DALLAS – (February 12, 2014) – deBoulle Diamond and Jewelry hosted the third annual Sweethearts for Sweeney gala on February 12, in support of Camp Sweeney a summer camp for children with Type I diabetes.
The Sweethearts for Sweeney gala began in 2012 in collaboration with Denis and Karen Boulle when close friend David Genever-Watling identified the need to support scholarships for underprivileged children to attend Camp Sweeney.
Camp Sweeney, owned and operated by the Southwestern Diabetic Foundation, a non-profit organization, runs the only lifestyle development program for children with Type I diabetes in the world.
“At Camp Sweeney, we believe that simply teaching children about diabetes is just not enough. Our goal is that every child who attends our camp will not only learn about his or her condition, but will find the inner strength each day to do what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle,” said Camp Director, Ernie Fernandez.
When a child is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, his or her life is changed forever. Insulin injections, pump site changes, blood-sugar tests, and a diet plan become a part of the daily routine for a child with diabetes.
“As deBoulle celebrates our 30th year in the Dallas community we understand the importance of supporting our community. We proudly support Camp Sweeney and their mission to serve children with Type I diabetes,” said Denis Boulle, founder of deBoulle.
Over 150 patrons attended the event at deBoulle on Wednesday, February 12, helping raise more than $195,000 to fund special scholarships for children with extraordinary financial needs.
Donors funded camper scholarships, and purchased raffle tickets for high-end raffle items including a Men’s Rolex Watch provided by deBoulle, $2,500 Shopping Spree from Elements Botique, Chef’s dinner for 10 with wine pairing from Abacus and Staycation for two from the Joule Hotel.
“Camp Sweeney provides financial assistance to any camper who cannot pay, but sometimes even this is not enough for children to attend camp,” said Dr. Fernandez, “the Sweethearts for Sweeney event at deBoulle allows us to bridge the gap for our families in greatest need.”
2014 is a special year for both deBoulle and Camp Sweeney. Denis and Karen Boulle celebrate deBoulle’s 30th aniverary and Dr. Ernie Fernandez will be honored for his 30th year of full-time-volunteer service to Camp Sweeney as Camp Director.
Karen and Mark Carney chaired Sweethearts for Sweeney with past chairs Connie & Marc Sigel, and honorary chairs Doug and Holly Deason. The event was catered by the Food Company and wine given in-kind from Pogo’s Wine.
The Sweethearts for Sweeney host committee was comprised of:
April Abney, Mary Ann & Jeff Bryant, David & Janet Genever-Watling, Libby & David Hunt, Olivia & Jeff Kearney, Paige & David Lane, Julie & Steffan Lloyd, Gay & Rich Roever, Diane Duvall Rogers, Kim & David Roosevelt, Margot & Darin Rubel, Marty V. Rumble, Mary Elizabeth & Grady Schleier, Jane Schneider, Edwin Sigel, Amy Simmons. Sunie & Steve Solomon, Leisa Street, Mary & Mike Terry, Amy Turner, Cindy & Gary Turner, Elizabeth Wimpress
About Camp Sweeney:
Southwestern Diabetic Foundation, Inc., a non-profit corporation, was founded in 1947 with the sole purpose of operating a residential camp for children who have diabetes. Camp Sweeney opened in 1950, under the direction of Dr. J. Shirley Sweeney, a Dallas endocrinologist, and has provided a positive turning point in the lives of more than 30,000 children.
After more than 60 years of operation, Camp Sweeney is regarded as one of the largest and most effective diabetes educational facilities in the world. Camp Sweeney offers the only 3-week residential diabetic life skills training program in the United States. Campers learn to recognize and treat the early warning signs of dangerously high and low blood sugar levels. By coaching the skills necessary to maintain tight control of their diabetes, we are equipping this generation to minimize the complications of diabetes in hopes that they will be good candidates once the cure for diabetes is available.
Denis and Karen Boulle established deBoulle Diamond & Jewelry in 1983 with a vision of providing their customers a premier collection of fine jewelry, luxury timepieces of world renowned brands like Blancpain, Breguet, F.P. Journe, and Patek Philippe, impeccable service and a beautiful and friendly environment. Then and now, these elements make up “The deBoulle Experience™.” deBoulle’s collection of fine diamonds, fine jewelry, and timepieces is unsurpassed for elegance, quality, and long-term value. Denis and Karen believe that purchasing fine jewelry and luxury timepieces should be informative, fun and very rewarding. They strive every day to make that mission a reality for their customers.