Hugs for Brady announces date of 2019 winter gala

The Hugs for Brady Foundation will hold its ninth annual winter gala, Year of the Dr., on March 2 at The Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Ave., Somerset.

Individual tickets are $225 by Feb. 1. Tables of 12 are on sale for $2,500.

The Ellen Gambatese Pediatric Cancer Volunteers of the Year are Luke Tyler of Simplicity Title and Art Moss of Waterfront Management. The Randy Siegel M.D. Pediatric Cancer Medical Humanitarian of the Year is Dr. Joseph Benevenia of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. The Hugs for Brady Foundation Pediatric Cancer Humanitarian of the Year is John J. Gantner, president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital.

Hugs for Brady is a non-profit focused on eliminating childhood cancer. Sherrie and Michael Wells, of South Brunswick, founded Hugs for Brady in 2009, shortly after 13-month-old Brady Michael was diagnosed with non-differentiated acute leukemia, a very rare form of leukemia. In 2010, Brady passed away at 23 months old, after he had battled the disease for 10 months.

Proceeds from the gala directly serve the foundation’s mission of eradicating pediatric cancer.

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