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Fashion Designer Naeem Khan, Actor Richard Kind and Star Chef Michel Nischan Among Other Luminaries to Attend Diabetes Research Institute Foundation's 'D.R.E.a.M.S. in the City'

NEW YORK, April 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Naeem Khan dresses celebrities such as Carrie Underwood, Eva Longoria and Beyonce, and socialites and political figures such as Queen Noor of Jordan. Actor Richard Kind's credits include the hit television shows "Spin City" and "Mad About You" and a lauded one-man Broadway show. Renowned chef and award-winning cookbook author Michel Nischan is noted for creating a "cuisine of well being" and for his appearances as guest chef on CNBC's, "dLife." The good news is the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation's fourth annual D.R.E.a.M.S. in the City fundraiser has them all.

Trendy and chic, D.R.E.a.M.S. in the City will attract some of New York City's most elegant and sophisticated crowd, all for a good cause. This fabulous affair will be held at Capitale at 130 Bowery on Thursday May 7, 2009 starting at 6:30 p.m. D.R.E.a.M.S. soirees, always feature highly-rated wines from Wine Spectator, delicious food, and a luxury silent auction, as well as a live auction offering many one-of-a-kind items. Proceeds benefit the cure-focused work of the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI.)

This year, Indian born designer Naeem Khan will be receiving the "Dare to Dream Award" for his support of diabetes research. The House of Halston-trained Khan has become recognized worldwide for his intricate and luxurious designs, and he has a loyal fan base of celebrities and socialites. Khan's designs are available at leading retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.

Actor Richard Kind, who boasts a long list of credits in television, movies and theater will emcee the event. He also may be called upon to demonstrate his talents as an auctioneer for the live auction, a role handled last year by football great Michael Strahan. Other notables include esteemed chef Michel Nischan, who has children with type 1 diabetes. Nischan is the Executive Chef of the highly acclaimed Dressing Room restaurant in Westport, CT., which he opened together with the late Paul Newman.

Also being recognized that night for their tireless dedication to D.R.E.a.M.S. and to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation are event co-founders Risa Pulver and Samantha Shanken. They are co-chairing the event once again, along with Elizabeth Beskin and Bonnie Inserra. This "dream" of a benefit combines diabetes research, elegance and modern sophistication (D.R.E.a.M.S.) all for the benefit of the world-renowned Diabetes Research Institute.

Tickets to D.R.E.a.M.S. in the City are $400 per person and $200 per person for a junior guest (under 35) and can be purchased by calling the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation at 212-888-2217. For more information, email or visit

About the Diabetes Research Institute

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, a center of excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is a recognized world leader in cure-focused research. Since its inception in the early 1970s, the DRI has made significant contributions to the field of diabetes research, pioneering many of the techniques used in islet transplantation. The DRI is now building upon these achievements by bridging cell-based therapies with emerging technologies to restore insulin production. For the millions of families already affected by diabetes, the Diabetes Research Institute is the best hope for a cure.

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