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Over 90% of our graduates complete high school within four years, in a city with an on-time high school graduation rate that hovers around 65%.

2015 Gesu Gala: Record Funds Raised and Our Largest Attendance Ever!

Thank you to all who supported our students at the 2015 Gesu Gala. It was an evening of “firsts,” demonstrating that Gesu Works! The Gala raised a record $400,000 and had our highest number of guests ever—420! Other notable firsts include:

 

We extend a special thanks to the 2015 Gala committee members and co-chairs, Aliya & Reggie Browne; Sunny Greenberg & Steve Piltch; and Paula & Mark Solomon, as well as all Gala sponsors, in particular, Sue Martinelli Shea and the M&S Foundation, as Presenting Sponsor.

                

 

Congratulations to 2015 Gesu Spirit Medalists, Keith Pension and Tad Decker—your dedication to Gesu is extraordinary!

 

Gesu artists contributed their pieces to a beautiful silent student art auction, which raised over $2,500. 

 

 

Our first-ever live auction raised an incredible $55,250. We thank Auctioneer, Steve Katz of the Katz Family Charitable Trust, for generating so much enthusiasm. A very special thank you to those who so generously donated to the live auction: Peter Mullin, Scotland Castle Getaway; Bob and Anne McAlaine, Montana Getaway; Anina King, Couture; The Kimmel Center, “Bullets over Broadway”; Jim Buck, Philadelphia Phillies VIP Package; Theo Gerike, Gladwyne Lunch Box. 

 

Guests were treated to moving performances by the Gesu Gospel Choir and ballroom dancers. 

                          

  

 

The National Museum of American Jewish History was a stunning venue for the evening. 

Above photos by David DeBalko Photography  

 

This year’s Gala was in memory of Ms. Shirley Bright, beloved Gesu Teacher for 25 years, Founder and Director of Gesu School’s Akybra Theater/Drama Club, and Coach of the award-winning Gesu Forensics Team. 

 

View more photos from the evening.