Hope Gala 2020

Saturday, March 21st

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 $1.3 million 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 Hospital. The 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 Executive Committee

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Ema Gaubaite

Co-Executive Director

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Sara Leary

Co-Executive Director

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Emily Andrews-Rice

Technology Director

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Kelly Dormer

Community & Strategic Partnership Director

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Meagan Ebmyer

Communications Director

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JoAnn Esposito

Auction Director

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Karisa Maxwell

Social Media Director

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Mannat Parmar

Sponsorship Director

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Katrina Perez

Volunteer Director

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Lorenza Ingram

Content Director

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Kyle Robb

Mini-Events Director

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Greg Ryan

Production Director

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Carla Sanchez-Armora

Sponsorship Director

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Jenna Wilson

Family Relations Director

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Ally Zimmerman

Mini-Events Director

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Al Smith

Community Outreach Coordinator

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Kaitlin Pierce

Gala Volunteer Coordinator

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Lauren Pitts

Hoboken Mini-Events Coordinator

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Linsey Shea

Production Coordinator

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Samantha Shoffner

Gala Volunteer Coordinator

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Tess Kearns

Auction Coordinator

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Caitlyn Smith

PR Coordinator

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Danielle Barrasse

Sponsorship 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.

2019 Hope Gala Family: Beth Carey

2019 Leah Still Award for Courage: Connor McMahon


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Cheers to Hope

Join us at our third annual Cheers to Hope as PS450 on Thursday, November 7th! Tickets include open bar, appetizers, raffles and a moving family speaker. Each ticket purchase includes an entry for a chance to win a FREE ticket to the 2020 Gala. Buy your tickets today!

For more information email: contact@nychopegala.com