JDRF Press Release

East Lansing, MI--Through in store fundraising and a golf outing Douglas J staff, students and guests helped raise over $90,000 this year for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Money was raised through donations, small events and large scale events like the Catwalk for a Cure Fashion Show held at the Royal Oak Aveda Institute.

The 11th annual golf outing was held at Walnut Hills Golf Club bringing together over 144 golfers and 50 sponsors for one common cause. The event was concluded with a Helicopter Golf Ball Drop on the 18th hole. People were given the opportunity to buy a golf ball (raffle entry) to be dropped from a helicopter at the end of the day. The company sold a record breaking 463 balls helping to add to the overall fundraising efforts.

Douglas J Golf Outing Douglas J has a long history of community giving that stretches the entire history of the company. Douglas Weaver, founder, is adamant on giving back to the community that helped grow a successful business. Though active year round, Douglas J’s philanthropic arm kicks into high gear to help raise funds for the JDRF. This cause is near and dear to the heart of the company as Weaver’s very own granddaughter, Sami, was diagnosed at the unprecedented young age of 18 months in 1998. Since then, Douglas J as a company holds a firm commitment as a Title Sponsor with the JDRF Walk for the Cure in East Lansing, MI.

Douglas J would like to take the opportunity to thank all who participated and made donations. This undertaking benefits so many and could not happen with out the support of our local communities. Fundraising does not come without expenses. When the dust settled, Douglas J was able to give 100% of the net profits to the JDRF totaling $69,115.52.

Douglas J is a regional company that runs spas, salons and cosmetology institutes in Ann Arbor, East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Okemos, Chicago and now Knoxville, TN. The Aveda Institute is a highly esteemed institution that offers programs in cosmetology and esthiology to prepare its students for careers in the salon industry. To learn more about Douglas J and the Aveda Institute, visit www.douglasj.com and www.avedainstitutechicago.com

Since it’s founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.3 billion to diabetes research — more than any other non-profit, non-governmental agency in the world. More than 85 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education. For more information, visit www.jdrf.org.

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