Bryn Mawr College's Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center awarded its Katharine Hepburn Medal Feb. 12 to Helene Gayle, president and chief executive officer of the international humanitarian organization CARE. The event, attended by 200 guests, was held at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Among the guests were former Bryn Mawr College presidents Harris Wofford, Mary Patterson McPherson, and Nancy J. Vickers, and the college's current president, Jane McAuliffe. The center was founded in 2006 to honor actress Katharine Hepburn and her mother, Katharine Houghton Hepburn, both alumnae of the college.
More than 500 guests attended For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation's 11th annual Beach Ball Gala Feb. 12 at the Crystal Tea Room. Formerly known as Crossing the Finish Line, the foundation provides therapeutic vacation experiences for adult cancer patients and their families in donated homes at the Jersey Shore, the Poconos, and North and South Carolina. The evening, chaired by Jessica Martin and Craig Jones, raised $80,000 for the nonprofit.
The Marian Anderson Historical Society held its Marian Anderson Scholars Vocal Competition Concert, Dinner and Ball Sunday at the Franklin Institute. The evening featured a vocal competition among seven aspiring opera singers who each performed an aria and a spiritual. Soprano Michelle Johnson, resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts, won the Judges Award, and tenor Joshua Stewart, a Curtis Institute of Music graduate student, won the Audience Award. The dinner for 80 guests was cochaired by Lorraine Brown, Connie Clayton, Earl Harvey, and State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson, among others.