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The NYC Hope Gala

Save the Date: March 12th, 2016

Our Mission:

The Hope Gala is committed to conquering childhood cancer by raising awareness, providing financial assistance, and supporting the fundraising efforts of Penn State Dance Marathon (THON), which benefits Four Diamonds, through our annual gala and year-round fundraising.

About Us:

The Hope Gala is an annual gala and year-round fundraising organization established to support the fundraising efforts of Penn State Dance Marathon (THON). Since 2008, The Hope Gala has raised over $400,000 towards the mission of conquering childhood cancer. Four Diamonds is the sole beneficiary of THON's fundraising activities and THON is the largest contributor to Four Diamonds. All proceeds benefit childhood cancer patients and their families in need of financial aid, medical assistance, and emotional support at the Penn State Hershey Children’s HospitalThe Hope Gala was founded by the New York City Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association with support from the Northern New Jersey Chapter.

Hope Gala Directors



Kelly Dormer

Executive Director


Gia Jones

Development Director

JoAnn Esposito

Auction Director

Jackie Alvira

Mini - Events Director

Katie Moser

Events Director

Anthony Tufano

Mini - Events Director

Jon Florio

Communications Director

Sara Leary

Communications Director

Ema Gaubaite

Sponsorship Director

Evan Wohl

Sponsorship Director

Greg Ryan

Production Director

Emily Andrews-Rice

Family Relations Director

Mannat Parmar

Volunteer Director

Hope Gala Coordinators


Karisa Maxwell

Social Media Coordinator

Sarah Maiden

Graphic Design Coordinator

Meghan McDevitt

Hoboken Mini-Events Coordinator


2016 NYC Hope Gala

March 12th, 2016. Capitale 130 Bowery New York, NY 10013

Stay tuned for more information!

Want to get involved? Contact us at: contact@nychopegala.com

2015 Hope Gala Family: The Rupps

2015 Hope Gala Knight Award Recipient: Devon Still

DEVON STILL is an American football defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals. He played college football for Pennsylvania State University, earning consensus All-American honors. He was considered one of the best defensive tackle prospects, and was selected by the Bengals in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

In June 2014, his daughter, Leah Sari, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma stage 4 cancer. Still put his football career on hiatus saying: “she’s fighting for her life. Sports is not more important than me being there while my daughter is fighting for her life.” Since the June 2, 2014 diagnosis, Still spent the next three weeks sleeping next to his daughter at the hospital despite his own recent back surgery. In support of his daughter, Still shaved his head bald and has said that he will grow back his hair only when Leah’s does.

The Bengals demonstrated their loyalty even further by permitting Devon Still’s jersey to be sold in order to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

 $400,000 sales were made in four days. At the end of September, it was reported that Still’s jersey donation sales neared $1 Million. The New Orleans Saints head coach, Sean Payton bought 100 jerseys and distributed them to the local Boys & Girls Club and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

On September 25, 2014, before driving Leah to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for cancer surgery, Devon Still posted a video to his Instagram account, which went viral. Still later tweeted that the tumor and lymph nodes were removed. 

On October 5, 2014 during a game with the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA, a music video was shown on the stadium’s video screen featuring Still’s daughter. The Patriots cheerleaders also donned copies of Still’s’ jersey to show support. It was further reported that Patriots owner Robert Kraft was donating $25,000 to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Leah’s name.


2016 Tickets are SOLD OUT!

The Hope Gala is Sold Out! If you were unable to buy your ticket in time, please add your name to our waitlist.

Hope Gala Mini Events

With the 2016 Hope Gala already sold out, we encourage volunteers to visit some of our wonderful Mini Events throughout the year!

The Penn State Alumni Association, New York City Chapter and The Hope Gala invite you to the second annual THON watch party  at Tonic East

Join your PSU Alumni to watch the last 4 hours of THON and support the largest student-run philanthropy in the world in their yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer! 

There will be food and drink specials at the bar, including $4 select drafts, $5 wines, $5 cosmos, $3 champagne, and $5 well cocktails. In addtion, a small donation ($10 for Chapter members/$15 for non-members) automatically enters you in a raffle for great Penn State prizes.

For more information email: contact@nychopegala.com