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Photos: DIA-BEAT-IT GALA 2017


Montreal (Quebec), November 19, 2017, – The JDRF Canada DIA-BEAT-IT Gala held last Thursday, November 16th, at the beautiful St-James Theater, was an outstanding success allowing JDRF to raise
$515,000 to accelerate the pace of research that will lead to curing, better treating and preventing type 1 diabetes (T1D), a disease that affects more than 300,000 Canadians

The event honored Réjean Tremblay, Chief Commercial Office, Canada and Market Director, East, at Aon Hewitt Canada who himself lives with type 1 diabetes. “It was with great pleasure that I agreed to be the honorary president of the DIA-BEAT-IT Gala being held by JDRF. This cause is very dear to my heart, as I have type 1 diabetes myself. Through the years, I have seen great changes in the various treatment methods for diabetes, and I’m particularly inspired by the progress accomplished so far. Every day, my quality of life gets better because of advances made by research. Your support will enable us to continue exerting a significant impact on the lives of people living with type 1 diabetes. That’s why I’ve been actively involved with the JDRF for several years,” declared Réjean Tremblay.

Hosted by Luisa Sassano and Ezio Carosielli at the magnificient St-James Theatre, the event welcomed more than 350 guests dressed in their finest attire. The evening began with a cocktail followed by a delicious meal prepared by Buonanotte Traiteur and paired with excellent wine selected by the SAQ sommelier. Entertained by Natasha Gargiulo and Joe Cacchione, guests were invited to take part in several fundraising activities, including a prestigious draw, a silent auction, a live auction and the traditional Fund a cure program. Finally the dance floor opened at 9:30pm to the rhythms of the Montreal Rhapsody Orchestra band.

A special thank you!

Our most sincere thanks to Mrs. Luisa Sassano for her dedication and time commitment in making the JDRF DIA-BEAT-IT Gala a wonderful, sumptuous and successful evening at the St-James Theater.

About JDRF Canada

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. Our goal is to raise funds to support the most advanced international type one diabetes research and progressively remove the impact of this disease from people’s lives – until we achieve a world without type 1 diabetes. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure type 1 diabetes. JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of type 1 diabetes research. For more information, please visit jdrf.ca.