Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa at Fashion Island

The Jessie Rees Foundation invites you to join us at the 3rd Annual NEGU Gala. It will be a night to celebrate courageous kids fighting cancer.

NEGU, which stands for Never Ever Give Up, was the motto and message of Jessie Rees who was a caring 12 year old girl who courageously fought two inoperable brain tumors for ten months.  Jessie lost her fight on January 5, 2012 but left behind a global movement of over 300,000 supporters and a simple wish—“please encourage every kid fighting cancer to Never Ever Give Up.”  Jessie’s Wish is also the mission of her foundation, which has provided encouragement, resources and support to over 80,000 courageous kids since 2012.

This special evening of dining, drinks, dancing, special entertainment and awards, is all about raising awareness and support to continue Jessie’s Wish.  There are over 500,000 children fighting cancer today.  Everyday 50 more kids are told they have cancer.  Jessie asked her parents “How can we help them?”  It was those five simple words that launched a global movement. Every one of these courageous kids and their families need encouragement, hope, joy, and love.

It will be a great evening, for a great cause, as together we consider “How can we help them?”

Imagine the possibilities …!


  • 5:30 pm Reception, cocktails, appetizers and silent auction
  • 7:00 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 pm NEGU program, special entertainment and awards
  • 8:00 pm Live auction
  • 8:30 pm Dancing to “The Bolts”

PROCEEDS:: Proceeds support the Jessie Rees Foundation and their quest to encourage, resource, and support 40,000 kids in 2014!


  • 1 Table for 10 (*)      $1,750
  • 1 Couple                     $450
  • Single Ticket              $250

(*) We encourage you to maximize your savings by gathering a group of friends or colleagues to share a table.

There are a limited number of tickets available so we encourage you to buy your tickets early! 

If you are unable to make a purchase online please call (888) 648-NEGU (6348) for assistance.

SPONSORS:: The NEGU Gala would not be possible without the amazing support of our sponsors.  If you would like to become a sponsor please email



  • Two Premier VIP tables of 10, including premium wine at dinner
  • One foursome at the 2014 NEGU Golf Classic (September 22)
  • Recognition as premier sponsor with logo included in all event materials, JRF social media outlets, and select year-round publications.*

JOY SPONSOR    $10,000

  • One VIP table of 10
  • Recognition with logo included in all event materials and select year-round publications.*


  • One table of 10 with preferred seating
  • Recognition with logo included in all event materials.*



*Payment and electronic (high resolution) logo must be received by March 1 to be included in night of event recognition.

IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS:: For information about how you can contribute in-kind products or services for our silent and live auctions, please contact Cheryl Ingraham at

SUPPORT FROM AFAR:: If you are unable to attend, but would like to help encourage courageous kids to Never Ever Give Up, please consider joining the JoySquad or making a donation by selecting the “Donate” button on the top right of this page.

HOTEL:: The Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa at Fashion Island is extending a special “NEGU Gala” room rate of $169 per night for Gala guests on 3/28 and 3/29 (based on space available) for reservations received on or before 3/7.  To make a room reservation, please  CLICK HERE or call (877) 622-3056 and mention the NEGU Gala.

The Jessie Rees Foundation is a 501(C)(3) Charitable Corporation.