High Hopes Gala

Thank you to all of the generous supporters of Joslin Diabetes Center’s High Hopes Gala. Together, 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 High Hopes Gala culminated our year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin, and we were proud to honor the 100 individuals, advancements, groups, corporations and foundations that we, at Joslin, admire and appreciate for their impact on the diabetes community.

This year’s Gala will took place as a live broadcast from our studio location. Special thanks to our emcee, JC Monahan, behind the scenes guru, Derek Zagami and auctioneer, Zan Aufderheide for joining us for this unique event! Thanks also to our Honorary Chair, Ann Lagasse and co-chairs, Ryan Enright, Megan Kristiansen and Nancy Selldorff and the entire committee for everything they did to make this event a success!

Congratulations to our dreamers for the evening- Drew Matthews, our 2021 Spotlight on Hope Honoree and Trevor Maines, our 2021-2022 Merritt Levitan Youth Ambassador.

We hope you can join us for next year’s High Hopes Gala on November 5, 2022!

2021 Gala Information

2021 High Hopes Gala Honorary Chair

Ann Lagasse

2021 High Hopes Gala Co-Chairs

Ryan Enright

Megan Kristiansen

Nancy Selldorff

Gala Committee Members

Corinne and Brian Acampora

Christine Altieri

Laurie Bejoian, Esq.

Geno Chiavelli

Susan Kahn

Richard D. Lee

James Peterson

Paul Pugh

Michael Samuels

High Hopes Gala sponsorship is available at many levels for both corporations and individuals. To discuss sponsorship opportunities for next year's event, please contact Brenda Goodell at 617-823-7768 or brenda.goodell [at] joslin.harvard.edu.

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors for their generous support!

Platinum Sponsors


The TJX Companies, Inc.

Gold Sponsor

Lilly USA

Silver Sponsors

Marci and Todd M. Abbrecht

CCA Group LLC 

Janice and Ralph M. James

Ann and Charles A. Lagasse, Jr.

Laura and Geoffrey S. Rehnert

Angela and Mark E. Russell

Samuels & Associates

Nancy and Frank Selldorff

Barbara and William T. Young, Jr.

Bronze Sponsors

Abbott Diabetes Care

Ascensia Diabetes Care

Berkshire Bank

Cherrie Noel-Bessette and Andy F. Bessette

Wendy and Mark Conway 

Susan Dacey and Bruce B. Daniel

Eastern Bank Corporation

Hythem El-Nazer and Nuha El Sayed, MD

Cynthia and Ryan Enright

Ann Folliet-Peterson and James L. Peterson

Kelly and Daniel L. Gay

Roberta H. Herman, MD and Douglas C. Herman

Jessica Hopfield, PhD, and James Cleary

Insulet Corporation

Jay Cashman, Inc.

Mannkind Corporation

Newmark Knight Frank


Renee and Robert T. Samuels

Tandem Diabetes Care

Kristin and Tobias W. Welo

Windham Professionals, Inc.


Gina and Joseph Healy 

Virginia McCourt

Provention Bio

Denise and Arthur H. Rubenstein, MD

Sullivan & Worcester

UBS Financial Services Inc.

Joslin's High Hopes Gala featured incredible live and silent auctions with many wonderful items and packages up for bid.

If you would like to donate to our auction for a future event, please contact Brianna Higgins at brianna.higgins [at] joslin.harvard.edu or 617-309-2416.

Thank you to our 2021 in-kind donors for their generous support!

An Unlikely Story

Laurie Bejoian, Esq.

Boating in Boston 

Boston Crawling 

Boston Yacht Haven 

Bradford Renaissance Portraits

Brattle Entertainment


Buzzards Bay Brewing

Caesars Entertainment

Carla Gomes


The Charles Hotel

Bernard Chiu

Community Boating Inc.

Wendy and Mark Conway 

Joette and John J. Cook, Jr.

Billy Costa

Susan Dacey and Bruce B. Daniel

Dry Farm Wines

Dune Jewelry

Eck MacNeely Architects Inc.

Cynthia and Ryan Enright 

Fanatics Authentic

Matt Grzelcyk and Family

Health Yoga Life

Institute of Contemporary Art Boston

Kendra Scott

Samuel Kennedy 

Kraft Sports + Entertainment

Ann and Charles Lagasse, Jr. 

Lisa's Hands of Time Personal Concierge

Martignetti Wines

MS Walker

Myers + Chang

New England Aquarium

New England Revolution Charitable Foundation

Ocean Edge Resort

Ocean Properties

Otto's Pizza

Outside the Lines Pet Photography

Paula Jaq’lyn

Theresa and Dale H. Pyatt

The Red Sox Foundation

Red Sox Organization

Gina Salerno and Edward R. Koller, Jr.

Salon Eva Michelle

Samuels & Associates

Nancy and Frank Selldorff

Showcase Cinemas

Spruce Peak Realty

The Tall Ship

Total Wine and More

Tree House Brewing Company


Wachusett Brewing Company

Wachusett Mountain Ski Area

Winston Flowers

Wormtown Brewery

XV Beacon Hotel

Zoo New England

You can still make a gift to this year’s High Hopes Gala! Your gift will support our mission to prevent, treat and cure diabetes. Click here to make a gift. All proceeds will go to our High Hopes Fund. Your gift is entirely tax-deductible.