JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Its mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2 billion in research funding since our inception. JDRF is an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. Its staff and volunteers throughout the United States and our six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and its vision of a world without T1D.
JDRF was selected by the OLS executive committee as one of five (5) non-profit beneficiaries at High Tide on the Harbor. Hosted by War Horse Cities & Swim Club, HTOTH served as both fundraising and engagement event, affording each non-profit the opportunity to actively engage OLS members and guests with its mission while competing for a $3,000 cash prize.
Upon entrance to High Tide on the Harbor, each attendee was given $25 in play money to purchase drinks from the open bar. Each time an attendee “purchased” a drink with his/her play money, his/her money would be placed in the non-profit’s bucket of his/her choosing.
But how do you decide who to put your money on with all these great causes?
At HTOTH, each group received a cabana to be decorated for their cause and engaged with attendees over specific game or activity that related to their cause. In the case of JDRF, attendees were invited to “make a splash” by sinking their shots to win a variety of prizes. And show off a little skill to the other 200 or so attendees that came out for an evening of “raising money while raising their glasses.”