The second annual Shopping, Luncheon and Fashion Show - a fundraiser to benefit Type 1 diabetes research, raised more than $8,000 last week.
The private fundraiser, sponsored by Karen and Bob Goodall, kicked off at Fairvue Plantation with the popular Mimosas and Shopping event, where nearly 150 guests had an array of clothing and jewelry to choose from provided by The French Shoppe.
It was followed by a Southwestern buffet luncheon and fashion show, with clothing also provided by The French Shoppe. The event was started after the Goodall's daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes while attending college.
"While it does hit juveniles, it can hit at any age," Karen Goodall said. "This is why we fight for a cure, but our main goal is not the fundraising. It's to raise awareness in Sumner County about Type 1 diabetes."
The Goodall's also chair another important event to benefit juvenile diabetes - the JDRF Promise Gala, which will be held at the Omni Nashville Hotel on April 22. This year around 800 people are expected to attend and the fundraising goal is $1.3 million - the same amount raised last year, Goodall said.
Goodall said last year, the Promise Gala was the number one fundraising event in Middle Tennessee; rising more than any other fundraiser.
"That shows what kind of need there is," she said.
This year's black tie event will feature both a live and silent suction with more than $350,000 in items. Residents interested in receiving an invitation to the gala can contact Mary Lyn Schuh at (615) 975-8300.