Expect Miracles in Manhattan 2024

On February 8, 2024, Expect Miracles Foundation [EMF] hosted its highly-anticipated annual Expect Miracles in Manhattan 2024 gala at the exquisite Ziegfeld Ballroom. With a sold-out crowd of 600, the tropical beach-themed ballroom became a hub for Catching a Wave of Hope for the cancer community.

Guests indulged in valuable networking opportunities, connecting with industry peers while championing EMF’s life-saving and life-changing mission. The night featured lively participation in both live and silent auctions, along with the creatively aligned Message in a Bottle contest. The pinnacle of generosity emerged during the live donation appeal, setting a new record with a remarkable $101,000 raised!

The speaking program commenced with a poignant moment, as Executive Director Frank Heavey paid tribute to the late Bill Greilich, an industry peer who recently succumbed to cancer. A moment of silence was observed, underscoring the purpose behind our gathering.

Event Co-Chairs Sandy Bolton of Ameriprise and David Rosen of Morgan Stanley took the stage, extending warm gratitude to our supporters, sponsors, and volunteers. They not only highlighted the evening’s success but also encouraged continued engagement with EMF. Attendees were reminded of diverse involvement opportunities, from signing up for the upcoming Distance Challenge to attending Young Professionals Expect Miracles (YPEM) events or participating in grant reviews.

Appeal Raises Over $101,000

Before the donation appeal, Maggie Dombroski, EMF’s Director of Development, stepped onto the stage to share a deeply personal narrative about the impact of cancer on her and her family. Maggie’s heartfelt speech inspired and deeply resonated with the audience.

$400,000 Check Presentation

Expect Miracles in Manhattan 2024In support EMF’s Innovation Fund at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, a check for $400,000 was presented to Dr. David Heller at Expect Miracles Manhattan 2024. Dr. Heller’s research lab develops nanotechnologies to treat metastatic cancers and to detect disease at early stages.

 

2024 Honorees

SS&C

SS&C

Foundation Award

In recognition of a company’s outstanding commitment to Expect Miracles Foundation in leading the financial industry in the noble fight against cancer.

Kaela Gibbons, PIMCO

Kaela Gibbons, PIMCO

Lonnie Award

Inspired by the humble yet determined spirit of Lon Macdonald, the Lonnie Award honors an individual whose passion advances the life-saving mission of Expect Miracles Foundation.

Nameeta Baxter, Morgan Stanley

Nameeta Baxter, Morgan Stanley

YPEM Award

In recognition of a young professional whose exceptional commitment ignites the next generation of leaders to support the life-saving mission of Expect Miracles Foundation.

Christine Chigounis, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Christine Chigounis, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Expect Miracles Award

In honor of an extraordinary individual whose commitment to donate or raise critical funds for Expect Miracles Foundation brings hope to those impacted by cancer.

Brian Shlissel, JP Morgan

Brian Shlissel, JP Morgan

Lonnie Award

Inspired by the humble yet determined spirit of Lon Macdonald, the Lonnie Award honors an individual whose passion advances the life-saving mission of Expect Miracles Foundation.

YPEM Leadership Team

YPEM Leadership Team

Kanley Cup Award

The Young Professionals Expect Miracles [YPEM] groups in Boston and New York compete to win the Kanley Cup. The city that achieves the greatest fundraising amount through its YPEM events and participation as a Miracle Makers wins the cup. The NYC YPEM team won the cup in 2023 for raising $60,546 in 2023.

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Evelyn Dow (Gala Images)

Allie Joseph (Step & Repeat)

Make Miracles

Join us in the fight against cancer and be part of the community that is making miracles happen today. Your donation is an investment in our Innovation and Discovery Funds, which invests in life-saving cancer research, and EMF's SAMFund, which provides financial assistance for young adult cancer survivors.

Invest in Hope

Corporate sponsors lead our life-saving mission and gain access to influential business networking opportunities at EMF events, which range from galas to golf tournaments and more. As a sponsor you can cultivate relationships in the financial services industry while having a life-changing impact on the cancer community.