Officials To Hold Fundraiser For Diabetes


This year’s 17th “Cooking For a Cure” event that will raise funds for diabetes research will take place on Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at The Crescent Beach Club in Bayville. This popular and important event has raised more than $1 million for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF), which is a global leader in cure-focused diabetes research.
This year’s event honorees are the Paolillo family. Soon after Kathryn Paolillo was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 18, she and the rest of the Paolillo family and friends jumped eagerly into multiple events to raise money for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, including starting some new ones. Four years and dozens of initiatives later, the Paolillos devote even more time and energy for DRIF. For three generations, the family has lived in Glen Cove and run S. Paolillo & Sons, a successful HVAC business for three generations. “The event committee is so appreciative of everything the Paolillo family does to support the DRI,” Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, who co-chairs the event with Rebecca Castronovo, said. “We are very proud to recognize them as our 2020 Honorees and look forward to continuing to work side by side with their family to raise more money to hopefully find a permanent cure for Type 1 diabetes.” Delia has been very involved with the DRI since her oldest daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of three.
The April 6 Crescent Beach Club gala will feature special cooking demonstrations by surprise chefs, a martini tasting bar, music by Chris Kinnear and Jason Liebman and dozens of fabulous raffle and silent auction prizes, including dinner for eight in the winner’s home with Chef Bryan Naylor. Tickets are $100 per person and sponsorships are still available. The committee wishes to thank event sponsors Bruce and Roberta Waller and The Peter & Jeri Dejana Family Foundation for their exceptional generosity.
The DRIF leads the world in cure-focused research. Research behind their BioHub, a bioengineered “mini organ” that mimics the function of the native pancreas, has seen great success in clinical trials. For more information about the “Cooking For a Cure” event, contact Yashie Vindell at Be sure to also visit to learn about the promising studies the organization conduct.

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