Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/23/12
Tonight the HEADstrong Foundation will roll out the lime green carpet for what has become one of the most special events in all of lacrosse: The 2nd Annual Lime Light Gala; an evening in remembrance of HEADstrong founder Nicholas E. Colleluori, honoring the patients, families, survivors and victims of blood cancer and benefiting Nick’s House, the Nicholas E. Colleluori Lymphoma Research Fund at the Abramson Cancer Center and the City of Hope.
The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing from 6:30PM to 11:30PM. Tickets are $200.00 per seat and there are sponsorship and giving opportunities still available. While the event includes cocktails, dinner, program and a silent auction, the true purpose is to build awareness and support for the fight against blood cancer. (See website.)
This year the HEADstrong Foundation will present the Nicholas E. Colleluori Award to a survivor demonstrating heroics and perseverance in the fight against blood cancer. The program will also feature several lacrosse personalities, celebrities and other performers.
“Of all of the amazing events that the HEADstrong Foundation is involved with during the year the Lime Light Gala is the one that is most significant, said HEADstrong President and Nick’s Mom Cheryl Colleluori. “It is a celebration of my son Nicholas’ life, what he meant to the game of lacrosse and most importantly what the lacrosse community meant to him. It is our hope that our guests will leave with a renewed appreciation of the work that is being done to improve the quality of life for patients and families of blood cancer and inspired to get further involved. We wish to extend an invitation to all that can attend the Lime Light Gala.”
HEADstrong Foundation works to advocate, raise funds for and to support those affected by blood cancer or working to eliminate it. HEADstrong Foundation generates funds for blood cancer research, distributes grants and provides assistance to patients and survivors of blood cancer. In addition, HEADstrong Foundation awards scholarships and grants for students with ambitions of entering the medical field. Founder Nick “Head” Colleluori” attended Hofstra University where he played lacrosse.
While at Hofstra Nick was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. While sick he began counseling other patients and began laying the framework for what would become the HEADstrong Foundation, in an effort to raise cancer awareness and help others and future patients that found themselves in a similar situation. In August of 2006 he even found the strength to play in one last lacrosse game. Nick passed away on November 28, 2006 at the age of 21. Even though he is gone, his memory and relentless determination lives on through the HEADstrong Foundation.