Hugs for Brady gala supports doctors, children with cancer

SOUTH BRUNSWICK – The Hugs for Brady Foundation raised a record-setting amount during its annual winter gala.

The Year of the Doctor brought in $221,000 on March 2 at The Palace at Somerset Park to benefit children with pediatric cancer.

The Ellen Gambatese Pediatric Cancer Volunteers of the Year were Luke Tyler of Simplicity Title and Art Moss of Waterfront Management. The Randy Siegel M.D. Pediatric Cancer Medical Humanitarian of the Year was Dr. Joseph Benevenia of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. The Hugs for Brady Foundation Pediatric Cancer Humanitarian of the Year was 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.

The foundation would like to reach $300,000. To donate, visit

“Oh, What a Night,” the 2020 gala, will honor Humanitarian of the Year Kevin Cummings of Investors Bank on Jan. 25. Sponsorships are being accepted.