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‘Laughter is the best medicine!’ the 2010 JDRF Vision Gala

Emily Stratton / Liz RicoSpecial to the Sun

RENO, Nev. andamp;#8220;Laughter is the Best Medicine!andamp;#8221; is the inspirational theme to this year’s Vision Gala hosted by the Northern Nevada Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The Vision Gala, April 24, 2010 held at the Downtown Reno Ballroom, features comedy from the well-known Sinbad, who helps JDRF stay true to this year’s theme. In addition, JDRF honors government relations and advertising executive, Pete Ernaut and his wife, Wendy.The JDRF Vision Gala features a semi-formal candlelit gourmet dinner plus an exclusive auction with sporting event tickets, dinner packages, autographed memorabilia, travel packages, jewelry and more. A highlight of the evening will be JDRF’s exciting Fund-a- Cure, where 100 percent of all money raised is directed to a specific diabetes research grant in honor of the Ernauts and Northern Nevada children with diabetes. This year the evening will be capped off with feel-good humor in a special show from Sinbad, ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 comedians of all time. JDRF offers a diverse support network for patients and relatives, including family-to-family programs and mentors provided by local chapters. As many as three million Americans have type 1 diabetes and more than 21 million have type 2 diabetes. In addition, more than 40 children a day are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and the number is steadily increasing. Sponsorship levels for the 2010 Laughter JDRF Vision Gala range from $2,000 for a table of eight to presenting sponsorship at $25,000. Individual tickets are available for $250 per person. To reserve a table to this year’s gala or for sponsorship or silent auction contributions, call (775) 786-1881 or log on to http://www.JDRF.org/northernnevada.Wendy Ernaut, a longtime and dedicated board member of the Northern Nevada branch of JDRF, has worked tirelessly to raise money for diabetes research and is currently serving her second term on the board of directors. A mother of four, she is committed to many causes that impact the lives of children. Ernaut has given more than eight years of passionate support to JDRF and children with juvenile diabetes and has been instrumental in advancing the cause and helping to fund research to cure diabetes research in Northern Nevada.Pete Ernaut is president of Government and Public Affairs at Randamp;R Partners, and runs the day-to-day lobbying and government affairs operations, leading Randamp;R Partners’ efforts to expand the agency’s government affairs and lobbying capabilities both regionally and nationally. A former three-term Republican state assemblyman, Ernaut chaired a number of strategic committees. Widely known as one of Nevada’s most influential political consultants, he managed the successful campaign of former Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn. He subsequently served as Guinn’s chief of staff, supervising all strategic, administrative and legislative affairs. Some landmark achievements include the privatization of workers’ compensation, the creation of Nevada’s Millennium Scholarship, as well as the Senior RX program, which uses tobacco settlement proceeds to reduce medication costs for seniors on fixed incomes.JDRF is the leading charitable funder and advocate for research on type 1 diabetes and its complications. Type 1 diabetes strikes children suddenly, making them dependent on injected or pumped insulin for life. It carries the constant threat of devastating complications including blindness, amputation, kidney failure, doubles the risk of heart disease or stroke and shortened life expectancy. JDRF drives the diabetes research portfolio, funding more than any other non-governmental agency in the world.