ABC27’s Alicia Richards was honored at the JDRF One Night Gala to fight type one diabetes.
The masquerade-themed fundraiser raises thousands of dollars each year to find a cure for the disease.
Dressed in black and white, 500 people packed the Hershey Lodge for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) event Saturday.
Richards was the emcee.
“What it is is passionate parents here determined to find a cure for type one diabetes, and there’s a lot of hope,” said Richards. “There will be a cure one day and I’m just happy to be a part of it.”
“It takes my breath away,” said Corinne Sharnetzka, a 14-year-old with type one diabetes and the event’s ambassador. “It makes me emotional that everyone is here and supporting JDRF and here to help fund a cure.”
“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year so we’re really excited to have so many wonderful supporters,” said Natasha Lewis. “Alicia has been fantastic. She has been our emcee every year since the gala started 17 years ago.”
The foundation says every dollar put towards research comes from donations.