7th Annual

A Little HOPE would like to thank everyone who attended and supported our seventh annual A Night for Our Children fundraising gala on Thursday, June 12, 2008, at Capitale.

A Little Hope honored Rory Kennedy with the 2008 Humanitarian Award, Kathleen Krieg and Susan Thomas with the 2008 Visionary Award and Anne Lynch with the 2008 Advocate Award. We would like to thank them again, for all of their efforts to support grieving children.

Rory Kennedy is one of the nation's most prolific independent documentary film makers. Her impressive body of work tackles some of our most pressing social concerns. She is a committed social activist and human rights advocate. Anne Lynch is the executive director of The Center for Grieving Children in Portland, Maine and immediate past president of The National Alliance for Grieving Children. She is a nationally recognized authority on grief and bereaved children and families. She is respected and admired for her service to grieving children in Maine, at America's Camp, and thorough out the United States. Kathleen Krieg and Susan Thomas are the co-founders and directors of The Center for H.O.P.E. at Schneider Children's Hospital, in New Hyde Park New York. Among the services the center provides, is a support group for parents who have experienced the devastating loss of a child. Kathleen and Susan are true visionaries who brought their dream of creating a comprehensive bereavement center into reality.

A Night for Our Children was hosted by Curt Menefee, host of FOX NFL Sunday. More than 700 guests enjoyed cocktails, a delicious buffet dinner and a live musical performance by critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Marc Broussard.

Guests participated in a Judith Ripka raffle featuring an 18K Yellow Gold, Diamond and Cognac Quartz Arielle Necklace, as well as two interactive auctions: Bubbles & Bling (offering a chance to win a diamond!) and the Tree of Hope, in which each participant was a winner of one of the many terrific prizes, including: Black Crowes Signed Guitar; Tickets to the US Open, Lunch and a Round of Golf at Fenway Golf Club, 2 Nights at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Carlos Falchi Purse, HP 19” LCD Monitor, HP Notebook, and DeskJet Printer; Basket from Dylan’s Candy Bar, Ipod Shuffle, Gift Certificate to Crumbs Bakeshop, 16x20 Bradford Portrait. The gala also featured a fabulous Judith Ripka Jewelry table with proceeds donated to A Little Hope.

The live auction featured 2 tickets to the Golden Globes after party; 2 tickets to the “Entourage” premiere and after party, Dinner for 8 at Rao’s; NY Sports Spectacular – Mets, Knicks, Jets, Rangers & Devils Tickets; 2 Nights and 3 Days at Puerto Rico’s La Cancha Hotel; A one week stay at a villa in Tuscany; and 2 Tickets to the premiere of Rory Kennedy’s new documentary opening September, 2008 in Washington, D.C.

We would especially like to thank all of the following corporate and individual sponsors that contributed to the evening’s success.

Gold Contributors

The Benchmark Company, LLC
BTIG/Bass Trading
Execution, LLC
ITG/Investment Technology Group, Inc.
Andrew Formato and Weeden & Co, LP
Jeffries& Company, Inc.
JNK Securities Corp
RBC Capital
Richard H. Schimel
The Starker Family Foundation

Silver Contributors

Robert W. Baird Foundation
Bank of America
Dahlman Rose
GFI Group, Inc.
Goldman Sachs
Harbor Watch
Knight Capital Group, Inc.
Lehman Brothers
Morgan Stanley
Oppenheimer & Co., Inc.
Stiffel Nicolaus & Co., Inc.
Titan Legacy Fund Advisors, LLC
Saratoga Capital
TD Newcrest
Chad & Nina Loweth
Robin & Larry Sapanski
Peter & Jennifer Wade
Adam & Kim Wolfberg
Caitlin & Robert Bovo

Bronze Contributors

Alliance Bernstein/Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.
Blue Fin Research Partners
Cantor Fitzgerald
Deutsche Bank
FBR Capital Markets
The Hauptman Family Foundation
The Hauptman Family Foundation
The Hauptman Family Foundation
The Hauptman Family Foundation
The Hauptman Family Foundation
The Hauptman Family Foundation
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc.
Lazard Capital Markets, LLC
Marquis Jet
Merrill Lynch
Monness Crespi, Hardt & Co. Inc.
Northville Industries
Source Trading
Wachovia Capital Markets
Jennifer & Anthony Bechalany
Amy Liebman-Rapp
Natalie S. Marcus

Special Thanks to:

Empire Entertainment: Candace Jarkow, Geetha Mathews, Nat Wittstruck & Matt Stevenson, Curt Menefee, Marc Broussard, Sebastian Clarke, Tanhya Vancho, Evan J. Schapiro, Royalty Press, Congoleum Corporation, The Black Crowes, Judith Ripka, BWD Group, Citigroup, HBO, Carlos Falchi, Fuze, Jewels of Ocean; Tuscan Hills; Jeff Mann; Thomas Marano; and JB Reed Photography.

Thank you again to everyone who attended and supported A Night for Our Children.