Celebrities to Attend and Present at D.R.E.a.M.S in the City

NEW YORK, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The stars will be out at the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation's third annual D.R.E.a.M.S. in the City fundraiser, to be held at Cipriani 23rd Street on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Already confirmed on the guest list are Sam Talbot of TV's "Top Chef," award-winning cookbook author Michel Nischan, plus NY Giants Kicker Lawrence Tynes and Defensive End Michael Strahan, who will also be presenting an award that evening. Proceeds will benefit the cure-focused work of the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI).

Other luminaries associated with the event include Ed Randall, radio host of "Talking Baseball," top toque Emeril Lagasse, Chef Michelle Bernstein of the acclaimed Michy's in Miami Beach, Lee Brian Schrager, founder of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, and Stephen P. Hanson, founder and president of B.R. Guest Restaurants.

According to Event Co-chairs Samantha Shanken Baker, Bonnie Inserra, and Risa Pulver, this Art Deco-themed affair will feature excellent and highly-rated wines from Wine Spectator and delectable food. Spectacular live and silent auctions will feature, among other allures, a chance to play golf in a foursome with Strahan, an exclusive autographed helmet signed by the NY Giants Super Bowl team, and a "Robb Report Car of the Year" experience, whereby the lucky winner will join editors at an exciting location to spend two days evaluating cars and sharing driving impressions of the best new automotive offerings of the upcoming model year.

During the dinner program, Strahan will present the evening's honoree, Thomas P. Silver, with the Dare to Dream award. Silver is president of family-owned real estate company Orda Management Corporation in New York City. He has been living with type 1 diabetes for more than 30 years and is a Northeast Regional Board member of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. His wife, Natasha Silver, will serve as the evening's Honorary Chair.

In addition to Wine Spectator, lead sponsors include, at the 50-Carat level, The Inserra Family, Ellen and Morton Silver, and Natasha and Thomas P. Silver. Platinum sponsors are Deana and Stephen P. Hanson, Jane Parker and Francis Cosentino, Lisa and John Reisman, and Jill Viner and Cliff Viner. Diamond-level sponsors are Kim and Jordan Dickstein, Meryl Lieberman, Risa and Jeff Pulver, Judi and Paul Reisman, and Stuart A. Roffman. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Tickets to D.R.E.a.M.S. in the City are $400 per person or $300 per junior guest (age 35 and under) and can be purchased by calling the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation at 212-888-2217. Cipriani 23rd Street is located at 200 Fifth Avenue in New York City. For more information, email [email protected] or visit www.diabetesresearch.org.

The Diabetes Research Institute, a center of excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is a recognized world leader in cure-focused research. Since its inception in the early 1970s, the DRI has made significant contributions to the field of diabetes research, pioneering many of the techniques used in islet transplantation. From innovations in islet isolation and transplant procedures to advances in cell biology and immunology, the DRI is now harnessing the power of emerging technologies to develop new cell-based therapies to restore insulin production. For the millions of families already affected by diabetes who are looking to the world of science for answers, the Diabetes Research Institute is the best hope for a cure.

SOURCE Diabetes Research Institute Foundation

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