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

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Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
4200 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

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Rob Weinstein
VP of Development 
Gesu School

Gesu School is an independent Catholic, Jesuit elementary school educating 450 children in Pre-K - 8th grade. Inspired by the Jesuit and IHM traditions of social justice, faith, creative hope, and love, Gesu School helps students to transcend all forms of poverty by providing a comprehensive, innovative education. We empower our students to develop their strengths, overcome challenges, and become positive, engaged members of the community and the world. 

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 at  www.gesuschool.org.


Thank you to our sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors

James & Agnes Kim & Family
M & S Foundation

Mission Sponsors

Barry & Kathy Bernsten
Commonwealth Foundation
Cozen O'Connor
Elliott Greenleaf, PC
Susan & Leonard Klehr
Mitchell & Hilarie Morgan
PoGo Family Foundation
John Ryan & Mary Gregg and the Ryan  Family Fund of the Philadelphia      Foundation          
Tina & Albert Small Jr.
The Solomon Family 
Toby Strogatz & Stephen Klein

Sponsor a Child

Irma Blumenthal
Tim & Briana Buskey
The Flynn Family: Jennifer, Philip, &
Patsy & Ed Garno
Babette & Harvey Snyder
JoAnn & Howard Wurzak

Educators Circle

Jil & Bart Blatstein
Jim & Lynne Browne and The Hershey
Brown Brothers Harriman
Gordon & Gretchen Cooney
Mike & Lucy Danziger 
Tad & Candy Decker
Mary & Joe Fenkel
Penny & Bob Fox
The Maguire Foundation
Arthur & Miriam Spector

Innovation Sponsors

Allied Wire & Cable, Inc.
Christine & Leif Beck
Boyds Philadelphia
John & Jennifer Curry
The Farber Family Foundation
Shelly & Scot Fisher 
Donna & James F. Higgins '45
David & Anne Hilton
Tom & Connie Kirker 
Kevin & Jennifer Kolmer
Susanna Lachs & Dean Adler 
Bob & Anne McAlaine
Allan & Pat Murphy
Kay & Jerry O'Grady
The Shipley School
Rev. Stephen D. Thorne & Saint Martin
     de Porres Catholic Church
Vault Communications, Inc.
Veritable, LP
Ellen & Dave Watson
Faith & Sol Weiss
Westtown School
Randi Zemsky & Bob Lane

Impact Sponsors

Dr. Guy & Nancy Bernstein
Michael & Lisa Blank
Diane & Jim Brecker
Ira Brind & Stacey Spector
Barbara Brown-Ruttenberg
Donna & Otis Bullock
Craig & Jean Burns
Roger & Helena Carolin
Bryan & Joan Carter
Michele & Andrew Clayton 
C. Richard Cornelius
Judy & Rard Davies
Jack & Tammy Dodds
Español, IEI Group
Lynne & Bill Garbose
Susan & Gary Gevurtz
Brad & Andrea Heffler 
Dr. Geraldine & Thomas Henwood
Holy Child School at Rosemont
Kate Hovde & Ken Kulak
Jesuit Community, Wernersville, PA
Randi & Jon Joseph
Esther & Marc Kaplin
Joy & Bennett Keiser
The Lundy Family Foundation
Mary Parenti & Rich Castor
Jayne & Ron Perilstein
Louis Pichini
The Powell Family Foundation
David & Helen Pudlin
Paul & Wendy Rosen
Rothman Orthopaedics
Judy & Marvin Rounick
Saint Joseph's University
Saint Martin de Porres School
Maria & Steve Schreder
Steven Scott & Linda Bradley
Kathleen & Frank Seidman
Lynn & Howard Shecter 
Steve Sidewater & Judy Munroe
Marjorie & Howard Silverman
Gail & Daniel Singer
Donna & Jerry Slipakoff
St. Joseph's Preparatory School
Dr. Stanford & Liesa Steinberg
Linda & Murray Stempel
John & Judith Temple, Temple      Development Company
Stephanie Stahl & James Trichon
Sam Switzenbaum & Josephine Wang
USA Northeast Province of the Society of        Jesus
David Wachs & Family 
Noele & Alan Wein 
Bennett & Judie Weinstock
Helene & Alan Zeiger

Patrons Circle

Anonymous (2)
Ed Beckett
Patricia Cooney
Henry Gonzalez
Steven Heller 
Dr. Gary & Leslie Itzenson
Stewart McCallum
Handsel & Karen Minyard
Keith Pension
Renee Rosenbluth
Valerie & Will Schwartz
Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Scott 
Ellen Stein
Welch Family

Program Underwriting

 Chuck & Carol Walsh


Susanna Lachs & Dean Adler

You Are Invited to
Gesu's 25th Anniversary Gala 

Join us as we celebrate this special anniversary. Enjoy an evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, sit-down dinner, and presentation of the Gesu Spirit Medal to Winston J. Churchill. The evening also includes inspiring stories, art, and performances by Gesu students.

Thank you to Gala Co-Chairs, Tad & Candy Decker and Susan Martinelli Shea; Gala Honorary Co-Chairs, Rev. George W. Bur, S.J. and Daryl J. Shore '94; and the 2019 Gesu Gala Committee for their dedication. 

If you are interested in purchasing gala tickets, please contact the Gesu Development Office at 215 763 9077. 

Sponsorship Opportunities 
Program listing deadline is April 16

  • Presenting Sponsor - $25,000 ($24,000 tax deductible)

  • Legacy Sponsor - $15,000 ($13,800 tax deductible)
  • Mission Sponsor - $10,000 ($9,200 tax deductible)
  • Sponsor a Child - $7,500 ($7,300 tax deductible)
    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.)
  • Educators Circle - $5,000 ($4,400 tax deductible)

  • Innovation Sponsor - $3,000 ($2,600 tax deductible)
  • Impact Sponsor - $1,500 ($1,300 tax deductible)


2019 Gesu Spirit Medalist

Spirit Medalist Winston J. Churchill

Winston Churchill is the founding Chairman of Gesu School's Board of Directors. Under his leadership, Gesu School transitioned from a parish to an independent school. During his tenure from 1993-2009, Mr. Churchill introduced countless supporters to Gesu School and co-chaired two major campaigns, the Building for Tomorrow Campaign and the Millennium Campaign, the largest in Gesu's history. He also created a challenge grant for endowment, allowing Gesu to continue its legacy into the future. Not only has he been an unwavering supporter of Gesu School through contacts and contributions, but he and his wife, Ellen, also remain dedicated to Gesu's Sponsor a Child program, supporting numerous students' education.

Mr. Churchill's career spans over 25 years in private equity investing. He has been Managing General Partner of SCP Partners since its founding in 1996. He is Lead Director of Amkor Technology, Inc. and has served as Director for Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc.; Recro Pharma, Inc.; and, formerly, Griffin Industrial Realty, Inc. He has managed numerous private companies in the real estate, manufacturing, technology, and life sciences spaces. From 1989-1993, he served as Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System.

Currently, he is a trustee of American Friends of New College, Oxford, England; Chairman of Young Scholars Charter School; and a trustee fellow of Fordham University. He is trustee emeritus of Gesu School and Immaculata University and a former trustee of Georgetown University. He is married to Ellen Blumenthal Churchill, and they have three sons: John, Stephen, and Noah.