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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 and providing financial support to Penn State Dance Marathon (THON™) through year-round fundraising and our annual gala.

About Us:

The Hope Gala is an annual formal gala and year-round fundraising organization created to support fundraising efforts on behalf of the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON™). Since 2007, The Hope Gala has raised over $300,000 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 at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and their families in need of financial aid, medical assistance, and emotional support. The Hope Gala was co-founded by the New York City and Northern New Jersey Chapters of the Penn State Alumni Association.


About our Beneficiaries:

The Four Diamonds:

Four Diamond's mission is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Children’s Hospital and their families through superior care, comprehensive support, and innovative research. Four Diamonds has helped over 2,000 families since 1972. Approximately 90 new families receive support each year.  Any family with a child being treated for pediatric cancer at Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey is automatically eligible for support.

Charles and Irma Millard established Four Diamonds in 1972 after the death of their son, Christopher, who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 11. Today, a board of civic leaders from counties throughout Central Pennsylvania advises the Four Diamonds.

For more information about Four Diamonds, please visit the 4D Website.

Penn State Dance Marathon (THON)

Since 1977, THON has raised more than $88 million to help thousands of children and their families in the fight against pediatric cancer. Today, more than 15,000 student volunteers and 700 dancers are hard at work throughout the year to fundraise for Four Diamonds at the Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey, PA.

The year culminates in a no-sitting, no-sleeping, 46-hour dance marathon held every February. This collective effort has become one of Penn State’s greatest and most unifying traditions. Whether it is standing for 46 hours as a dancer, taking care of the facility, or supporting the dancers from the bleachers, every person at THON plays a vital part in creating an amazing atmosphere of love, compassion, and understanding.

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 Ticket Information coming soon

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The Hope Gala is a year-round fundraising effort culminating with our annual Gala each year!

We do a lot of fun things throughout the year…see what we’ve been up to…

Hope Gala Bingo Night
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Maxwell’s Tavern
7:00 pm
1039 Washington Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Gather up your friends and join the Hope Gala for Bingo Night benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund in supporting the fight against pediatric cancer!
A $10 donation at the door gets you Bingo and food and drink specials.
There will be great prizes for winners!

Check out Past Events!

Visit the Hope Gala Facebook page to check out photos from the our events and check below for recaps of our most recent events!

On August 29th, The Hope Gala held its 2nd Annual Hope Floats Boat Cruise around Manhattan, a day cruise complete with hors d’oeuvres courtesy of The Palm West Restaurant (located in Midtown Manhattan), a 3 hour open bar, and a DJ to play latest hits. With over 100 patrons aboard, the Harbor Lights yacht departed south down the East River from 23rd Street, providing unforgettable views of the Financial District and Lady Liberty. Fun times were had by all who attended, and more importantly, the proceeds raised will directly benefit children with pediatric cancer. 

On August 2nd, ArteVino Studio hosted our first Hoboken Mini-Event of the fundraising year, Wine & Painting with The Hope Gala. Nineteen Hope Gala supporters displayed their creative sides to paint the Manhattan skyline, raising a total of $190! Many thanks to ArteVino Studio for hosting us!

In support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, The Hope Gala and its supporters came together on September 19th to watch the NYCFC soccer team take on Toronto FC at Yankee Stadium. Among the group was Megan Heath and her family who came all the way from Reading, PA to join us for the match. With a fantastic view of the field in the Mohegan Sun Sports Club, the group witnessed NYCFC pull out a 2-0 victory against a formidable Toronto team. Thank you to all who came to watch with us and Go Gold everyone!

On June 22nd, more than 200 Hope Gala supporters came together to watch the Yankees vs. Phillies at Yankee Stadium, raising $2,087 in the process! Philadelphia fans were pleased with the result as the Phillies defeated the Yankees in an 11-8 victory but a great time was had by all!

Sixteen teams battled it out for the title of Trivia Champions during our third annual trivia night at Tonic Times Square! We raised over $1,200 for the fight to conquer pediatric cancer and had a great time doing it. A special thank you to Lauren Becker for running this amazing event and for stumping us with those pesky questions!

Hope Gala supporters had the chance to show off their competitive sides with our first March Madness bracket. The tournament provided tons of excitement from the start to finish, including Duke’s comeback to take down undefeated Wisconsin to win the national title. Brackets were busted, fun was had and most importantly over $500 was raised for the kids!

For more information email: contact@nychopegala.com