The Gala of Hope

Join us in honoring LeGrande Serras with the Jeanne E. Walsh Beacon of Hope Award at The Hall of Springs in Saratoga on May 11, 2024

The Gala of Hope is the Capital Region American Cancer Society’s premiere black-tie event that brings together 500+ of our leading business professionals and philanthropists to make an impact in the fight against cancer.

This evening will feature a gourmet dinner by Mazzone Hospitality, live music from NY Players, exciting live auctions and more!

This year we will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary of the Gala of Hope and the over $5.7 million that has been raised since inception in 2005. The Gala of Hope is much more than a Gala. It is a night to recognize and thank our community that continues to come together to save lives in a big way and we hope you can join us for it!

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Additional Information

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  • Event sponsorships are available for purchase. These sponsorships include sponsor recognition & tickets based on level
  • Table sales & individual tickets are available while supplies last. This event does sell out every year, so access to tables & tickets is not always guaranteed. Pricing for these tables & tickets will be as follows:
    • Table of 810: $4,000 — Table of 8: $3,500
    • Two Tickets:$650 — 1 Individual ticket: $350
Evening Timeline
  •  6:00 pm – Doors open, cocktail hour begins inside tent
  • 7:15 pm – Welcome remarks and dinner inside The Hall of Springs
  • 8:00 pm – Program with live auction and award reception
  • 9:00 pm – Dessert, live music & dancing with NY Players
  • 11:00 pm – Event close
Celebrating our 2024 Honoree – LeGrande Serras

LeGrande has been a staple at the Gala of Hope for as long as anyone can remember. After nearly 20 years as our auctioneer, he has played a vital role in raising extraordinary funds during our events.

He tells us that he is proud to stand on our stage not only as an auctioneer but as an advocate in the fight against cancer. He knows the pain this disease can cause after losing his brother, sister & father to cancer.

However, LeGrande’s generosity is not limited to the fight against cancer, he has supported nearly every charity in the Capital Region and beyond. During his 50+ year career as an auctioneer, LeGrande has raised over $28 MILLION through 2,200 (and counting) philanthropic events in our community.

When we named the Beacon of Hope Award after Jeanne, she defined the future recipients as people who “walk the walk, open doors & open their heart.” When thinking of a perfect honoree to celebrate our 20th anniversary, LeGrande was a clear choice as he continues to be a Beacon of Hope, walking the walk, opening doors and his heart to our entire community.

Thank you to our 2024 Planning Committee

Chair- Lisa Taber

Amanda De Vito, Catherine Hover, Chris Diamantopoulos, Colleen Kohler, Gabby Calabrese, Jaime Kazlo, Jennifer MacPhee, Karen Heath, Matthew Pappis, Nancy Ragosta

Other Important Event Information:
  • Attire: Black tie optional
  • Valet: complimentary valet brought to you by Lia Auto will be available
  • Silent Auction: Our silent auction will open up prior to the event. Make sure to have your phone number in the ticket system ahead to get early access to bidding
  • By attending you give the American Cancer Society unlimited permission to use, publish, and republish in any form or media the images and videos taken with or without your identification by name.
    • Those wishing to not have their image taken or used should notify an ACS staff person in the registration area, as well as the photographer/videographer walking around during the event

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Lead Investors

Lead The Fight

Sciocchetti Taber

Save Lives

AE Rosen
Huston Engineering
JP Morgan Chase
Noble Gas
Pickett Family

Celebrate Lives

Axiom Capital
Columbia Development Companies
Complexions Spa for Beauty & Wellness
Couch White logo
Crisafulli Bros.
Danda Consultant LLC
Daigle Cleaning & Fire
M&T Bank
Galusha & Sons
Graney & King, Financial Advisors
E. Jones
Macphee Family
Angelo/Mazzone Hospitality
Ostroff Associates
Prescott Foundation at the Hangar 743
Rhinebeck Bank
Rivers Casino & Resort
Trinity Building & Construction
Trojanski Builders

Ring Of Honor

Albany Med Health
Bouchey Financial
Broadview FCU
Columbia Development Companies
E. Jones
Lia Auto Group
Macphee Family
Angelo/Mazzone Hospitality
Pickett Family
Prime Companies
Sciocchetti Taber

Community Partners

Event Details

May 11, 2024
6:00pm — 11:00pm
Hall of Springs
108 Avenue of the Pines
Saratoga Springs, NY
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Past Honorees

The American Cancer Society’s Gala of Hope is proud to have the privilege to honor deserving community leaders each year for their efforts in the fight against cancer. From individuals to companies, each honoree has made their own unique impact that will never be forgotten.

2023 The Raymond Family

2022 Paul V. Sciocchetti

2021 C.J. DeCrescente

2020 Albany Med

2019 Anthony Ianniello

2018 Jeanne E. Walsh

2017 Steven Bouchey

2016 Jennifer MacPhee

2015 Milot Family

2014 Angelo Mazzone

2013 Joe Nicolla

2012 The Pickett Family

2011 Michael J. Castellana & Broadview Federal Credit Union

2010 E. Stewart Jones

2009 The Lia Family & Saratoga Hospital

2008 Philly Dake & Community Care Physicians

2007 Quad Graphics & NYSUT

2006 Mona Golub, Stratton VA Hospital & Mayor Ellen McNulty- Ryan

2005 Broadview Federal Credit Union

2022 ACS Gala of Hope Highlight Thank you for coming out to support our honorees and making this an amazing night!