Another Year… Another Gala!

I can’t believe it’s already July…only a little over three months until our 5th Annual HSF Fundraising Gala at the famous Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Once again, I am blessed to have an incredible team working beside me…from my Board of Directors and Board of Advisors to committee members and volunteers.

We’re honored to have “Lisa Lee” and Marcus Arneaud as Head Chair and Co-Chair, along with WPLG Anchor/Reporter Constance Jones as the Emcee. Rounding out our esteemed assemblage is our Event Coordinator, Ana Vento of Events by Vento Designs.

The Hypoglycemia Takes Center Stage “Lady in Red” Gala will include our “Committed to Excellence” Award, honoring community leaders dedicated to education, support and outreach for the cause. Honorees include:

  • Keith W. Berkowitz, M.D., Founder of The Center for Balanced Health
  • Valerie Berkowitz, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., Director of Nutrition, The Center for Balanced Health
  • John DeLuca, M.D., D.C., M.S., Integrative Medicine Physician
  • Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, President/CEO, Children’s Services Council of Broward County

  • This exciting and fun-filled evening will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, dancing, a tribute ceremony and entertainment. Most importantly, it will be a celebration of what the HSF has already accomplished and of our incredible plans for the future!

    This year, we are working harder than ever to make our gala a huge success. We’re dedicating it to Children with Hypoglycemia! Preceding the main event, we will be showcasing a new brochure and the first-ever website devoted strictly to this concern…

    Funds raised through individual and corporate donations will be used to further research into the food/mood connection in children and adults as well as to finance studies into the correlation between hypoglycemia & diabetes and hypoglycemia & alcoholism.

    We hope you will find a way to celebrate with us at the gala, but there are many other ways to contribute if you’re unable to join us…sponsoring a table, underwriting one of the gala expenses, donations of silent auction or monetary gifts (no amount is too small!). Doing so helps ensure that the HSF’s mission – “to provide support, advocacy and information for the causes, prevention and management of hypoglycemia, also known as low blood sugar” – is not only alive, but thriving!

    Excerpts from the HSF’s (e)mailbag…

    My son Parker is 7 years old and has hypoglycemia…he has hypoglycemia so bad that he wears an alarm watch that reminds him to eat every 2 hours. If not, his sugar plummets and he experiences severe symptoms. I am so excited that I found the HSF’s website and Facebook where I can connect with other mothers of children experiencing the same challenges. I can’t thank you enough!

    I have a 6 year old who has been diagnosed and recently my 4 yr old has been diagnosed also. I feel for them, but I can see when things start to happen and am trying to make them understand to ‘listen to your body’ and eat/recoup. It’s frustrating that their school teachers and others don’t fully understand what they are going through (including my hubby). Sometimes they will have a big play/run around and then ‘crash’ and they think they are just being lazy. Or they don’t eat enough lunch and a few hours later an ‘outburst’ of frustration comes out. I hate the fact that they don’t ‘get it’ BUT I have found this Facebook page and look forward to reading and receiving posts about what happening. It’s good to know that there’s something out there I can read/relate to. So thanks!!

    My daughter, who is 14, was recently diagnosed with hypoglycemia. Until the diagnosis, we couldn’t figure out what was wrong. All of a sudden she went from a beautiful young lady, straight “A” student to a daughter contemplating suicide. We are attempting to become educated about this disease, but as we sit and wait for an opening for a visit with an endocrinologist, I am hoping you may help lead us in the right direction, particularly with the diet. We have been to a nutritionist but that doesn’t seem to help. Any help you may provide would be truly welcomed. Thank you.

    My 12 year old has suffered from obesity and depression for years. Even now she’s on Zoloft. Last week, I took her to Phoenix Children’s hospital where the endocrinologist is working with obese children. She gave me a glucose monitor and we started keeping track of her sugar. In the mornings her sugar’s at 95-110, but by 3pm (she eats lunch at school at 11:00 am), her sugar dropped to 50. Her father has had hypoglycemia and has refused to take care of himself. I won’t let this happen to my daughter now that I have found your website; I know I will have a continual support. I have hope that my daughter will be able to get off meds for depression and will be treated with a sensible diet. Thank you for your hard work.

    My 5 year old daughter has been diagnosed with hypoglycemia; can you recommend any information especially for children? I am at a complete loss!! If she eats sugar, is that why she gets silly and runs around!?? HELP! Thanks.

    I am a 15 year old and I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia about a year ago. I can’t find any way to control what happens. I have passed out in the school parking lot and in class. I have been in the hospital for it and no one really knows what causes it.

    I’m the mother of a 5 year old, recently diagnosed with ADHD and Hypoglycemia. The past few years we thought she was hyper and going through a phase but the past six months she got worse and we knew it had to be something more. I bought your book, and I’m learning a lot. Can you help me out with the diet I should put her on without buying something organic and going over my food budget? I don’t know where to start and really what kind of drinks she can have. Do you have any suggestions…? I need help. Thank you.

    I hope these excerpts keep our ongoing mission and upcoming gala fresh in your mind as the rest of a fabulous summer winds down.  Mark your calendar – October 3rd – and get ready to dance the night away. Fun, food and fundraising – it can’t get any better than this!!

    Here’s to your health,



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