UMC Foundation Evening of Hope

Gala Benefiting UMC Children’s Hospital

2023 Evening of Hope Gala: The Big Apple Comes to Life

Presented By Felicia and Ben Horowitz 

Majestic skylines, architectural wonders, and endless possibilities – New York City is where sophistication and exhilaration blend seamlessly together. Enjoy an evening in the Big Apple right here in Las Vegas, complete with performances by Tony Award winner Idina Menzel and Grammy-nominated artist Aloe Blacc. 

Enjoy an endless signature feast from the nation’s top celebrity chefs, bottomless signature cocktails crafted by Las Vegas’ hottest mixologists, and one-of-a-kind experiences inspired by “the city that never sleeps” on October 13, 2023 at Paris Las Vegas!

Purchase your tickets today, and learn more about our available sponsorship opportunities for the Evening of Hope Gala. The dress code for this event is black tie optional.

Historic Renovation of UMC Children's Hospital 

With funds raised during the Evening of Hope Gala, UMC Children’s Hospital is embarking on the largest renovation in its history. UMC Children’s Hospital is a pillar of hope in the community of Southern Nevada, providing children with the Silver State’s highest level of care, including:

  • Nevada’s ONLY Designated Pediatric Trauma Center
  • Nevada's ONLY Verified Burn Center 
  • Revolutionary clinical technology 
  • A world-class team of pediatric physicians and nurses 

The goal of this renovation is to enhance the healing environment for patients to match our extraordinary care.

The renovations include:

  • Newly designed treatment areas to calm fears while providing expert care
  • Upgraded patient rooms that are more personal and private with entertainment and gaming devices
  • Enhanced bedding and linens for a more home-like feel
  • Upgraded nursing stations to increase efficiency
  • Enriched play spaces for diversion therapy during painful procedures and long recoveries
  • Creation of a welcoming and comforting entrance for families


Join us for the event of the season on October 13, 2023, at Paris Las Vegas and support our community's only public, nonprofit children's hospital. Follow the link below to learn more about our sponsorship and ticket options for the Evening of Hope Gala.

Guests at the Evening of Hope Gala will have access to discounted room rates at Paris Las Vegas from October 12 through 14. After purchasing your tickets, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to book your stay at a discounted rate.



Idina Menzel is a powerhouse multi-hyphenate: a singer, an actress in film and TV, a songwriter, a Broadway star and a philanthropist. She rose to fame for her role as Maureen in the popular Broadway musical “Rent,” and her career took off when she won a Tony Award for her role as Elphaba in the smash musical “Wicked.” Her voice can be heard as Elsa in Disney’s Oscar® winning “Frozen,” the second-highest-grossing animated film of all time. The film’s song “Let It Go,” voiced by Menzel, became an instant international phenomenon, winning the Oscar® for Best Original Song – where Menzel performed it at the ceremony – and the Grammy® Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Menzel can currently be seen in the Disney+ documentary “Idina Menzel, Which Way to the Stage?”, Disney’s “Enchanted” sequel, “Enchanted 2: Disenchanted,” alongside Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey and Susan Sarandon; as well as Amazon Studios’ “Cinderella,” for which she wrote and sang the song “Dream Girl.”


In the years since Aloe Blacc’s last album, “Lift Your Spirit,” the global superstar spent time working on an even dearer project: his family. “All Love Everything (Delux),” his latest album, is the singer-songwriter’s first collection of material written as a father, a journey that expanded Blacc’s already heartfelt artistic palette. Raised by Panamanian immigrants in Southern California, Blacc grew up around the sounds of salsa, merengue and cumbia. He initially developed his own taste by throwing himself into hip-hop before trying out his soulful voice to other ends. This year celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the global hit "Wake Me Up," an anthem of our generation, co-written and performed by Aloe Blacc. The track's collaboration with the late Avicii resulted in groundbreaking fusion that broke EDM boundaries. Aloe Blacc is presently writing his next solo album and is expected to drop his first single in Summer 2023.



World-renowned culinary artists will share their time, talent and flavors with signature dishes representing their unique and irresistible cuisines. Featuring multiple chef stations, guests will experience a wide range of cuisines, including several vegan and vegetarian options, while interacting with many of their favorite celebrity chefs.

Meet the Chefs


With the Ultimate Fan Package, you’ll have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a backstage meet and greet with Idina Menzel or Aloe Blacc. This exclusive VIP package also includes reserved premium seating near the event stage. A limited number of Ultimate Fan Packages are available for purchase as optional add-ons to admission tickets at check-out. Click here to purchase your tickets and the Ultimate Fan Package.


The UMC Foundation is an independent, charitable nonprofit organization that serves as the community fundraising arm of UMC. Donations to the UMC Foundation go directly to UMC and UMC Children’s Hospital, supporting their life-saving crisis response efforts, care environment enhancements, direct patient care and revolutionary clinical technology upgrades, in addition to many other meaningful projects. Your support has a direct and significant impact, helping UMC build a brighter, healthier future for Southern Nevada. 

Sponsorship of the UMC Foundation Evening of Hope Gala is not conditioned on, in any manner, implied or expressed with conducting of or the amount of business conducted with UMC. 

UMC Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization,  Federal Tax ID#86-1146214.


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