Friday, August 11, 2017


Our online auction to benefit JDRF is live now and closes on Saturday, August 19 at midnight! We have so many great items up for auction this year – from a helicopter tour of Chicago and Ferris wheel rides to tickets to some of the best shows in town! To view a full list of items, please click HERE.
We only have $2,500 more to raise to meet our goal before our sixth annual JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes in Loveland, Colorado on August 26. It's hard to believe that it's just two weeks away! We are so happy to share with you that we have raised over $60,000 to date for the past five years of cycling with JDRF. Much of this is from our annual fundraiser at Lagunitas Brewing Company, which we could not put on without your support! These funds have directly contributed to milestone advancements in medical technology, including the artificial pancreas, which is now available for purchase by some manufacturing companies. We are looking forward to the day when Bella can get one! It will help keep her healthier and make her diabetes easier to manage while continuing to search for a cure.
We have an ever-growing "squad" of riders, and this year are so lucky to be riding with our immediate family, Bella's boyfriend, Jack, and our good friends the Osborne-O'Hagan's and Hart's. Having friends and family to ride with makes the journey that much more fun and supported! But it does mean that we need to raise even more money. Also, this year, we have upped the ante and are riding in Loveland, Colorado. While this will be an even more challenging course than we are used to, we know the scenery will make it all worth it!
Please consider contributing to our JDRF Ride fund and helping not only get to the finish line of the race, but to the finish line of finding a cure for type one diabetes. We are constantly thinking about ways to raise more money and be able to support Bella and millions of other type one diabetics worldwide. But we can't do it without you!
You can also donate directly to our Ride to Cure Diabetes page HERE.
Every little bit counts! If you have already contributed to our page, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Carol, Howie, Bella, and Alex

Auction items include:
  • Joffrey Ballet's Premiere of Giselle - Two (2) Tickets
  • Helicopter Tour of Chicago - $100 Gift Certificate for Any Tour
  • Willis Tower Skydeck Ledge - Four (4) Passes
  • Painting by Mason Pott
  • Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds (2) Bleacher Seats
  • Les Misérables at Broadway in Chicago - Two (2) Tickets on October 12, 2017 at 7:30PM
  • TILT at 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck (John Hancock Center) - Family 4-Pack of Tickets
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Winter Series (December 7-10, 2017) - Two (2) Tickets
  • Navy Pier's Centenniel Wheel VIP Gondola Ride for Two (2)
  • EXPO CHICAGO VIP Experience Admission for Two (2)
  • Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. Tour - Four (4) Passes
  • Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. Tour - Four (4) Passes
  • Canopy Buffet at Rivers Casino Des Plaines - Four (4) Vouchers
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - Two Tickets (2) at the Auditorium Theatre on Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • Chicago Sinfonietta 2017-18 Concert - Two (2) Tickets
  • Comedy Night at Zanie's - Six (6) Passes Comedy Night at Zanie's - Six (6) Passes
  • Comedy Night at Zanie's - Six (6) Passes Comedy Night at Zanie's - Six (6) Passes
  • Comedy Night at Zanie's - $50 Gift Card
  • Gene Siskel Film Center Dual Membership for One Year

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