Montreal's Rockin' For Research Gala raises more than $1,660,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)



    MONTREAL, Nov. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - More than 350 guests representing local
corporations and families attended the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's
(JDRF) Rockin' For Research Gala at Le Windsor Ballrooms on Wednesday,
November 14, 2007. Honouring JDRF Canada's largest donors, Christine and
Herschel Victor, guests also celebrated the first United Nations' World
Diabetes Day. Thanks to the generous support of those involved, an
unprecedented $1,660,000 was raised to help further JDRF'S mission to find a
cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.
    "It was an amazing party" announced Dr. David Kozloff, JDRF Chairman of
the Quebec region, "the commitment of our donors demonstrates the importance
of ongoing financing for major research projects that will lead to the
discovery of a cure for diabetes."
    The chic soirée started with cocktails in the dazzling Peacock alley.
After drinks and hors d'oeuvres, guests were summoned into dinner with the
percussion call of the 20-piece Montreal Rhapsody Orchestra. Dinner was a
delicious four-course meal donated by Le Piment Rouge restaurant and served to
the background lyrics of Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé and Ray Charles. Masters
of ceremony and parents of a Type 1 diabetic child, Samantha and Justin
Vineberg, gave an emotional and heartbreaking testimony of how diabetes
changed their lives forever. The microphone was then passed to Rock Fournier,
live auctioneer extraordinaire, who helped raised a remarkable $20 000 in a
live auction and $100,000 in JDRF's signature fundraising piece called the
Fund A Cure - a unique opportunity for gala patrons to help accelerate the
mission to find a cure for diabetes.
    Before guests moved for a final time into the "party" room, where they
danced to an amazing disco show performed by the High Fidelity band, honourees
Christine and Herschel Victor added a final touch to the evening by making a
very generous donation of one million dollars to JDRF bringing the evening's
total to an extraordinary $1,660,000. "Recent statistics reveal that Canada
has the third highest rate of Type 1 diabetes in the world. This is why we are
committed to raising money for cutting-edge research. By working together, we
can make a difference" explained Aviva Miller, Fundraising Coordinator at JDRF
Montreal.

    About the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada (JDRF)

    JDRF was founded in Montreal in 1974 by the parents of children living
with juvenile diabetes - a disease which strikes children suddenly, makes them
insulin-dependent for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating
complications. JDRF's mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its
complications through the support of research. Insulin is not a cure, and
research is the only answer for the 200,000 Canadians suffering from Type 1
diabetes and its complications.




For further information:

For further information: Dominique Quirion, Communication Agent, JDRF,
dquirion@jdrf.ca, (514) 744-5537, ext 231, www.jdrf.ca

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