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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%.

The Gesu Gala is June 9, 2022!

Join us for the 2022 Gesu Gala outdoors at Fairmount Park’s Water Works. The in-person event is Thursday, June 9 from 6pm-9:30pm and includes:

  • Presentation of the Gesu Spirit Medals to the Ethel Mae Hocker Foundation and H. Scott Miller
  • Recognition of alumna Tamika Evans, Ed.D. ’92 with the Distinguished Alumni Award 
  • Cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres and sit-down dinner outdoors
  • Inspiring performances such as the Gesu Gospel Choir
  • Live auction with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities
  • Silent auction of student artwork

Sponsorship opportunities are available:

  1. Click here to support the 2022 Gala on Gesu’s dedicated sponsorship page.
  1. Click here to pledge your support or to pay by check.

Gesu Gala sponsors support our mission. We are especially grateful for your continued investment during these challenging months for all.

Click here to purchase guest tickets.

Event Contact
Kimberly Brennan
215 763 9077

About the Gesu Gala

The Gesu Gala is an annual fundraiser that supports Gesu School in its mission to help North Philadelphia’s children to transcend all forms of poverty through comprehensive, innovative education. The Gesu Gala supports forward-thinking academic and extracurricular programming that empowers students to develop their strengths, overcome challenges, and become positive, engaged members of the community and the world.

We are grateful to our 2022 Gesu Gala sponsors for their generous support of this event and their dedication to quality education in North Philadelphia.

About the Gesu Spirit Medal

The Gesu Spirit Medal honors individuals and organizations who have shown extraordinary commitment to Gesu School through their loyal advocacy and actions, and who have made a significant contribution to Gesu School’s success as a model inner-city elementary school.

Ethel Mae Hocker Foundation

Founded in 2005, the Ethel Mae Hocker Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to provide financial support for increased educational opportunities to elementary and high school students.

The Foundation’s guiding principal is premised on the belief that expanded educational opportunities are the cornerstone to success later in life. In partnership with outstanding private educational institutions, scholarship recipients are identified based on factors including financial need, academic success, leadership, and commitment to the community.

The Foundation has partnered with twelve schools to provide scholarships to students across the greater Philadelphia region, New Jersey, California, and South Carolina. Since its inception, the Foundation has proudly assisted approximately 400 students with awards of over $4.5 million in scholarship money. For over ten years, the Foundation has provided scholarship support to Gesu School to ensure that students have access to the highest quality education. Currently, ten Gesu students are Hocker Scholars.

H. Scott Miller

H. Scott Miller is the Managing Partner and founder of Miller Investment Management. Previously, he was the Founder and Manager of the Private Investor Group of Miller Anderson & Sherrerd. Prior to that, he worked with Goldman, Sachs & Company in its Private Investor and Investment Banking divisions.

Currently, Mr. Miller is a member of the board of directors of three private companies and of the American Swiss Foundation. Previously, he served on the boards of several public companies as well as Episcopal Community Services, the Gesu School Board of Trustees, and the Gesu Institute Board of Directors. Mr. Miller is a CFA charterholder. He earned a BA in Political Economy from Williams College and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Miller has managed Gesu School’s investments pro bono for 15 years. His thoughtful leadership, business acumen, and insightful stewardship have preserved Gesu’s financial stability and enable our school to fulfill our mission for years to come.

About the James F. Higgins '45 Distinguished Alumni Award

To recognize alumni achievements, Gesu created the James F. Higgins ’45 Distinguished Alumni Award, named for beloved alumnus, 2017 Spirit Medalist, and Trustee James F. Higgins. We look forward to honoring many alumni who embody Jim’s legacy through their success, heart, Gesu pride, and dedication.

Tamika Michelle Evans, Ed.D. ’92

Tamika Michelle Evans, Ed.D., a proud product of North Philadelphia, attained her undergraduate degree from Temple University and her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Educational Administration and Principal Certification from Gwynedd Mercy University. Raised in a family of educators, Dr. Evans knew from a young age that she was destined to become an educator. Her experience attending Gesu School inspired her to make her impact on North Philadelphia.

For 20 years, Dr. Evans has served as an educator in the School District of Philadelphia, primarily as an administrator at Global Leadership Academy Charter School. Currently, she is the CEO of Global Leadership Academy Southwest, where she is revitalizing an underserved Renaissance School. In 2017, Dr. Evans founded an after-school program based in Brewerytown-North Philadelphia, The Reading Corner Café, which provides children with the joy of reading.

Dr. Evans is a proud alumna and trustee of Gesu School, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, and a mentor for many. She is most proud of being the wife of Alphonso Evans Sr. and the mother of Alphonso Jr. and Jordyn Evans.

Thank you to the 2022 Gesu Gala Sponsors:

James and Agnes Kim Foundation

Craig & Jean Burns
Peter Gould & Robin Potter
James F. ’45 & Donna M. Higgins
Ethel Mae Hocker Foundation 
Susan Martinelli Shea
Miller Investment Management 

Allan & Pat Murphy

Cozen O’Connor
Barbara & Scott Renninger

Global Leadership Academy
Ken Kulak & Kate Hovde
The Solomon Family
Vault Communications, Inc.
Veritable, LP

Christine & Leif Beck
The Carter Family
Andy & Karen Cavacos
John & Jennifer Curry
Rard & Judy Davies
Jack & Tammy Dodds
Kevin W. Kolmer
Malvern Prep
Marie & Pat McCormick / Insyte Partners
Steve Piltch & Sunny Greenberg
Eilise & Bill Rouse
Kathleen & Frank Seidman
St. Joseph’s Preparatory School
The Shipley School
Ollie L. Young

Harold Anderson
Ed Beckett
Amy Brenner
St. Mary Interparochial School
Sarah & John Wildemore

Chuck & Carol Walsh