May 5, 2017

MGM Grand Detroit

6:30 pm - 11:00 pm


Presented by The Metro Detroit & Southeast Michigan Chapter of JDRF


The 32nd Annual JDRF Promise Ball will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017 to raise funds for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The evening’s festivities begin with a lively cocktail reception followed by a sit down dinner. Guests will then have an opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind live auction packages and support our “auction of passion” that we call Fund A Cure. All Fund A Cure donations are 100% tax deductible and directly support JDRF research. The evening concludes with live music and dancing.


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with JDRF and help turn type one into type none!



Patron Ticket

$300 each

Includes cocktails, dinner

and entertainment.


Patron Table of 10 Guests


Includes cocktails, dinner

and entertainment.


Benefactor Ticket

$400 each

Includes cocktails, dinner, entertainment, and name listed

as Research Benefactor on

signage at event.


Benefactor Table of 10 Guests


Includes cocktails, dinner, entertainment, and name listed

as Research Benefactor on

signage at event.


MGM Grand Detroit‎

1777 Third Street

Detroit, MI 48226

(877) 888-2121




To view photos from the

JDRF 2016 Detroit Promise Ball




May 5, 2017


6:30 - 7:30pm  • Grand Foyer

Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres

Mariachi Music & More


7:45pm • Grand Ballroom


Jane Jospey Cobb Promise Award


8:15pm • Grand Ballroom


Live Auction

Fund A Cure



Event ends 11:00pm


Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Sponsorship levels range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Contact Susan Kossik at (248) 936-1281 or for sponsorship opportunities.


Foley & Lardner LLP

ITC Holdings Corp.

Lear Corporation

Lilly Diabetes

MGM Grand Detroit

MSX International

Richard and Jane

Manoogian Foundation

BMW of North America, LLC

Barton Malow Company Foundation

Beaumont Children’s

Bodman PLC

Cambridge Consulting Group

Detroit Auto Dealers Association

Eastern Michigan Kenworth

Financial Concepts Inc.

Ghafari Associates, LLC

Grant Thornton, LLP

Henry Ford Health System

Ilitch Holdings, Inc.

Marketing Associates

MiraMed Global Services


Pentastar Aviation

Rush Group

Wolverine Solutions Group





At the Promise Ball there will be a moment after the live auction when the room is stilled and the story of hope unfolds; we call this special time our Fund A Cure. During this time, guests will have the opportunity to donate directly to research and fund the science that will one day transform the lives of our family members and friends with type 1 diabetes. If you cannot attend the event, you still have the opportunity to support JDRF. 100% of your Fund A Cure donation goes to JDRF research.



On March 15, Douglas Lowenstein provided Promise Ball supporters an update on JDRF’s exciting research progress and how your Promise Ball sponsorship dollars and individual donations are hard at work fighting type 1 diabetes.


Click play to listen to the audio recording of Douglas’ presentation. >>


About Douglas: Douglas Lowenstein has had a career as a journalist, a U.S. Senate staffer, and the founding CEO of trade associations for video game and private equity industries.  He has been involved with JDRF since his daughter was diagnosed in 2001 at age 14.  He serves on the JDRF International Board, the Research and Development Committees, and the Board of the Center for Democracy and Technology.  Lowenstein has worked on a rage of projects for JDRF involving public affairs and grassroots campaigns and marketing and communications programs and materials.  Most recently, he led a year-long strategic plan process leading to adoption of a five year JDRF mission and organization strategic plan.


This year’s silent auction is taking place online! You can start bidding from the comfort of your own home now through Sunday, May 7. The auction has something for everyone! You could win sporting event tickets, concert tickets, autographed memorabilia, spa packages, golf experiences, jewelry, and much more!


Bidding stations will be available at the Promise Ball. Be sure to set-up your account and place your bids!


Join our online auction.


To be announced soon!


The Jane Jospey Cobb Promise Award is bestowed to individuals who have distinguished themselves in advancing the mission of JDRF through their support of research and research related education.


We are pleased to recognize the following past recipients who have received this honor:


2016: Grant & Sue Beard

2015: Cynthia Ford

          (Lifetime Achievement Award)

2014: Marvin & Lauren Daitch

2013: Tom & Jackie McInerney

2012: Ron & Carol Dooley

2011: Tim & Jean Jennings

2010: Mrs. Rita C. Haddow

          Dr. Fred Whitehouse

         (Lifetime Achievement Award)

2009: Mr. Martin Shoushanian

2008: Cynthia & Edsel B. Ford II

2007: Mr. Jim Queen

2006: David & Jennifer Fischer

2005: Mr. Jack Haire

2004: Mr. James A. Hiller






    History of the

    Jane Jospey Cobb Award


    Jane was one of the founding members and past board president of the Metro Detroit Chapter. Jane died in 1997 at the age of 53 from diabetes complications. Diagnosed with type 1 at the age of 20 month, she lost her sight at age 23. Jane has two adopted daughters, Allison and Anne, and was married to Robert Cobb.


    Jane was a graduate of the University of Michigan. She was a dynamic individual with a terrific memory, mathematically inclined and always ready to learn something new. She enjoyed all the gadgets that had been developed to assist the blind in their daily living.


    She opened a boutique in the Somerset Mall specializing in travel items. Later she operated a specialty upscale gift basket store in the Prudential Town Center. In her late forties, Jane became a student in Detroit Receiving Hospital’s Visually Handicapped Services Program. She was anticipating going back to school to earn a Master’s degree in English and Psychology and wanted to be up-to-date in the latest technology available to assist the blind. Jane died before she could realize these goals.


    This award is in memory of Jane L. Jospey Cobb, a founding member of the JDRF-Metro Detroit & S.E. MI Chapter who, through her outstanding service, enabled the chapter to raise millions of dollars for diabetes research. She is remembered as a courageous woman whose remarkable dedication, passion for research and indomitable spirit continue to be an inspiration to all.




Sandy Pierce

Chairman, Huntington-Michigan



2015 Mr. & Mrs. Edsel B. Ford ll


2014 Tony & Sue Mira (Mirafzali)

MiraMed Global Services, President & CEO


2013 Mike Fezzey

Huntington National Bank Executive Vice President, Regional President, East Michigan & wife Suzy Fezzey

2012 Mark Fields

Ford Motor Company President of Americas

& wife Jane Fields


2011 Mark Reuss

President, GM North America

& wife Kim Reuss


2010 Jim Schwartz

Detroit Lions Head Coach

& wife Kathy Schwartz


             GALA COMMITTEE


Corporate Sponsorship

& Audience Development

Eric Dietz

Matt Jaeger

Susan Kossik

Mike McNutt

Cristina Recchia

Don Smith


Public Relations

& Marketing

Karen Dzierwa

Linda Pellegrino


Design & Theme

Janice Cherkasky

Karen Dzierwa

Linda Pellegrino

Marty Shoushanian

Amy Soczewa






If you are interested in joining a committee please contact:

Susan Kossik, Associate Executive Director

at 248-936-1281 or


We welcome your talents!


Jessica Bazner

Laura Halik

Randall Hutchinson

Connie Szymczak


Fund A Cure

Estelle & Phil Elkus

Susan Kossik



Shannon Lawlis

Roxanne Perry

Susan Kossik


Event Logistics

Janice Cherkasky

Randall Hutchinson

Paul James

Deb Kanter



Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone people need to get energy from food. T1D strikes both children and adults at any age and suddenly. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. Though T1D’s causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers play a role. There is currently nothing you can do to prevent it, and there is no cure.

Life with T1D

Living with T1D is a constant balancing act. People with T1D must regularly monitor their blood-sugar level, inject or continually infuse insulin through a pump, and carefully balance their insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night. Take advantage of JDRF T1D resources and support.


Ask people who have T1D, and they will tell you: it’s difficult. It’s upsetting. It’s life threatening. It never goes away. But at the same time, people with T1D serve as an inspiration by facing the disease’s challenges with courage and perseverance, and they don’t let it stand in the way of achieving their goals.


“Both children and adults like me who live with type 1 diabetes need to be mathematicians, physicians, personal trainers, and dietitians all rolled into one. We need to be constantly factoring and adjusting, making frequent finger sticks to check blood sugars, and giving ourselves multiple daily insulin injections just to stay alive.”

— JDRF International Chairman, Mary Tyler Moore


“It is a 24/7/365 job. We never get to relax and forget about food, whether we’ve exercised too much or too little, insulin injections, blood-sugar testing, or the impact of stress, a cold, a sunburn, and on and on. So many things make each day a risky venture when you live with T1D.”

— Mary Vonnegut, adult, Rhode Island


“Unlike other kids, I have to check my blood sugar 8 to 10 times a day; everything I eat is measured and every carbohydrate counted. My kit goes with me everywhere I go … Too much exercise or not eating all my food can be dangerous. I think I’m too young to have to worry about all this stuff.”

— Jonathan Platt, 8, California





“It controls your life in ways that someone without it doesn’t even see. For me, the worst part of living with T1D is the fear that my three children or their children might develop the disease.”

— Nicky Hider, adult, New York


Insulin is not a cure

While people with T1D rely on insulin therapy to control their blood sugar, insulin is not a cure nor does it prevent the possibility of the disease’s serious side effects. Even with intensive disease management, a significant portion of their day is still spent with high or low blood-sugar levels, placing people with T1D at risk for devastating complications such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputation.


Warning Signs

Warning signs of T1D may occur suddenly and can include:

• Extreme thirst

• Frequent urination

• Drowsiness or lethargy

• Increased appetite

• Sudden weight loss

• Sudden vision changes

• Sugar in the urine

• Fruity odor on the breath

• Heavy or labored breathing

• Stupor or unconsciousness


The Outlook for Treatments and a Cure

Although T1D is a serious and difficult disease, treatment options are improving all the time, and people with T1D can lead full and active lives. JDRF is driving research to progressively remove the impact of the disease from people’s lives until we ultimately achieve a world without T1D.



JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our strength lies in our exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D.


Vision: A world without type 1 diabetes

Mission: Accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications


Why we fight type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent it. And, at present, there is no cure.


In T1D, your pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone the body needs to get energy from food. This means a process your body does naturally and automatically becomes something that now requires your daily attention and manual intervention. If you have T1D, you must constantly monitor your blood-sugar level, inject or infuse insulin through a pump, and carefully balance these insulin doses with your eating and activity throughout the day and night.


However, insulin is not a cure for diabetes. Even with the most vigilant disease management, a significant portion of your day will be spent with either high or low blood-sugar levels. These fluctuations place people with T1D at risk for potentially life-threatening hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic episodes as well as devastating long-term complications such as kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, blindness and amputation.


JDRF wants a world without T1D

JDRF works every day to change the reality of this disease for millions of people—and to prevent anyone else from ever knowing it—by funding research, advocating for government support of research and new therapies, ensuring new therapies come to market and connecting and engaging the T1D community. Founded by parents determined to find a cure for their children with T1D, JDRF expanded through grassroots fundraising and advocacy efforts to become a powerhouse in the scientific community with more than 100 U.S. locations and six international affiliates. We’ve funded nearly $2 billion in research to date and made significant progress in understanding and fighting the disease. We must keep up the pace of funding so progress doesn’t slow or stop entirely.


You’re the reason for our success.

Every dollar we put toward research comes from donations. So when you support JDRF with your time, talent, voice and, yes, your money, you enable us to advance even more research.


There are many ways to join the JDRF family, but for 45 years there has been only one reason—because we are the organization that will turn Type One into Type None.



For information on how to get involved,

please contact:


Jessica Bazner

JDRF Metro Detroit &

Southeast Michigan Chapter

24359 Northwestern Hwy.

Suite 125

Southfield, MI 48075


Phone: 248-936-1290

Fax: 248-355-1188

 Email: jessica Bazner

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