Hope Loves Company News

HLC Virtual Programs

April 14, 2020

Hope Loves Company recognizes that it is so important, now more than ever, to offer support to children and families affected by ALS. Therefore, we've created programs and resources that can be accessed virtually in the hopes that we can offer you and your family opportunities for fun and relaxation, as well as a safe space to express yourself.

Registration for Camp HLC 2020 is Open!

April 14, 2020

The health, safety, and wellbeing of our HLC families, staff, and volunteers is our top priority and we are constantly monitoring the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19. Please note that Camp HLC NJ was originally scheduled to take place May 15-17, however, we have postponed this camp weekend to October 9-11, 2020. We will let all of our families know as soon as possible if any other Camp HLC weekends are postponed or rescheduled. If you've registered for a Camp HLC weekend and it has to be postponed, your registration will automatically transfer to the new date.

Benefit Production of "33 Variations"

March 14, 2020

There will be a private benefit performance of the play, 33 Variations on  Saturday, March 14, 2 - 4:15 PM at Kelsey Theatre, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550.

"A music scholar facing her own health and relationship problems delves into the mystery of why Beethoven spent four years of his life writing 33 variations of an uninspired waltz."

There is a suggested $10 cash donation at the door. The production will benefit both Hope Loves Company and the ALS Hope Foundation.

Please note that this production is 18+.

Jersey Matters with Larry Mendte

October 25, 2019

Larry Mendte sat down with HLC's Founder, Jodi O'Donnell-Ames and Executive Director, Cara Haggerty, to learn more about the founding of Hope Loves Company and our free programs for families affected by ALS.

Thank you Larry, Kim, and the Jersey Matters team for this wonderful piece about Hope Loves Company!

Hope Loves Company hosts overnight camp for ALS families

September 16, 2019

Thank you Michele Leivas and Lake County Journal for joining us at Camp HLC Chicago with the Les Turner ALS Foundation! Click below to read more about Camp HLC Chicago and the Rankin Family!

Sara and Jodi in Hopewell Express News

July 01, 2019

"If I make a difference for one person who feels they can talk openly about ALS and taboo subjects, then I am happy," Sara Cooper, Board Member at Hope Loves Company, says in the Hopewell Express article featuring her and Jodi O'Donnell-Ames. Sara discusses how she continues to take on the world despite being diagnosed with ALS. Sara is truly an inspiration to all! 

Princeton Mercer Chamber of Commerce Women of Achievement Awards

June 21, 2019

Congratulations to Jodi O'Donnell-Ames and Sara Cooper who were both recognized at the Princeton Mercer Chamber of Commerce Women of Achievement Awards. Jodi was the recipient of the Woman of Achievement Award given to those with “measurable community impact and represent outstanding acts of public service.” Sara was the recipient of the Inaugural Impact Award which is given to those who make extraordinary contributions to inspire and initiate others to achieve a measurable impact on critical issues within the community. We are proud to have had these two magnificent women representing Hope Loves Company! 

ALS TDI Podcast with Jodi and Cara

June 19, 2019

ALS TDI invited Jodi O'Donnell-Ames and Cara Haggerty to speak with Carol O'Keefe Hamilton for the Endpoints Podcast. The Endpoints Podcast features guests from the ALS community to speak about their journey with ALS. Thank you ALS TDI for allowing the Hope Loves Company team to share our mission to provide support for families affected by ALS! 

Welcoming Five New Board Members

May 31, 2019

Hope Loves Company is proud to welcome five new board members to the team! We welcome Dr. Michael Palmer, Sara Cooper, Craig and Kristen Colby, and Linda Osman. Thank you for joining us in helping to expand our mission to help families who have or have had a loved one with ALS. We are beyond excited to be working with all of you! 

Jodi Receives NJ State Governor's Jefferson Awards

May 19, 2019

A special congratulations goes to Jodi O'Donnell-Ames, Founder of Hope Loves Company, who is the proud recipient of the NJ State Governor's Jefferson Awards for Public Service. Jodi was recognized in the BD Health Care Individual Category, as the award acknowledges those who "achieve measurable community impact and represent outstanding acts of public service."

Camp HLC NJ in Hopewell Valley News

May 17, 2019

Camp HLC NJ returns for its seventh time in May at Fairview Lake YMCA Camp in Stillwater, NJ. Camp HLC NJ was featured on centraljersey.com in the Hopewell Valley News explaining our mission and the significance of Camp HLC to children and young adults who have loved ones with ALS. 

Sara Cooper on Real Woman and Hopewell Valley Neighbors

May 02, 2019

Sara Cooper, dedicated member of HLC's Board of Directors, was featured on Real Woman Magazine and Hopewell Valley Neighbors where she shared her personal battle with ALS and her endless efforts to make a difference in others' lives.

Thank you Catherine and Jess for your wonderfully written pieces on Sara and thank you Sara for all that you do to bring awareness about ALS!

Family Fun Day 2019

April 07, 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended our Family Fun Day at CoCo Key Water Resort on April 7!

We enjoyed a day of swimming, splashing, water slides, music, and food!

Thank you to the ALS Hope Foundation, Dr. Terry Heiman-Patterson, and Jamey Piggott for contributing to the day's success!

US 1 Princeton Info Newspaper

February 20, 2019

Hope Loves Company was featured on the cover page of the US 1 Princeton Info Newspaper on February 20, 2019! Writer and reporter, Philip Curran produced a wonderful piece about HLC's founding and our premier program, Camp HLC. Thank you Philip and thank you US 1 for featuring HLC and helping us to share our mission with your readers!

Club Red Fundraiser

January 11, 2019

Thank you Club Red, Casey Sherman, and Dave Wedge for supporting Hope Loves Company with your TB12 fundraiser!

There was a packed house at Broad Cove Auctions in Hingham, MA, where Sherman and Wedge discussed their book, The Inside Story of Tom Brady's Fight for Redemption, hosted a Q&A session, and signed attendee copies! Thank you Club Red, Casey, and Dave for volunteering your time and compassion to support Hope Loves Company!

Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato

December 08, 2018

Jodi O'Donnell-Ames, Founder and President of Hope Loves Company, was featured on Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato on NJTV to discuss the founding and mission of Hope Loves Company. Jodi and Steve also discussed the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Awards, which Jodi was honored with in May 2018. Thank you Steve and NJTV for the opportunity to share HLC's mission with your viewers!

HLC Night with the Flyers

December 06, 2018

Thank you to everyone who donated to Hope Loves Company and attended our HLC Night with the Philadelphia Flyers on December 6th, 2018. Thank you to the Flyers and Flyers Charities for helping us host an incredible night with our families and supporters!


See you all next year!

Mercer County's 100+ Women Who Care

November 14, 2018

Hope Loves Company received a generous check for more than $5,000 from the Mercer County division of 100+ Women Who Care. The mission of this wonderful organizations is to help the non-profit charities in our community by joining forces with other women like us who want to make a difference in Mercer County! There are more than 50 women who gather quarterly to help make a difference in our community. They are now our first official Camp HLC NJ Sponsor. Please check out their website and see how you can get involved!

Hope Loves Company Sweatshirts Now Available!

October 08, 2018

Due to high interest, we now have Hope Loves Company sweatshirts! They're Gildan lined mid-weight hoodies, made of a 50/50 blend of poly/cotton.  We currently have a limited stock available in two colors (blue and purple) in a variety of sizes. Support Hope Loves Company while staying warm and sharing our mission this fall! To order, please complete the link below. If you have any questions, contact our office--thank you so much!

TIAA Difference Maker 100

October 01, 2018

HLC Founder and President, Jodi O’Donnell-Ames, has been selected as a TIAA Difference Maker Honoree in recognition of her efforts to improve the lives of children and young adults affected by ALS. For their one hundredth anniversary, TIAA is celebrating 100 people who are improving the world and donating $1 million to the nonprofits associated with the honorees. TIAA will be making a $10,000 donation to Hope Loves Company in Jodi’s name and honor. Congrats Jodi and thank you TIAA!

ALS Chocolate Meltdown Party

September 28, 2018

The first ALS Chocolate Meltdown Party was an incredible success, raising over $90,000 to help support our free programs and resources for children and young adults who have or have had a loved one battling ALS. Attendees enjoyed delectable chocolate treats from over twenty different vendors, drank chocolate martinis, and bid on amazing items in our silent auction, such as a week-long stay in Paris and a signed and mounted Donovan McNabb jersey. Thank you to all of our volunteers, donors, attendees, and sponsors! A special thank you to the Kaplans and Team 50in30 for such a fabulous evening! This night would not have been possible without each and every one of you.

HLC Scholarship

September 28, 2018

Congratulations to Nancy North, the recipient of the 2018 Susan Anderson Scholarship award. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a Young Ambassador or HLC camper who has followed Susan’s example of courage. Nancy was presented with her award at the ALS Chocolate Meltdown by Mackenzie Anderson. Thank you to everyone who applied! Hope Loves Company wishes Nancy much success pursuing an education in nursing.

Niall Wears the Hope Loves Company Band

September 15, 2018

Aleks, an HLC Ambassador who has been a part of Hope Loves Company since our first camp in New Jersey, had the opportunity to meet Niall Horan, formerly of One Direction, at a concert meet and greet. Alex gave Niall a small gift with information about Hope Loves Company. Here is Aleks in a picture with Niall. Notice the Hope Loves Company band! Thank you Aleks for sharing Hope Loves Company with the world and thank you Niall for showing your support for children and young adults who have or have had a loved one battling ALS!

HLC Teen Retreat

September 10, 2018

The first HLC Teen Retreat occurred September 7-9, 2018 at the beautiful Barn at Gravity Hill in Lambertville, NJ. Our guests explored the farm and visited the farm animals, learned about the uses of various herbs and essential oils for wellness, and were reminded that "real food grows" as they cooked with produce grown on the farm! The Teen Retreat was a wonderful opportunity for our HLC teens and young adults to relax, have fun, and learn strategies for mindfulness and practicing healthier lifestyles.Thank you to our hosts at the Barn at Gravity Hill and to all of those who joined us at the first HLC Teen Retreat!

Jodi Receives Outstanding Philanthropist Award

June 15, 2018

On June 14, HLC Founder and President, Jodi O’Donnell-Ames was recognized by the New Jersey Association of Fundraising Professionals at the Excellence in Philanthropy Awards Celebration, where she received an Outstanding Philanthropist Award for an organization with a budget of less than $1 million.

Hope Loves Company Documentary

August 07, 2018

The Hope Loves Company documentary, directed by Steve Besserman, was nominated for both The Cultural Spirit Award and New Hope Award at the New Hope Film Festival. The documentary showcases how ALS affects children and forces them to grow up much quicker than their peers; it also depicts how these children can find light in the dark through the organization’s mission and free, weekend-long camps. “I’ve always been interested in documentaries when it comes to the possible venue to really make an impact, and something that can be seen by a really broad audience,” O’Donnell-Ames said. “And I think because we’re the only organization doing what we’re doing, it would make sense that we would cover something about caregiving children because I’ve never watched one about them. I thought it would be another venue for opening eyes and creating discussion.”

Hope Loves Company Documentary Screening

July 22, 2018

The Hope Loves Company documentary, directed by Steve Besserman, was screened at the New Hope Film Festival in the New Hope Arts Center ​on July 21, 2018. The Hope Loves Company documentary begins with the founding of Hope Loves Company and then follows some of the children it has supported. This is the first documentary of its kind and a must see! On July 28, directors and filmmakers were honored at an award ceremony at the New Hope Arts Center.

Ambassador Mackenzie Anderson Shares her Experiences with HLC in Valley Magazine

May 09, 2018

Young Ambassador Mackenzie Anderson was recently featured in Penn State’s Valley Magazine, where she shared her experience with ALS and Hope Loves Company. Mackenzie explains how she was able to find her way after her mother’s diagnosis.  Mackenzie lost her mother to ALS in 2016. We are very proud of Mackenzie and the work she does in her mother’s memory.

Jodi Honored with Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award

May 07, 2018

On May 4, 2018, Jodi O’Donnell-Ames was honored with the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award for uncommon and unsung local heroes and received an award of $5,000 for Hope Loves Company. The Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award recognizes unusual heroism and community service in New Jersey and those who have made a significant difference to the wellbeing of society. At the 22nd award ceremony at Ramapo College of New Jersey, Jodi was honored, along with Pino Rodriguez, founder of the Block Supporter Initiative in Camden, Eileen Golf, founder of Athletics for Blind Leisure Enthusiasts (ABLE), and other local heroes for making a positive impact in their community and beyond.

ALS Awareness Month Social Media Challenge

May 01, 2018

May is ALS Awareness Month and Hope Loves Company organized a month-long social media challenge and encouraged our followers and friends to participate! Each week focused on a different prompt - Who has or had ALS in your life? What are your favorite memories? What has been the most challenging? What are you grateful for? What book or movie would you recommend to others to understand ALS? We participated each week and shared posts from our friends and followers.

PST Cares: Hope for kids returns to New Jersey

April 17, 2018

Radio station, 94.5 PST, shared an article about Camp HLC at Fairview Lake, YMCA in New Jersey on “PST Cares.” 

Mary Beth Benison Foundation Donates $5,000 to HLC

April 09, 2018

In January 2018, Deborah Bellina, whose family has been affected by ALS, organized the Get a Clue Pub Crawl and it was a huge success! 100% of the proceeds benefited ALS research and care. On behalf of Deb, the Mary Beth Benison Foundation donated $5,000 to Hope Loves Company to help support children and young adults who have had or have loved ones battling ALS! We’re so grateful to Deb Bellina and The Mary Beth Benison Foundation’s dedication to ALS research and care.

TD Bank Awards HLC Charitable Foundation Grant

April 02, 2018

In April 2018, The TD Bank Charitable Foundation awarded Hope Loves Company with a $2,500 grant, which supported Camp HLC at Fairview Lakes, YMCA in New Jersey this May. Hope Loves Company is honored to have TD Bank as a Gold Sponsor!

A Night of Hope 2018

March 26, 2018

On March 24, 2018, Hope Loves Company hosted our third annual Night of Hope event in Titusville, NJ. Guests enjoyed music from Friends Classic Rock Band, delicious food and desserts from Cugino’s Italian Market, Insomnia Cookies, Tea-For-All Tea Shoppe, and other gracious restaurants and establishments that contributed to the event. Young Ambassador, Jayden, spoke about his experiences as a caregiver for his late father and as a camper and ambassador at Camp HLC. Our mission to help young people affected by ALS was witnessed at our third annual Night of Hope event! Thank you to everyone who attended, donated, and contributed and allowed the event to be a huge success!

WHYY: New Jersey camp for family of ALS patients expands to five states

February 26, 2018

​"In its fifth year, Hope Loves Company offers free three-day camps for children who have or have had a loved one with ALS. The program began in New Jersey, but the demand was so great that it’s now established camps in Massachusetts, Florida, Indiana, and California. Founder Jodi O’Donnell-Ames said simply being around other children going through similar experiences can help them cope. 'There’s no other place that you will have that opportunity to possibly laugh and cry about the same story with a group of people at that same age,' she said. 'That, in itself, is priceless.'"

HLC Welcomes New Board Member: Jesper Vesterstroem

October 30, 2017

Hope Loves Company is proud to announce the new addition of Board Member Jesper Vesterstroem. Jesper is a professional windsurfer, and has worked in the sports and fitness industry for decades. His passion has lead to his current role as a personal trainer and his new business, Move Equals Life. Jesper's windsurfing talents have led him to be ranked 1st in the world of windsurfing and recently, the U.S. Nationals' champion. Jesper, having lost his dad to ALS, understands the impact it has on an entire family. His courageous journey ignited his goal to support HLC as a board member and camp facilitator. You can learn more about Jesper by watching his movie, “Chasing the Wind.”

HLC Celebrates Five Year Anniversary

October 17, 2017

It was a beautiful Saturday evening, the perfect weather to celebrate an organization that was founded on hope and compassion.  On October 7, 2017 Hope Loves Company celebrated its five-year anniversary at the Princeton Abbey and Cemetery. Along with the celebration the Kaplan family, John Noto & Noto Insurance advisors and Dr. Ron Suzuki were being honored for their relentless dedication and hard work to help HLC. A preview of the HLC documentary by Steve Besserman was shown as it highlighted the history and future of the company. There were many heartfelt moments throughout the night as Jodi received a surprise painting from the Young Ambassadors and the second annual Susan Anderson Scholarship was awarded to the very deserving Michael Hunter Toland. It was a night filled with care, laughter, tears, food and most importantly a strong feeling of hope toward the future. 

50in30 Helps HLC!

September 12, 2017

Larry and Jill Kaplan started the 50in30 movement to help ALS organizations raise awareness and funds. In August, 2016, Larry Kaplan traveled to 50 states in 30 days and dumped various (weird!) things on his head for the sake of ALS and PALS across the nation.  This past August he provided wishes to PALS in many states and those wishes are not done being granted.  His mission continues. Larry, Jill and their children, along with Team 50in30 are truly kind people dedicated to bringing joy wherever they go.  Thank you Team 50in30 for all you do! Learn more at 50in30.org.

Phi Chi Theta Penn State Hosts HLC Fundraiser

August 25, 2017

Hope Loves Company would like to thank Penn State's Phi Chi Theta (PCT) Co-Ed Professional Business Fraternity for hosting a charity event to support HLC families. These students of all different academic majors are dedicated to developing professionalism, creating friendships, and supporting charities and the community. Over 120 students are members and are involved with exceptional events, leadership positions, and activities. They are truly making an impact and HLC appreciates the support. Go Nittany Lions!

Jodi Featured in Real Woman Revealed Podcast

August 04, 2017

Jodi was recently featured on a podcast, by Jessica Downey from Real Woman Magazine. This podcast, Real Woman Revealed, takes a deeper look into Jodi's story and the creation of Hope Loves Company. It will make you smile, laugh and maybe even cry. Check it out on SoundCloud

The MAX Challenge of Lawrenceville/Pennington

April 22, 2017

The MAX Challenge of Lawrenceville/Pennington hosted a community fundraiser, "Max Day of Giving" in April to raise awareness and funds for HLC. Each year, every MAX Challenge center holds a charity event on the same day to support the local communities we serve. Owner, Paul Albert, has a huge heart and is helping to condition hearts at his Lawrenceville and Pennington MAX locations. We thank Paul, his team and everyone who worked out for HLC!

MT Pharma America becomes a Diamond Sponsor of $10,000 for Camp HLC NJ!

April 06, 2017

Hope Loves Company is grateful to MT Pharma America Inc. for providing a grant of $10,000 toward Camp HLC in NJ! Thank you to our Diamond Sponsor! In addition to this wonderful news, we celebrate alongside MT Pharma for their recent news announcing the availability of the first new treatment option for ALS in more than 20 years: FDA Approved of RADICAVA™ (Edaravone). Read more here

ALS Association provides HLC with an Outreach Grant of $50,000!

April 04, 2017

ALSA is a proud sponsor of five camps across the U.S with a grant of $10,000 toward each camp! With the help of our many sponsors, we now have Camp HLC in NJ, IN, MA, FL, and CA. 


Additionally, the ALS Association of Massachusetts is a proud Diamond Sponsor of Camp HLC in Massachusetts this August with a grant of $15,000! Camp HLC in MA takes place August 18-21 at Frank A. Day YMCA.

Camp HLC dates and registrations are currently up on the HLC website.  http://www.hopelovescompany.org/upcoming-camps. Thank you ALSA!

Roma Bank Awards HLC $2,500 Grant; Becomes a Gold Sponsor

February 27, 2017

The Roma Bank Community Foundation granted a $2500 grant for Hope Loves Company's Camp HLC at Fairview Lakes YMCA in NJ this May.


Cynthia Ricker, AVP Branch Manager at the Lawrencville Investors Bank office, presented the check to HLC's Laurie Kolano and Jodi O'Donnell-Ames on Friday, Feb. 24th.


Hope Loves Company is proud to have Investors Bank as a Gold Sponsor.

Trenton 365 Interview

"Trenton 365 Show Host Jacque Pierre Howard chats with Jodi O'Donnell-Ames, Mackenzie Anderson and Michael Hunter-Toland about Hope Loves Company a ALS non-profit..."

Social Services Hope Loves Company, Inc. Recieves $122,000 from New Jersey Association of Student Council

September 27, 2016

"The New Jersey Association of Student Councils (NJASC) has raised more than $122,000 for Mercer County’s Hope Loves Company, Inc., NJASC’s charity of the year for the 2015-2016 school year..."

People Magazine, Heroes Among Us: Jodi O'Donnell-Ames helps children who have parents battling ALS

May 07, 2015

"A voice of someone who understands what you're going through and can sympathize and provide guidance, is the easiest thing we do," O'Donnell-Ames says. "When you realize you're not alone, it makes you feel more capable because you know other people are doing it, too."

The Today Show: Children of parents with ALS get support, counseling at Camp Hope Loves Company

June 01, 2016

"Just like many other camps, Hope Loves Company gives kids the chance to sleep in log cabins, eat in mess halls, play outdoors and spend hours developing lasting friendships..."

PRWeb: Noto Insurance Advisors Community Program introduces a charity campaign to help raise funds for Hope Loves Company

February 10, 2016

"Noto Insurance Advisors debuts the new charity campaign in its recognized Community Program in New Jersey, and announces that will direct its efforts to raise funds for Camp Hope Loves Company..."

Hope Loves Company camp for kids affected by ALS begins

June 23, 2016

ST. PAUL, Ind. (WISH) — Kids whose parents are diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, often have to grow up quickly. Sometimes things like summer camp just aren’t a reality for them.

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