Hopecam’s Gala Celebration 2018

On Friday October 19th, we celebrated Hopecam's 15th Anniversary at our Give Hope, Get Connected Gala Celebration. The event was held at the Silverline Center in Tysons Corner. Over $141,000 was raised at the Gala, to connect more children fighting cancer!

We started the evening off with our founder Len Forkas speaking and presenting a special Hopecam 15th Anniversary video, and then Len presented a special award for ‘Outstanding Service’ to Robert Carr. Mr. Carr helped make the very first Hopecam connection with Matt Forkas at his school!

Sam Rosko, Hopecam’s Volunteer Coordinator, presented Volunteer Awards to Kristine Milch and Terry Noziglia. Thank you Kristine and Terry for all your volunteering and all of your efforts, and to all of our amazing Hopecam volunteers!

Our Hopecam Development Director, Lauren Priestas, presented an award to our top Referral Hospital of the Year:

UK Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

A representative from the Hospital was not able to attend the gala, therefore Hopecam will be sending the award to them.

Frank Fumich, whom participated and successfully completed the Race Across America in June this year, raised over $85K for Hopecam! He dedicated each of the 12 days he cycled to a different Hopecam child. He could not attend the gala that evening but he did create this special video in his absence:

We had 2 Hopecam families that attended the gala. Fletcher who is from Centreville, VA, and he is treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Hopecam has helped him connect with his family, friends and school while he is in Tennessee receiving his treatment.

Left to Right: Lily’ parents Ryan & Jennifer and Lily’s Kindergarten teach Amanda

Also the parents of Lily (Jennifer and Ryan) attended with Lily’s Kindergarten teacher Amanda Hutchings. Amanda spoke at the event on how Hopecam helped Lily connect with all of her classmates while she was in treatment for childhood cancer. As Lily attended only 1 day of Kindergarten before she was diagnosed. Amanda’s speech was nothing short of amazing, and there were many tears in the room.

Brandon Snow of Catered Solutions, catered the event with an amazing dinner.

Brandon was on Len’s Race Across America (RAAM) crew last year, and he also was on Frank Fumich’s RAAM crew this year.

Thank you to our Gala Celebrations Sponsors!

Amazon AWS, Alliance Bernstein, Cooley, Milestone Communications, Baker Tilly, The McLean Group, Donohue & Stearns, Maryland DC Wireless Association, Lindsey Joelle Miller Memorial Fund, Capital Seniors Housing, Jeff and Jacky Copeland, Carol and Will Kaffenberger, MC Partners, Scott Plein, Marty and Ann Tarr, James and Sharon Todd, Warring & Company, and Mike Wheeler.

Thank you to Tara Kennedy from Tara Kennedy Photography, for capturing all the wonderful photos at the gala.

You can view and download any of the photos here: Hopecam’s Gala Celebration 2018 Photos

Thank you to Justin Swisher from Swisher Auctions. Justin was the auctioneer for our live auctions. A quote from his website: "It is not about confusing the audience with the chant to try to get the amount you think you need for the items, but rather, it is about selling the item with a connection to the cause that ignites an energy amongst the audience to bid to a new level of generosity."

Thank you to our Board Members Ozzie Reyes-Chica and Nic Tempestini and Larissa Simkovich for organizing this years gala! A special thank you to our Hopecam Team Lauren Priestas, Sara Dia and Sam Rosko for working tirelessly to ensure a successful and fun evening. Our Program Director Sara Dia brought her newest 4 week old family member to the event!

Hopecam’s Founder Len Forkas with the Hopecam Team: Sara Dia, Lauren Priestas and Sam Rosko

Congratulations to the Dia family on your newest family member!

To close, Hopecam raised over $141,000 because of the amazing heart and generosity of everyone that attended the event, donated to Hopecam, all of the vendors that provided silent and live auction items, the amazing volunteers, sponsors, Hopecam Team and Hopecam Board Members.

THANK YOU FROM ALL OF US AT HOPECAM!

AWS DeepLens Health Challenge

Hopecam's founder, Len Forkas, talks about how you can use AWS DeepLens to boost mental or physical health and support children overcome challenges with cancer.

What is the AWS DeepLens Health Challenge?

*For the Health Challenge, you can use your DeepLens to develop a project about boosting your mental or physical health. Think of something in your life you want to improve, and figure out how DeepLens and AI might help get you there. We’re hoping to see projects that range from helping patients with chronic diseases through to yoga pose recognitions and exercise counting.

*excerpt from AWS DeepLens Challenge

Giving back
For each project that meets the AWS DeepLens Health Challenge entry criteria, AWS will give you $50 in AWS credits, and Hopecam will receive $249 from AWS!

Learn more about the Health Challenge at - AWS DeepLens Health Challenge.

18th Annual Hopecam 5K

On Sunday May 6th, we held our 18th Annual Hopecam 5k.  The rain stayed away and it was a beautiful morning.  Thank you to everyone that came out to honor our Hopecam child Fletcher.  Over 450 people attended and we raised $53,500 to help connect more children with cancer!

 Hopecam Honored Child 'Fletcher'

Hopecam Honored Child 'Fletcher'

 Fletcher with Hopecam founder Len Forkas

Fletcher with Hopecam founder Len Forkas

 Thank you to our Title Sponsor  Vibrent Health , the founder & CEO of Vibrent Health Praduman Jain is holding the check with our Honored Hopecam child Fletcher.

Thank you to our Title Sponsor Vibrent Health, the founder & CEO of Vibrent Health Praduman Jain is holding the check with our Honored Hopecam child Fletcher.

 Len Forkas's son Matt Forkas with our Honored Hopecam child Fletcher and Fletcher's amazing mom.

Len Forkas's son Matt Forkas with our Honored Hopecam child Fletcher and Fletcher's amazing mom.

Thank you to all of our Hopecam 5K Sponsors!  Our Title Sponsor was Vibrent Health. Our Gold Sponsors - Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cooley, Dulles Greenway, Milestone Communications, and to Johnny Bolton and family 'in remembrance of Mom and Nan'. Our Bronze Sponsors - Apptium, Chick-fil-A, Creative Systems and Consulting, Crown Trophy of AshburnEarth Networks, FVC Bank, Giant, GoMix, The McLean Group, Miller, Miller & Canby, Reston Shirt, Mark and Rozanne Silverwood, Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital, Nina and John Toups, Wax & Oils, Wegmans, and Wheat's.

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Thank you to all the vendors that participated: Face painting by Sandra Fox at Pixie Dust Creations, Balloon artist Sam Chawla, Hop on Pop's Moonbounce, Capstone Chiropratic care, Golly Waffles food truck, Potomac River Running – race company, and to TK Photo for capturing all of the amazing photos at our 5K!  


To view all of the Hopecam 18th Annual 5K photos, please visit the following webpage:  TK Photo Hopecam 5K 2018 Photos


Also thank you to the members of the 501st Garrison Tyranus for attending.  The Star Wars Storm Trooper even ran the entire course with his family and in full costume!

 Members of the 501st Garrison Tyranus and our Honored Hopecam child Fletcher with our first place winner in the childrens division.

Members of the 501st Garrison Tyranus and our Honored Hopecam child Fletcher with our first place winner in the childrens division.

 The Revature Team

The Revature Team

Thank you to the following corporate teams: AccentureAmazon Web Services (AWS), Apptium TechnologiesBaker TillyBlue Node SolutionsBooz Allen HamiltonCooleyCreative Systems and Consulting, The McLean GroupRevature, and Vibrent Health.  Our top corporate team for this years event was: Revature for raising the most money!

Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers, Hopecam staff and Board Members for helping.  This event would not have been so successful without all of your generous time and help!

 Hopecam Staff: Lauren Priestas, Sam Rosko and Sara Dia

Hopecam Staff: Lauren Priestas, Sam Rosko and Sara Dia

 Hopecam Board Members

Hopecam Board Members

We are looking forward to our 19th year next year!

RAAM 2018 Benefiting Hopecam

Race Across America (RAAM) starts on June 12th, 2018.  This year, Frank Fumich will be competing in RAAM for Hopecam!  RAAM is a 3,089 mile solo cross country bike race from Oceanside CA to Annapolis MD.

Frank's goal is to raise money for Hopecam so we can connect more children to their classroom, friends, and support system while they are in cancer treatment.

Who is Frank Fumich?  He is a husband, a father to two girls, a business owner, and ultra-endurance athlete/adventurer.  Read more about Frank here: FrankFumich.com 

Thank you Frank Fumich for racing across America to help Hopecam defeat social isolation and put more smiles on the faces of children fighting cancer! 

Make and Impact with your Gift on November 28th

Mark your Calendars for #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Your donation helps connect children in treatment for cancer to their friends and classrooms and decreases the loneliness and anxiety they experience during this time. Did you know that the average Hopecam child misses over 80 days of school? Consider a gift to Hopecam to help a child with cancer Stay Connected to their classmates, friends and family during this frightening time.

    This year, Facebook is matching the first $2 Million Dollars in donations to nonprofits on #GivingTuesday.  Donate through Hopecam's site on Facebook starting at 8am on Tuesday, November 28th and  your donation will be matched.  Or start your own personal Facebook fundraiser for Hopecam. It’s easy to create and share your post with friends.  Contact info@hopecam.org for questions or assistance.

    Your donation can make an Impact in the life of a child with cancer! 

    Race For Hope RAAM Hopecam 2017 Celebration

    On Thursday October 19th, Hopecam held a Celebration event to thank everyone who helped us reach and hit our goal of $1 MILLION!  On June 25th, Len Forkas completed the Race Across America (RAAM) a 3089 mile solo cross country bike race from Oceanside CA to Annapolis MD.  

    Len dedicated each day of the race and 56 time stations along the route to children served by Hopecam.   He also spoke with a Hopecam child each day of the race.  This is his second time completing the race, Len completed RAAM in 11 days, 21 hours and 35 minutes and won the competition’s Lon Haldeman Award as the race’s top fundraiser.

    Thank you to everyone who made this possible and for those who could attend the celebration event.

    Thank you to Tara Kennedy from TK Photo for capturing all the wonderful photos at the event.

     

    Race For Hope Documentary

    The following documentary is the “Race for Hope” bike race, a 3,089 mile journey completed in 11 days 21 hours for Hopecam. 

    Hopecam, an organization dedicated to helping children battling cancer overcome social isolation during their treatment, celebrates reaching its $1 million fundraising goal to connect another 1,000 children to their friends at school. Since its founding in 2003, the organization has connected 1,350 children in 46 states.

    The successful campaign was led by founder Len Forkas’ participation in the Race Across America (RAAM), a grueling, 12-day, 3,089 mile bike race from San Diego, California to Annapolis, Maryland. Forkas dedicated each day of the race and 56 time stations along the route to children served by Hopecam. His second time completing the race, Forkas finished in 11 days, 21 hours and 35 minutes and won the competition’s Lon Haldeman Award as the race’s top fundraiser.

    Thank you to filmmakers Mauricio Cimino, Will Hoffinger and Mike Myers.