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SOCIETY SIGHTINGS photography by ivan saul cutler , lynn donovan , marshall hurley

JDRF Hope Gala
Last summer , JDRF Piedmont Triad volunteers envisioned 1,000 Gala guests gathering at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro in February 2022 . They named the event the Hope Soars Gala to recognize a community ready to spread its wings after the pandemic . But then the Omicron variant hit .
So JDRF shifted gears and mounted a hybrid gala with 500 inperson guests and 500 watching online . The livestream began with a parade led by North Carolina A & T State University ’ s Cold Steel Drumline . Erskine Bowles – architect of the special diabetes program that has funded nearly $ 3.5 billion in type 1
diabetes ( T1D ) research since 1997 — received the Senator Kay Hagan Awareness & Advocacy Award .
Long-time volunteer John Bate received the Gala Champion Award . Laurie and Dr . Norman Regal , whose son Andrew was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 18 months , received the 2022 Living & Giving Award .
“ Hope Soars ” was a perfect description of the evening , with $ 1.25 million ( and counting ) raised for T1D research .
— by Eleanor Schaffner-Mosh , JDRF Piedmont Triad market director
Eleanor Schaffner-Mosh , John Bate & Jason Bush
Susan & Paul Mowery
John Ellison , Misty McCall , Kerrie Ellison , Bradshaw Orrell & Jonas Drees
Kim Hayes & Tahe Fulton Laurie & Norm Regal
Rob Simon , Dr . Nancy Rosenthal & Kerrie Orrell Ellison
Emcees Neill McNeill & Natalie Wilson
Taylor Mowery Davis & Emma Saunders
Katie Rossabi , Wendy Calloway & Alejandra Thompson
Henry Fyre , Shirley Fyre , Erskine Bowles , Carrie Hagan Stewart & Chip Hagan
Grace McPhail , Layne Maggard , Emerie Hilton & Andrew Regal
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