Exotic Cars Help Fuel Support for a Diabetes Cure

Diabetes Research Institute benefits from annual car show in Glen Cove.

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Overview shot of Gold Coast Concours Bimmerstock 2017.

Photo by: DRI

Glen Cove, NY - June 15, 2017 - Thousands ogled and awed at the most sleek, luxurious cars the Northeast has to offer during the 9th annual Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock on June 4 in the downtown business district of Glen Cove. This annual event helps to raise money for the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) and its mission to find a biological cure for diabetes.
 
Crowds walked up and down the streets to admire hundreds of exotics, like two $4.5 million LaFerraris, two McLarens P1s, the ultra-rare Maserati MC12, a Porche 918 Spyder, along with customized Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Porches, Rolls Royces, BMWs and other rare vehicles, during the exotic car show, produced by Martino Auto Concepts/MAC Auto Couture.  This spectacular car show has raised more than $534,000 for diabetes research at the DRI.
 

Glen Cove Councilman Roderick Watson, Glen Cove Councilman Tim Tenke, event Co-chair Jon Holzer, Nassau County Legislator and DRIF NE Region board member Delia DeRiggi -Whitton,  Glen Cove Mayor Reggie Spinello,  event Co-chair Joe LaPadula, Glen Cove Councilman Nick DiLeo Jr., Glen Cove Councilwoman Pam Panzenback, event committee member Anthony Jimenez and Joe Manfredi, event emcee. Photo Credit: DRI

“We had a great array of supercars this year from all over the Northeast that the crowd loved and took photos with,” said Joe LaPadula of Martino Auto Concepts, who co-chairs the event with Jon Holzer. “This event not only allows people to get an up-close look at the best in exotics but also helps raise money for the Diabetes Research Institute and its work toward a cure for diabetes, which is extremely important to millions.”
 
The annual car show also featured the great music of The Lazy Dogs and The Matt Grabowski Band and a variety of food, plus Joe Manfredi from the Old Westbury Web Radio served as the event’s emcee.
 
Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, a long-time DRI Foundation board and event committee member, was happy with this year’s success.
 
“I am so thankful to everyone who helped make this event another success,” said DeRiggi-Whitton. “The positive energy can be felt by all who attended. Beautiful cars, music, food and all to help raise funds for such an important cause. Joe LaPadula and Jon Holzer are masters at organizing this day and the City of Glen Cove is the perfect venue.” 
 
Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello served as Honorary Co-chair. Committee members included Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Fara Finkelstein, Anthony Jimenez, Toni Kessel, Richard Valicenti and Bruce Waller. Special thanks was extended to event sponsors: Platinum Sponsors Roberta and Bruce Waller & Family; and the Peter and Jeri Dejana Family Foundation; Gold Sponsors Ai Media Group; Competition BMW; Rallye BMW; Silver Sponsors, Beyond Marketing, BMW of Freeport, The Experience Auto Group, Long Island Sports Cars and PPG/Single Source; and Media Sponsors LongIsland.com, News 12 Long Island, 1010 WINS and Connoisseur Media Long Island.
 
To learn more about the Diabetes Research Institute go to www.DiabetesResearch.org or call 516-822-1700.
 
About the Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation
The mission of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is to provide the Diabetes Research Institute with the funding necessary to cure diabetes now. The Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine leads the world in cure-focused research. As the largest and most comprehensive research center dedicated to curing diabetes, the DRI is aggressively working to develop a biological cure by restoring natural insulin production and normalizing blood sugar levels without imposing other risks. Researchers have already shown that transplanted islet cells allow patients to live without the need for insulin therapy. Some study participants have maintained insulin independence for more than 10 years. The DRI is now building upon these promising outcomes by developing a DRI BioHub, a bioengineered “mini organ” that mimics the native pancreas. While various BioHub platforms are being tested in preclinical and clinical studies, the DRI is also developing strategies to eliminate the need for anti-rejection drugs and reset the immune system to block autoimmunity. For more information, please visit DiabetesResearch.org, tweet @Diabetes_DRI or call 516-822-1700.