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JDRF Austin’s The OneParty Raised Over $1.7 Million Towards Type 1 Diabetes Research

The fundraising event spanned two days, including golf and pickleball tournaments as well as an elegant gala

JDRF The One Party Allison Edwards, Jenna Medford, Elise Bridges, and Meredith Schoch
Allison Edwards, Jenna Medford, Elise Bridges, and Meredith Schoch (photo by Tomas Segura Photography)

At the end of April, JDRF Austin celebrated it’s 13th annual gala, The OneParty. The OneParty is a collection of three events spanning over two days including a golf tournament held at Lions Municipal Golf Course, pickleball tournament held at Westlake Country Club and an evening gala at the JW Marriott, which included auctions, cocktails, dinner & dancing. A highlight of the gala this year was the inclusion of an After Party with dancing to a mix of tunes by the Dallas-based band, Haywire. Bringing in over $1.7 million, the OneParty is the largest annual fundraising event for JDRF Austin, a non-profit seeking to raise money for research and a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

JDRF The One Party Stephen Rye, Zach Hunter, Mr. Mark Vandermeulen , Greg Bakunas
Stephen Rye, Zach Hunter, Mr. Mark Vandermeulen, and Greg Bakunas (photo by Tomas Segura Photography)

About JDRF

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease which causes the pancreas to stop producing the vital hormone, insulin. It can occur at any age and there is no cure… yet. Every month, 5,300 people in the United States are diagnosed with T1D, which is why JDRF aggressively pursues innovative research leading to breakthroughs!

JDRF Austin’s The OneParty Gala

During cocktail hour at The OneParty, guests enjoyed live music by Kym Warer Bluegrass Duo. The silent auction included unique items like classy cowboy boots generously donated by Miron Crosby, selections of high-end bourbons, weekend stays in and around Austin and a selection of concerts at the Moody Center.

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(photo by Tomas Segura Photography)

JDRF The One Party Jon Bosland, David Muto, Abe Oeltjen, and Steve Stafford
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Jon Bosland, David Muto, Abe Oeltjen, and Steve Stafford (photo by Tomas Segura Photography)

JDRF One Party 2024 Dawn Bosland
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Dawn Bosland (photo by Tomas Segura Photography)

JDRF One Party 2024 Blair Doran, Lauren Price, Julie Hall
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Blair Doran, Lauren Price, and Julie Hall (photo by Tomas Segura Photography)

JDRF One Party 2024 Bob Ballou, Greg Yakim, Jan Zhang, Lee and Kate Rash
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Bob Ballou, Greg Yakim, Jan Zhang, Lee and Kate Rash (photo by Tomas Segura Photography)

The live auction items at The OneParty are always a hit and this year featured fabulous trips and experiences for guests to browse and bid on. A featured trip included a Boston get-away with tickets to two games to see the Red Sox take on both the Houston Astros & the Texas Rangers, a private tour of Fenway Park as well as signed memorabilia. Other trips included a week-long stay in Croatia, a week in Cabo and a trip to the great outdoors of Whitefish, Montana. While the trips always draw intense bidding, none captured the audience quite like the sweet 11-week old mini-goldendoodle puppy!

The theme for this year’s event was Hope Grows Here. The JDRF Austin community contributed in very generous ways ensuring that hope did bloom in the quest for a cure of Type 1 Diabetes.

Learn about ways to get involved and support upcoming JDRF Austin events at www.jdrf.org/southerntexas.