The Empire State Building; Other NYC Buildings to Light Up Blue for Diabetes Cure

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By : dLife Editors

Eight iconic buildings in New York City, including the world-renowned Empire State Building, will light up blue on Wednesday, December 11 to commemorate the 36th annual Empire Ball and to shine a spotlight on the need for a diabetes cure.

As the most anticipated event of the year for New York’s real estate and construction industries, the Empire Ball raises crucial funds for the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), which is solely focused on finding a biological cure for diabetes.

This is the third consecutive year that the Empire State Building and other skyscrapers have lit their spires in tribute to the event—with more buildings lighting up this year than ever before.

Joining in the effort to #LightTheSkyforDRI will be One Bryant Park, 151 West 42nd Street, One World Trade Center, The Pyramid (65 East 55th), The Trinity Buildings (111 Broadway and 115 Broadway), and Bloomberg Tower (731 Lexington Avenue).

As the skyline illuminates blue, which is the international color for diabetes, it will highlight the DRI’s singular mission to find a cure for this devastating disease that has become one of the biggest health concerns in the U.S. today.

Organized by the Real Estate Division of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, the 2019 event aims to raise $1.4 million. Since its inception, the Empire Ball has raised more than $39 million for diabetes research.

This year’s event, to be held on December 11 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, will honor three industry leaders with various awards.

“We are thrilled to have the greatest city light up in blue to honor the Empire Ball and diabetes research,” said Stephen Rizzo who serves on the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation’s National Board of Directors. “The real estate industry and this year’s honorees are carrying the blue torch of support that is finding a cure.”

Supporters and passersby are encouraged to share photos and videos of the blue skyline on social media using the hashtag: #LightTheSkyforDRI.

To purchase tickets for the Empire Ball, which begins at 6 pm with a cocktail reception and networking, followed by dinner and a night of dancing, visit or call 212-888-2217.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Follow us on social media using #EmpireBall on Instagram @theempireball, Facebook or Tweet @Diabetes_DRI.

Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation.


  1. Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation. (2019, Dec. 5). The Empire State Building, One World Trade Center and Six Other NYC Buildings Shine Blue for Empire Ball and Diabetes Cure. PR Newswire. Retrieved from