Gateway to Hope’s upcoming KaleidoHope gala will shine the spotlight on three national and international defense experts who have worked to ensure that the organization will successfully continue its mission of assisting breast cancer patients as it pushes on into its second decade.

Tom Gunn, Steven Krause and George Roman will be recognized for their efforts in creating a strategic plan that will allow Gateway to Hope to survive the future unknowns of the insurance landscape to help breast cancer patients in their fight against the disease. They will be awarded with the 2017 Gateway to Hope Visionary Award at the eighth annual KaleidoHope gala on Saturday, Oct. 7, at The Chase Park Plaza.

Visionary Award recipients, from left: Steven Krause, Tom Gunn and George Roman

For the past three years, Gunn, Krause and Roman have worked diligently to execute an in-depth review of Gateway to Hope’s mission and create a disciplined strategic plan, applying the same methodology they’d used with success in creating the country’s national defense systems.

Gunn, a former U.S. Senate staff lawyer, has held multiple rolls, from vice president of marketing to president of McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company; and later, as president of McDonnell Douglas International. He also authored a book titled Gunn Sights.

Krause, while currently a consultant for a high-caliber Washington D.C.-based government relations and public affairs firm, held past roles in Boeing’s defense business, including international growth strategy, border security, and military and civilian aviation programs. A former member of the Missouri House of Representatives, Krause has completed assignments throughout Europe, the Pacific Rim, the Middle East and the U.S.

Former Gateway to Hope patient Chantelle

Roman, now a principal at Roman Consulting, has held multiple corporate positions, including vice president and chief of staff for Boeing’s Washington, D.C., office and vice president of business development for the company’s aircraft and missile systems, to name a few.

Proceeds from the event on Oct. 7, which coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will benefit women currently receiving treatment for breast cancer in Missouri who are underinsured or lack financial resources. The event is scheduled from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. and includes a seated dinner, premium open bar, silent and live auctions, unique interactive entertainment, and an awards presentation. This year’s co-chairs are Susie Knopf and Phyllis Langsdorf.

Gateway to Hope was founded in 2005 by reconstructive breast surgeon Dr. David Caplin and surgical oncologist Dr. Marlys Schuh. Since 2010, its signature gala has raised more than $1.7 million, critical funding that has helped ease the financial burden and relieve the stress patients experience while going through breast cancer treatment.

Former patients like Chantelle consider Gateway to Hope a lifeline.

Former Gateway to Hope patient Kim

“Who or what organization is willing to go to battle with you and stand by you each and every step of the way? Gateway to Hope was my angel.”

Kim, another breast cancer survivor, says the support she received from the organization inspires her to pay it forward.

“I do have a whole different outlook on life – on people helping people. You realize we have to take care of each other.”

For more information or to purchase tickets for KaleidoHope, visit kaleidohopestl.org or call Tracy Gellman at (314) 569-1113.