More than 900 guests attended City Year Greater Philadelphia's seventh Tribute Dinner, honoring Joe Banner, president of the Philadelphia Eagles. The benefit, held May 12 at the Crystal Tea Room, raised more than $760,000, the largest amount ever for the nonprofit's tribute dinner. Banner, who cofounded the Philadelphia chapter of City Year in 1997, is City Year Greater Philadelphia's board cochair. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit, a youth corps dedicated to community service in Philadelphia's public schools.
The National Adoption Center held its Celebration of Family May 13 at the Crystal Tea Room. The event honored two families who have adopted children from the foster-care system: Clay Armbrister, chief of staff to Mayor Nutter, and his wife, Denise, executive director of the Wachovia Regional Foundation; and Ron Naples, chief accountability officer for Pennsylvania's stimulus-related efforts, and his wife, Suzanne, founder of a support group for adoptive parents. Attended by 230 guests, the event raised nearly $130,000 for the center.
Dr. John H. Glick, president of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute, was honored May 9 at the Wellness Community of Philadelphia's 11th annual Evening in the Park gala. Held at the Suzanne Morgan Center in Fairmount Park, the benefit also honored cancer survivor Lisa Barsky of Bala Cynwyd, who received the Medal of Courage. The benefit, attended by 260 people, raised $265,000 for the center, which provides free educational programs and support for people with cancer and their families.
Former Eagles coach Dick Vermeil and former Eagles player Vince Papale were among the 180 guests who attended the 35th Eagles Fly for Leukemia gala, held Friday at the Union League. The black-tie evening, which featured 20-year-old leukemia survivor Chad Juros performing magic tricks, honored Dr. John Maris of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The event raised $50,000 for Eagles Fly, which supports pediatric cancer and leukemia research.