News Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: April 7, 2017

 

2017 Hugs for Brady Winter Gala raising over $280,000 for pediatric cancer

 

The Somerset, NJ event celebrated the lives of children that have been lost as well as those who are currently fighting, and raised money that allows the foundation to continue to provide help and hope to children and families impacted by childhood cancer.

 

 

Kendall Park, New Jersey, April 7, 2017 - The Hugs for Brady Foundation recently held its winter gala, an annual event that honors individuals who have had a significant impact on the lives of children battling cancer. The event celebrated the lives of children that have been lost as well as those who are currently fighting, and raised money that allows the foundation to continue to provide help and hope to children and families impacted by childhood cancer. This year's event, The Many Faces of Hugs for Brady, was an astonishing success, raising over $280,000, making this the most successful gala yet for the foundation.
 
The gala took place at the The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, NJ, where they rolled out the red carpet and welcomed guests in true Hollywood style complete with photographers and glamorous gowns. As guests made their way into the gala, they were greeted with a beautiful ballroom bedecked with a sparkling chandelier, colorful flowers at the center of each table, and a shiny dance floor just waiting for a beat. What would follow would be a memorable evening spent honoring individuals who have a passion for helping children with cancer, as well as taking the time to reflect on the lives, and all too often, the loss, of those children. There were tears for those no longer here, and cheers for those whose battle was victorious.
 
This year's honorees included The Domotor Family as the Ellen Gambatese Pediatric Cancer Volunteers of the Year; Steve Kalafer, Somerset Patriots Chairman, and the Somerset Patriots as the Hugs for Brady Foundation Pediatric Cancer Humanitarians of the Year; and the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the staff of the Inpatient Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Unit and Child Life Program at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital as the Dr. Randy Siegel Pediatric Cancer Medical Humanitarians of the Year.
 
Following touching speeches with shared moments of struggle and triumph, the evening continued with a fabulous silent auction complete with overnight stays, wine baskets, sporting events, golf outings and more, as well as cocktails, dining and dancing. It all culminated with a spectacular fireworks show to end the night with a bang, literally and figuratively, as this year's gala marked the foundation's largest fundraiser to date.
 
Hugs for Brady would like to thank the 2017 winter gala sponsors: The Palace at Somerset Park; Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey; Simplicity Title; Diamond Nation; Wiss; University Radiology; Innovative Manufacturing, Inc.; Jersey Physical Therapy; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; NJM Insurance Group; Buffalo Wild Wings; HealthQuest; ProCure Proton Therapy Center; Allstate; and Investors Bank.
 
They would also like to thank all who attended, donated, and spent their evening celebrating this amazing foundation. Mark your calendars for March 3, 2018 so you don't miss out on this truly awesome event.
 
About Hugs for Brady
After the diagnosis and then loss of their son Brady from leukemia, Sherrie and Michael Wells established Hugs for Brady Foundation. Brady fought bravely, but lost his battle three weeks before his second birthday. Sherrie and Michael decided they wanted to do something not only to honor Brady’s memory, but to help other families going through similar battles to have a resource for help, a reason for hope, and to find a cure. Each day Hugs for Brady provides these very things to countless families as they wage their own war against childhood cancer, and each year we strive to do even more than the last. It is our mission and greatest hope that someday in the not too distant future, we can put an end to childhood cancer. To learn more visit
www.hugsforbrady.org or following us on Facebook and Twitter @hugsforbrady.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Sherrie Wells

Email: gifts@hugsforbrady.org

Phone: (908) 334-7740

 

Hugs For Brady Foundation

Web: www.hugsforbrady.org

 

 Condensed Version

 

2017 Hugs for Brady Winter Gala raising over $260,000 for pediatric cancer

The Hugs for Brady Foundation recently held its winter gala, an annual event that honors individuals who have had a significant impact on the lives of children battling cancer. The event celebrated the lives of children that have been lost as well as those who are currently fighting, and raised money that allows the foundation to continue to provide help and hope to children and families impacted by childhood cancer. This year's event, The Many Faces of Hugs for Brady, was an astonishing success, raising over $280,000, making this the most successful gala yet for the foundation. This year's honorees included The Domotor Family as the Ellen Gambatese Pediatric Cancer Volunteers of the Year; Steve Kalafer, Somerset Patriots Chairman, and the Somerset Patriots as the Hugs for Brady Foundation Pediatric Cancer Humanitarians of the Year; and the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the staff of the Inpatient Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Unit and Child Life Program at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital as the Dr. Randy Siegel Pediatric Cancer Medical Humanitarians of the Year. www.hugsforbrady.org


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