About the Gala

A black-tie event, the annual WVU Medicine Children's Gala will take place on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. The Gala, now in its 15th year, includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, live entertainment, and dinner. The evening will begin at 5:30pm with a cocktail reception. During this time, guests will have the opportunity to bid on many wonderful auction items. The WVU Medicine Children's program will be followed by dinner and a live auction. The evening will be topped off by spectacular live entertainment.

Meet Your Chairs

Julie Kisamore

Julie is a 2001 graduate of Davis & Elkins College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Marketing and Management and a minor in Fashion Merchandising. She had a 10 year career in the Pharmaceutical industry as an Account Executive with Omnicare Long Term Care Pharmacy. In 2004, Julie began a construction business with her husband, Chad, and in 2009 officially formed Kisamore Enterprises, where they build luxury custom homes. Since then, they have acquired two residential developments in Morgantown, Mountaineer Gardens and Mountaineer Woodlands. They are proud to say that Mountaineer Gardens was named Best Residential Development of 2016 by the Home Builders Association of West Virginia.

Julie is extremely honored to have been asked to Co-Chair the 2018 WVU Medicine Children’s Gala. The hospital has helped so many children and families, including her own. Giving back has always been very important to Julie, and she is so thankful for the opportunity to be associated with this great event and organization.

Deidra Marshall

As a lifelong resident of Morgantown, community has always been very important to Deidra. She attended West Virginia University and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education. She pursued her career as an English teacher in Monongalia County for seven years until the birth of her twins, Ava and Andrew. She is married to Dr. Thomas Marshall, an Emergency Physician with WVU Medicine.

Deidra and her husband have attended the WVU Medicine Children’s Gala since 2012 and she has served on the committee for the last 3 years. As an educator and wife of a physician, she has seen so many families helped by WVU Medicine Children’s. This event is especially dear to her heart because WVU Medicine Children’s cared for her nephew in the NICU as a preemie. Deidra feels fortunate to have a state of the art medical center in her backyard and is honored to serve as this year's co-chair.

A Morgantown native takes the stage

Meet your emcee for the evening, Trevor Dion Nichols, who was born and raised in wild and wonderful West Virginia and attended West Virginia University.

In May 2016, Trevor made his London West End debut as "Genie" in Disney's Alladin, for which he was awarded the 2017 What's On Stage Award for Best Supporting Actor. He arrived in London following his Broadway debut a "Genie" in Disney's Aladdin, which is currently still running. Trevor is also the voice of the "Announcer" in Dreamgirls, currently running at the West End's Savoy Theatre, and has had the privilege of performing on Sunday Night at the Palladium and the 2016 Royal Variety Performance for ITV, as well as Children in Need for BBC One.