McKinley Expands Partnership with JDRFMarch 27, 2014
Ann Arbor, MI – McKinley CEO Albert M. Berriz and Kate Durak, Executive Director of JDRF’s Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan Chapter to cure diabetes jointly announced today that McKinley will be the Presenting Sponsor for 2014 Ann Arbor JDRF Walk. In addition to the financial commitment, Berriz volunteered to be the 2014 Ann Arbor Walk Corporate Fundraising Chair. The announcement includes an additional commitment by Berriz that Meredith Mitchell, McKinley's Corporate Wellness Director, will lead walk teams at JDRF walk events in the various McKinley communities throughout its nationwide real estate platform.
"We have a long term relationship with JDRF and we are excited to expand our partnership with Kate and her marvelous team. At McKinley, we are committed to having a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). Many of our McKinley family members and their loved ones battle T1D every day, and we are here to say that we are committed to be a part of the solution that is turning TYPE ONE INTO TYPE NONE," stated Berriz.
“JDRF is truly honored and grateful to have the amazing support of Albert M. Berriz and the entire McKinley family. This partnership will have a tremendous impact on our efforts to fund leading-edge research that will help millions of individuals living with daily burdens and life-threatening complications of T1D – until ultimately we find the cure,” said Durak. “In fact, we are extremely pleased to be funding significant research right here in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan,” added Ms. Durak.
The Ann Arbor/Dexter Walk to Cure Diabetes is a 5k fun Walk that will take place along the beautiful trails of Hudson Mills Metro Park at 8:30 a.m. on September 28, 2014. In addition to corporate sponsorships, considerable funds are raised through individual and team walkers obtaining donations from family, friends and co-workers. In 2013, the Ann Arbor event welcomed over 2,500 people and raised over $700,000 to prevent, treat, and cure type 1 diabetes (T1D). This year’s fundraising goal has been set at $750,000. McKinley launched the 2014 Ann Arbor Walk effort with a $25,000 corporate gift and a commitment to organize a huge walk team. Please join McKinley to fund a cure and sign up for a corporate sponsorship or walk team in support of the JDRF Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan Chapter today!