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Michael’s Mission 8th Annual Gala Recap

#HipNJ is proud to share that Michael’s Mission’s 8th Annual Gala was a huge success. The gala was held at the Intercontinental Barclay Hotel in New York on March 16th.

The organization was able to raise nearly $600,000. The proceeds from the event will go towards national-reach programs, education and research initiatives. Michael’s Mission was able to have close to 500 of its friends, supporters and patients attend the benefit.

Eric Roppa was the winner of the raffle. Roppa won two tickets to the concert of his choice at Nassau Coliseum.

The event had many honorees in attendance. The honoree of the night was Donna M. Introcaso-Allison, who earned the 2017 Leadership Award. The Gala awarded Kristen McRedmond for her advocacy for colon and rectal cancer. Joe Orlando received a Mentorship Award for his work with diagnosed patients. Karen Walsh was given The Hope Award for patient outreach and awareness.

#HipNJ and Michael’s Mission are looking forward to the 9th annual Gala.

Michael’s Mission 8th Annual Gala

By Kenneth Barilari

#HipNJ spoke with Martha Raymond, Executive Director of Michael’s Mission, about their upcoming 8th Annual Gala, which takes place on March 16 at the Intercontinental Barclay Hotel in New York City.

The event will feature a live auction, a silent auction, and a raffle, so there will be lots of opportunities for individuals to purchase exciting items. Auction items will include many experiences, such as trips to Wine Country, Broadway show tickets, hotel stays, and restaurant gift certificates. “Each year, we have a lot of fun with the silent auction,” Raymond says. “It brings out a little bit of a fun competition with people.”

Awards will be given to Kristen McRedmond for Advocacy, Joe Orlando for Mentorship, and Karen Walsh for Outreach and Awareness. According to Raymond, “Recipients were chosen because of their outreach and education awareness efforts in the colon cancer community.” Past award recipients include Katie Couric, and fashion designer Carmen Marc Valvo.

Michael’s Mission was founded in 2009 in memory of a young man from New Jersey, Michael Soussa, who passed away from colon cancer at very young age of 33. His loss devastated his family, fiancée and friends, who created Michael’s Mission with the hope of honoring Michael’s legacy and helping other patients and families facing the diagnosis of colorectal cancer.

“We don’t want any patient or family member to feel that they are going through this alone,” Raymond says. “We are there to talk with them over the phone, or meet with them in person. If anyone needs help, we are here. All of our services are free of charge.”

Martha Raymond has been an advocate for colon cancer research for the past 25 years. “Both of my parents passed away from the disease, and back then, there weren’t organizations that helped,” she says. “I strongly felt that I wanted to help people get the resources that our family could’ve used.”

All proceeds from the Gala go into research and patient programming. To purchase tickets and to learn more about Michael’s Mission, click here.

Turn 2 Foundation

20th Annual Turn 2 Foundation Dinner

Former New York Yankees Captain and shortstop Derek Jeter hosted the 20th Annual Turn 2 Foundation Dinner, presented by Morgan Stanley at Cipriani Wall Street, and #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino was there to talk to the event’s A-list attendees, including Jorge Posada, Dellin Betances, Kathy Ireland and The Captain himself!

During his rookie season in 1996, Jeter established the Turn 2 Foundation to promote healthy lifestyles among youth. The name “Turn 2” is symbolic of the dramatic double play made by infielders during a game. It also represents Jeter’s wish to promote healthy lifestyles among young people and enable them to “Turn 2” his Foundation for guidance and the much needed help to avoid drugs and alcohol.

Many of Jeter’s former teammates joined the hundreds of celebrity guests, sponsors and other supporters for the Turn 2 Foundation’s marquee annual event. Hoda Kotb, co-host on the TODAY show, served as the evening’s emcee and Angie Martinez, Andrew McCutchen and Dave Winfield took part in a panel on The Players’ Tribune. Following the discussion, NE-YO gave an electric musical performance.

The event raised more than $1.4 million for the organization’s youth initiatives. To learn more about the Turn 2 Foundation, check out their website.