By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald
---- — CLINTON — The Clinton Hy-Vee is inviting people to sample wine and beer this Friday to raise funds to benefit juvenile diabetes research.
The Sixth Annual Beer and Wine Show will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Oakwood Grand Ballroom at the Wild Rose Casino & Resort, 777 Wild Rose Drive. The event will feature door prizes, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and a chocolate fountain. Proceeds will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and to sponsor riders during the Ride to Cure Diabetes.
Clinton Hy-Vee JDRF Event Coordinator Curtis Farley said juvenile diabetes is a disease the company has been concerned with for more than 90 years. According to the Hy-Vee website, the disease struck the Hy-Vee family in 1921, when company cofounder Charles Hyde’s oldest son, Paul, died from the disease at age 8.
“As the needs of diabetic children grew, Hy-Vee dedicated its efforts to help the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation find a cure for the debilitating disease,” the website states.
Farley said in a letter that the JDRF is the worldwide leader in funding research to cure Type 1 diabetes. He added that Hy-Vee is proud to partner in their research for a cure. The company has raised almost $10 million through various corporate store events since 1998.
“The impact that Hy-vee has had on important researches is probably immeasurable,” JDRF Executive Director AnnElise Walsh said.
Walsh said the JDRF funds research globally to try to find treatments and cures for Type 1 diabetes. Currently, a project is being funded that would create an artificial pancreas. This would help people with Type 1 diabetes better maintain blood sugar levels within a target range with minimal effort.
“It’s a full-time job to keep your health in check when you have Type 1 diabetes,” Walsh said. More about the artificial pancreas project is available at http://www.artificialpancreasproject.com.
The Clinton Hy-Vee started its beer and wine show in 2008 after Chris DeSaulniers became the store manager. Farley said it was DeSaulniers who approached him about holding a wine sampling event as a fundraiser for JDRF. Walsh said DeSaulniers has been a great supporter of JDRF, participating in the Ride for the Cure more than 10 times.
Last year, the Clinton Hy-Vee sent five riders to LaCrosse, Wis., for the Ride for the Cure. The company as a whole, sent more than 100 riders last year.
“There’s a lot of sponsors. A lot of friends of Hy-Vee that help us out each year with this event,” Farley said.
He added that the event would not be possible without sponsors and volunteers.