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SDRI Unveils Ambitious $20 Million Campaign

Successful Taste of the Vine Fundraiser Set the Stage for Unveiling

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute(SDRI) is thrilled to announce the overwhelming success of its 15th annual fundraising event, Taste of the Vine, which was held at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum on September 23, 2023. This remarkable event raised over $400,000 for diabetes research. This year’s event marked the launch of a groundbreaking $20 million campaign, set to transform SDRI’s current facility into a cutting-edge hub for diabetes research, education, and clinical care.

SDRI’s Taste of the Vine fundraiser brought together supporters, donors, and advocates for a memorable evening filled with exquisite wines, gourmet cuisine, and a shared commitment to accelerating life-saving diabetes research. The event served as a platform to introduce SDRI’s ambitious campaign, which aims to elevate the institute’s capabilities to new heights.

“SDRI is embarking on an aggressive program of sophisticated clinical research that requires an appropriate and modern research unit,” said Samuel Klein, MD, SDRI’s Chief Scientific Officer. “However, SDRI’s clinical research facilities have not been modified since 1975. Updating our research facilities is critical for conducting leading edge clinical research and is necessary to recruit top-tier clinical investigators.”

Founded on the mission of improving the lives of those impacted by diabetes through research, education, and clinical care, SDRI’s dedication shines brighter than ever. The $20 million capital campaign will facilitate the renovation of SDRI’s current building, propelling it into a state-of-the-art facility that will enable groundbreaking advancements in diabetes research and care.

“We are deeply moved by the incredible support we’ve received at this year’s Taste of the Vine event,” said Dr. Alex DePaoli, Campaign Co-Chair and Immediate Past President of SDRI’s Board of Trustees. “Our mission to improve the lives of people living with diabetes is fueled by the generosity and commitment of our community. The $20 million campaign is a significant step towards providing even better resources for diabetes research, education, and clinical care.”

SDRI invites individuals and organizations passionate about diabetes research and care to join this transformative journey. Your support can make a significant impact in the fight against diabetes. To learn more about the campaign and how you can contribute, please visit