Thursday May 10, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

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600 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

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Sarah Stirzel Cuzzolina
Director of Annual Fund 
Gesu School

Gesu School is an independent Catholic, Jesuit elementary school educating 450 children in Pre-K through 8th grade. Inspired by the Jesuit and IHM traditions of social justice, faith, hope and love, Gesu School strives to empower North Philadelphia's children to break the cycle of poverty and violence. 

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.


Thank you to our sponsors!


Presenting Sponsors
M & S Foundation
Morgan Lewis

Mission Sponsors
The Piltch Family
PoGo Family Foundation
Mark & Paula Solomon

Sponsor a Child 
The Flynn Family: Jennifer, Philip &
Matthew & Annique Hogan
John Ryan & Mary Gregg and the Ryan
  Family Fund of The Philadelphia 

Educators Circle
Gordon & Gretchen Cooney
Cozen O'Connor
Jack & Tammy Dodds
Fulton Bank
Karen & Kevin Lucey 
The Shipley School
Toby Strogatz & Stephen Klein
Georgine & Ed Trumpbour

Innovation Sponsors
Ellen & Win Churchill
John & Jennifer Curry
Gannon Coyne & Associates
Mr. & Mrs. Donald F. Gayhardt
James F. '45 & Donna M. Higgins
David H. Hilton & Associates
Connie & Tom Kirker
Kevin & Jennifer Kolmer
Bob & Anne McAlaine
Studio of Metropolitan Design Architects
Vault Communications, Inc.

Impact Sponsors
Arrupe House Jesuit Community
Christine & Leif Beck
Craig & Jean Burns
Connelly Foundation
Laura & Jay Coogan
Judy & Rard Davies
Leslie & Stephen Gillin
Lisa & Matt Gillin
HopDial by K12.IT
Independence Blue Cross
Jackie and Aram Jerrehian
Eric & Jacqueline Kraeutler
Katherine & Robert Loftus
Mr. & Mrs. Patrick J. McCormick
Lou Pichini
Barbara & Scott Renninger
Caroline Rogers
Wendy & Paul Rosen
Tony Schneider
Maria & Steve Schreder
Kathleen & Frank Seidman
Stephanie & Bill Stabert

Patrons Circle
Andy Anderson
Jim & Lilibet Barrett
James & Diane Brecker
Janine & Kane Brenan
Rachele & Tom Browning
Christina & Joe Cathcart
Patricia R. Cooney
Richard & Mary Cornelius
Kate & Kell Damsgaard
Tamika M. Evans
Brian & Priscilla Fenlin
Ed & Sharon Gaffney
Gerry Johnson Geckle
Rod & Kerry Henkels
Holy Child School at Rosemont

Kate Hovde
Mary Beth Hughes
IEI Group
Jesuit Community - Wernersville
Zane David Memeger
Betsy & Chuck Minnich
Allan & Pat Murphy
Keith Pension
John & Anne-Marie Rischitelli
Valerie & Will Schwartz
Marjorie & Howard Silverman
Joseph & Detta Tate
Pat & Kristen Traynor
Rita & Gary Tuma
Victor B. Tuma, MD
USI Insurance Services
Pat & Anne Ward

Program Underwriting 
Carol & Chuck Walsh

You Are Invited to the 2018 GESU GALA
We hope you will join us!

Enjoy a celebratory evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, sit-down dinner, and presentation of the Gesu Spirit Medal to J. Gordon Cooney, Jr. 
Steve Piltch. The evening also includes inspiring stories, art, and
performances by Gesu School students.

Thank you to our Gala Co-Chairs, Jack & Tammy Dodds, Karen & Kevin Lucey, and Georgine & Ed Trumpbour, as well as the 2018 Gesu Gala Committee for their tireless efforts on behalf of our children. 


Ticket Sales are closed but if you are interested in still attending the Gesu Gala please call the Gesu Development office
at 215-763-9077.

Sponsor/Patron Opportunities 
Invitation listing deadline is February 22
Program listing deadline is April 19

  • Presenting Sponsor - $25,000 ($24,000 tax deductible)
    Includes 10 tickets, premium inside cover ad (front or back) in program, preferred dinner seating, event signage, listing in invitation and on webpage, and framed student artwork. 
  • Title Sponsor - $15,000 ($14,000 tax deductible)
    Includes 10 tickets, premium full-page ad in program, preferred dinner seating, event signage, listing in invitation and on webpage, and framed student artwork.
  • Mission Sponsor - $10,000 ($9,200 tax deductible)
    Includes 8 tickets, full-page ad in program, preferred dinner seating, event signage, and listing in invitation and on webpage.
  • Sponsor a Child - $7,500 ($7,300 tax deductible)
    Includes 2 tickets, event signage, listing in invitation and on webpage. Sponsoring a child provides critical scholarship support to students in need, helping them continue their Gesu education. (This level is for first-time sponsors OR current sponsors who commit to supporting an additional child. Sponsorships are for the 2018-2019 school year.)
  • Educators Circle - $5,000 ($4,400 tax deductible)
    Includes 6 tickets, half-page ad in program, event signage, listing in invitation and on webpage.

  • Innovation Sponsor - $3,000 ($2,600 tax deductible)
    Includes 4 tickets, half-page ad in program, event signage, listing in invitation and on webpage.
  • Impact Sponsor - $1,500 ($1,300 tax deductible)
    Includes 2 tickets, quarter-page ad in program, event signage, listing in invitation and on webpage.
  • Patrons Circle - $500 per person ($400 tax deductible)
    Includes 1 ticket, listing in program, listing in invitation and on webpage
  • Guest Tickets - $225 per person ($125 tax deductible)
  • Young Friend Ticket (Age 35 & under) - $175 per person
    ($75 tax deductible)

Meet Our 2018 Gesu Spirit Medalists

Spirit Medalist J. Gordon Cooney, Jr., Esq.
Partner, Morgan Lewis

As leader of Morgan Lewis’s litigation practice, J. Gordon Cooney, Jr. oversees the firm’s litigation operations across the globe. With a focus on defending class actions in state and federal court, Gordon has appeared in the courts of more than 35 states. He has argued before the United States Supreme Court and many federal circuit courts.

Gordon’s relationship with Gesu began in 1999, and he joined the Board in 2002. In 2010, Gordon was appointed Chairman of the Gesu School Board of Directors. During his six-year tenure as Board Chair, Gordon worked tirelessly to bring Gesu to a new age of financial health and growth. Gordon and his wife, Gretchen are strong champions for Gesu’s mission and its children. Together they have provided scholarship support annually and through a generous endowed gift. Since completing his tenure on the Board of Directors, Gordon remains involved with the school as the lead member of Gesu’s inaugural President's Advisory Council.

 Spirit Medalist Steve Piltch, Ed.D.
Head of School, The Shipley School

Steve holds a Bachelor's degree from Williams College, two Master’s degrees in education, and a Doctorate in education from Harvard University. He has taught in public and independent schools and is currently an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania. Steve has been Head of School of The Shipley School since 1992. He has served on a number of boards, including The Gladwyne Montessori School, The Wyndcroft School, Girard College, ADVIS, and PAIS.

While Steve has been an outstanding leader of The Shipley School for 26 years, he often says that Gesu School is his "second favorite school." Steve joined the Gesu School Board of Directors in 2005. He has demonstrated his commitment to Gesu by opening his home to introduce new individuals to the school and serving multiple times as moderator for our Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education. Steve has been a staunch advocate for Gesu’s students and has embraced our alumni who have attended The Shipley School.