Gesu School 7th annual gala Growing Greatness Thursday May 2
Many wonderful events happen in the Grand Ballroom at The Hyatt
at the Bellevue, but when it’s a celebration of children and achievement it really is a super celebration, last week…
Gesu School, a national trailblazer in the mission school model, held their
7th annual gala, Growing Greatness, on Thursday, May 2 at the The Hyatt
at the Bellevue. This year’s gala was co-chaired by Carter &
Jennifer Sims of Villanova and Margaret Anne & Jim Nolen of Newtown
Square, and honored the recipients of the 2013 Gesu Spirit medal –
Vivienne Ehret and Rev. William J. Byron, S.J. The event’s presenting
sponsors were James J. & Frances M. Maguire and an anonymous donor.
row Jenn Sims (gala co-chair), Rev. William J. Byron, S.J. (Gesu Spirit
Medal recipient), Vivienne Ehret (Gesu Spirit Medal recipient), Sr.
Ellen Convey, I.H.M. (Gesu principal), Margaret Anne Nolen (gala
co-chair), Back row: Carter Sims (gala co-chair), J. Gordon Cooney, Jr.
(Gesu board chairman), Bryan Carter (Gesu president), Jim Nolen (gala
co-chair) – “Although majority of our students reside in the most impoverished zip codes in the City of Philadelphia, our children come to know that they can achieve greatness in their lives.” – J. Gordon Cooney, Jr.
friends and is responsible for his success now.
Rev. George W. Bur, S.J presents Vivienne Ehret, the schools librarian, who came to the school after retiring and wanting to do more in her life, The Gesu Spirit Medal Award. She recruited other volunteer teachers who now contribute to the Gesu students with their skill and knowledge.
gala helped raise more than $340,000 for students at Gesu, where young
people from some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods get a chance at a
brighter future. The school’s alumni boast a 90% on-time high school
graduation, as compared to 64% for the School District of Philadelphia.
Learn more at www.gesuschool.org.