On behalf of my family, Board of Directors and Foundation, I wanted to let you know we have elected to postpone our annual NEGU Gala – A Celebration of Courageous Smiles, which was scheduled for this Saturday, March 14, 2020.  We are deeply committed to our loving NEGU community, many of whom were expected to attend Saturday’s highly anticipated Gala as Courageous Kids, families, guests, sponsors, and honorees.   As such, we are taking the recent government/state recommendations and warnings about the Coronavirus very seriously and have elected to reschedule our largest fundraiser of the year in an effort to prioritize the safety and health of everyone involved.

This decision was not made easily, and we are incredibly disappointed to be making this change so close to the event.  However, we are taking this course of action, which has been informed by the recommendations issued by the CDC and the California Public Health Department, and following consultation with Board members, external stakeholders, and staff.  It feels like the reasonable and responsible thing to do.  I’m confident you will agree with us.

Rest assured, we will never stop running towards kids fighting cancer because they need us now more than ever.  These innocent kids, Super Sibs and parents are still fighting.  As you may know,  46 kids are diagnosed with cancer each day in America.  Every one of these kids has a name, a family, a story and deserves our love and support.

While we wait to secure the new date, I’m asking that you still consider helping us raise essential funds now so we can continue to help these innocent kids and families impacted by childhood cancer!  The incredibly gracious donor who had offered us matching funds during the Gala has let us know they are still willing to match dollar for dollar, up to $100,000, all donations received through Sunday, 3/15 at midnight.  If you can, please use the link below to offer your best gift so we can continue to spread hope, joy and love to these kids fighting in the midst of the recent news.  These families, now more than ever, need to know they are not alone and need to be encouraged to NEVER EVER GIVE UP!

I also want to thank all of the volunteers that have worked tirelessly to prepare for the Gala.  Your hard work, passion and dedication is so appreciated.

In closing, I also want you to know that as soon additional details become available you will be the first to know.  I would also ask that you please share this update with any of your guests so they too are aware of the change. Please let me know if you have any questions.

 – NEGU, Erik

A GLANCE AT SMILES FROM LAST YEAR’S GALA

The 9thAnnual NEGU Gala – A Celebration of Courageous Smiles is a memorable experience you won’t want to miss! An elegant evening when NEGU Nation comes together to honor compassionate individuals and dedicated companies who have decided to take Jessie’s NEGU challenge and help in extraordinary ways. Selected recipients receive a “Jessie Award” – a symbol that represents courage, commitment and compassion, the same three things Jessie modeled during her fight. Last year, the Jessie Award recipients were Nations Direct Mortgage – Compassionate Company, Jordan Palmer – Humanitarian, Melinda Heights Elementary School – Community Impact, and Jaime Serna – Caregiver of the Year. 46 Courageous Families in the midst of their cancer fight attended as Guests of Honor and each were presented with a Jessie Award for courage.

The evening includes an energetic, one-of-a-kind, live auction and is capped off with the Celebration of Courageous Smiles and evening of impact lighting up the dance floor. Attendees leave feeling inspired, knowing more kids fighting cancer and their families will know they are not alone in their fight.  We hope you will join us as we celebrate and encourage more Courageous Smiles this year!

“Because of this one event each year, we get to send JoyJars to thousands of Courageous Kids fighting cancer around the world. Most importantly, this means we get to start a relationship with a child and a family, so we can provide them the needed long-term support and encouragement so they Never Ever Give Up!” – Erik Rees, Jessie’s Daddy

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Please contact erik@jessie.org with questions

Schedule

Saturday, March 14, 2020
5:30 PM – Reception
7:00PM – 11:00PM
Dinner, Awards, Live Auction & Dancing

Become a Sponsor

To become a 2020 event sponsor, please contact Allie Votava.

Auction Donations

We appreciate the generosity of businesses and individuals as we acquire exciting auction items, experiences, gift cards and once-in-a-lifetime adventures.  Please fill out the form and connect with our auction coordinator Nora Grabar for more information or to arrange the delivery of your tax deductible in-kind donation.

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We are incredibly thankful for the generous support of our NEGU gala sponsors! We are truly better together!

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