Celebrating their 10th Anniversary, Friends for the Cure to host Mardi for a Cure

All proceeds will benefit the University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center

(Chicago – January 16, 2014) – Friends for the Cure will host a black tie cocktail party on March 1, 2014 at the Montgomery Club of Chicago to support the University of Chicago Medicine Kovler Diabetes Center. In 2003, founder Margery Teller – one of Crain’s Chicago Business100 Most Influential Women – merged a group of associates from her trading career with 80 other committed individuals to form Friends for the Cure. Over the past decade, this dynamic group of friends from Chicago has raised more than $2mm to primarily fund research for a cure for diabetes. The goal this year is to raise $500,000 to support Kovler scientists in finding a cure for this terrible and pervasive disease.

More than 600 attendees will gather for an evening of dark magic and decadent delights at the Montgomery Club. In creative black tie, attendees will be transported to the French Quarter at its Mardi Gras best. Guests will sip Hurricanes, strut to vibrant jazz, thrill to strolling performance artists and feast on New Orleans-inspired cuisine. Event will also feature one-of-a-kind auction offerings which include vacation destinations in the Caribbean and Park City, as well as spa and restaurant packages, sporting events and more.

“We are honored by the incredible generosity of Friends for the Cure to support five important research projects at Kovler,” said Peggy Hasenauer, MS, RN, Executive Director of University of Chicago Medicine Kovler Diabetes Center. “Kovler is dedicated to cutting-edge research and discoveries, providing our patients with the best care and giving our global community tools and resources to manage diabetes This event will help us greatly expand our efforts.”

Friends for the Cure will support the following critical research initiatives of the University of Chicago Medicine Kovler Diabetes Center.

  • Insulin Pump and Sensor Technology Clinical Research Program
  • Beta Cell Research and Beta Cell Encapsulation Therapeutics
  • Genetics and Diabetes Research Initiative
  • Adult Stem Cell Project
  • Emotional Health & Wellness Program for Individuals Facing the Challenges of Diabetes

“We are thrilled to support Kovler this year funding world-class research happening in our own backyard with global impact.” said Margery Teller, Chair of Friends for the Cure. “Each year our parties are like no other, creating a fun, once-in-a-lifetime experience while raising critical research for diabetes.”


Mardi for a Cure
March 1, 2014 – 7:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Montgomery Club of Chicago
500 W. Superior Street

Tickets for Mardi for a Cure are $225 per person if purchased by February 20th and $250 per person thereafter. VIP Tickets are $350 per person and include a special reception from 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. For more details on Mardi for a Cure, please visit www.friendsforthecure.com.

The University of Chicago Medicine’s Kovler Diabetes Center is dedicated to continuing a tradition of excellence in clinical care, basic and clinical research, community engagement and education. Its mission is to deliver leading-edge care and develop innovative treatments and cures for individuals with diabetes throughout their lifespan. Established in 2006, the Kovler Diabetes Center has had a significant impact on the diabetes research, treatment and education around the world. For more information please visit www.kovlerdiabetescenter.org.