The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation’s Empire Ball Lit the Sky on December 13 to Fund Cure-Focused Research

$800,000 raised, bringing total Empire Ball
lifetime contributions to more than $43 million

NEW YORK (Dec. 21, 2023) – New York City’s Cipriani Wall Street played host to the real estate and construction industries for the 39th annual Empire Ball benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF). 500 attendees enjoyed a spectacular evening of five-star dining, dancing, and a shared purpose – their tireless dedication to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.

Bruce Mosler, Chairman of Global Brokerage at Cushman & Wakefield, and Mike Anello, Senior Vice President at Turner & Townsend, were the evening’s esteemed honorees whose passion for the DRIF’s mission filled the room with positivity, motivation, and courage to continue working toward a diabetes-free future.

“The DRI stands at the forefront of diabetes research,” said DRIF Chief Executive Officer, Michael Burton. “We are committed to one of the most ambitious goals in medical science – the prevention and cure of diabetes. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to all our sponsors and donors who made this evening such a tremendous success.”

As part of a longstanding tradition that highlights the impact of the Empire Ball, the DRI has once again partnered with prominent buildings and structures throughout the United States, Canada, and the UK to light the sky blue to raise awareness for the critical work being done to find a cure for diabetes. The 2023 Light the Sky for DRI Lighting Partners include:

Parent CompanyBuilding or Structure
Empire State Realty TrustEmpire State Building
Vornado Realty Trust731 Lexington Ave
Penn 1
Penn 11
Penn 2 Bustle
The Durst OrganizationOne Bryant Park, New York, NY
151 West 42nd Street, New York, NY
One World Trade Center, New York, NY
Canada Lands CompanyCN Tower, Toronto, Canada
New York State Thruway AuthorityThe Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
SL Green Realty Corp.One Vanderbilt
AT&T Discovery DistrictAT&T Headquarters
Warner Bros. DiscoveryHudson Yard Prow
SilverCastThe Great Wall
University of Miami Miller School of MedicineDiabetes Research Institute
London Eye, UK
Niagara Falls
Paramount VenturesParamount Miami World Center

The following committee members and sponsors have demonstrated their belief in the DRI’s mission through their generosity and commitment:

Event Vice Chairs: Charlie Rizzo, Stephen Rizzo, and Peter DiCapua

Chair Sponsor: QBS/QPS

Co-Chair Sponsors: Cushman & Wakefield, Field Brothers Commercial Properties, and Madison Service Corporation

Patron Sponsors: Cardoza Plumbing Corp., Curtis Partition Corp., Lehrer Cumming, SL Green Realty Corp., Structure Tone and LF Driscoll Healthcare, and Turner Construction

Benefactor Sponsors: Alliance Building Services; Bruce & Roberta Waller and Family; CodeGreen; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Inserra Supermarkets; JAD Corporation of America; JLL; JRM Construction Management, LLC; MG Engineering, D.P.C.; Newmark; Penguin An EMCOR Company; RXR; Silverstein Properties; Ted Moudis Associates; TEI Group; The Donaldson Organization; Turner & Townsend; VDA Elevator Consulting; and Vornado Realty Trust

About the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) and Foundation 
The Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) and Foundation were created for one reason – to cure diabetes – which is and will continue to be the singular focus until that goal is reached. As one of the largest and most comprehensive research centers dedicated to curing diabetes, the DRI is working to restore natural insulin production and normalize blood sugar levels without imposing other risks. Researchers have already shown that transplanted insulin-producing islet cells allow people with type 1 diabetes to live without the need for insulin injections. Some of the DRI’s islet transplant patients have been free from insulin for more than 10 years. Funding provided by the Foundation is the driving force that allows DRI scientists to pursue new and innovative ideas, and to speed these discoveries to patients. The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is the organization of choice for those who want to Be Part of the Cure. For more information, please visit or call 800-321-3437.

About the Empire Ball
Over the past four decades, the Empire Ball has become the New York City real estate and construction industries’ premier social and fundraising event of the season to benefit their charity of choice: the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.

For more information on ways to support the Empire Ball, please visit the Empire Ball website or join the conversation on social media: LinkedIn: Empire Ball – NYC Real Estate Industry, Supporting Diabetes Research Institute, Facebook: @driempireball, Instagram: @theempireball, and X (fka Twitter): @NYRealEstateDRI, and use the dedicated #EmpireBall and #LightTheSkyForDRI hashtags. For more information about the DRIF, visit or follow @diabetesresearch.

For more information on the Empire Ball or to get involved, please contact:
Max Kesten, Associate Director of Events, Northeast Region
Diabetes Research Institute Foundation
(646) 475-1574 or

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