At Quicken Loans Arena on Friday, July 9th, the Cleveland and Akron chapters of The American Diabetes Association (ADA) hosted 350 guests at Tennies, Tuxes and T-Shirts Gala. The evening of high-stakes celebrity gaming, fine dining, and fabulous live and silent auctions helped raise almost $100,000 for and awareness of the Association's research and mission: to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes.
FOX Sports Ohio's Senior Vice President & General Manager Henry S. Ford served as Honorary Chair for the evening. Mike Snyder of WTAM 1100 emceed while celebrity dealers, including Fred McLeod, the network's Cavs broadcaster; Frank Stams, former linebacker for the Cleveland Browns; Al Jenkins, Super Bowl for Miami Dolphins; Hector Marinaro, Head Coach of Men’s Soccer at John Carroll University; and Otto Orf, former goalie of Cleveland Force and Cleveland Crunch; and many more, worked the tables.
Guests were invited to attend the MedExpo in the Court Club while the health and wellness expo, presented by PDM Healthcare, highlighted preventative medicine, disease management and diabetes awareness and care.
Diabetes affects 330,000 children and adults in Northeast Ohio alone, and 24 million nationally. One in five (or 82,000) Northeast Ohioans have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The ADA is leading the fight to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences and fight for those affected by diabetes. For more information, visit http://www.diabetes.org/.