Evening of Hope Gala in Springfield, MA, honors Hough Family
The American Cancer Society’s 21st annual Evening of Hope Gala raised $235,000 and attracted more than 450 guests to the black-tie affair at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA.
The May 11 event featured dinner, a silent auction, and dancing to the live music of Boston’s own “Beantown" band.
Prior to the event, Dave Glidden, gala co-chair and a member of the New England Division Board of Directors, spoke to attendees at a VIP reception where he highlighted some of the Society’s most impactful research contributions.
Also that evening, the annual Omar Pace Award was presented to the Hough Family/L.E. Belcher, Inc. The Hough Family and its wholesale petroleum distribution business, one of Springfield's largest private enterprises, has supported Society programs and services since 1987. The L.E. Belcher team joined the Evening of Hope Gala in 2009 and have been outstanding supporters since. Not only have they been sponsors of the gala, but there are several family members and L.E. Belcher employees on the planning committee. They also are instrumental in the solicitation of many of the gala’s great auction items.
PHOTO: From left, gala co-chair Dave Glidden, Omar T. Pace Award recipient Ed Hough, and gala co-chair Gary Fialky at the 21st annual Evening of Hope Gala.