2019 Hope Gala

May 10, 2019, Las Vegas, NV
6:00 pm

Honoring The Ellis Family - Gary, Cindy, Christina, Anamarie, and Michaela

Reserve your tickets and tables now to join us May 10th at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino as we honor the Ellis Family

Event Details

6:00 PM - Guest Check In

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Hosted Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction

While enjoying hors d’oeurves and a cocktail reception, socialize and use the BidPal electronic bidding system on your smartphone, or a handheld device provided by JDRF, to bid on the fabulous array of auction items.

7:30 PM - Honoree Recognition, Dinner, Entertainment, and Live Auction

As we pay tribute to this year’s honoree, guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner and dessert, wine, unique entertainment, dancing, and the ever popular live auction culminating with the Fund a Cure.

Ways to Give

Fund A Cure

Fund A Cure immediately follows the Live Auction portion of the evening. Fund A Cure is an opportunity to make an impact on the lives of people living with T1D and their loved ones through a 100% tax-deductible donation, which will accelerate life-changing research. Fund A Cure donations will be invested in JDRF’s effective and focused research agenda aimed to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until there is a cure.

Donate

Event Sponsorship

Presenting Sponsor – $50,000

  • VIP seating for up to 40 guests including premium gift bags
  • Local delivery of auction items for table guests
  • Premium sponsor promotion including profile on chapter website, in chapter newsletter, and company logo on the event invitation
  • Four guest rooms at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino for the night of the event
  • Premium wine and champagne at your table
  • Four-page full color ad in the evening’s program distributed to Hope Gala contributors and attendees
  • Four social media posts on chapter social media accounts featuring sponsorship and community messaging
  • Corporate logo on sponsor signage at check-in and ballroom entrance
  • Thank you from the emcee during the evening’s program
  • Logo prominently displayed on the Nevada Chapter Gala website with link to sponsor site

Click here to purchase this sponsorship.

Hope Sponsor – $25,000

  • VIP seating for 20 guests including premium gift bags
  • Two guest rooms at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino for the night of the event
  • Premium wine and champagne at your table
  • Two-page full color ad in the evening’s program distributed to Hope Gala contributors and attendees
  • Four social media posts on chapter social media accounts featuring sponsorship and community messaging
  • Corporate logo on sponsor signage at check-in and ballroom entrance
  • Thank you from the emcee during the evening’s program
  • Logo prominently displayed on the Nevada Chapter Gala website with link to sponsor site

Click here to purchase this sponsorship.

Peace Sponsor – $15,000

  • *Purchase must additionally include a minimum Fund A Cure commitment of $10,000
  • VIP seating for 20 guests including premium gift bags
  • Two guest rooms at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino for the night of the event
  • A one-page full color ad in the evening’s program distributed to Hope Gala contributors and attendees
  • Four social media posts on chapter social media accounts featuring sponsorship and community messaging
  • Corporate logo on sponsor signage at check-in and ballroom entrance
  • Thank you from the emcee during the evening’s program
  • Logo prominently displayed on the Nevada Chapter Gala website with link to sponsor site

Click here to purchase this sponsorship.

Dream Sponsor – $15,000

  • VIP seating for 10 guests including premium gift bags
  • One guest room at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino for the night of the event
  • A one-page full color ad in the evening’s program distributed to Hope Gala contributors and attendees
  • Four social media posts on chapter social media accounts featuring sponsorship and community messaging
  • Corporate name on sponsor signage at check-in and ballroom entrance
  • Logo prominently displayed on the Nevada Chapter Gala website with link to sponsor site

Click here to purchase this sponsorship.

Vision Sponsor – $10,000

  • Preferred seating for 10 guests including premium patron gifts
  • A one-page full color ad in the evening’s program distributed to Hope Gala contributors and attendees
  • Corporate name on sponsor signage at check-in and ballroom entrance
  • Logo prominently displayed on the Nevada Chapter Gala website with link to sponsor site

Click here to purchase this sponsorship.

Inspiration Sponsor – $6,500

  • Preferred seating for 10 guests including patron gifts
  • A one-page full color ad in the evening’s program distributed to Hope Gala contributors and attendees
  • Corporate name on sponsor signage at check-in and ballroom entrance

Click here to purchase this sponsorship.

Tickets – $500

  • Seating for one guest including patron gift (Tables seat 10)

Click here to purchase your ticket.

Two Page Program Ad Only – $2,500

  • Two-page full color ad in the evening’s program distributed to Hope Gala contributors and attendees

One Page Program Ad Only – $1,500

  • One-page full color ad in the evening’s program distributed to Hope Gala contributors and attendees

Goods and Services: In accordance with the Internal Revenue Code, the amount paid in excess of $175 per seat and, if sponsorship includes, additionally $125 per hotel room (the value of the benefit), is considered to be a charitable contribution to the JDRF Nevada Chapter. Please consult your tax advisor for more information. Our federal tax ID number is 23-1907729.

Silent and Live Auction Item Donation

Click here to donate an item to our silent or live auction.

Thank you for your generous offer in support of the JDRF auction! We will review your submission to ensure that it meets JDRF procurement guidelines for auction items and we will respond to you shortly to confirm whether or not we are able to process your donation. We are grateful for your generosity and your partnership in helping JDRF achieve our goal to improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes. If your item is accepted, you will receive an official letter of acknowledgement for tax purposes. For more information about JDRF and diabetes research progress, please visit our website at jdrf.org/nevada.

Amazon Wishlist - Board Games and Children's Library

Donate to the Hope Gala by making a donation to the Children’s Library or Children’s Board Game collection to be included in the silent auction on May 10. Select an item from the Amazon Wishlist and the items are delivered directly to the JDRF Nevada Chapter office – be sure to choose “JDRF Southern Nevada’s Gift Registry” for the mailing address.

Click here to view the wishlist.

Sponsors

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Honorees

The Ellis Family

In 1953, Frank Ellis, Sr. and his wife Laura loaded their children in the car and left West Virginia for a vacation in California. Laura’s sister lived in Las Vegas, so they decided to pay her a visit along the way. Once they arrived, they saw the opportunity here in Las Vegas and decided to make it their home. The following year, their son, Frank Jr., sent for his high-school sweetheart, MaryJo Adams. They were married and raised their four children – Frank III, Michele, Gary and Tina – here in Las Vegas.

In 1955, recently discharged from the Air Force, Pete Berger and his wife Dolly decided to leave New York and also head west. Pete had been stationed in California a few years earlier, and the couple wanted to return. On the way there, they made a quick stop in Las Vegas just to see what it was like. They never left. Five years later, their daughter Cindy was born.

Fast forward almost thirty years, when a mutual friend introduced Gary and Cindy, and the rest, as they say, is history. The two began dating, eventually married in 1990, and started a family of their own.

Gary and Cindy take pride in being native Las Vegans. They love their city – its uniqueness, its sense of community and its ability to rally around important causes.

Gary is the owner of Ellis Island Hotel, Casino and Brewery, the Village Pub Casinos, Casino Valle Verde, and the Mt. Charleston Lodge. He attended Bishop Gorman High School and UNLV, but his real education was in the restaurant business. In 1968, his parents opened The Village Pub on Koval Lane. Gary and his siblings grew up in the business, working in many different positions and departments. But out of the four children, Gary was the only one that liked it. In fact, he fell in love with it and in 1985, he eventually bought The Pub from his parents with the dream of someday building a casino. He changed the name to Ellis Island and slowly started expanding the property. Several years later, he began expanding to neighborhood taverns, and, eventually, up to Mt. Charleston. Gary is a Founding Member of the Nevada Restaurant Association. He is the Honorary Commander of the 26th Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base and, along with his wife and daughters, is very active in the Las Vegas community, supporting many organizations, especially those that address hunger, homelessness, education and childhood illness.

Cindy graduated from Valley High School and the University of Southern California. With degrees in Public Relations and Psychology, she began her career here in Las Vegas in hotel sales and marketing. Eventually, she became an investment advisor and money manager for Prudential Securities, working as a Vice President of Investments until retiring in 1993 to devote her time to her family and philanthropic pursuits. Cindy is currently the President of Nevada Women’s Philanthropy (NWP), a local all-volunteer organization of 120+ women that, to date, has awarded approximately $5 million in impact grants to nonprofits here in Southern Nevada. She is also an advisor to the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE, a member of the Moonridge Group’s Greater Good Council, and a member of Bishop Gorman’s Assistance Corporation, overseeing the investments of the school’s donations and endowments.

Gary and Cindy have three beautiful daughters, all of which graduated from Bishop Gorman. Christina, 27, is a 2014 graduate of USC, where she majored in Fine Arts and minored in Entrepreneurship. She currently works as the Director of Marketing for Ellis Island and the family’s other holdings. She is a member of NWP, an advisor to the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE, a founding member of the Las Vegas chapter of Creative Mornings, and is currently studying for her MBA at UNLV.

Anamarie, 25, is the Director of Player Development at Ellis Island Casino. She is a graduate of Chapman University, where she majored in Business Administration with emphases in Management and Entrepreneurship, and she minored in Psychology. Anamarie is also a member of NWP on the Grant Screening Committee and is involved with other charitable organizations in the Las Vegas community including Project 150, working to end youth homelessness.

Michaela, 21, is currently a Senior at the University of San Diego, where she is studying Business Administration with a minor in Psychology. She is a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and is on the Torero Program Board, the event-planning branch of USD’s student government. After graduating this May, she plans on returning to Las Vegas and joining the family business.

Giving back to the Las Vegas community is very important to the Ellises, and they do much of this as a family. Especially dear to their hearts is helping those affected by childhood illness. For the past 20 years, they have hosted an annual Halloween party at Ellis Island for the families of the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation. They have also been strong supporters of JDRF in their mission to cure Type 1 diabetes.

The Ellis family is, therefore, very proud to stand with the Southern Nevada Chapter of JDRF as this year’s honorees. Please join them with your generous support in helping to eradicate this deadly disease…Vegas style.

Past Honorees

2018 – Chuck and Claire Bowling, Mandalay Bay
2017 – The Micatrotto Family
2016 – Cari Marshall
2015 – Julie A. Murray
2014 – Matt and Kami Smith
2013 – John Adams
2012 – Bill Hornbuckle
2011 – Wolfgang Puck, David Robbins, Joe Essa, and Tom Kaplan
2010 – Renee West
2009 – The Jelindo Tiberti Family
2008 – JDRF Youth Ambassadors
2007 – Summerlin Hospital Medical Center – Dr. James Snyder
2006 – The Gibson Family

Get Involved


Donate to the Hope Gala by contributing to the Children’s Library or Children’s Board Game collection, to be included in the silent auction on May 10.

Select an item from the Amazon Wishlist and the items are delivered directly to the JDRF Nevada Chapter office – be sure to choose “JDRF Southern Nevada’s Gift Registry” for the mailing address.

The wishlist was hand-selected by Charley Bell, our 2019 JDRF Children’s Congress delegate, so the items are sure to be part of a great collection!


Purchase a raffle ticket for a stunning Rose Cut White Sapphire and Diamond Bracelet from T-Bird Jewels.
JDRF Hope Gala Raffle

Venue

Mandalay Bay

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is a 43-story luxury hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, owned and operated by MGM Resorts International.

3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89119
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Event Contact

JDRF Nevada Chapter
702-732-4795 | nevada@jdrf.org

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