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2023 Welcome To New York

Broadway and Beyond!

September 16, 2023
Chappapeela Sports Park

Each year through its fundraising efforts, the Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation provides funding for hospice care for terminally ill patients who do not have the means to pay. It is the mission of the organization to ensure that everyone who has a desire for hospice care will receive the care they deserve during their final days.

We are thrilled to join our community to raise money for The Richard Murphy Hospice House. Join us for a night filled with delicious cuisine from local restaurants and libations from The Crescent Bar. Guests will enjoy lively entertainment from our featured band – After Party. In addition, we invite guests to engage in the live and silent auctions as well as trying your luck with the chance to bring home a new car sponsored by Bill Hood Auto Group. In the lyrics of Frank Sinatra, “I want to be a part of it, New York, New York.”

Sponsorship Form Packet
2023 Welcome To New York
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 Gala Sponsorship Forms

Sponsorship Form

Gala sponsorships offer guests the opportunity to engage in our Gala with each sponsorship level providing its own “New York State of Mind” amenities. A full list of available opportunities are outlined on the enclosed Sponsorship Form. If you are interested in securing a sponsorship, we recommended that you do so early due to seating limitations.

All sponsorship options are sold out, except for the $750 tier. All tables are sold out.

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Thanks to Everyone!

The Richard Murphy Hospice Board of Trustees and the Richard Murphy Hospice Gala Board would like to express their heartfelt thanks to everyone who so generously gave of their resources to help make the gala. Please know that the RMH Board of Trustees and the RMH Gala Board as well as all of the families Hospice House has served over the years will forever be grateful to all who gave so generously to this event.

We cannot believe that the 2023 RMHF Gala has come and gone. This year’s gala was such a huge success. Ryan Barker and his amazing staff at Chappapeela Sports Park were so hospitable and accommodating to our every need. They helped along with our amazing Beth Richard and her decorating committee transform the gym into a feeling of actually being in New York.

For the past sixteen years, the Richard Murphy Hospice House has served over 1600 terminally ill residents and their families at absolutely no charge. The House can do this through all the efforts of our supporters of the gala: this year’s Gala chairman Melissa Dufreche, Gala Board, volunteer workers, sponsorships, ticket sales, memorial donations, auction items, and prayers! The Gala would not be possible without our generous community. The loss of a loved one is so difficult, and our goal is to alleviate some of this burden, provide comfort, and a beautiful home to the residents and their families. No financial burden, 24-hour caregivers, peace, and comfort. Thank you to our community that has made the operations of the house possible. It is an honor and extremely heartfelt to care for those facing the end of life, and we appreciate the trust and confidence that families have given to the Richard Murphy Hospice House and our dedicated staff.

2023 Gala Committee

There are so many kindhearted people that assist us in our day-to-day operations. A special thanks to our regular volunteers, lawn care, professional services, Board of Trustees, Hospice House Staff, and many more. Thank you to all our supporters who deliver household products and meals to the Hospice House. They are greatly appreciated and needed by the grieving families.

Board of Trustees
See Winners from the Gala

Hood Auto Group Car Raffle

Sponsored by Hood Auto Group.

All 25 car raffle tickets have official been sold. The winner will be drawn during the gala.

2023 Hyundai Kona SEL
2023 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Special Sponsors

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Live Auction

AmFund Trip to New York

Beginning Bid - $3,700

  • Round Trip Airfare for 2 (main cabin)   from any major U.S airport 
  • 3 Nights Deluxe Accommodations 
  • Broadway Show 
  • 2 Exquisite Dinners (Sardi's 

Interstate Guns

Valued - $5,499.97

  • Vortex Spotting Scope w/tri-pod and  
  • Vortex Binos

Donated by Heather Vial

Maldonado Orthodontics

Good for up to $5,780

Orthodontic Treatment. Give someone a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime.

Donated by Dr. Kyle Maldonado, DDS MS

SCAG Liberty 48”

Valued - $5,822

Fully fabricated and welded 48” Hero™ cutter deck with anti-scalp rollers provides a beautiful quality-of-cut.

Donated by Michael Canal & Sons

Diamond Stud Earrings & Pendant

Valued - $3,800

  • Earrings: 1ctw Yellow Gold 14K  
  • Natural Diamond Studs 
  • Pendant: 1ctw Yellow Gold 14K  
  • Natural Diamond Cross Pendant

Donated by Rene Roussel 
Roussel’s Fine Jewelry & Antiques

Vintage VW Bus Bar

Valued - $2,100
Century 21 Wine - $400

Baby blue VW Bus Bar with reclaimed Mango Wood top and shelving

Donated by Disco Warehouse

Artist Styling of TweetArt – Live Painting

Valued - $1,200

The Gems and Gents Gala will be an experience like no other. This night  features the artistic stylings of Tweety Bachemin. She will be capturing the entire evening LIVE in one single masterpiece that will be auctioned off to one lucky person. Mosey over and grace Tweety with your best pose, and you may have the chance to be featured in her work. We can’t wait to see you all there!

Donated by : Tweety Bachemin

Mandy Mae Fine Art Print

Donated by: Mandy Mae

Download Gala 2023 Program


 Gala Committee Chairs

Jodee McWilliams Hoover

Executive Director & Live Auction

Jessica Smith


Amber G. Graff


Destin Sims

Silent Auction

Melissa Dufreche

Gala Chair

Will Buras


Beth Richard


Laura Dimattia

Student Volunteers

Donna Olivia

House Administrator

Kenny Milton

Libations & Man Power

Karen Pecoraro


Kim Accardo


Robin Lancon


Jenafer Sheridan

Student Volunteers

Bailey Haist

Social Media

Bailey Barker

Social Media

Phillip Colwart


Avery Meyers