The Annual American Diabetes Association Gala “Stop Diabetes: Extraordinary Effort, Ordinary Day” will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Treasure Island Resort & Casino. This black-tie event will focus on the mission of the American Diabetes Association and its key message of "Stop Diabetes". The Gala includes a silent auction, dinner, live auction, and entertainment and emphasizes that despite the continuing increase in the number of people with diabetes, the management of complications arising from diabetes is continuing to improve. As the nation's leader in diabetes research, information, and advocacy, the money raised at the Gala supports the American Diabetes Associations mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
While supporting education of the general public and celebrating generosity, the Gala will honor four individuals and local organizations from the Minnesota community who have demonstrated the key cornerstones of this year's theme – Share, Act, Learn, and Give.
For sharing their time, talents and resources with the American Diabetes Association for more than 10 years through volunteering, donating and supporting numerous events and programs. Through their generosity they have helped raise awareness on diabetes and supported the mission of the American Diabetes Association.
For their efforts in the workplace to engage employees to live a healthier lifestyle through participation in the American Diabetes Association’s Twin Cities Tour de Cure. Their efforts resulted in 222 participants on their Tour de Cure Team in 2012.
For their Insulin Quick Start Program which allows for same-day initiation of insulin therapy. Allina is the first Minnesota health system to implement this program. The Insulin Quick Start Program is critical because it allows patients to start on insulin the same day it is determined by their provider that it is needed. This program has proven to reduce A1c, average estimated blood glucose which in turn can lead to reduced diabetes complications.
For participating as a team in the Twin Cities Tour de Cure and raising $135,000 over 12 years in support of the American Diabetes Association. Paul’s Pedalers has consistently been a top friends and family team and holds the local record for consecutive participation by a team.