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About Hope Gala

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s HOPE Gala will be held on Thursday, October 20th at the District Pier at The Wharf, Washington, D.C. The event is a celebration of the inspiring work being done globally to protect children. We will recognize leaders in child safety, honor survivors, and remember the families and victims who are still seeking justice and safety.



October 20, 2022


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Sheri and Bo Farmer

For four decades and counting, Sheri and Bo Farmer lead a never-ending fight for answers for who murdered their daughter Lori and Michele Guse and Denise Milner at a camp in 1977. 

Bo and Sheri’s story is at the center of Hulu’s recent hit, "The Keeper of the Ashes: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders" – in it you can see how their work has shined a spotlight on the issues of child protection, leaves a legacy of Hope for Lori, Michele and Denise and all victims and families impacted by crime. 

For their dedication to raising awareness and in-turn giving other families hope that answers are possible, we are honored to recognize the Farmers with this year’s “Courage Hope Award” for the legacy of Hope that they created from unimaginable pain and tragedy.

Maggy Krell

Criminal Prosecutor, Human Rights Lawyer and Author of “Taking Down Backpage: Fighting the World's Largest Sex Trafficker”. NCMEC is excited to honor Maggy Krell for the amazing work that she has done advocating for children and victim’s rights and her career of shining a spotlight on the issues surrounding human trafficking. Maggy’s unrivaled dedication to seeking justice for victims and her innovative history of preventing and combating crimes against children make her an ideal candidate for the 2022 Hope Award. 


Palantir is one of NCMEC’s largest and most supportive technology partners. Their in-kind, transformational software donations and engineering support have evolved NCMEC’s capabilities to help us better access and understand our data, make connections, and build tools to help find missing children, stop child sexual exploitation, and prevent crimes against children from happening in the first place.

Pedal the Pacific

Pedal the Pacific recently completed a ride from the Pacific northwest to San Diego to raise awareness around human trafficking along with critical funds to help support NCMEC’s survivor services. The young ladies who completed the thousand+ mile journey brought this issue to the forefront and new audiences that we wouldn’t have been able to reach otherwise.

Pedal the Pacific is a nonprofit that exists to educate all people about sex trafficking. They use bikes as a platform to raise awareness, educate peers, fundraise for leading nonprofits, and develop leaders who believe that no voice is too small to make a difference.

Ken’Adi Nash

After escaping abduction outside of her home in Hamilton, Ohio, NCMEC will honor 6-year-old Ken’Adi Nash for her bravery in a frightening situation. In August, Ken’Adi saved herself from abduction when she kicked and screamed after a stranger attempted to grab her while she was taking out the trash.  Ken'Adi is to be commended for her courageous actions and NCMEC applauds her parents for teaching her important life saving, child safety skills.

Soledad O’Brien Productions

Following the success of the HBO documentary, “Black and Missing,” NCMEC will honor Soledad O’Brien Productions for Excellence in Media. The four-part documentary series follows sisters-in-law and Black and Missing Foundation founders Derrica and Natalie Wilson as they fight an uphill battle to bring awareness to Black missing person cases often marginalized by law enforcement and national media.




John Powers Middleton


Michelle & Eric DeLaune

The Foosaner Family

Jon Grosso & Family

The Kolodziej Family

The Chris Pinnella Band

The Quintos Family

Kristi Remington & Brian Benczkowski


Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Christus Health


Dennis DeConcini & Family


Jones Day

Michael Mand & Family

USI Insurance


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