Breakthrough T1D One Night Gala 2024: Thank You!


Thank you for supporting the 42nd Annual Breakthrough T1D Greater New England Gala–One Night! On Saturday, April 6, more than 700 guests and volunteers joined us at the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport for an exceptional community-building evening. The energy and enthusiasm felt throughout the night was palpable! Many thanks to all of you, our incredible sponsors, families, and friends of Breakthrough T1D, for your generous participation that made this One Night to remember. To date, the event has raised a record-breaking $2.5 million for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research!

Hosted by our emcees, Vanessa Welch and Mark Ockerbloom of Boston 25 News, the evening kicked off with a moving compilation of interviews filmed at this year’s TypeOneNation Summit in Boston, of people affected by T1D, and the hidden challenges that they shared. We then highlighted the Breakthrough T1D Center of Excellence in New England, a world-class research institution with a laser-sharp focus on developing a cure. The center is an example of Breakthrough T1D’s innovative approach to funding research that includes some of the brightest scientific minds across the globe and encourages collaboration in discovering new therapies and ultimately, a cure.

We were thrilled to recognize this year’s honorees, Lisa and Neil Wallack. The Wallacks exemplify dedication in all they do, and their passion for finding cures is an inspiration. Lisa’s initial involvement with Breakthrough T1D began 50 years ago through her parents, Marilyn and Gerald Fishbone, who were among the founders of Breakthrough T1D after her brother Scott was diagnosed with T1D. Lisa and Neil increased their engagement with the Greater New England Chapter after their son, Harris, was diagnosed in 2001. Their countless and impactful contributions have benefited our local chapter as well as national and international Breakthrough T1D initiatives. Lisa and Neil have helped to bridge the past to the future for their children and extended family to also support Breakthrough T1D and the broader T1D community. We invite you to view their video and to share their message broadly to help further drive our mission forward:

Perry, Sydney, Lisa, Neil, and Harris Wallack

Fund A Cure

There is still time to donate to Fund A Cure! One of the most powerful aspects of the Gala each year takes place during this special portion of the evening. We are truly grateful to Lisa, Neil, and Harris for sharing their story, and for motivating generosity and hope. Gifts to Fund A Cure are 100% tax deductible and are as critical as ever, as they directly support ground-breaking T1D research. If you or someone you know is interested in contributing, please visit, or call 781-431-0700. You may view Lisa, Neil, and Harris’ heartfelt speeches by visiting

Thank You to our Breakthrough T1D One Night Partners and Event Volunteers
The evening would not have been possible without the amazing support of our Breakthrough T1D partners. We are grateful to our corporate sponsors for their consistent and generous support of Breakthrough T1D. We offer very special thanks to our extraordinary One Night Gala Committee led by Gala Chair, Dawn McGrew; Corporate Development Committee co-chaired by Liz Chang and Corey Rosenfield; and Greater New England Community Board under the leadership of Community Board President, Jaleen Siekman, for their tireless efforts, endless creativity, and unwavering dedication to making the evening both memorable and impactful. We extend gratitude to Brian Smith and his team, for producing the evening’s inspiring videos and for always bringing unparalleled talent and passion to the program! Lastly, thank you to the 100 event volunteers who assisted the Breakthrough T1D Greater New England staff and Gala Committee leading up to, during, and following the event. We are truly appreciative of everyone who provided time, talent, treasure, and ties to ensure this year’s Gala was a success!

The beautiful photos from the evening, captured by Kevin Trimmer Photography, may be viewed at

We are deeply grateful for your ongoing support of Breakthrough T1D, One Night, and our mission. Thank you for being a part of Breakthrough T1D’s transformative research, advocacy, and outreach efforts, and for bringing us one step closer to a cure. We look forward to seeing you at Breakthrough T1D’s next event!

With heartfelt appreciation,
The Breakthrough T1D Greater New England Chapter

Be the Momentum. Be the Progress. Be the Cure.