1st Annual Del Mar Dance for Diabetes.

Feel the ocean breeze as you enjoy delectable food, an open bar and dancing under the stars to live music at the first annual Del Mar Dance for Diabetes on Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Del Mar Plaza. The event is hosted by the Diabetes Research Connection (DRC) and will feature music and dancing from Encore Event Entertainment, including a fun silent dance party to close the night.

Prominent local restaurants such as Pacifica Del Mar, Il Fornaio, Sbicca, Shimbashi Izakaya, Rendezvous and Cardiff Beach Bar at Tower 13 will be serving food. Young’s Market Company is providing an open bar to all attendees. Viewpoint Brewing Co. will be serving their local brews.

Tickets include valet parking, live entertainment, food, an open bar and the silent dance party. This event will raise necessary funds to support DRC’s mission. Established in 2012 as a nonprofit organization by David Winkler and Dr. Alberto Hayek, its mission is to connect donors with early-career scientists enabling them to perform peer-reviewed, novel research designed to prevent and cure type 1 diabetes (T1D), minimize its complications and improve the quality of life for those living with the disease.

Over one million adults and 200,000 children living in America have type 1 diabetes, with more than 40,000 people diagnosed annually. Despite its prevalence, funding for diabetes research is declining. DRC helps to solve this problem by creating a sustainable source of funding, allowing next-generation scientists to pursue innovative ways of curing the disease. The best part is the community chooses which projects to support and 100% of donations designated for research goes directly to the scientist’s lab.

The mission is personal to co-founder and Board Chair, David Winkler, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age six and was not expected to live past 30. “This event serves as a way for all of us to connect, have fun and support a cause that is funding promising new research that may one day lead to a cure,” Winkler shared with Giving Back Magazine.

Sherry Berman Ahern is the Event Chair and mother of a type 1 diabetic for the last 18 years. Along with her husband Kevin, they have been involved with DRC since its inception. “Please join us for a fun party, dancing outside under the stars overlooking the waves in Del Mar. Enjoy delicious gourmet food, delectable desserts and open bars. Come early and bid on our silent action deals. Help us fund the cure,” says Ahern.

Steve and Lisa Altman will be serving as honorary chairs this year. “As parents of two children with type 1, you always worry, and it is never easy. Even though they are adults, it is a constant presence in our lives. We are exploring every route towards a cure and are grateful for the good work being done by DRC,” says Lisa Altman.

It takes a community to connect for a cure! For tickets and more information, visit www.DiabetesResearchConnection.org/DanceforDiabetes or call (844) 484-3372.