Thursday May 11, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
There are no selective admissions to attend Gesu School, and our children come from a variety of faith backgrounds. In a city where approximately 65% of public high school students graduate in four years, 90% of Gesu alumni graduate from high school on time. More than 85% of those Gesu graduates pursue post-secondary education.
Read more about the benefits of a Gesu education at www.gesuschool.org.
Marguerite & Gerry Lenfest The H. Chase Lenfest Foundation
M & S Foundation and Susan Martinelli Shea
James F. '45 & Donna M. Higgins Brook J. Lenfest PoGo Family Foundation
Sponsor a Child
Tim & Briana Buskey John Ryan & Mary Gregg and the Ryan Family Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation The Flynn Family: Jennifer, Philip, and Charlotte Allan & Pat Murphy
Anonymous Comcast Cozen O'Connor Jack & Tammy Dodds Fulton Bank Rod & Kerry Henkels KPMG, LLP
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Kathy & Jerry Bernsten
Craig & Jean Burns Gordon & Gretchen Cooney John & Jennifer Curry
Tom & Connie Kirker
Kevin & Jennifer Kolmer Bob & Anne McAlaine Kay & Jerry O'Grady The Shipley School Studio of Metropolitan Design Architects Vault Communications, Inc. VERITABLE, L.P.
Blank Rome, LLP
Brinker Simpson & Co. L.L.C.
Mary Corrigan Frances Gray HopDial LLC. Independence Blue Cross Scott and Barbara Renninger Saint Martin de Porres / Rev. Stephen Thorne Kathleen & Frank Seidman Craig & Sandy White
Andy Anderson Jim & Lilibet Barrett Christine & Leif Beck Ed Beckett
Daniel J. Begley
Christina & Joe Cathcart C. Richard & Mary Cornelius Patrick Liedtka & Kate Darwin Judy & Rard Davies Dugan Brinkman Maginnis & Pace Tim & Ellen Foster Martha W. Gillin David & Anne Hilton
Anthony W. & Lynda Hitschler
Kate Hovde Jesuit Community - Wernersville The McNulty Family Mr. John T. Paul Keith Pension Wendy & Paul Rosen Bill Stabert Joseph & Detta Tate Randi Zemsky
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Invitation listing deadline is March 1
Program listing deadline is April 21
Meet Our 2017 Gesu Spirit Medalists
Spirit Medalist James F. Higgins '45
Jim Higgins has been associated with Gesu School for more than 70 years. After transferring to Gesu in 1940, Jim thrived in a new educational environment that individualized learning and instruction. This was the start of a lifelong love for and dedication to the school. Jim fondly recalls the priests at the parish and the sisters at the school, who invested in him and taught him the value of hard work and generosity. After graduating from Gesu in 1945, Jim went on to attend Saint Joseph’s Prep and Saint Joseph’s University, where he earned a degree in accounting.
Following school, Jim served as a Marine, and later began working for Hillside Capital. Jim reconnected with the Church of the Gesu and Gesu School when he was asked to plan a parish reunion, which attracted more than 1,500 individuals. When he learned that Fr. Bur needed support to turn Gesu into an independent school, Jim reached out to assist. In 1993, he joined the new school’s board as its first treasurer. Today, Jim teaches at Holy Family University and continues to serve on Gesu’s board and committees, offering his unwavering support. Jim is one of Gesu’s biggest champions and is always spreading the word about the impact of the school on its students and the community.
Spirit Medalist H. Chase Lenfest
H. Chase Lenfest, a well-respected entrepreneur and philanthropist, has been supporting multiple programs at Gesu School for nearly two decades. The profound impact Chase has on Gesu’s children includes not only financial support through four annual Sponsor a Child scholarships and participation in Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program, but also his active engagement in the lives and education of our students. “Dedication” aptly describes Chase’s relationship with Gesu. Despite his busy schedule at the helm of several companies, there is rarely a scholarship breakfast or luncheon where he cannot be found immersed in lively conversation or an intense game of Connect Four with students!
Gesu School fits within the mission of Chase’s varied and impactful philanthropic endeavors. He is the Founder and President of The H. Chase Lenfest Foundation, Inc., which provides financial support for programs that positively impact children’s lives in Philadelphia’s impoverished areas. In 2006, Chase also built The Lenfest Center, a 50,000 square foot facility in North Philadelphia, which offers a safe and enriching venue for youth and families. Chase’s commitment to making a better life for children in the inner city and his loyal dedication to Gesu School exemplify the true meaning of the Spirit Medal.