Inaugural Lime Light Gala In Memory of Nicholas Colleluori
March 25, 2011 at the Hyatt Penns Landing was the Inaugural Lime Light Gala of the The HEADstrong Foundation for blood cancer is committed to finding a cure for all blood cancers. The foundation is dedicated to its founder Nicholas Colleluori. The foundation strives on Nick’s quote, “Making use of the time you have and don’t stress the little things. Have a smile and enjoy what you can get out of life.”celebrating the life of Nicholas “Head” Colleluori, as well as other who have been affected by blood cancers. (Leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma are all types of blood cancer). Nicholas Colleluori #27 graduated from Ridley High School in June 2004 as a three-sport athlete and joined the Hofstra lacrosse team the next fall. With hard work and determination, Nick earned a role on the team in the spring of his freshman year. He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in September, which started a brutal 14-month battle with cancer, which he lost on November 28, 2006.
PR Maven Stylist Sarah Doheny and John Soden giving us some style at the gala. Sarah was instrumental in assisting the family with personal details in executing the gala, including bringing Tony Luke on board with a very generous donation.
The MC for the evening NBC10 sports anchor/reporter John Clark. Ed and Fran Zimmerman, Mike and Linda Missanelli and Bill and Fay Jones
Tom Collins and Georgine Brown
Mariana Viss, is an associate in the Litigation Department and a member of the Consumer Financial Services Group at Ballard Spahr and Jeff Goldberg
Before this gala was conceived, the first HEADstrong Foundation campaign was created by Nick himself which was selling green shoe laces to support research for the blood cancer disease, which also recently claimed the life of the first female VP nominated Geraldine Ferraro.
The also hosted the annual Nick Colleluori lacross competitions. The first one in October 2007 and was successful in generating over $75,000 towards blood cancer research. In October 2008, with the help from the teams and the community, the tournament was able to raise over $150,000 for research and begin a family assistance program.
Brenda Kyle and Sherri Jones
Tony Luke and one of the winners of the charity auction of Tony cooking 20 cheese steaks in the winners house as well as copies of his movie The Nail and a whole lotta other fun stuff.
Marc Seelagy and Dawn McCloud
WMMR’s Casey Boy, Jessy Kyle, Philadelphia based soul/pop/jazz singer, songwriter (& a survivor of blood cancer.) and Janine Jordan, Associate Director at Penn Medicine Office of Development and Alumni Relations .
Pat Colleluori (brother), Cheryl Colleluori (mom), and Harry Giordano, City of Hope
next week is their big fundraiser the popular Let Them Eat Cake;
Alex Gort and Ashley Schaffer of Cashman & Assoc.
Check out the interview with Michael Colleluori & Cheryl Colleluori on NBC10’s The Ten Show
Jason Kilpatrick and Sarah Bergan
An honoree of the night was Dr. Stephen J. Shuster of the Abramsom Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
All in all it was a very successful evening and everyone looks forward to another successful gala next year. To read more about the organization and Nick’s story click here> The HEADstrong Foundation