Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Team Detroit


Silver Sponsors

Conway MacKenzie /

Van & Lori Conway

Lilly Diabetes


MGM Grand Detroit


The Suburban Collection


Wolverine Advanced Materials

Bronze Sponsor

American Honda


BMW of North America,LLC

Bodman PLC


Brembo North America, Inc.


Foley & Lardner LLP

General Motors


Grant Thornton LLP


Rapid Metals, LLC

The Huntington Private Bank


MSX International


Sponsorship levels range from $5,000 to $50,000. Contact Susan Kossik at (248) 936-1281 or for sponsorship opportunities.

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, 2015.


Please make checks payable to:


24359 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 225

Southfield, MI 48075


For more information call:

Randall Lawrence (248) 936-1285




JDRF is the leading global organization focused

on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.

For more than four decades, we have been renowned as a highly effective research organization with remarkable efficiency in directing donor dollars toward achieving our goal of a world without T1D. Each year, JDRF’s unwavering commitment to funding the best in T1D research has earned it high marks from the scientific and business media, and from charity watchdogs.


  • JDRF Puts Donor Dollars to Work

    • More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.


    • JDRF has made a bold impact on

    the research landscape by setting

    the agenda for T1D research worldwide. We are the only global organization with a strategic plan to achieve a continuous flow of life-changing therapies and, ultimately,

    a cure for T1D.


    • JDRF drives research across the entire scientific spectrum, from discovery in the laboratory to delivery of new technology and treatments for people with T1D.


    We strategically partner with industry, governments, foundations, academia, and clinicians to expedite delivery of real-world solutions that remove the burden of the disease from the lives of people with T1D and their loved ones.

  • Forbes: In its annual rating of charities and nonprofits, Forbes magazine named JDRF one of its five “All-Star” charities, based on its evaluation of JDRF’s financial efficiency.


    The New York Times: “The foundation typically outperforms, in lobbying and fundraising, nearly every other interest group built around a particular disease.”


    The Wall Street Journal: "Since its founding in 1970, The Juvenile Diabetes Reasearch Foundation has spent some [1.7 billion] on research. It has a pile of discoveries to show for it...."


    Charity Watch: For the 14th year in a row, JDRF was top-ranked by Charity Watch—the only national diabetes organization to earn an “A” grade every year over this time period.


    Better Business Bureau: Recognized as an “Accredited Charity” by the BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance, JDRF meets all of the BBB 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is an accredited BBB Charity Seal holder.


    Updated February 2013


Mr. & Mrs. Edsel B. Ford ll



Cynthia Ford


Brandon Roux
WDIV Meteorologist
Local 4 News Today



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


2009 Alan Mulally, President & CEO, Ford Motor Company & wife Nicki Mulally


2008 Jim Press, Vice Chairman

& President, Chrysler


2007 Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company President of the Americas & wife Jane Fields


2006 Rick Wagoner, General Motors

Chairman & CEO & wife Kathy Wagoner


2005 Dieter Zetsche, President & CEO DaimlerChrysler Corp. & wife Gisela Zetsche


2004 Nick Scheele, President & COO Ford Motor Company & wife Ros Scheele



Corporate Sponsorship

Terry Conley

Eric Dietz

Susan Kossik


Audience Development

Eric Dietz

Tim & Jean Jennings

Chris & Roxanne Perry

Don Smith


Public Relations and Marketing

Michael Browner

Karen Dzierwa

Linda Pellegrino



Janice Cherkasky

Linda Pellegrino



Lia Benn

Shannon Black

Mandy Flutur

Laura Halik

Lynda Hojnacki

Tim Jennings

Randall Lawrence

Connie Szymczak

Sarah Visintainer

Sue Waid


Fund A Cure and Stewardship

Kate Durak

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!


For information on how to get involved,

please contact:


Susan Kossik

JDRF Metro Detroit &

Southeast Michigan Chapter

24359 Northwestern Hwy.

Suite 225

Southfield, MI 48075


Phone: 248-936-1281

Fax: 248-355-1188

 Email: Susan Kossik







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 dancing

Event ends 11:00pm





Patrick Gloria

Gloriouso Photography

Event photographs will be

available after the event.

Please check back.







MGM Grand Detroit‎

1777 3rd Street

Detroit, MI 48226

(877) 888-2121













To be announced


The 2015 Promise Ball marks the 12th year in which the Jane Jospey Cobb Promise Award will be presented. This award is bestowed to individuals and/or corporations who have distinguished themselves in advancing the mission of the JDRF through their support of research and education about research.


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


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



  • 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.

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We are looking for donations of

high-end items valued at $100 or

more for our Silent Auction.


Contact Mandy Flutur at

(248) 936-1290 or

if you would like to contribute an item.

Learn how to bid! Watch this tutorial to learn the tips and tricks on how you can be prepared to bid early and often on Gala night. (password is: G35XBP)


 If you have questions on this feature,

please contact Mandy Flutur.

Bidding from your smartphone!


We are pleased to announce that you will be able to

access and bid on all silent auction items via your

iPhone and Android! Bid directly from your smartphone anywhere and anytime! If you are interested in using your phone please have it ready at registration so you can support our cause! Remember to have your phone fully charged!

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

  • • As many as three million Americans may have T1D. 1


    • Each year, more than 15,000 children and

      15,000 adults—approximately 80 people per day—

      are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in the U.S. 2


    • 85 percent of people living with type 1 diabetes

      are adults. 3


    • The rate of T1D incidence among

      children under the age of 14 is estimated to

      increase by 3% annually worldwide. 4


    1 Type 1 Diabetes, 2010; Prime Group for JDRF, Mar. 2011

    2 NIDDK:

    3 Type 1 Diabetes, 2010; Prime Group for JDRF, Mar. 2011

    4 IDF:


  • 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


  • 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


    Updated December 2011

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