In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Gala

Friday March 9th, 2018

Louisiana Business Leaders Team Up For Type 1 Diabetes Gala


―With the help of Hollingsworth Richards Ford, iHeart Media, Republic Finance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, Sensible Portions, Coca Cola and supporters, JDRF Louisiana Chapter aims to raise $350,000 for critically needed type 1 diabetes research


Robbie Gaiennie and Joseph Sterx will be presented with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Louisiana 2018 Honoree Award at the Denim and Diamonds – Hope for a Cure Gala on Friday, March 9, 2018 at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel. As the Honorees, Robbie and Joseph will be recognized for their unwavering passion and commitment to JDRF’s mission to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications.

Robbie and Joseph volunteered to serve on the Louisiana Chapter Board of Directors in 2008 and founded the 501c3 Shreveport Diabetes Sports, Inc. in 2010. Robbie’s son, Robert was diagnosed at the age of nine and Robbie and Joseph have been a passionate supporters of JDRF since his diagnosis. Together, they have hosted annual golf and tennis tournaments in the Shreveport area and have raised nearly $500,000 to date for the Louisiana Chapter of JDRF.

“Joseph and I are so honored and humbled to receive this year’s Honoree Award. Our passion is driven from my son and other children affected by T1D and our goal is to raise money to find a cure. We believe that JDRF will be the organization to do that in our lifetime,” said Robbie Gaiennie.

Ms. Robbie Gaiennie and Mr. Joe Sterkx will be presented the award at the gala on March 9, 2018.

More than 500 guests are expected to attend this year’s Denim & Diamonds – Hope for a Cure Gala in support of JDRF. Proceeds from the event will go toward research focused on curing, preventing and treating T1D. The event will offer an exciting lineup of live auction items, including a five night stay in Belize, a weekend getaway to New Orleans, a dazzling pair of diamond hoop earrings, a five-course dinner with wine pairing for 12 with Chef John Folse at White Oak Landing, and more.

This year, we are raffling off a 2018 Ford Mustang generously donated to our organization by Hollingsworth Richards Ford. Tickets for this raffle are selling for $20 each and will be sold online at, in the chapter office as well Hollingsworth Richards Ford on Florida Boulevard. Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry has also donated a beautiful 14 carat amethyst and diamond ring and we will raffle off 100 tickets for $100 each. The winners for these raffles will be drawn at the gala and the winner does not need to be present to win.

The event will include JDRF’s signature Fund A Cure program, where 100 percent of tax-deductible contributions drive research for artificial pancreas technology, beta cell replacement therapies, and other critical JDRF research priorities; a celebrity guest performance by the Foto Sisters, along with entertainment by Ned Fasullo and The Fabulous Big Band Orchestra. The JDRF Denim & Diamonds – Hope for a Cure Gala is a premier gala in Baton Rouge, and one not to be missed.

“Whether you have been directly impacted by type 1 diabetes or have no connection, you can make a significant impact in our community while supporting an incredible organization; one that works hand-in-hand with dedicated volunteers to find a cure for T1D,” said Jill Joffrion, Executive Director. “Thanks to the amazing supporters of the JDRF Denim & Diamonds – Hope for a Cure Gala, all sponsors, donors and guests, JDRF is able to direct even more funding toward important T1D research for the 1.25 million Americans with this serious disease. We are confident that together, we will reach our fundraising goal and ultimately be a part of creating a world without T1D and Turn Type One into Type None”.

Individual tickets are $150.00 each and sponsorships are also available. For more information on event details, sponsorship, donation and ticket options, an auction preview, advance registration and volunteer opportunities, please visit or contact Jill Joffrion at the Louisiana Chapter of JDRF at 225-932-9511 or

About Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas loses the ability to produce insulin—a hormone essential to turning food into energy. T1D strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet or lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure.

About JDRF

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested nearly $2 billion since our inception. We are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities; collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact; and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our staff and volunteers in the JDRF Louisiana Chapter and in more than 100 locations throughout the United States and our six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D. For more information please visit or follow us on Twitter @JDRF.