Raising Awareness For A Cure

By Elizabeth Darwen

The Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) and Foundation (DRIF) held their third annual Hamptons Garden Gala to raise awareness and funds for finding a biological cure for diabetes. The event was hosted and co-chaired by Patricia and Roger Silverstein and held at their beautiful home in Water Mill, NY. Vice Chairs for the event included Doug Donaldson, Abigail Pollak, Susan Shin, and Lauren Smart.

At the gala, The DRIF’s Scientific Director, Matthias von Herrath, M.D., shared some of the latest developments in the field of diabetes research. Guests were entertained by live music, a luxury silent auction, dancing under the stars, and more. Additionally, they were wowed by acclaimed speed painter Revel, who painted the evening’s first live auction item upside down, keeping guests and bidders guessing until he flipped it around to reveal a beautiful pop rendition of the Venus de Milo. Tonight Show comedian Seth Herzog conducted the live auction as auctioneer and emcee.

A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the DRIF has thousands of supporters in the United States and worldwide and, in addition to its headquarters in Florida, operates a regional development office in New York. The DRIF was created for one reason–to cure diabetes–and will continue to be its singular focus until that goal is reached.

The DRIF is the organization of choice for those who are serious, passionate, and committed to curing diabetes. Its mission: to provide the Diabetes Research Institute with the funding necessary to cure diabetes now–is a testament to the belief that tomorrow is not soon enough to cure those living with diabetes. For the millions of individuals and families affected by diabetes, it is the best hope for a cure.

Catering was provided by Peter Ambrose, wine by Sip Channé, Grapes & Greens and Chandon by Moët Hennessy, and tequila by Flecha Azul Tequila with The Purist.

Notable Attendees included Doug Donaldson, Abigail Pollak, Susan Shin, Lauren Smart, Matthias von Herrath, M.D., Natalie von Herrath, Dr. Camillo Ricordi, Luann de Lesseps, Revel, Seth Herzog, Michael Burton, Jean Shafiroff, Carrie Packin, Brian Packin, Noreen Donovan, Jim Donovan, Kavita Channe, Valerie Greenberg, Maximilian Eicke, Irina Eicke, Viktoria von Siemens, Andrea Greeven Douzet, and Laura Nicklas.

For more information on the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, visit