Breakthrough T1D to Honor Savills Executive Adam Singer at the 19th Annual Hope Gala


On November 2, the JDRF Capital Chapter will honor Savills executive and former Breakthrough T1D International Board Member Adam Singer at the 19th Annual Breakthrough T1D Hope Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Singer is being recognized for his 40 years of leadership and significant contributions to Breakthrough T1D’s vision of a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).

After being diagnosed with T1D in 1978 at age 18, Singer teamed up with Breakthrough T1D’s founding families to focus on finding a cure for diabetes. While he was a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Singer started T1D support groups in more than 30 Breakthrough T1D chapters. Singer served as a member of Breakthrough T1D’s International Board of Directors from 1982 to 1985, the youngest member in Breakthrough T1D’s history. He also was Chairman of the Board of the Capital Chapter in 1988 and 1989. Currently, he is serving as a Director Emeritus of the Breakthrough T1D International Board of Directors.

After starting his career in commercial real estate in the 1980s, Singer rallied his colleagues at Savills and within the industry to support Breakthrough T1D and bring awareness to T1D.  In 1990 Singer founded the Breakthrough T1D Real Estate Games in DC to raise funds for research. This annual day of Olympic-style competitions has grown into the premier fundraising event for the DC-area commercial real estate community, raising over $10 million for T1D research since its inception. This year alone the DC Games raised a record-breaking $730,000 and hosted more than 3,000 participants at American University. His legacy continues to grow as Breakthrough T1D expanded the Real Estate Games to New York City and Chicago with further expansion planned in Indianapolis, Nashville, Toronto, London, and other cities by 2021.

Singer is an executive managing director of Savills and for over 35 years has managed prestigious national account clients, completing work in more than 100 cities. He is known throughout the firm and his industry as an experienced consultant, master of ceremonies for big events, dedicated mentor and thought leader. Throughout his distinguished career, Singer has had an active presence, locally and nationally, in the nonprofit world. He has worked on a pro bono basis and served in leadership positions for several charities, but none more so than Breakthrough T1D.

“Adam has been involved with Breakthrough T1D for 40 years and has contributed his time, talents, treasure and good humor to advance Breakthrough T1D’s mission both locally and across the country, “said Brett Fine, Breakthrough T1D Capital Chapter President. “We have a unique opportunity to honor Adam’s incredible efforts for Breakthrough T1D in the best possible way – by making this year’s Gala the most successful in our history.”

“Adam’s commitment to engage the real estate community and raise funds for Breakthrough T1D is a model for volunteerism and involvement for Savills offices across the country. For decades, Adam’s philanthropic endeavors and leadership has led the Real Estate Games to be the industry’s singular, most important fundraiser of the year. Savills is honored to be partnered with Breakthrough T1D, and with Adam’s relentless support, grow our partnership to markets around the world,” said Savills Vice Chairman and Director, David Lipson.

Adam and his wife Suzanne live in Potomac, Maryland. They have two sons, Matt and Dominic.

This year’s Breakthrough T1D Hope Gala, chaired by Jim and Cathy Carey, will bring together more than 700 philanthropic community leaders to raise critical funds for research to cure, prevent and treat T1D. The black tie event will feature a cocktail reception, a seated dinner, silent and live auctions and outstanding entertainment. For more information about the event visit