LewisCincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis and his wife, Peggy, will receive the Cincinnatians of the Year award at the annual Greater Cincinnati Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation "Wild for a Cure" Gala on Saturday, May 12 at the Duke Energy Center.
The black tie event, including dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, is expected to raise more than $1 million for research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.
"Peggy and I are honored to be recognized by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation," said Coach Lewis. "We admire the important work that the Foundation does to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes."
Coach Lewis and his wife have been active in the Greater Cincinnati community since joining the Bengals in 2003. Through the Marvin Lewis Foundation, more than $2 million has been distributed to youth organizations and non-profits in our area.
"We are thrilled to have Peggy and Marvin Lewis as our honorees," said Bill Rice, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of JDRF. "They have done so much to help individuals in the Greater Cincinnati area. Partnerships with outstanding citizens such as Coach Lewis and his wife are what enable JDRF to speed faster down the path to a cure."
For tickets or sponsor information about the "Wild for a Cure" gala, contact Jennifer Trokhan at the JDRF office at 513-793-3223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JDRF was founded in 1970 by the parents of children with type 1 diabetes - a disease that strikes children, adolescents, and adults suddenly, makes them insulin dependent for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Since inception, JDRF has provided more than $1 billion to diabetes research worldwide. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education. JDRF's mission is constant: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.