The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

May 1, 2014

Hy-Vee, Rastrelli's host fundraiser

By Brenden West Assistant Editor
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON – The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is finding that Type-I diabetes is growing among children. That’s why every dollar counts for JDRF development coordinator Mike Schrock.

“We’re trying to raise funds for researching Type-I not only to cure diabetes but also treat and prevent,” he said. Forbes magazine rated gave the charity an 82.5 percent efficiency rating in 2012 – meaning 82.5 cents of every dollar raised by JDRF goes directly toward research. This statistic is among the highest in the country.

“Every dollar gets us closer to finding our goal – a cure,” Shrock said. “Whether it’s an event or some kid selling lemonade outside their house.”

That’s why Shrock has praises for the work of the Hy-Vee grocery chains supporting the cause. Clinton’s Hy-Vee is organizing its Seventh Annual JDRF fundraiser for tonight.

From 6 to 9 p.m., Rastrelli’s will house the wine-tasting event where attendants can try specialty beers and wines, silent auction for prizes and enjoy hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds will go to JDRF, with $35 tickets still available for purchase at the door.

Hy-Vee dairy manager Curtis Farley got involved with the event years ago and is now one of its main organizers. In addition to helping JDRF, the store sends a contingent of bikers to La Crosse, Wis., for another fund-raising effort for a cure.

“We’re proud that we can represent the store in this way,” Farley said. “JDRF is the leading researcher for Type-I diabetes. The research is very important and they’ve made quite a few advancements.”

Farley and Shrock both encouraged public participation. The event will take place in Rastrelli’s Tuscani and Avanti rooms.

Brenden West can be contacted at brendenwest@clintonherald.com.