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Gala & Gesu Spirit Medal

2021 Gesu Gala: The Gesu Difference 
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 a 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. 

Gesu has designed a fresh, fully virtual celebration featuring students and Spirit Medalists. Guests will enjoy food delivery from Di Bruno Bros. Sponsorship opportunities are available and include an exclusive online class with a master chef. Join us online to support Gesu’s 450 students and as we recognize our 2021 honorees:

Spirit Medalists
The Hamilton Family Charitable Trust
Stephen & Cheri Ziegler

James F. Higgins ’45 Distinguished Alumni Award
Jonathan Jackson ’99, Gesu School Lead Counselor


The 2021 Gesu Gala Auction Closes June 14.

Sponsorship opportunities are available: 

Gesu Gala sponsors support our mission to empower North Philadelphia’s children to transcend all forms of poverty through quality education. We are especially grateful for your continued investment during this difficult year for all.

While we will miss hosting our guests in person, Gesu looks forward to an engaging experience. On the evening of our Gala, Di Bruno Bros. will deliver to sponsors' homes and the homes of your guests the “Di Bruno Bros. Tasting Experience” – an impressive charcuterie board, dessert, and a bottle of wine selected by a Di Bruno Bros. master chef. In addition to the virtual Gala event, sponsors are invited to join Gesu and Jen Carroll, Celebrity Chef and Bravo Top Chef All-Star, for an exclusive online cooking class (date and time TBA).

Click here to purchase guest tickets. 

Thank you to our Gala Co-Chairs--John & Jennifer Curry and Dr. Larry Wells & Dr. Bernadette Wheeler--and the 2021 Gala Committee for their efforts on behalf of Gesu students.

Event Contact
Kimberly Brennan
215 763 9077


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.

Past Spirit Medal Recipients

2020    Rosemary Español, CFM
2020    Saint Joseph's University 
2019    Winston J. Churchill 
2018    J. Gordon Cooney, Jr., Esq. 
2018    Steve Piltch, Ed.D.
2017    James F. Higgins '45 
2017    H. Chase Lenfest  
2016    Peter G. Gould
2016    Rev. Stephen D. Thorne 
2015    Tad Decker 
2015    Keith Pension
2014    Mrs. Elizabeth R. Moran
2014    Rev. Neil Ver'Schneider, S.J.
2013    Rev. William J. Byron, S.J.
2013    Vivienne Lambert Ehret
2012    Robert M. McAlaine
2011    Christine S. Beck
2011    George W. Bur, S.J.
2010    John J. DiIulio, Jr., Ph.D.
2009    Aline & Al Martinelli
2009    Susan & Bill Shea
2008    Ralph Saul
2008    John J.F. “Jay” Sherrerd, posthumously
2006    Mark Solomon

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.

Past Alumni Award Recipient

2020    Imani Briscoe '09