High Hopes Gala 2022

Power up for the 2022 High Hopes Gala!

We’re excited to announce that Joslin Diabetes Center’s annual High Hopes Gala will take place in person* on Saturday, November 5th at the SoWa Power Station. Celebrate with us as we honor Joslin’s powerful advancements in clinical care, research, education, advocacy and philanthropy. Can’t join us in person? Tune in virtually for this high wattage event. You won’t want to miss this!

This distinctive event benefits Joslin’s High Hopes Fund, which provides immediate support of our most critical needs — whether that’s funding a promising new research project, educating a patient on the latest technology or supporting patient care. Ultimately, the High Hopes Fund provides promise for a future free of diabetes and its complications.

Together, we have the power to find a cure for diabetes. We hope you will join us for the most electrifying event of the year.

*Please note that all attendees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend the event in person. This includes boosters. See more information below.

2022 Gala Information

Thank you to our High Hopes Gala event committee for their continued support of our efforts. If you are interested in joining our committee, please reach out to us highhopesgala [at] joslin.harvard.edu (via email) or call 617-309-2412.

Honorary Chair

  • Ann and Charles A. Lagasse, Jr.

Committee

  • Corinne and Brian Acampora
  • Laurie J. Bejoian, Esq.
  • Randie and Geno Chiavelli
  • Wendy and Mark Conway
  • Caitlin Craig
  • Cynthia and Ryan J. Enright
  • Joanne D. Leary and Mark Gatti, CFP
  • Megan and Mark S. Kristiansen
  • Kathleen and Martin J. Pasqualini
  • Ann Folliet Peterson and James L. Peterson
  • Kristin and Tobias W. Welo

Emerging Leaders Committee

  • Kevin Coakley
  • Camil Blanchet
  • Anthony Gatti
  • Colin Mock
  • Alexander Sylvia

Be a power player in defeating diabetes. High Hopes Gala sponsorships are available at many levels for both corporations and individuals. As a sponsor, you will receive many benefits for both the in person and virtual event. For more information, please view our gala sponsorship opportunities. To discuss your sponsorship opportunities, please contact Brenda Goodell at 617-823-7768 or brenda.goodell [at] joslin.harvard.edu (by email).

Thank you to our 2022 sponsors for their generous support!

Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Supporters

Joslin's High Hopes Gala will feature incredible live and silent auctions with many items and packages up for bid. Categories for the silent auction include: Created for You, Fashion & Beauty, Sports, Explore & Experience and Dining Out.

Similar to year’s past, we will be using an electronic bidding system that will allow you to bid from your own mobile phone for the live and silent auctions. Whether you are able to attend the event or not, you will be able to bid on these wonderful auction items. You will receive information in the weeks leading up to the event on registration and bidding. You won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to win some fantastic items!

If you would like to donate to our auction, please highhopesgala [at] joslin.harvard.edu (email us) or call 617-309-2412.

Thank you to our 2022 in-kind donors for their generous support!

In-Kind Donors

If you can’t attend this year’s Gala but would like to make a gift to support Joslin’s mission to prevent, treat and cure diabetes, you can give a gift here. All proceeds will go to our High Hopes Fund. Your gift is entirely tax-deductible. Please note that making a gift to the Gala does not come with a ticket to attend the event (either in person or virtually).

Purchase an advertisement to support and congratulate Joslin Diabetes Center or one of our honorees for this year’s High Hopes Gala. Advertisements range from $300 to $3,000. If you would like to purchase an advertisement, you can highhopegala [at] joslin.harvard.edu (email us) or call 617-309-2412. The deadline to place an advertisement is September 30, 2022.

Whether via Zoom or in person at the SoWa Power Station, we can’t wait to have you join us for an electric celebration at this year’s High Hopes Gala! You can purchase a ticket here. Tickets for the in-person event can be purchased for $1,000 each. Tickets for the virtual experience can be purchased for $500 per “Zoom” screen. This means that you are not buying a ticket per person for the virtual experience, but rather per screens you would like to have on Zoom.

Please note that you will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend in person and provide proof of vaccination. Guests can do this by emailing a copy of their vaccination card and photo ID to safety [at] joslin.harvard.edu at least two weeks before the event. Please note that all emails with proof of vaccination are confidential and will be destroyed 30 days after the event. For more information on what is defined as fully vaccinated for this event, please see our FAQs below.

Emerging Leaders is a group of young professionals committed to Joslin’s mission aged 25 to 35 years. As part of our event, Emerging Leaders have the opportunity to purchase tickets at $250 for the in person celebration at the SoWa Power Station, or $100 for the virtual experience. Emerging Leaders can purchase tickets here.

Last year’s High Hopes Gala took place as a live broadcast event from our studio location. Thanks to all of our generous supporters, we were able to raise over $1 million for Joslin’s clinical care, research and education programs, making great strides in our pursuit of a cure.

The 2021 High Hopes Gala culminated our year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin as we came together to honor the 100 individuals, advancements, groups, corporations and foundations that we, at Joslin, admire and appreciate for their impact on the diabetes community. We are thankful for our dreamers – Drew Matthews, our 2021 Spotlight on Hope Honoree and Trevor Maines, our 2021-2022 Merritt Levitan Youth Ambassador – who inspire us to not just dream of a cure but to move forward making this dream a reality.

You give us the power to achieve our goals. Become a part of the diabetes cure by participating in our High Hopes Gala this November so that diabetes will become a disease of the past. We hope to see you there!

What safety measures are you taking for the in-person event?

The safety of our patients, attendees, volunteers, and staff members remains top of mind for Joslin Diabetes Center. As such, we are taking the necessary precautions to ensure this event is as safe as possible. These measures include requiring vaccinations (including boosters), socially distanced seating, eliminating shared touch points when possible, frequently sanitizing high-touch spaces and more. Updates will be made according to best health practices as we get closer to the event. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 617-309-2412 or highhopesgala [at] joslin.harvard.edu (email us).

 

What does fully vaccinated mean?

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated after receiving the second dose of a two-dose series, or one dose of a single-dose series, World Health Organization certified vaccine against COVID-19, along with a corresponding booster shot. Individuals must receive their booster shot at least two weeks in advance of the event. Those who are unvaccinated are welcome to attend our event virtually and watch the event from the comfort of their own home.

 

How do I submit my proof of vaccination?

In order to attend the event in person, we are requiring that all attendees submit their proof of vaccination to Joslin Diabetes Center. Guests can do this by emailing a copy of their vaccination card and photo ID to safety [at] joslin.harvard.edu at least two weeks before the event. Please note that all emails with proof of vaccination are confidential and will be destroyed 30 days after the event.

 

How do I sponsor the event?

There are a wide variety of sponsorship levels available for individuals and corporations. Please view our sponsorship packet for a listing of sponsorship levels and benefits. We welcome your sponsorship and appreciate your leadership gift.

 

Can I pay for my sponsorship with my Donor Advised Fund (DAF)?

Yes, you may pay for your sponsorship with your DAF.  However, the IRS requires that you write an additional personal check for any “goods or services” you receive such as the food and beverage you will receive at the event. The “Fair Market Value” (FMV) will be made available shortly. Please call the Development Office at 617-309-2412 with any questions.

 

How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets for the in person event can be purchased for $1,000 each. Please note, we are requiring that all attendees submit their proof of vaccination, including boosters, to attend the in person event. Tickets for the virtual experience can be purchased for $500 per “Zoom” screen. This means that you are not buying a ticket per person, but rather per screens you would like to have on Zoom for the virtual experience.

 

You can purchase these tickets:

By filling out your information online here.

 

By mailing your check to:

Joslin Diabetes Center
One Joslin Place, Suite 745
Boston, MA 02215

 

By calling 617-309-2412

 

What is the dress code for the in person event?

The attire for the evening is black tie. Women will be in a mixture of long evening gowns and fancy cocktail dresses. The majority of men will be in tuxedos, but some will be in dark suits. After three years of virtual events, we hope you will join us in dressing for this special celebration!

Those joining us for the virtual experience are welcome to wear any attire that they are comfortable viewing the program in at home.

 

How do I get to the SoWa Power Plant?

The SoWa Power Plant is located at 550 Harrison Street, Boston, MA 02118. Located in Boston’s South End, this venue is easily accessible from route 93 or route 90. If taking public transportation, SoWa is about a half mile walk from the nearest T-stop.

 

Where do I park for the event?

Parking will be available at the venue at 550 Harrison Street, Boston, MA 02118. To reduce shared touch points, attendees will self-park in the venue parking lot without charge. Please note there are only 150 parking spaces available on a first arrival basis. Paid parking can be found at 365 Albany Street.

 

Why park at all?

Take an Uber or Lyft for hassle free arrivals and departures.

 

How do I attend the Gala virtually?

You can attend the Gala virtually by purchasing a ticket for $500 per “Zoom” screen or sponsoring the event. In the weeks leading up to the event, you will receive the Zoom link and other log in information.

 

How do I attend the Gala in person?

You can attend the Gala in person by purchasing a ticket for $1,000 each or sponsoring the event. Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, those joining us in person must provide proof of vaccination, including boosters.

 

How do I place a bid for the silent auction?

We will be using an electronic bidding system that will allow you to place bids from your own mobile phone for the auction. You will receive information in the weeks leading up to the event on registration and bidding before the event starts as well as night of.

 

Who do I contact with questions about the Gala?

Please contact us by phone at 617-309-2412 or highhopesgala [at] joslin.harvard.edu (email us) with any questions you might have about the event.