PARSIPPANY, NJ --
More than 900 guests are slated to attend Community Hope's 19th Annual Sparkle of
Hope Dinner Auction on Thursday, October 15, 2015
to honor David Cote, Chairman and CEO of
Honeywell, and Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson. The gala will commemorate
Community Hope's 30th anniversary and is one of the largest fundraising events in New Jersey this year.
The charity event benefits Community Hope's programs to rescue more than 1,000 veterans and veteran
families annually from homelessness. The gala also supports Community Hope's residential programs
serving hundreds of individuals daily in recovery from mental illness.
This will be Community Hope's largest gala in the 19 years since pharmaceutical leader Fred Hassan, then-
Chief Executive Officer of Pharmacia & Upjohn, founded the gala to ensure sufficient community-based
services to coincide with the pharmaceutical advancements in mental health treatment. Since 1997, the
Sparkle of Hope event has raised more than $8.5 million and continues to grow into an event that brings
together the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in support of a common cause.
Community Hope is recognizing David Cote
for his support of the military and veterans. Mr. Cote was
elected president, CEO, and a member of Honeywell's Board in February 2002, and named chairman of the
Board of the $40 billion Fortune 100 Corporation on July 1, 2002. During Mr. Cote's dozen years of
leadership at Honeywell, the company has delivered strong growth in sales, earnings per share, segment
profit, cash flow, and a total shareowner return of 400%. Mr. Cote was elected in March 2014 as a Class B
director to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to represent the interests of the public. In 2012-13 Mr.
Cote served as a founding member of the steering committee of the Campaign to Fix Debt, a bi-partisan
effort to build support for a comprehensive U.S. debt reduction plan. Mr. Cote was named Vice Chair of
the Business Roundtable (BRT) in 2011 and chairs its Energy and Environment Committee. In 2010, he
was named by President Barack Obama to serve on the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal
Responsibility and Reform, also known as the Simpson-Bowles Commission. Mr. Cote was named co-chair
of the U.S.-India CEO Forum by President Obama in 2009, and has served on the Forum since July 2005.
He has received numerous awards and honors. Most recently in 2014, Mr. Cote was selected for the
prestigious Horatio Alger Award. Also in 2014, he was named Institutional Investor's Best CEO
in the Capital Good/Industrial - Electrical Equipment & Multi-Industry category. In 2013, Mr. Cote was
named CEO of the Year by Chief Executive and recognized as one of the World's Best CEOs by Barron's.
, a West Point graduate and former U.S. Army Captain, is being recognized for his
support of servicemen and women, and their families, and his commitment to advancing mental health
treatment in his illustrious career within the pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Gorsky is the seventh person
to serve as Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson since it became a publicly traded company in
1944. Mr. Gorsky began his Johnson & Johnson career as a sales representative with Janssen
Pharmaceutical in 1988.
Over the next 15 years, he advanced through positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing,
and management. In 2001, he was appointed President of Janssen, and in 2003, Mr. Gorsky was named
Company Group Chairman of Johnson & Johnson's pharmaceuticals business in Europe, the Middle
East and Africa. In 2008, he was named Company Group Chairman for Ethicon, Inc. and in September
2009, he was appointed Worldwide Chairman of the Medical Devices & Diagnostics segment. Mr.
Gorsky became Chief Executive Officer on April 26, 2012 and Chairman of the Board on December
28, 2013. Under his leadership, Johnson & Johnson has invested in a number of programs and
partnerships designed to help veterans reconnect with their loved ones, heal from both the visible and
invisible wounds, and look to reenter the workforce. Mr. Gorsky also recently received the Joseph
Wharton Leadership Award and the CADCA Humanitarian of the Year Award, and was named one of
the "100 Most Inspiring Leaders" by Pharma Voice.
Joining Founding Chair Fred Hassan, Partner and Managing Director of Warburg Pincus, in co-chairing the
event are The Honorable Kim Guadagno
, Lieutenant Governor, State of New Jersey; Aaron Graff
President and Chief Operating Officer, Ferring Pharmaceuticals; Brent Saunders
, CEO and President,
Allergan plc; John F. Crowley
, Chairman and CEO, Amicus Therapeutics; Geno Germano
President Global Innovative Pharma Business, Pfizer Inc.; Jesper Hoiland
, President, Novo Nordisk;
, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications, Finmeccanica N.A. and
DRS Technologies; Bob Oliver
, President and Chief Operating Officer, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical,
Inc.; Shaji Procida
, President and Chief Operating Officer of Eisai, Inc.; and Kevin Rigby
Consulting LLC and recently-retired Vice President and Head, Public Affairs and Communications,
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.
Leading sponsors of the event at the Palladium level are Accenture; Johnson & Johnson; McKinsey &
and at the Premier level is White and Case LLP
. Presenting Sponsors include Allergan plc;
The Boston Consulting Group; Celgene Corporation; DRS Technologies; Eisai Inc.; Ferring
Pharmaceuticals; FoxKiser LLP; Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hassan; Honeywell;
J.P.Morgan; Janssen Pharmaceuticals; Ostuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.; Pfizer Inc.; Wachtell,
Lipton, Rosen & Katz; and WebMD
. Diamond Sponsors include Advanced Clinical; Brinks Gilson &
Lione; Cardinal Health; Catalent Pharma Solutions; Connell Foley; Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP;
Lowenstein Sandler, PC; McKesson Corporation; Novo Nordisk Inc.; Ogilvy CommonHealth
Worldwide; Turing Pharmaceuticals; Ulmer & Berne LLP; and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
The gala is sold out; however, Community Hope is accepting donations through its website at
in commemoration of the organization's 30th anniversary and to support its
mission to serve veterans and individuals with mental illness.