Hope Happens

The Hope Center is a collaborative alliance between Washington University and Hope Happens. Read More

Hope Happens

The Hope Center for Neurological Disorders is a collaborative alliance between Washington University in St. Louis and Hope Happens. Hope Happens (previously “ALS Hope”) is a St. Louis-based non-profit public charity, and was founded in 2002 by Chris Hobler and his family. Hope Happens’ objective is to find cures for neurological disorders, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”), by funding innovative research and inspiring scientific collaboration. Chris Hobler saw his diagnosis of ALS as an opportunity to lead the fight against this and other neurological disorders. Although Chris lost his battle with ALS in February 2005, his mission continues in a tangible way through Hope Happens and its funding of the Hope Center. Thanks to generous support from the community, Hope Happens has turned one family’s fight against ALS into the fight of many against society’s major neurological disorders.

Sixteenth Annual Evening of Hope

The 16th Annual Evening of Hope Gala was held on April 23, 2022 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Dr. Randall Bateman, Charles F. and Joanne Knight Distinguished Professor of Neurology, accepted the Spirit of Hope Award.

The Live Auction with gala Emcee, Jackie Smith, was a fun addition and jazz artist, Anita Jackson, brought down the house!

Hope Happens posted a photo gallery of Evening of Hope to Facebook.

Hope Happens and the Hope Center

Christopher Wells Hobler Lab

A generous gift from the Hobler Family created the Christopher Wells Hobler Lab for ALS Research.

Hobler Lab

Evening of Hope Archive

For previous years, click the links below.

2019 Evening of Hope

2018 Evening of Hope

2017 Evening of Hope

2015 Evening of Hope

2014 Evening of Hope