Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/14/14
From Press Release
On Friday, March 21, 2014 the HEADstrong Foundation™ will roll out the lime green carpet for an unforgettable evening as they present the 4th Annual Lime Light Gala.
The Lime Light Gala has been called one of the most inspirational events in the city of Philadelphia, recognizing groundbreaking cancer research, honoring inspirational stories of hope, supporting patients and families, remembering those who have lost their battle and celebrating survivors of blood cancers.
The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $250 per seat. A variety of giving and sponsorship opportunities are available as well.
The black-tie optional event will include a silent auction and a spectacular dinner program featuring a special live performance, world-class entertainment, an award presentation followed by dancing in celebration and remembrance of the life and legacy of HF Founder, Nicholas “HEAD” Colleluori.
This year, Philadelphia-native, recording artist and survivor, Lauren Hart, best known for performing “The Star Spangled Banner” and “O Canada” prior to Philadelphia Flyers games, will serve as the emcee.
The 4th Annual Lime Light Gala will honor Chi Van Dang, MD, PhD, who serves as the Director of the Abramson Cancer Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for his work and research focusing on the MYC cancer gene and lymphoma.
The organization will also recognize the inspirational story of IRONMAN athlete, Derek Fitzgerald and will present him with the prestigious Nicholas E. Colleluori Award which is given annually to a survivor demonstrating heroics and perseverance in the fight against blood cancers.
For the first time HEADstrong will present the Relentless Spirit Award in an effort to honor an ambassador of the organization, recognized for advancing the mission, actively fundraising and supporting the cause. Lacrosse Mustache Madness Founder Ken Clausen (Hill School graduate, Downingtown native, former Virginia four-time All-American) will be presented with the inaugural honor for raising more than $400,000 for the cause through his annual fundraising campaign.
Proceeds from the Lime Light Gala will support Nick’s House™, a facility operated by the HEADstrong Foundation™ which provides complimentary lodging to displaced families traveling to Philadelphia for blood cancer related treatment and the Nicholas E. Colleluori Lymphoma Research Fund at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, under the direction of Stephen J. Schuster, MD.
“The Lime Light Gala is an incredible and inspirational evening that we are honored and privileged to host annually,” said HEADstrong President Cheryl Colleluori, Nick’s mom. “We strive to make this event an unforgettable experience for our supporters and guests.
This year, ‘We Can’ take a stance and ‘We Will’ make a difference to improve quality of life for those in the fight against blood cancers. This is our chance to leave an everlasting impact in support of those going on the front lines and living with the disease. We are shining the lime light on blood cancers and the work that is being done to improve the quality of life for those dealing with these diseases in our Nick’s name. We wish to extend an invitation to all who can attend the Lime Light Gala.”
HEADstrong invites you to review our complete list of giving/sponsorship opportunities. No contribution is too small. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, reserving a table, or making a monetary contribution please contact Cheryl Colleluori at Cheryl@HEADstrongfoundation.org.
Purchase Tickets and View Sponsorship Levels at http://shopheadstrong.com/events.html
HEADstrong also welcomes a wide range of donations to be part of the event silent auction including: a timeshare, event tickets, business product, sports equipment, arts, crafts, jewelry, memorabilia and electronics. If you are interested in making a charity contribution to the silent auction please contact, Pat Colleluori at Pat@HEADstrongfoundation.org.