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 $600,000 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 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

Adrien Aloi

Family Relations Director



Karisa Maxwell

Social Media Coordinator

Kaitlin Boland

Gala Volunteer Coordinator

Samantha Shoffner

Gala Volunteer Coordinator