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2023 Portraits of Hope Gala on April 22nd

Media Contact: Ryan Allen

Communications Associate

(585) 865-1550 x 280




Rochester, N.Y., March 23, 2023 – Villa of Hope will host their annual Portraits of Hope Gala on Saturday, April 22, at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. The gala event raises funds for Villa of Hope’s Behavior Health program and clinic, which has served up to 1,000 youth, adolescents, and adults in the past year. 


The evening begins at 6:00 pm with cocktails, a silent auction, and a wine pull. Guests will enjoy a sumptuous four-course dinner followed by live and silent auctions, dancing, and live music by Nik Entertainment Co. The keynote address will be given by Villa of Hope’s outgoing President/CEO, Christina Gullo, who will share her own personal and family journey.  


The Champion of Hope Award is presented annually at the Portraits of Hope Gala. This award honors an individual or organization that has significantly impacted the lives of individuals, youth, and their families in the Rochester community while helping to advance the Villa’s mission and vision. The 2023 Champion of Hope Award will be presented to Jill Knittel, President & CEO of JK Executive Strategies. 


The Portraits of Hope Gala will be emceed by WROC News 8’s Adam Chodak. 


Funds raised from this event will help Villa of Hope continue to provide integrated treatment services for mental health, addiction, and substance use disorders; special education for youth with emotional needs; in-home community care services; and their specialized workforce development program.  


Tickets to Villa of Hope’s Portraits of Hope Gala are $200 per person with reserved seating. Reserved tables of 10 are $1,800. Event sponsorships are available for $1,000 and up. Tickets can be purchased online at  


Villa of Hope’s Portraits of Hope Gala is supported by Presenting Sponsor, Upstate Pharmacy, Ltd.; and Gold Sponsors Mike and Nela Amico, Bond Benefits Consulting, CPL, DiPasquale Construction, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, JK Executive Strategies, LaBella Associates, Robert Luken, Park Grove Realty, and Sage Rutty. Additional support is provided by Silver Sponsors, Advantage Federal Credit Union; Anonymous; Don & Holly Barone; Bivona Child Advocacy Center; Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC; Burke Group; Eric & Catrina Cook; D’Aiutolo, Malcolm & Associates Investment Consulting Group; East House; First American Equipment Finance; Frontier Glass, Inc.; Nick & Elaine LaPenna; Chris & Lisa Leverett; McDonald’s N.J. Wilkes, LLC; Nexo Group, LLC; Rochester Americans/Knighthawks; St. Ann’s Management Company Inc.; Strategic Interests, LLC; The Summit Federal Credit Union; USI Insurance Services, LLC; and Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP. The Wine Sponsor for the event is Constellation Brands. 


For further information and photos or to arrange an interview, please contact Ryan Allen, Communications Associate, at or (585) 865-1550 x 280.





Villa of Hope is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to partner with individuals, families, and communities to Rebuild relationships, Recover potential, and Renew hope for the future. With a vision to advance equity by transforming the social foundations of our neighbors and elevating lifelong health outcomes for our community, Villa of Hope has been serving the Rochester community since 1942. To learn more about our organization and identify ways to support the mission, please visit

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