Huge lunch in High Point raises money for JDRF

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- What may appear to be a super-fun and festive way to do lunch at work is far more than just about the tasty eats.

Employees at the corporate offices of Old Dominion in High Point are serving up hope for families. Each year, people there go all out to raise money for JDRF. Lunch this day involved cotton candy, hot dogs, batting cages and other games.

"Last year, they raised more than $17,000. They're our number one corporate fundraising team in High Point. They’re able to do that because they put the fun in fundraising," said Eric Durham, development manager with JDRF. "We've got 50 clinical trials going right now worldwide, three of which are in promising phase 3 human trials. The money they raise, that's a huge amount of money we can do a lot of work with."

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The first JDRF Walk this year, of which FOX8 is a sponsor, is Saturday, April 23 at 9 a.m. at the Bank of North Carolina at 801 N. Elm St. in High Point.

For more information on the research JDRF is funding, click here.