The Roaring 20’s Come to Hope Hall’s Toast for Hope
The Roaring 20’s Come to Hope Hall’s Toast for Hope

With a record crowd on hand, and many dressed in the theme of the Roaring 20’s, 207 people filled the Monroe Golf Club to support Hope Hall and honor three long-time Hope Hall pillars: Kenneth D. Bell, Dorothy R. Pecoraro and Sister Kathy Weider. After a warm welcome by Hope Hall Board Chairman Robert Montgomery, who introduced Senator Joseph Robach. Senator Robach spoke of his support of Hope Hall and how vital Hope Hall is to the community. Senator Robach introduced Master of Ceremony Mark Gruba, WROC Sunrise at 8 Anchor. After a hearfelt Prayer by Sister Diana, guests were entertained with dinner music by the Gateswingers Big Band while enjoying an exquisite Monroe Golf Club meal. While enjoying authentic Italian cookies for dessert, Bob Montgomery and Sister Diana presented awards to the night’s honorees. Following this, Bob Montgomery and the Board surprised (totally!) Sister Diana with a recognition of her efforts on behalf of Hope Hall’s students. After an inspirational speach by Hope Hall Almunus Steve Gambino, those in attendance saw the first viewing of Hope Hall’s new video (shot, produced and donated by Dixon Schwabl), which was a reality check as to why we were all there. The evening ended with dancing to the Big Band sounds of the Gateswingers, celebrating the event that raised over $50,000. None of this would be possible without an outstanding, dedicated committee led by Chair Donna Murano and consisting of Linda McGrain, Donna Montgomery, Anne Veness-Bell and Kelly Smith. Thank you to these women, and to all of the generous Gala sponsors.


2015 Toast for Hope Gala Sponsors

Dinner Sponsor
ESL Charitable Foundation

Flute Sponsor
Trevett Cristo Salzer & Andolina, PC

Cork Sponsor
Anco Builders Trevett
Cristo Salzer & Andolina, PC

Table Sponsors
Robert and Amy August
Jeff and Traci Beck
Kenneth D. Bell and Anne Veness-Bell
Dalzell Hearing and Speech Centers
Barry and Christine Culhane
Farash Foundation
Joseph & Gerry Gambino and Louie & Karin Masi
Bob and Connie Klein
M&T Bank
Frank and Sharon Meleca
Robert and Donna Montgomery
Frank and Donna Murano
Michael Schauseil and Deborah Piccirilli-Schauseil

Dessert Sponsor
Technical Consulting

In-Kind Sponsors
Casa Larga Vineyards
Cornell’s Jewelers
Dixon Schwabl
Lakeview Valet
The GateSwingers Big Band