On Wednesday evening, October 11th, upon entry to the World Monuments Fund Gallery of the Prince George Ballroom, the 4th Annual Journey of Hope Gala opened with an uproar of both conversations and laughter. The Brain Injury Association of New York State, supported by Honorary Co-Chairs Penny Marshall and Lorraine Bracco, welcomed guests to the cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by an award presentation and dinner.
, William Novak
, Rene Tapin
, Edgar Caballero
, Michael Blake
, Eliseo Salas
, Jim Seaman
and Al Cavallo
At the onset of the cocktail hour, we spoke with Bracco, who explained her personal tie to the organization: "Penny Marshall and I have a friend who was in a hit-and-run accident, and had a terrible brain injury. We helped him through it, and we met a bunch of people in the hospital and one of those young men is here. Penny and I did everything we could to get our friend into the best hands who deal with brain injury here in New York. So now we gather funds".
, Ron Perelman
and Penny Marshall
Co-Chair Penny Marshall, said to have been delayed, arrived just before the seated dinner. She set the room ablaze, as photographers clamored for a photo. Additionally, we were surrounded by the likes of BIANY Rosemarie DiSalvo and Bradley Van Nostrand, the Gala Chairs, as well as Ronald O. Perelman and Dr. Anna Chapman, who both served as the Dinner Chairs.
Silent auction items, handled by Charity Buzz, were plentiful and varied. Offerings ranged from a NY Jets team laser-signed replica football to a Day of Beauty with Lia Schorr Day Spa for a massage, facial, manicure and pedicure. Each of these were each valued at $245.
and Anthony diSalvo
Just as the cocktail hour ended, we said hello to Tom Llamas, the Anchor/Reporter for NBC4 New York. Llamas, who served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, was calmly reviewing his notes. The second half of the evening awaited, one that included a special performance by Veronica Martell Entertainment. All proceeds benefitted the Brain Injury Association of New York State.
The Journey of Hope Gala supports the many life-changing programs and services provided by BIANYS, which assists individuals with brain injury and their families and promotes prevention. BIANYS is the premier support and advocacy organization assisting New Yorkers with brain injury and their families. This event is the Association’s major annual fundraising event, raising much-needed funds to continue its mission.