The 2016 Hope Gala

$201,017 FTK!

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 & Coordinators



Kelly Dormer

Executive Director


JoAnn Esposito

Auction Director

Katie Moser

Events Director

Jackie Alvira

Mini - Events Director

Meghan McDevitt

Mini-Events Coordinator

Jon Florio

Communications Director

Sara Leary

Communications Director

Sarah Maiden

Art Director

Ema Gaubaite

Sponsorship Director

Greg Ryan

Production Director

Emily Andrews-Rice

Development Director

Mannat Parmar

Volunteer Director

Karisa Maxwell

Social Media Coordinator

Meet our Advisory Board

The Hope Gala would not be where it is today without the guidance, expertise and support of our talented Advisory Board.

2016 NYC Hope Gala

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

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

2016 Hope Gala Family: The Kemberling's

2016 Hope Gala Leah Still Award for Courage Recipient: Ryan McGarry

2016 Hope Gala Family Speaker: The Kemberling Family
Chase was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma on October 29th, 2013, after an ER trip and what his parents thought was appendicitis. After being admitted to Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, doctors explained that the type of Lymphoma that Chase had was very aggressive and fast growing. Chase started his first round of chemo on November 2nd, 2013 and by January 2nd, 2014 he was receiving his last bag of chemo. After a PET scan on January 16th, the Kemberling family got the call that Chase was in remission.

The 2016 Leah Still Award for Courage Recipient: Ryan McGarry

Ryan McGarry, a Penn State graduate, is a director, producer and writer of film and television. He is also the Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at The Weill Medical College of Cornell University/New York Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. His first feature film, CODE BLACK, was conceived and directed entirely during his residency at the Los Angeles County Hospital. It inspired the current CBS television drama series of the same name, which he executive produces.

He was selected to receive this honor based on his inspiring story as a stage IV cancer survivor, his pursuit of a medical degree after his diagnosis, his work as an ER doctor, and his explorations of health care humanism in cinema and television.



Join the Hope Gala on July 20th at Yankee Stadium as the Bronx Bombers take on the Baltimore Orioles.

Tickets are $40, with $10 benefitting the Hope Gala, and can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/1NGHskg


Hope Gala Mini Events

While the 2016 Hope Gala is over, we encourage volunteers to visit some of our wonderful Mini Events throughout the year!

For more information email: contact@nychopegala.com