JDRF Rainbow Gala raises more than $1.4 million dollars

By Marylynn Uricchio / Pittsburgh  Post-Gazette. Photo by J. Monroe Butler II.

If life is a carnival, the 21st annual Rainbow Gala on Saturday provided the  perfect setting. More than 780 guests at the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research  Foundation) gala walked into a ballroom transformed by Bonnie Walker into a  tented wonderland of red and blue, with circus-themed accouterments including  live goldfish centerpieces. Festive atmosphere aside, the evening raised serious  money — more than $1.4 million — to help fund a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Many  in the crowd had a personal connection to the disease, including Maureen  Barunas, whose son Ryan has diabetes. He was there to see her honored for nearly  25 years as a JDRF board member and volunteer. Maria Metro (with David) and  Cindy Paul (with John) co-chaired the evening, with Rob German (with Anne) as  corporate chair. An extensive silent and live auction kept guests busy between  dancing to Gary Racan and the studio-e Band (hard to sit still!) and a dinner of  filet and macadamia-crusted sablefish. Among the many were board chair Nan and  Steve De Turk, Sue Zitelli, Debbie and Mike Barbarita, Bonnie and Tom Van Kirk,  Dr. Stan and Nikol Marks, Kitty Gleason, Bill Caroselli, Sue Fitzsimmons, Evan  and Holly Frasier, Roseanne Wholey, Morgan and Kathy O’Brien, Ellen Marks and  emcee Larry Richert.

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