Gala & Gesu Spirit Medal
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 academic and extracurricular programming that empowers students to develop their strengths, overcome challenges, and become positive, engaged members of the community and the world.
Join us for the 2023 Gesu Gala at Vie by Cescaphe in Philadelphia. Our newly formatted in-person event is Thursday, May 18 at 6pm and includes:
- Recognition of the 2023 Gesu Spirit Medalists: Jonathan (posthumously), Gloria, and the Detwiler Family and Peter and Kathy Linneman
- Presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Award to Nyree Lyons '95, MS, BSN, CMSRN, RN
- Cocktail reception, dinner, and dancing
- Inspiring performances by the Gesu Gospel Choir and featured band The Urban Guerilla Orchestra
- Auctions, including silent auction of artwork by Gesu students and once-in-a-lifetime experiences
- Appearance by special guest Patty Jackson from WDAS FM 105.3 Philadelphia
Sponsorship opportunities and guest tickets are available.
Gesu Gala sponsors support our mission and our 400 students. We are grateful for your investment in Gesu School!
Director of Annual Fund and Special Events
215 763 9077
Guest tickets will be available soon!
Senior Director of Advancement
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
2022 Ethel Mae Hocker Foundation
2022 H. Scott Miller
2021 The Hamilton Family Charitable Trust
2021 Stephen & Cheri Ziegler
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 Recipients