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$214,223.61

For The Kids!

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

Development 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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Katie Lanktree

Events 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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Kaitlin Pierce

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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Jon Florio

Public Relations Coordinator

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Patrick Bunting

Public Relations Coordinator

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Al Smith

Community Outreach Coordinator

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Carly Chroman

Community Outreach 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

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


Hope Gala Mini Events

If you can't join us for the big event in March, we encourage volunteers and supporters to visit some of our wonderful Mini Events throughout the year!

For more information email: contact@nychopegala.com