Over 1,500 people turned out for the 5K walk at Ft. Desoto in St. Petersburg on Saturday, March 17, 2012 (St. Patrick’s Day) to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). This year, a new, unexpected $5 parking fee presented a challenge to the fundraising event. Organizers were concerned that the new fee would turn some volunteers away from the walk and affect how much others could afford to donate.
Sheri Diller, Jabil Supply Chain Development Manager in St. Petersburg, Fl. and the Jabil walkers volunteer organizer for the JDRF event, alerted Jabil to the parking fee. Jabil quickly stepped in to sponsor a $5 parking pass for each volunteer at the event. In addition to the generous parking sponsorship, Sherri held several fundraising events at Jabil during the week of the walk. Between the fundraisers and the walk, Jabil employees raised over $1,500 for JRDF. For Jabil employee, Denise Riordan, Commodity Manager for Distribution in St. Petersburg, joining the JRDF Jabil walkers was personal. Having children in her extended family with Type I Diabetes, Denise understands what it is like for a family dealing with Juvenile Diabetes.
“I can’t imagine as a parent waking up in the middle of the night to make sure my child isn’t in a diabetic coma.”
According to the JDRF website, JDRF directed nearly $116 million to fund research, bringing total funding to more than $1.6 billion since inception in 1970.
Carolyn Boos, Executive Director of the JDRF’s Tampa Chapter, notes that the JDRF Tampa Chapter contributes $3.5 million in research funds to the University of South Florida and $1 million to the JABE Foundation.