Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - August 19, 2011

Neil Diamond Tribute will help diabetes research

Concert returns to Wente by popular demand

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

The Neil Diamond tribute band is returning by popular demand tonight to perform a concert and dinner benefit at Wente Vineyards for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's "Summer Classic."

"We are thrilled to have 'Super Diamond' back for 2011," said Jason Skeoch, co-founder of Active Charity, which is putting on the sixth annual JDRF fundraiser. "The dance floor was packed all night and our supporters enjoyed over four decades of Neil Diamond hits."

Besides the dinner and concert, the event will include a live and silent auction to raise money to help kids battling diabetes. The fundraiser includes a separate, optional golf tournament earlier today.

Active Charity is a group of local businessmen and their supporters who have raised over $1.4 million dollars for JDRF in the first five years. Chevron is the presenting sponsor tonight. Valentine Wealth is the host sponsor.

"The money raised helps our treatment, education and prevention programs, aimed at kids and their families coping with juvenile diabetes," said Kelly Craft of JDRF.

Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.5 billion to diabetes research, including more than $107 million last year. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education. For more information, visit www.JDRFbayarea.org.

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