Cashmans to Be Honored By JDRF at 33rd Annual Boston Gala

Recognition at One Night for 14 year commitment to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D)

CHELSEA, Mass.--()--Metro Credit Union, the largest state-chartered credit union in Massachusetts, announced that Robert and Shari Cashman will be honorees at the JDRF New England Chapter’s 33rd Annual Boston Gala on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The goal of the black tie event is to raise more than $1.5 million to fund research to turn Type One into Type None.

Robert and Shari Cashman became involved with JDRF after their daughter, Alyssa, was diagnosed with T1D in 2001. For the past fourteen years they have both served on the board of directors, have chaired the annual walk and the gala fundraisers, worked on the event committees and have shared their voices as advocates to assure the US Government is focusing dollars to research. Each year Alyssa’s All-Stars walk team raises funding necessary to help advance treatment options and find a cure. To date, Alyssa’s All-Stars alone has raised over $500,000.

“We have been working to find a cure for 14 years and our support of JDRF remains steadfast,” said Robert Cashman, President and CEO of Metro Credit Union. “Alyssa motivates us every day to keep working until we eradicate T1D. Our efforts focus in support of the millions like Alyssa who do not have a choice and continue to live with T1D in their daily lives.”

The Nancy Jones Diabetes Champions Award will be given to Marshalls for their commitment to JDRF. For the past 21 years, Marshalls has supported JDRF through an annual in-store fundraiser, donations from the TJX Foundation and store support of local JDRF chapters. These combined efforts have resulted in the donation of more than $25 million to JDRF, supporting their imperative mission to find a cure for diabetes.

The 2015 Boston Gala will also feature a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception, seated dinner, live and silent auctions, a Fund A Cure auction in which donations are made directly to fund T1D research, and dancing to the sounds of One Step Ahead. This year’s One Night event will also feature a special performance by Tony Award Winner and two-time Grammy Award Winner, the original star of Dreamgirls, Jennifer Holliday.

For additional information about the 33rd Annual Boston Gala, or to support the event, visit

About JDRF
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.

As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $568 million in scientific research in 17 countries. In 2012 alone, JDRF provided more than $110 million to T1D research. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. In 2012 Forbes magazine named JDRF one of its five All-Star charities, citing the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness.

About Metro Credit Union
Metro Credit Union is the largest state-chartered credit union in Massachusetts with over $1.3 billion in assets, and serves more than 170,000 members. It is a growing, federally insured financial institution and a leading provider of a full range of financial services to anyone living or working in Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Plymouth, Barnstable or Worcester counties in Eastern Massachusetts, as well as Massachusetts state employees and retirees throughout the Commonwealth.

Founded in 1926, Metro Credit Union is a non-profit cooperative institution, owned by and operated for the people who use and benefit from its products and services. Metro uses superior customer service and technology to deliver a full range of financial products to consumers and businesses in eastern Massachusetts. Metro is well known for providing members with unlimited refunds of other banks’ ATM fees through its My Reward Checking account.

Metro Credit Union has 15 branch offices conveniently located in Boston, Burlington, Chelsea, Framingham, Lawrence, Lynn, Melrose, Newton, Peabody, Salem, and Tewksbury, and is also a leader in workplace banking, serving over 1,800 companies throughout the state.

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