Key Gala raises $1 million to support AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston

EMD Serono check presentation at 2013 Boston Key Gala

Boston Hope Lodge Invitational supports the Boston facility, too

A crowd of more than 600 gathered for a memorable evening at the American Cancer Society Key Gala at the Park Plaza Castle last Thursday night, April 11, 2013. For the second year in a row, the event raised more than $1 million to benefit the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston.

WHDH's Sarah French served as mistress of ceremonies for the event, and special guest Nicole Dunnington shared thoughts about her time as a guest at the Lodge, noting the remarkable community spirit she found at the Lodge and her gratitude for the free lodging.

"I don't know that I would have been able to come to Boston for treatment without the Lodge.  And once I arrived, I found patients who were willing to share their experience with me, some even had the same diagnosis and treatment.  The Lodge is an incredibly awesome place!"

Also on hand for the event were former New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, center, and EMD Serono president Jim Hoyes, who was the event’s honorary chair.  Hoyes, who lost his wife to cancer several years ago, noted his personal and professional commitment to finishing the fight. He and Lloyd are pictured here presenting a check for $35,000 to EVP Don Gudaitis, representing $100 donated by EMD Serono for each reception made by a Patriots player last season.  

But the check represented just a portion of the EMD Serono contribution to the event.  As the presenting sponsor, they recruited additional support from corporate vendors and partners.  Other event sponsors included Hologic, Adage Capital Management, LP, Arbella, and AstraZeneca.

The high-energy evening included an Alex and Ani Boxes of Hope raffle; Hands Up for Hope, and a live auction featuring luxury vacations, a prime sports package, and beautiful mosaics created by Lodge guests.  These activities raised nearly $253,000 and brought the night's total over the $1 million mark.

mosaic made by Boston Hope Lodge guests      

Photos: Greg Parent, evening manager for the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge, displays one of the mosaics created by Lodge guests for the auction.  The mosaics, designed by Lodge volunteer Bobbi Davis, were truly a labor of love for Lodge guests, each representing more than four months of work.  

In other Hope Lodge news in New England, the Hope Lodge, Lois McClure - Bee Tabakin Building in Burlington, VT, celebrated its 5th birthday on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, with a special tribute to Bee Tabakin who died last year of cancer.