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Shedding light on blood cancer: @HEADstrongFnd’s 5th Annual Gala to be held March 13

Monday, 26th January 2015

Categories Banquet, Boy's/Men's, College, Events, Girl's/Women's, HEADstrong, Posted 1/26/15
From Press Release

On Friday March 13, 2015 the HEADstrong Foundation™ will roll out the lime green carpet for an unforgettable evening as it presents the 5th Annual Lime Light Gala. This special event has been called one of the most impactful events in the city of Philadelphia, recognizing groundbreaking achievements in research, honoring inspiring stories of hope, celebrating survivorship and remembering those who have lost their battle with blood cancer.Limeligbt Gala

The event will be held at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing (formerly the Hyatt Regency) located at 201 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard; from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $250 per seat. In addition, HEADstrong is offering a Young Professionals ticket for guests ages 21-30. The $100 ticket will allow guests access to the event after 9pm for dessert, dancing and silent auction.

Click here, to reserve and purchase tickets.

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 concluded by dancing to celebrate the life and legacy of HF Founder Nicholas “HEAD” Colleluori, the Ridley High graduate and student-athlete at Hofstra University.

This year, television host and broadcast journalist Dawn Stensland, best known for her career of anchoring the news in Philadelphia and currently the host of WMCN-TV’s Dawn, will serve as emcee for the occasion.

The 5th Annual Lime Light Gala will honor Sunita D. Nasta, MD, FACP, who serves as Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Lymphoma Malignancies Program, Division of Hematology/Oncology and Chair, Clinical Trials Scientific Monitoring Committee of the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

HEADstrong will recognize the inspirational story of Leukemia survivor and groundbreaking CART19 trial recipient, Marshall Jensen. Jensen will be presented with the prestigious Nicholas E. Colleluori Award. The Nicholas E. Colleluori Award is presented annually to a survivor demonstrating heroics and perseverance in the fight against blood cancer.

The Relentless Spirit Award, which is given to an ambassador of the organization, recognized for growing the mission, volunteerism, fundraising and supporting the cause. Richard Moses from Team HEADstrong Texas will be presented with the honor.

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 evening that we are honored and privileged to host annually,” said HF President and Nick’s Mom, Cheryl Colleluori. “At HEADstrong we are focused on improving quality of life for families who have been devastated the realities of cancer and this event is an opportunity to come together to recognize the selfless efforts and contributions of those working on the front lines of cancer. We strive to make this event an unforgettable experience for our supporters and guests. We wish to extend an invitation to all that can attend the Lime Light Gala.”

HEADstrong invites you to review our complete list of giving/sponsorship opportunities.
Details here. No contribution is too small. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, a table or a monetary contribution please contact, Cheryl Colleluori at

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 charitable contribution to the silent auction please contact, Pat Colleluori at


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