Gala & Gesu Spirit Medal
2020 Gesu Gala: Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow
April 30, 2020
Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
4200 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
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.
Please join us for a celebratory evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dinner, live and silent auctions, and presentation of Gesu's highest honor, the Spirit Medal, to both Rosemary Español, CFM and Saint Joseph’s University. The evening also includes inspiring stories, art, and performances from Gesu School students.
Sponsor/patron opportunities are available. Learn more here.
February 21 is the deadline to be listed in the gala invitation.
Guest tickets will be available in March.
Sarah Stirzel Cuzzolina
Director of Special Events
215 763 9077
The Gesu Spirit Medal
The Gesu Spirit Medal honors individuals 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.
Rosemary Español, CFM
Saint Joseph's University
Thank you to our Gala Co-Chairs -- Craig & Jean Burns, Jenn & Phil Flynn, and Mike & Joyce Hagan -- and the 2020 Gala Committee for their tireless efforts on behalf of Gesu students.
Past Gesu Spirit Medal Recipients
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 Ms. 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