BeatT1Dmania hits the 31st Annual JDRF Promise Ball, May 6, 2016!
 Featuring a performance by The Beat Club America's Finest Beatles Tribute Band BeatT1Dmania hits the 31st Annual JDRF Promise Ball, May 6, 2016!
 Featuring a performance by The Beat Club America's Finest Beatles Tribute Band

Platinum Sponsor


Grant and Sue Beard


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:


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

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





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




Corporate Sponsorship

Eric Dietz
Matt Jaeger

Susan Kossik


Audience Development

Eric Dietz

Liz Morrissey
Cristina Recchia

Don Smith


Public Relations and Marketing

Karen Dzierwa

Linda Pellegrino



Janice Cherkasky

Linda Pellegrino



Lia Benn

Mandy Esper

Laura Halik

Lynda Hojnacki

Randall Lawrence

Connie Szymczak


Fund A Cure

Kate Durak

Estelle & Phil Elkus

Susan Kossik



Shannon Lawlis

Chris & Roxanne Perry

Susan Kossik


Event Logistics

Janice Cherkasky

Paul James

Deb Kanter

Randall Lawrence



Janice Cherkasky

Karen Dzierwa

Linda Pellegrino

Amy Soczewa


Advertising Book

Estelle & Phil Elkus

Allan (Geli) Gelfond

Randall Lawrence

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!

  • What is T1D?

    Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and—at present—nothing you can do to get rid of it.

  • Does T1D affect children and adults?

    T1D strikes both children and adults at any age. It comes on suddenly, causes dependence on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications.


  • Does T1D needs constant attention?

    Living with T1D is a constant challenge. People with the disease must carefully balance insulin doses (either by injections multiple times a day or continuous infusion through a pump) with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night. They must also test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood six or more times a day. Despite this constant attention, people with T1D still run the risk of dangerous high or low blood sugar levels, both of which can be life-threatening. People with T1D overcome these challenges on a daily basis.


  • Is T1D cured by Insulin?

    While insulin injections or infusion allow a person with T1D to stay alive, they do not cure the disease, nor do they necessarily prevent the possibility of the disease’s serious effects, which may include: kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, amputations, heart attack, stroke, and pregnancy complications.


  • Can I live with T1D?

    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 improve the technology people with T1D use to monitor blood sugar levels and deliver the proper doses of insulin, as well as research that will ultimately deliver a cure.

  • What are some statistics about T1D?

    • 1.25M Americans are living with T1D including about

      200,000 youth (less than 20 years old) and over a

      million adults (20 years old and older) 1, 2, 5


    • 40,000 people are diagnosed each year in the U.S. 1, 2


    • 5 million people in the U.S. are expected to have T1D

      by 2050, including nearly 600,000 youth 2, 3


    • Between 2001 and 2009 there was a 21% increase

      in the prevalence of T1D in people under age 20 3


    • $14B T1D-associated annual healthcare costs in

      the U.S.


    • Less than one-third of people with T1D in the U.S.

      are achieving target blood glucose control levels 4


    • T1D is associated with an estimated loss of life-

      expectancy of up to 13 years 5


    1. CDC National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014

    2. Impreatore, et al. 2012. Diab Care 35: 2515-2520

    3. Dabelea, et al. 2014. JAMA 311: 1778-1786

    4. T1D exchange data

    5. Jama 2015; 313(1):1-9)

  • What are the warning signs of T1D?

    Warning signs of T1D may occur suddenly and 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


  • What is it like to have T1D?

    Ask people who have type 1 diabetes, 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 don’t let it stand in the way of achieving their goals.


    “Both children and adults like me who live with type 1 diabetes(T1D) need to be mathematicians, physicians, personal trainers, and dieticians 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.”

    — Mary Tyler Moore, JDRF International Chairman


    “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



Tell Me Why... Type 1 Diabetes FAQ


    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.


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.




6:30 - 7:30pm

Grand Foyer

Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres

Silent Auction


Grand Ballroom


Jane Jospey Cobb Promise Award



Grand Ballroom


Live Auction

Fund A Cure


Followed by:

A performance by

The Beat Club
America's Finest

Beatles Tribute Band


And dancing

Event ends 11:00pm



MGM Grand Detroit‎

1777 Third Street

Detroit, MI 48226

(877) 888-2121




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We are accepting advertisements for the Promise Ball program book. The program book is given as a keepsake to all of the guests who attend the gala (usually over 450 attendees). Placing an ad is a wonderful way to promote a business or honor a loved one with T1D.


Advertising Rates

4-Color Full Page Ad (7" x 7")..................................…................$ 2000

Black & White Full Page Ad (7” x 7”)...….................................... $ 1250

4- Color Half Page Ad (7”x 3-3/8”) Horizontal…............…...........$ 1000

Black & White Half Page Ad (7” x 3-3/8”) Horizontal .….…..…....$   650

Black & White Quarter Page Ad (3-3/8” x 3-3/8”) Vertical….........$   350

Please include payment with ad reservation


All Ad contracts and artwork must

be submitted by April 15, 2016.


For more information call:

Randall Lawrence at

(248) 936-1285


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

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

Gold Sponsor

Team Detroit

Silver Sponsors

Beaumont Children’s


Foley & Lardner LLP/

Tom and Kathy Spillane

Lilly Diabetes

MGM Grand Detroit

Van Conway & Partners

Bronze Sponsors

American Honda

BMW of North America, LLC

Bodman PLC

Cambridge Consulting Group

Grant Thornton, LLP

The Huntington Private Bank

MSX International


Wolverine Advanced Materials

Presenting Sponsor

You've Got a Ticket to Beat T1D! Come Together to Beat T1D!
A Little Help from Our Friends

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.

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For information on how to get involved,

please contact:


Susan Kossik

JDRF Metro Detroit &

Southeast Michigan Chapter

24359 Northwestern Hwy.

Suite 125

Southfield, MI 48075


Phone: 248-936-1281

Fax: 248-355-1188

 Email: Susan Kossik

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