Diabetes Ball Raises Thousands for Diabetes Research and Education
The Baytown Chapter of the American Diabetes Association recently held its “Midnight in Manhattan Ball” at the Houstonian and raised almost $40,000 for diabetes research and education. Guests dined on an exquisite meal, enjoyed a spectacular, largest-ever silent auction, and danced to the music of the band, Kristopher.
This year’s event honored Baytown Chapter Board members and long-time supporters Mary Thulis, the late Doug Huddle, and Carl Currie. “We are so grateful for the support from these dedicated individuals who have given of their time and talents to stop diabetes,” said Kathy Clausen, one of the chairs of the event. Echoing the comments of other two chairs Kathi Krisher Clausen and Sandra Bell, Clausen said, “We also want to thank the community for their tremendous support –our Board, sponsors and the many individuals and businesses that continue to donate to our event. Without their help, this event would not be possible.”
The mission of the Board is to assist the American Diabetes Association in raising money to prevent and cure diabetes as well as to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that is necessary for survival. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and is the leading cause of blindness among adults aged 20-74 years. Other complications include heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, kidney disease, nervous system disease, and amputation. It affects all age groups-from newborns to the elderly.
The chairs send a special thank you out to all the sponsors including the Phantom of the Opera sponsor San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, Cats sponsors Dr. Wayne & Virginia Miller, Les Miserable sponsors Bayer MaterialScience, Wes & Gretchen Bruner, CenterPoint Energy, Community Resource Credit Union, and Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc. A Chorus Line sponsors are Jack & Kim Baker, Bates Custom & Collision, Sandra Bell, John & Janet Brazzil, Tony & Margaret Boyd, Ernestine Bright, Rob & Stacy Buntin, Mike & Kathy Clausen, Shane & Kathi Clausen, Norman & Patsy Crawford, Carl and Amy Currie, Seal-Pac-Steve Daniele, Eddie V. & Faye Gray, Ronn and Anna Lee Haddox, Opal Handley, Dr. Deborah Hohn & Dr. Larry Brunson; the late Doug Huddle; Dr. Dean & Gena Hutto, Glen and Connie Jennings, David & Bennie Kadjar, Krisher McKay Realtors-Linda & Torrence Krisher , PORT-A-San LTD.-Ronnie & Susan Hotchkiss, Shay’s Jewelers-Sharon Rogers, Dr. Greg & Laurie Terry, Tom Terry, Texas First Bank, Jane Tucker, United Environmental Systems and Kathy and Wes Winn, as well as the many individual contributors and donors. “We also want to thank Boyd’s Blossoms for donating the flowers, Awards & Engraving for donating the awards and Kona Printing for assisting with the printing,” said Clausen.
Clausen added, “Please save the date of January 28 for next year’s event at The Houstonian. We promise another spectacular event.” For information about Diabetes or the Baytown Chapter, contact Laurie Terry, Chapter President, at 281-420-8459.