unveiling of the understated sophistication of the new Donna Karan New York collection and a full afternoon of fabulous food and a special auction. Hal Rubenstein, InStyle Editor–at-Large served as the charming and jovial Master of Ceremonies.
The event helped raise $180,000 for Type 1 research, which is the more severe form of diabetes.Type 1, or insulin-dependent diabetes is sometimes called “juvenile” diabetes, because it usually develops in children and teenagers though it can develop at any age. This fundraising continues a history of support from Long Island that has raised a total of more than $3 million for the DRIF.
The heads of this philanthropic endavor this year included Co-Chairs Fran Helfant, Korey Liebman and Eileen Zinn. Long-time DRI activist Barbara Hatz was the event’s Honorary Chair. Co-chair Bruce Siegel and member of the DRIF Northeast Region Board of Directors welcomed the stylish crowd and thanked them for their participation and support. Dedicated diabetes activist Doreen Peykar was recognized as the first Distinguished Service Award Recipient and gratefully accepted her award from Acting CEO and President of the DRIF Deborah Chodrow and Executive Committee and Honorary Chair Barbara Hatz. The inaugural award was given to Doreen because she has dedicated years to help support the luncheon. Co-chairs Fran Helfant, Korey Liebman and Eileen Zinn were thanked along with the entire committee. The luncheon raised approximately $180,000 for the DRI.
Diabetes Research Institute offers a variety of individual and group diabetes education programs, taught by an expert team of certified diabetes educators, nutrition specialists and physicians ta the Kosow Diabetes Treatment Center in the Diabetes Research Institute on the first floor of The Esformes Family Pavilion. To join the DRInsider community, and for more information, click here.