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15th Annual Pray for Gray Gala 2024

May 10 @ 5:30 pm

Featured 2024 Gala Sponsors:

Dan & Cheryl

Brett & Brenda


May 10
5:30 pm


Avalon Events Center
2525 9th Ave S
Fargo, ND 58103 United States
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Ashley is a mother to two beautiful children Ava and Alijah. She is dedicated to creating a brighter world for her children to grow up in. As an occupation, Ashley works in corporate accounting for Microsoft. Prior to moving to Fargo in 2016, Ashley attended college with in Bemidji. In 2018, Ashley’s young daughter Ava was diagnosed with brain cancer. Pray for Grey served as a great resource to the family and maintains a very special place in her heart. Ashley is dedicated to serving others in their time of need as she continues to navigate and celebrate uncharted territories with her daughter. In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her children, photography, and loves home and crafting projects.

Maren lives in Fargo, ND, and became part of the brain tumor community when her husband, Patrick, was diagnosed with a tumor in 2017. Despite multiple surgeries and challenges, Maren and Patrick have not lost their love for life, and still are full of optimism and joy. Together, they have five children, and in Maren's spare time she enjoys camping, family game nights, and spending time with friends. Maren first became involved with Pray for Gray as a volunteer, and is now a board member! She is excited to be on this journey with such a wonderful community.

After obtaining Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Child & Family Development, Hiliary completed Master's work in Human Development, while starting her career in the disability field. Hiliary has been a disability specialist since 2010, and has served as the CEO for a disability non-profit since 2015. Hiliary began her time as Executive Director with Pray for Gray in March 2023, and brings her past personal and professional experiences to the Pray for Gray team. Hiliary is passionate about the nonprofit world and seeks to bring growth and new opportunities to Pray for Gray. When she isn't working, Hiliary enjoys spending her time with her family and friends, traveling, and experiencing new adventures.

Brad Schenck worked as a Moorhead Police Officer for 16 years, and served on the SWAT team during his time as an officer. He also served in the marine corps and the ND Air Guard. After experiencing vision, reading and memory difficulties, Brad was diagnosed with a brain tumor. 80% ot the tumor was removed and radiation and chemo were completed. However, after experiencing a seizure later on, Brad had discovered his tumor had returned. The return of the tumor forced Brad to retire from both the police department and the military. Since, Brad has become a Pray for Gray Board Member to help others who are experiencing similar journeys. When not assisting with Pray for Gray, Brad spends his time with his wife and three kids. He enjoys spending time at the lake in the summer and Mexico in the winter.

Candice Ahmann is a Partner at Express Employment Professionals and has dedicated the last 15 years to the hiring and recruitment industry while helping businesses grow. Candice graduated from North Dakota State University, met her late husband Craig, and has now been in Fargo for almost 20 years. Candice first learned about Pray for Gray as Craig was a past honoree and lost his battle to brain cancer in the Fall of 2019. Candice joined the Board of Directors in 2021 to help other families like theirs while continuing to honor her husbands’ legacy. In her free time, Candice volunteers with the business community and other non-profits such as the National Brain Tumor Society. Candice continues to reside in Fargo and stays busy with her two boys.   

Grant lives in Grand Forks, ND with his wife Lindsey, and two kids Addison and Lincoln. Grant works for the North Dakota Highway Patrol as a Trooper. Grant first learned about Pray for Gray after Addison was diagnosed with a Medulloblastoma brain tumor in December 2022. Pray for Gray has been there for the Wosick family from the beginning and has graciously given them gifts of support, wisdom, strength, hope, empathy, love, and a sense of community without hesitation. Grant joined the Board of Directors in 2023 to help other families like his and advocate for those with brain tumors/cancer.

Patric McCoy is an AEC professional with more than 20 years of experience.  He graduated from NDSCS with two degrees in May of 2002.  Having worked in the Fargo area since 2008, he feels a great sense of community in Fargo and a responsibility to give back to the community as much as possible.  He originally learned about Pray for Gray back in 2022 when two of his children (Deklan and Faragh) were selected as honorees for the annual gala.  Faragh was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis type 1 and bilateral ocular glioma in December 2018 (requiring chemotherapy) and Deklan was diagnosed with Grade 2 astrocytoma in April of 2021 (requiring resection surgery).  Pray for Gray was such a great resource as his family navigated through such a difficult time.  And he is very grateful to have been able to serve on the board since June 2023.