Friday, 20 April 2012 00:00
Glen Cove’s ninth annual fundraiser dinner for DRI, the Diabetes Research Institute was a huge success. After Monday’s dinner, total local fundraising has reached around half a million dollars, according to event chair Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, who is also Nassau County legislator for the area.
The 2012 “Cooking for a Cure” event honored Mr. and Mrs. Greg Trunz of The Swan Club along with “special guest” Glen Cove City councilman and diabetes survivor Anthony Jimenez.
Long Island’s own Kevin Covais of American Idol fame – who is living with diabetes himself – provided special entertainment.
Event chair DeRiggi-Whitton said, “Our honorees, and special guests made this night a truly inspirational event. Having Kevin Covais, the American Idol finalist, join us was a great surprise. I am so thankful for the continued support of our committee and the community, and I truly believe that our efforts will help the DRI to one day find the cure for diabetes.”
The honorees, Jeannie and Greg Trunz, met at Rider University in 1981 and married in 1984. They reside in Hauppauge where they raised their four children. Greg and his brothers are owners of The Swan Club in Roslyn Harbor. After their daughter Allison’s death in 1997, they became active fundraisers for the Making Headway Foundation, which services children with brain and spinal cord tumors. When their daughter Katy was diagnosed with diabetes during the summer of 2004 their focus began to switch toward diabetes research. They have been active members of the Kindred Spirits support group at Winthrop Hospital. Being their daughter’s advocate at school and keeping abreast of technological advances in diabetes care has become a bit of a passion. Both support Katy as she takes on the roles of counselor in training at diabetes camp, member of her dance studio’s dance company, NYSSMA pianist and vocalist, honor student and budding thespian! They are the proud parents of a very healthy diabetic teenager.