Faces of Hope

A sellout crowd of 420 superheroes helped raise more than $462,000 for Mission Children’s Hospital at the biennial Faces of Hope Superheroes charity gala. Inspired by the children served at the region’s only children’s hospital, the planning committee, led by co-chairs Carlyn Pheil and Eileen Hutchison, created a surprising Gotham City at the historic Grove Park Inn to celebrate everyone involved at Mission Children’s Hospital – the kids, the doctors, the nurses and the donors. During the Very Special Auction, auctioneers Ora Wells, M.D., and Sara Monahan-Estes, M.D. auctioned the opportunity to buy or gift items that the kids needed, allowing donors to feel good that their dollars were going toward something specific that had meaning to them. Donors saw firsthand how their generosity impacts the kids as Jelly, the pet therapy dog “talked” about his work with kids, as Bhakti demonstrated the freedom she now enjoys with her trike, and as Karen shared the story of her daughter Sydney’s cancer care. The Faces of Hope Superheroes gala was emceed by Mission Foundation trustee Heather Lee, and the premier sponsors were Tom and Brenda Nash. Additional sponsors include RBS Wealth Management, Earth Fare, Nathaniel E. Cannady, III.