The Hope Gala is an annual black tie optional event hosted by the New York City and Northern New Jersey Chapters of the Penn State Alumni Association. Created to support fundraising efforts on behalf of The Four Diamonds and The Penn State Dance Marathon (THON™), The Hope Gala contributes to the mission of conquering childhood cancer. All proceeds benefit pediatric cancer patients at the Penn State Children’s Hospital and their families in need of financial aid, medical assistance, and emotional support.
About our Beneficiaries:
The Four Diamonds:
The mission of The Four Diamonds 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. The 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 The 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 The 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 The Four Diamonds Fund 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
Hope Gala Advisory Board
John Bove, Dan Chon, Mike Cocco, Dan Geltrude, Brian Harmon, Marci Harmon, Jordan Hyman, Joanne Intrieri, Robert Kalchick, Chuck Lipson, Michael O'Donnell, and Johnathan Taylor
2016 NYC Hope Gala
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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.
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How Your Donation Assists the Four Diamonds:
The Four Diamonds picks up where insurance leaves off, enabling families to solely focus on care for their child. Assistance from The Four Diamonds ensures counselors, social workers, music therapists and other specialists are available to provide comprehensive care in a family-focused atmosphere. Thanks to THON, The Four Diamonds and the Penn State Hershey Medical Center recruits world-class talent to continue innovative research benefiting children worldwide.
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…
March Madness Brackets:
The Hope Gala is hosting its first March Madness bracket tournament. After you register by paying $10 at the tickets link above, you will be sent a password to enter your bracket through CBS Sports. You may enter as many brackets as you want, however each bracket will cost $10.
The winner of the tournament will win HALF of all proceeds, with the remainder being contributed to The Hope Gala in the fight against pediatric cancer. Want to win more money? Invite your friends to enter as well!
Check-in on Past Events
Hope Floats Boat Cruise: Thank you to everyone who attended our 1st Annual Hope Floats Boat Cruise. It was a star-studded night and we had an amazing turnout. We’ve posted photos from the event on our facebook page, so make sure to check them out!
2nd Annual Hope Gala Mets Game: It was an amazing day, and we are so thankful that we got to spend the day with Ashley Fazekas and her family, as well as the Bush and Weinsheimer families! They are all such courageous fighters, helping us in the fight to conquer pediatric cancer.
July’s Swerve Fitness Event: We had a great time cycling with our supporters, getting closer to a cure! Volunteers and supporters came out to compete in a team-style cycling class, while raising money FTK!! Stay tuned for future fitness events…we plan to continue to promote a healthy lifestyle. A special thank you to Jackie Alvira, who helped the Hope Gala plan this event!
April’s Trivia Night: Thank you to everyone who came out to support our trivia night! We raised over $1,000 for the kids, and had a great night. Congratulations to Anthony Tufano and his team on winning the second annual trivia night!
Visit the Hope Gala Facebook page to check out photos from the our events and for additional event information!
2016 Hope Gala Open Director Positions
The 2016 Hope Gala season has officially begun, and with that we are looking for new Directors for this year's event and our organization overall! There are several positions available this year, including Auction, Communications, Family Relations and Mini-Events Directors. Below, we've provided detailed descriptions of each position. Directors work together throughout the year to help expand both the organization and our impact in the fight against pediatric cancer.
Auction Director: The Auction Director's responsibilities include, but are not limited to, working with Hope Gala Directors and volunteers to gather items/experiences for the annual Gala's silent auction and raffle,/ They will work directly with GiveSmart to organize and upload all necessary bidding information and will liaising with local businesses to secure new items.
Communications Director - Advertising and Social Media: This Director's responsibilities include, but are not limited to, managing Hope Gala social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and Google Search campaigns. The individual in this role must develop a strategy for social media to help us grow our fan base, communicate relevant information, and create and distribute engaging content. Both Communications Directors work together throughout the year to coordinate content and oversee the development and production of the annual Gala's paper program. Graphic design experience is a plus, but is not required.
Communications Director - Public Relations and Secretary: This Director's responsibilities include, but are not limited to, e-blasts, press outreach, and note-taking during Director and volunteer meetings. The individual in this role should have a background relating to public relations and be able to create and pitch interesting stories year-round, in addition to the creation and distribution of press pitches and releases for the annual Gala. This person is the mouthpiece of the event when it comes to media. Both Communications Directors work together throughout the year to coordinate content and oversee the development and production of the annual Gala's paper program. Experience in Mailchimp is a plus, but is not required.
Family Relations Director: The Family Relations Director's responsibilities include, but are not limited to, serving as the liaison between The Hope Gala and our Four Diamonds guest speakers, both past & present. This Director is responsible for securing a family speaker for the annual Gala, keeping in touch with past families and providing updates to families on events we'd like to involve them in each year. This Director coordinates and secures hotel accommodations for the Gala weekend for any attending families, and serves as the point of contact for the family during the Gala.
Mini-Events Director - Mini-event Coordination: This Director's responsibilities include, but are not limited to, working with the Hope Gala Directors and Advisory Board members to create new mini-events and enhance previous successful mini-events, including the annual Mets game, the annual boat cruise, Penn State viewing parties, SoulCycle workouts and other events. This Director will work to engage Penn State alumni and non-Penn State alumni throughout the NYC metropolitan area. They will also work with the Communications team to promote events through email blasts and social media, as well as the other members of the Board to ensure that each event reaches its goals. Experience with EventBrite and PayPal is a plus, but not required.
Mini-Events Director - Volunteer Coordination: This Director's responsibilities include, but are not limited to, working with their co-Director to create new mini-events and enhance previous successful mini-events. This Director will also be responsible for working with Hope Gala volunteers to cultivate and execute their own mini-events, helping them reach their own fundraising goals. They will be the main point of contact for volunteers and will post them throughout the year on upcoming events and ways to get involved.
If you are interested in applying for one or more positions, please submit your application no later than Tuesday, March 31st at 5:00pm. We will reach out to you shortly after that date to let you know if you've been selected for an interview. If you have any questions, please respond to this email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.