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2019 Gala

welcome new director of nursing

new board chair, s. pat talone

tom koch, leadingage award

s. veronica lucero, director of mission integration

health festival fall 2018


current appeal

Healing garden and solarium

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 2018 Benefit Update



Since 1991, St. Ignatius has been having charity fundraising events known for evenings of elegance, stars, and outstanding performances.  In 1991, Ann Blyth and Bill Hayes starred in the original “Evening of Elegance.”  Ann Blyth remained loyal to St. Ignatius, appearing in the next five Galas, and was honored at the 2001 Gala for her commitment to the Home and its Residents.  The 2006 Charity Gala featured an outstanding performance by Italian tenor, Michael Amante.  In 2008, the Gala featured Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, gold medal winning Olympian in the Para Olympics, physician, and international singing star.  During the economic downturn, the venue was changed to the Annenberg Theater where the format was changed to a more informal event yet still maintained its identity and flavor of great entertainment and elegance. In 2009 home town favorite Bobby Rydell was our featured performer and in 2010 we welcomed Frank Sinatra, Jr performing his fabulous show “Sinatra Sings Sinatra.”  In 2011, in collaboration with Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser event, we featured Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons at the Bellevue Park Hyatt for one of the best events in Philadelphia.  We returned to the Annenberg Theater in 2012 and that year featured the legendary Dionne Warwick and our theme of “That’s What Friends Are For” fit perfectly.  The Benefit was a wonderful success and helped fund many projects that have such a positive affect on our Residents.
In 2013, we moved our event to the beautiful Temple University's Performing Arts Center.  Our guests enjoyed the outstanding food our events have become famous for, after which they were wowed by the Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards.   Temple provided the amazing venue again in 2014, when Michael Amante returned, captivating our guests once more.

Early events were orchestrated by John Gordon, the Development Director, with help from Norbert and Doreen McGettigan and Bishop DeSimone.  Roseanita Coffey was the Chairperson for the first Galas, later joined by Eileen and Bud Hansen as Co-Chairs.  They set the standard for great evenings and the 2006 Chairs, George and Barbara Nise continued the tradition.  Patrick and Marie O’Connor were outstanding as co-chairs of the 2008 event bringing numerous new sponsors, friends and family to the Gala.  ABC6 weatherman Dave Roberts did a fantastic job as both Event Chair and Emcee for the 2009 event.  In 2010 we were proud and blessed to have long time supporters, Margo and Dan Polett chair “Sinatra Sings Sinatra.” Through their love and commitment to the Home and our Sisters, Margo and Dan have been instrumental in the continued success of our galas and the many improvements in care that St. Ignatius has provided for our Residents.