The Dream Gala

| June 2, 2017 | Parties

The Dream Gala raised $1 million for JDRF O.C.’s efforts to help the Type 1 diabetes community—and cure the disease for good.

THE PARTY There’s a reason why some 500 folks attended JDRF O.C.’s Dream Gala at The Ritz-Carlton: They sought to show their support for those who are impacted by Type 1 diabetes—and they did it by raising $1 million to fund research for a cure. THE GUESTS The Type 1 community is a close-knit group. Take co-chairs Christina Jenkins, Maria Schechter and Dick Allen; they led an affair filled with bidding (a $16,000 Birkin bag from OnQueStyle was handed off to Marie and Roger Hogan Jr. for its full value) and entertainment from magician Justin Willman (his wife, Jillian Sipkins, lives with the disease). Then there were the sponsors, like Lugano Diamonds (Jenkins donned its jewels) and Ellen Darling, who was honored alongside Tracey McCarter. THE HIGHLIGHTS That brings us to the most poignant moment: when McCarter shared how her longtime pal had been by her side from the moment daughter Charlize was diagnosed in 2009. A true friend, most certainly. -Kristen Schott

Photos by Carla Rhea and John Watkins


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