The colorful art-deco lights of Miami reflecting in the dark coastal waters and the sultry strains of Cuban jazz are the inspiration for this year’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Summer Soiree theme – HOT for the Cure. The Soiree will take place on June 21 at Cheval Manor in Murfreesboro. This year’s honorees are Coach Rick and Deb Insell, who have a grandchild who suffers from the disease.
Diabetes accounts for $245 billion in annual healthcare costs in the United States, loss of productivity and premature death. The onset can happen to children as young as a year old, and it means a lifetime of fighting their own body’s desire to destroy itself. JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic plan to end type 1 diabetes.
“Type 1 diabetes is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors,” states Vicki Eastham, co-chairman of the event with her husband, local pediatrician Dr. Dunk Eastham. “It appears to be an auto-immune disease in which the pancreas is damaged or destroyed. JDRF is passionate about finding a cure for the disease, and I am excited to be able to help them continue to fund research into exciting advances like an artificial pancreas.”
Cheval Manor, a horse farm and event facility located in south Murfreesboro off Joe B. Jackson Highway, is the location for the party. Under the twinkling lights of their 3,000 square foot outdoor pavilion, guests will be able to taste Latin inspired delights. Everybody’s favorite chef, Mitchell Murphy at Five Senses, will be blending tropical citrus and chili’s fire into a flavorful menu. And south of the equator jazz will insure guests salsa the night away.
During the 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. happy hour, Stewart’s Events will make sure everyone stays cool under the climate controlled tent, while their décor will bring to mind palm trees and tropical nights. Blue Chair Bay Rum, the new line from Kenny Chesney, will be mixing up specialty drinks, while Mayday Brewery and Charlie Patel of Stones River Total Beverage will make sure that those preferring a less exotic beverage will also enjoy the evening.
There will be a silent auction and passed hors d’oeuvres during the happy hour. Auctioneer Mimi Genet from Bob Parks Realty will host the live auction of trips, jewelry and one-of-a-kind experiences.
“Last year’s event raised more than $75,000 for JDRF,” said Eastham. “This year my husband and I, and our vice-chairs Mr. and Mrs. Jason Anderson are planning for an even more successful event. My husband sees the effects of the disease on his young patients every day, fighting it touches our hearts.”