PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Diabetes Association has announced the honorees of the Unmasking Diabetes Gala & Awards taking place October 27 at the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall. The event serves as a platform to recognize extraordinary individuals who have made significant contributions in the fight against diabetes in their personal and professional communities highlighting their achievements in the areas of medicine, research, education and philanthropy.
A highlight of the evening will be the keynote, delivered by Tony Award winner, Ben Vereen. The legendary entertainer was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in December 2007 and now speaks out about his experience and educates others on the symptoms.
- Jeffrey I. Joseph, DO ,Thomas Jefferson University Hospital - Distinguished Researcher
- Diana E. Stanescu, MD, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia – Distinguished Physician
- Cynthia Wright, RN, CDE, CTTS, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital – Distinguished Certified Diabetes Educator
- Novo Nordisk, Inc. - Distinguished Corporate Philanthropist
In addition to recognizing the honorees, the evening will posthumously honor former Association Community Leadership Board Chair, Michael Daly. "Camp Freedom, a local summer camp for children with type 1 diabetes, was close to Mike's heart," said Kevin Kelly, Area Executive Director for the Association. "In his honor, the evening will help us support next year's camp."
The event will begin with a 6:00 p.m. VIP reception overlooking Independence Mall and continue with dinner and awards at 7:00 p.m. A silent auction and live music will be included. To learn more about the Unmasking Diabetes Gala & Awards, including sponsorship opportunities and tickets, visit www.diabetes.org/phillygala, or call (610) 828-5003, ext. 4629.
The evening's sponsors include Novo Nordisk, Independence Blue Cross and Blue Shield, PwC and the Philadelphia Business Journal.
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org.
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