Liberty Ball

Date and Time
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 7:00PM

Crystal Tea Room
100 E. Penn Square
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Black-Tie Optional

Special Guest MC

Check In
Tickets will not be sent out in advance. You will be asked to provide your name at check in

Complimentary parking is available.

Event Program
Cocktails, Butlered Hors D’ouvres, Raffles
Silent Auction (Open until 10:30pm)
Dinner and Liberty Ball Program
Dessert & Dancing
Grand Total Announcement

Hotel Accommodations
Staying the night?
Book your room at the Courtyard Mariott
Philadelphia Downtown by clicking here.
Book by February 3, to receive a special rate!

About US

The Liberty Ball, A Knight for the Kids, is an annual gala and year-round fundraising effort to support the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) and its sole beneficiary, Four Diamonds, in their mission to conquer childhood cancer. The gala's title, "The Liberty Ball", was inspired by an icon of the Philadelphia region: the Liberty Bell. The theme "A Knight for the Kids" was born from reflection on Christopher Millard's remarkable story behind the Four Diamonds name: the quest of the valiant Sir Millard to find the four diamonds of courage, wisdom, honesty, and strength, which represent the four elements necessary to battle cancer.

The Ball was conceived by members of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association as a way for alumni to maintain a connection to THON and continue fundraising for Four Diamonds after graduating from Penn State. Since the first Liberty Ball in 2006, the Liberty Ball and the Philadelphia Chapter have raised over $200,000 in the fight against pediatric cancer.

Click on the video to watch the 2017 Liberty Ball family, Erika Garcia and her son Josaiah share their story on how they benefited from donations made to THON that support Four Diamonds at the Hershey Medical Center.

Kayla Nakonechni Knight Award Recipient: 6abc

About the Knight Award:
Kayla Nakonechni was a Penn State student and Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) dancer when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 astrocytoma. In August 2013 she underwent surgery to have a tumor removed from her left brain. Her surgery came after months of partial seizures, including a full gran mal seizure, and her diagnosis came as a surprise. Kayla elected to have all of her procedures and treatment at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, in large part due to her passion for THON. Kayla immediately took her incredible strength and positive attitude into six weeks of daily radiation and weekly chemotherapy. She returned to Penn State after missing only one semester and made the Dean's List despite still going through chemo treatments. Before THON 2014, Kayla received the Diamond of Strength Award at the Road To THON Celebration. Though she experienced complications over the next year, including several blood transfusions and a bout with a lung disease, Kayla was no evidence of disease. In December 2014, Kayla graduated from Penn State with a degree in biology. In late 2014, Kayla's cancer returned. After weeks of chemotherapy and another round of radiation in July 2014, Kayla's tumors had decreased in size. However, her body was not able to withstand the cumulative effects of her treatment and disease. She passed away surrounded by family on October 14, 2015. Each year during the Liberty Ball we will remember and honor Kayla for her strength, courage, and incredible passion for THON.

6abc, the home of Action News, is the undisputed ratings leader in Philadelphia for four decades.
During the 12th Annual Liberty Ball, we honored 6abc with the 2nd annual Knight Award. 6abc, thought their leadership in the Philadelphia community, has devoted its time and effort to become an advocate in the fight against pediatric cancer. Since 2010, 6abc has been a strong supporter of THON. More recently, 6abc has extended its support for THON via The Liberty Ball. The ABC-owned affiliate in Philadelphia supports THON through promotion on its TV, web, and social platforms.
“We looked at the inspiring work being done by these students and alumni, and we just felt it deserved more attention in the Philadelphia television viewing area,” says Mike Monsell – Vice President & Director of Creative Services, 6abc. “Not only does it serve children with pediatric cancer, we think THON and The Liberty Ball positively displays the drive and ability of young people and young professionals in this City. We marvel at the amazing work these folks accomplish FTK!”

Three Ways to Help

1. Purchase Tickets

Tickets to “The Liberty Ball, A Knight For The Kids” are currently $115 each and tables (10 tickets) are $1,050 each. Click here to purchase tickets.

2. Donate

The Liberty Ball, A Knight for the Kids is an annual black-tie optional event held by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Penn Sate Alumni Association to benefit Four Diamonds at Penn Sate Hershey Children’s Hospital.  The mission of the Liberty Ball is to provide emotional and financial support to the children, families, researchers, and staff of the Four Diamonds Fund.  Since the first Liberty Ball in 2006, the event has raised more than $204,000 to help fight pediatric cancer.  Click here to donate to The Liberty Ball.

3. Become a Sponsor

The Liberty Ball is looking for your help to secure auction items and sponsorship for our annual black-tie gala event with all proceeds benefiting Four Diamonds. The success of The Liberty Ball would not be possible without the generosity of donors. All participating businesses are prominently featured in our event program, online bidding service, and video screens throughout the event, receiving exposure to over 500 event attendees and over 3,000 online followers.  Click here to download a sponsor packet.



  • The Liberty Ball Committee is responsible for the preparation and implementation of all aspects of the Liberty Ball and consists of various sub-committees that handle specific areas/tasks for the Ball. The committee meets on a monthly basis. Below are a listing of the sub-committees that aide in the planning of the Ball.  For questions about Liberty Ball 2018 or to get involved with the general committee for Liberty Ball 2018, please contact Caitlin Simcox and Lauren Nakonechni.


  • The Technology Team is responsible for any IT needs for the events leading up to and including the Ball. This includes web-development, application development, tablet distribution and electronic payment processing the evening of The Liberty Ball.  For questions about technology or to join the technology team please contact Santo Fortebuono.



  • The Events team is responsible for the planning of pre-Liberty Ball fundraisers and activities that raise money for the operating costs of the Ball while building awareness and excitement about the Ball. Members of this team should be outgoing and possess the ability to generate enthusiasm for unique and creative events.  Past events include: Quizzo nights, Penn State Football game watches, THON™ night at the Camden Riversharks, and Dave & Buster’s Spirit night.  For questions about events or to get involved with the Events Awards committee, please contact Victoria Maseda.  For Events Day Of Logistics or Game Watches committee please contact Caitlin Scroger.


  • The Silent Auction & Raffle team is responsible for proactively soliciting items from area businesses for the auction and raffle that occur at the Ball. This team keeps account of all items received and organizes them into one of the two categories as applicable. Members of this team would benefit from great networking and sales skills to aide in soliciting businesses to donate.  For questions about the silent auction & raffle or to join the silent auction & raffle team contact Brian Levengood.


  • The Sponsorship team is responsible for procuring corporate sponsorships for the Ball by reaching out to past contacts as well as developing new relationships with potential sponsors. The sponsorship team is the owner of the sponsor packet which outlines levels of corporate sponsorship along with the levels of each. They will maintain a master listing of all outreach performed, contacts and levels of commitment. For questions about sponsorship or to join the sponsorship team please contact Rachel Greider.



  • The Marketing & Sales team is responsible for building awareness and publicity of the Liberty Ball through traditional and innovate forms of media (i.e. social media, print publications, radio, TV, etc.). This team is the driving force of ticket sales for the Ball and will work closely with the events team and co-chairs to create excitement about the Ball.  For questions about marketing & sales or to join the marketing & sales team please contact Lauren Burrell and Rebecca Balchunas.


Upcoming Events


The Philadelphia Chapter and the Liberty Ball Committee wish to thank the following 2017 sponsors:

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February 3, 2018, 1:00pm - February 3, 2018, 2:00pm

Liberty Ball and Kendra Scott are teaming up for an afternoon of shopping and light refreshments. If you are looking for great jewelry to go with your Liberty Ball 2018 dress or need a valentine for someone special, come and join us! 20% of all purchases will be donated back to Liberty Ball.

If you are unable to make it, Kendra Scott will accept phone orders throughout the day.

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