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Gala & Gesu Spirit Medal

2022 Gesu Gala: Rooted in Faith, Emerging in Hope

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.

Join us for the 2022 Gesu Gala at Fairmount Park’s Water Works, along the Schuylkill River between Boat House Row and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The in-person event is outdoors on 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 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

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

2021    Jonathan Jackson '99
2020    Imani Briscoe '09