JT Snow is hosting his 2nd annual Snowman Classic Celebrity Cocktail Competition at the Omni Hotel in San Francisco, which raises funds for his Snow Foundation to find a cure for the worst form of diabetes, called Wolfram Syndrome.
This year’s event features a new twist from last year’s event with 8 celebrities paired with 8 bartenders competing in 3 rounds to make the best cocktail. Guests will be able to watch the action, mix and mingle with Bay Area athletes and celebrities, try the cocktails, enjoy raffle and silent auction and much more.
Some celebrities already confirmed are SF Giants Hunter Pence, Matt Duffy, George Kontos, Warriors Festus Ezeli, Former SF Giant Dusty Baker, Broncos TJ Ward, Top Chef’s Ryan Scott, The Bachelor’s Ben Flajnik, Trailblazers Robin Lopez, Former 49ers Dana Stubblefield and more.
“We are getting ready for the Snowman Classic, by getting invites out to people all over the Bay Area who want to support us in finding a cure for the worst form of diabetes. I’m most looking forward to meeting all the people who will attend and spread the word about Wolfram’s Syndrome. Our goal is simple: we want to raise money and awareness to find a cure, so we can help all the children around the world with this terrible disease.”
– J.T. Snow
Tickets are still available and prices are $150, $350 (VIP). Higher packages and sponsorships are available, and information and tickets can be found at SnowmanClassic.Info.
The Snow Foundation, which was founded by former SF Giant and 6-Time Golden Glove Winner JT Snow and his younger sister Stephanie Snow Gebel, funds innovative research focused on finding a cure for the worst form of diabetes at the University of Washington in St. Louis.
In 2010, Stephanie’s daughter Raquel was diagnosed with a rare neurological disease called Wolfram syndrome, the most extreme form of diabetes. Typically by the time a child is 10, sight, hearing and brain function begin to deteriorate rapidly, and over 60% of patients don’t live past age 30.
The research that the Snow Foundation funds is spearheaded by renowned physician and researcher Dr. Fumihiko Urano, MD, whose main focus is to find a cure for juvenile diabetes. The Samuel E. Schechter Professor of Medicine uses stem cell-based therapeutics and gene-based diagnostics.
In recent developments Dr. Urano’s team has identified a small molecule drug candidate to reduce endoplasmic reticulum stress which has broad applications in the diabetes space. They also have a biological candidate which is believed to act similarly and has unique application in the pancreas, brain and eyes.
After Raquel was diagnosed with Wolfram syndrome, Stephanie and JT immediately put their heads and resources together to start the Snow Foundation. Stephanie’s relentless passion as a mother and JT’s devotion as a brother and influence as a public figure has greatly impacted diabetes research progress so far.
More information about The Snow Foundation can be found at TheSnowFoundation.org.