Expanding Hope – Two nights, two incredible events

632 guests over 2 glittering nights – the Evening of Hope with Wynonna Judd and Igniting Hope with Kevin Snyder were simply spectacular. We’re thrilled to announce that thanks to the incredible generosity of our guests, our sponsors, and our silent & live auction winners, we raised a grand total across both events of over:


This wouldn’t have been possible without you. Thank you for giving kids, teens, and adults living the mental illness the opportunity to receive hope and healing instead of stigma and shame.

Check out the photos below!

We are again expanding hope with two nights of back-to-back incredible events!

On Wednesday, September 13, our elegant Evening of Hope Gala will take place featuring Country Music Hall of Fame superstar and mental health advocate Wynonna Judd. Then on Thursday, September 14, Igniting Hope returns – a night of dinner and dancing with Liquid Pleasure and inspiring remarks from Dr. Kevin Snyder! It will be a fun, festive celebration showcasing the best of NC and all its Carolina charm. Both events will be held at the gorgeous Pavilion at the Angus Barn and seating will be limited to ensure intimate and incomparable experiences for all our guests.

Evening of Hope

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

The elegant Evening of Hope Gala will take place at the resplendent Pavilion at the Angus Barn on Wednesday, September 13, 2023. We are thrilled that our keynote speaker Wynonna Judd, one of the most celebrated artists in Country Music history, will share how her personal and family journey with mental illness has led to a path of hope and light.

Igniting Hope

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Igniting Hope will be a fun, casual night of dinner and dancing with Liquid Pleasure and speaker Dr. Kevin Snyder held at the beautiful Pavilion at the Angus Barn on Thursday, September 14, 2023. This spectacular event will be a celebration of Carolina charm, highlighting the best that NC has to offer and the opportunity to dance the night away in support of mental illness research. This extravaganza will be a night to remember!

For more information about Igniting Hope and the Evening of Hope, or to reserve your seats at either night, please call our office at 919-781-9255. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Igniting Hope

Igniting Hope will be a casual, fun, and festive celebration with dinner and dancing featuring music from Liquid Pleasure and remarks from Dr. Kevin Snyder as we highlight the best that North Carolina has to offer, all in support of mental illness research.

This spectacular evening at the rustic, open-air Pavilion at the Angus Barn will be one to remember with a southern culinary experience, Carolina charm, inspiring remarks, live auction, and the opportunity to dance the night away. Guests will also have access to our silent auction and the chance to bid on special items only available at Igniting Hope.

Tickets to Igniting Hope are $250 each, and tables of 10 seats are $2,500. Space will be limited – don’t miss this special night!

Evening of Hope

An annual charity dinner and auction benefiting The Foundation of Hope, the Evening of Hope Gala takes place at the resplendent Pavilion at the Angus Barn in Raleigh, North Carolina. The event features an elegant four-course dinner served with exceptional wine pairings, as well as a live auction, a silent auction, and a celebrity keynote speaker.

Our September 2023 gala will be an intimate, sophisticated event for 420 guests, and we are thrilled to welcome Wynonna Judd as our keynote speaker. The night will also include a live and silent auction, full of unique curated items, including wine, fabulous getaways and experiences, and exquisite home decor. 

Individual seats for the Evening of Hope Gala are $750 each and tables of 10 seats are $7,500. Early responses are recommended. Space will be limited to ensure an incomparable experience for all guests.

Gala History

The first Evening of Hope was held in 1992 at the home of Alice Eure, the co-founder of the Foundation of Hope. Even though Alice is no longer with us, her spirit, generosity and incredible desire to make a difference remain forever present in all that we do.

Through the years, the Foundation has been fortunate to bring exceptional advocates of mental health as our keynote speakers at the Evening of Hope. September 2022’s keynote Marie Osmond spoke eloquently about her lifetime experiences – both positive and negative – and how they shaped her outlook on life and gave her the strength to keep going forward. In February 2022, singer LeAnn Rimes shared her journey with anxiety, and sang a cappella about how despite struggling, those with mental illness should take heart that there “will be a better day.” In 2019, TV anchor Elizabeth Vargas discussed how her alcoholism was exacerbated by her panic disorder, and how she is speaking out to help others do the same.  In 2018, actress Brooke Shields spoke about her struggles with postpartum depression and the stigma associated with the disorder.

Other past speakers include Jane PauleyZak Williams, Judy Collins, Mariel Hemingway, and Ashley Judd.


Are you a business or individual interested in sponsoring the Evening of Hope and Igniting Hope? We’d be grateful for your help! Click the button below to learn more about the benefits of becoming a Foundation of Hope event sponsor. The work of the Foundation of Hope would not be possible without the generous support of our local and national sponsors.

We are grateful for tax-deductible donations of cash or in-kind contributions, and we make every effort to promote our sponsors’ involvement with the Foundation.

We partner with businesses for year-round support and event-specific donations of time, goods, funds and/or manpower.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2023 Evening of Hope and Igniting Hope events, please call us at 919-781-9255 or email Blair at blair@walkforhope.com.

Our 2023 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

Hope Sponsors

Travel Sponsor

Auction Sponsor

Paddle Sponsor

Reception Sponsor

Barn Sponsors

Program Sponsors

In-kind Sponsors

2023 Auction Donors

We’re incredibly grateful to all of these individuals and businesses for their generous donations of unique items and experiences for our Silent and Live Auctions.

September 2023 Event Photos

Visit our Flickr gallery to see all of the glamour of our September 2023 Evening of Hope and Igniting Hope events!

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