High Hopes Gala

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin, we are proud to honor the top 100 individuals, advancements, groups, corporations and foundations that we, at Joslin, admire and appreciate for their impact on the diabetes community over the last century. We are grateful for their innovation, imagination and advocacy that has allowed for new discoveries in the journey to find a cure.

This year’s Gala will take place as a live broadcast from our studio location. Our guests will have the unique opportunity to view the event as it unfolds from the comfort and safety of their own homes. You won’t want to miss this!

This distinctive event raises funds for Joslin's High Hopes Fund, which directly supports Joslin's most important efforts to identify breakthrough advancements in diabetes research and clinical care. The High Hopes Fund provides immediate support of our most critical needs- whether that's funding a promising new research project, educating a patient on new technology or supporting patient care that seamlessly address all areas of a complex disease.

We hope you will join us in celebration of Joslin’s mission so we don’t have to wait another 100 years for a cure.

2021 Gala Information

Megan Hilty

Special Guest

Megan Hilty, TV and Broadway Star

Andrew Matthews

2021 Spotlight on Hope Honoree

Andrew Matthews, Pediatric Patient

Trevor Maines

2021-2022 Merritt Levitan Youth Ambassador

Trevor Maines, Pediatric Patient

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. For more information, please click here to 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.

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

Ascensia Diabetes Care

Berkshire Bank

Cherrie Noel-Bessette and Andy F. Bessette

Susan Dacey and Bruce B. Daniel

Eastern Bank Corporation

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

Kristin and Tobias W. Welo

Windham Professionals, Inc.


Provention Bio

Denise and Arthur H. Rubenstein, MD

Sullivan & Worcester

UBS Financial Services Inc.

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

This year, 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 as you join us from the comfort of your own home! You will receive information in the weeks leading up to the event on how you can register and bid on these items. 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 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 Yacht Haven 

Bradford Renaissance Portraits


Buzzards Bay Brewing

Caesars Entertainment

Carla Gomes

The Charles Hotel

Bernard Chiu

Community Boating Inc.

Joette and John J. Cook, Jr.

Billy Costa

Susan Dacey and Bruce B. Daniel

Dry Farm Wines

Dune Jewelry

Eck MacNeely Architects Inc.

Fanatics Authentic

Matt Grzelcyk and Family

Kendra Scott

Kraft Sports + Entertainment

Ann and Charles Lagasse, Jr. 

MS Walker

Myers + Chang

New England Revolution Charitable Foundation

Outside the Lines Pet Photography

Paula Jaq’lyn

Theresa and Dale H. Pyatt

The Red Sox Foundation

Gina Salerno and Edward R. Koller, Jr.

Samuels & Associates

Nancy and Frank Selldorff

Spruce Peak Realty

The Tall Ship

Total Wine and More

Winston Flowers

XV Beacon Hotel

Zoo New England

Purchase an advertisement to support and congratulate Joslin Diabetes Center or one of our honorees. Advertisements range from $300 to $3,000. If you would like to purchase an advertisement, contact us at rsvp [at] joslin.harvard.edu or call 617-309-2412. The deadline to place an advertisement is October 1, 2021.

If you can't attend this year's Gala event but would like to make a gift to support our mission to prevent, treat and cure diabetes, please click 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 virtual event.

Emerging Leaders is a group of young professionals from ages 25-40 who are committed to Joslin’s mission. As part of our virtual event, Emerging Leaders have the opportunity to purchase tickets at $100 where they will enjoy the virtual program and a virtual discussion with a senior Joslin staff member. Emerging Leaders can purchase tickets here.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we are proud to say that our 2020 virtual High Hopes Gala raised more than $1.1 million for Joslin Diabetes Center. The funds raised have been instrumental in helping Joslin provide world-class care to our patients during this unprecedented time. It has also allowed our researchers to continue in their pursuit of the next great breakthrough in diabetes. The evening was a wonderful celebration of hope for patients and families. Watch our Gala video

Joslin Diabetes Center awarded the Global Achievement Award to C. Ronald Kahn, MD for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the diabetes community. Dr. Kahn has been globally recognized for his work in diabetes over many years and it was our honor to recognize him for his outstanding contributions over the years to our patients and their families.

Mille Acampora, a patient in the pediatrics department, served as the “Spotlight on Hope” honoree in 2020 and Noa Asher was introduced as our 2020-2021 Merritt Levitan Youth Ambassador. Meet Millie and Noa.

Why are you holding a virtual, live broadcast event?

The safety of our patients, employees and donors is of utmost importance to us. Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, we have made the decision to hold this event as a live, broadcasted event that guests can attend virtually from the comfort of their own home. You will experience all of the elements that make the High Hopes Gala fun and inspiring year after year for this special celebratory 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.


How do I purchase tickets?

You can purchase a ticket here for $1,000 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.

We are also offering an Emerging Leaders ticket for $100 for our young professionals ages 25 to 40. These ticket holders will enjoy the virtual program and a virtual discussion with a senior Joslin staff member.

You can purchase a tickets in one of the following ways:

  • By filling out your information online here
  • By mailing a check to Joslin Diabetes CenterOne Joslin Place, Suite 745, Boston, MA 02215
  • By calling 617-309-2412


How do I attend the Gala virtually?

You can attend the Gala virtually by purchasing a ticket or sponsoring the event. In the weeks leading up to the event, you will receive information from us with instructions on how to log in to the virtual event. If you sponsor the event, staff will reach out to you in advance to get information related to delivering gourmet meals to your home or the homes of your guests.


I plan on sponsoring the event. How do you provide gourmet meals for my virtual guests?

Thank you for sponsoring our High Hopes Gala. As a sponsor, we are offering you the opportunity to receive gourmet meals for you and your guests if you reside within 50 miles of Boston. Any guests outside of this 50 mile radius, will receive an event box with snacks and event information. Details on the gourmet meals and event boxes will be sent to sponsors in the weeks leading up to the Gala.


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. Please call the Development Office at 617-309-2412 with any questions.


Who do I contact with questions about the Gala?

Please contact us at 617-309-2412 or rsvp [at] joslin.harvard.edu with any questions you might have about the event.