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 nearly $800,000 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 Executive Committee

Kelly Dormer

Executive Director

JoAnn Esposito

Auction Director

Katie Lanktree

Events Director

Jon Florio

Communications Director

Sara Leary

Communications Director

Ema Gaubaite

Sponsorship Director

Mannat Parmar

Volunteer Director

Sarah Maiden

Art Director

Greg Ryan

Production Director

Emily Andrews-Rice

Development Director

Karisa Maxwell

Social Media Director

Ally Zimmerman

Mini-Events Director

Katrina Perez

Mini - Events Director

Jenna Wilson

Family Relations Director

Kaitlin Pierce

Gala Volunteer Coordinator

Samantha Shoffner

Gala Volunteer Coordinator


Al Smith

Community Outreach Coordinator


Carly Chroman 

Community Outreach Coordinator