RESCHEDULED: Expanding Hope – Two nights, two incredible events

This was a long time coming.

Over Wednesday, February 9th and Thursday, February 10th, 500 guests joined us in support of the 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 children who live with a mental illness—and demonstrated that those who suffer are more than just a number.

We’re thrilled to announce that thanks to the incredible generosity of our guests, our sponsors, and our silent & live auction winners, across both the Evening of Hope and Igniting Hope events combined, we raised a grand total of over:


We are blown away, and that isn’t all the good news. Thanks to an additional matching gift from the Miller family, all our generous attendees from both nights, and the Mills family who closed the gap, we’re ecstatic that we have surpassed our initial $1 million fundraising goal for our new CHAAMP program for children and adolescents!

Check out the photos below from these were two incredible evenings, which were absolutely worth waiting for.

In 2021, with the wellbeing of our guests in mind, we expanded hope and planned two nights of incredible events. While we ultimately had to reschedule both events, we are thrilled to announce our updated dates in early 2022!

On Wednesday, February 9, our elegant Evening of Hope Gala will take place featuring Grammy award-winning singer, actress, and mental health advocate LeAnn Rimes. Then on Thursday, February 10 is the inaugural Igniting Hope – a night of dinner and dancing with Band of Oz! 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, February 9, 2022

The elegant Evening of Hope Gala will take place at the resplendent Pavilion at the Angus Barn on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. We are thrilled that our keynote speaker LeAnn Rimes, a Grammy award-winning singer, actress, and mental health advocate outspoken about her struggles with anxiety and depression, has pivoted with us to the new date.

Igniting Hope

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Igniting Hope will be a fun, casual night of dinner and dancing with Band of Oz held at the beautiful Pavilion at the Angus Barn on Thursday, February 10, 2022. This spectacular new 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 inaugural 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.

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 five-course dinner—served with exceptional wine pairings—prepared by Iron Chef Walter Royal, as well as a live auction, a silent auction and a celebrity keynote speaker.

In 2021, with the well-being, health, and safety of our supporters in mind, we are creating an intimate, sophisticated event for 300 guests, and we are thrilled to welcome LeAnn Rimes, Grammy-award winning singer, actress, and mental health advocate, as our keynote speaker. In addition, our silent auction this year will be held virtually to offer guests from both the Evening of Hope and Igniting Hope, as well as other supporters, to bid on the 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. 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 Igniting Hope and the Evening of Hope? We’d be grateful for your help! 2021 Sponsorship benefits include BOTH events! 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, as well as event specific donations of time, goods, funds and/or manpower.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2021 Igniting Hope and Evening of Hope events, please call us at 919-781-9255 or email Blair at blair@walkforhope.com.


Our 2021 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Speaker Sponsor

Hope Sponsor

Travel Sponsor

Band Sponsor

Paddle Sponsor

Mission / Video Sponsor

Program Sponsor

In-kind Sponsors

2021 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.

February 2022 Event Photos

Visit our Flickr gallery to see all of the glamour of our February 2022 Evening of Hope and Igniting Hope events!