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Steppingstone Scholars Celebrates 20 at The Comcast Tech Cafeteria

Steppingstone’s Annual Gala, A Night Unplugged: Celebrating 20 Years with a special performance from Questlove took place at the Comcast Technology Building on October 19, 2019.

The lead sponsors of the Gala are Hirtle, Callaghan & Co, Hess Foundation, Inc., and the Burke Family Foundation.

Since our founding, we have changed the lives of over 3,000 Philadelphia students and have had amazing support along the way. Funds raised through the Gala will help strengthen Steppingstone’s capacity to better meet the needs and dreams of our incredible Scholars and to build Philadelphia’s college and career pipeline. 

A special evening called for a special event space and having it on the 27th and 28th floor of the Comcast Technology Building (their lunch room, which was designed by Karen Daroff – Daroff Design) was exactly that, as it had never been used for a public event before; Catering was done by Flix, which is the food service provider for Comcast.

Duchess Cooper, Faheiim Cooper (who has excelled in schooling and life as a Steppingstone Scholar) and Sharon Cooper at Steppingstone Unplugged: 20th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser.
Anthony Gay, Mimi Copp Johnson, Grant and Donor Administrative Coordinator at Steppingstone Scholars, Inc and Hope Gay
Gail Redpath, Marybeth Medernach, and Amy Corolla

I couldn’t love the student drawing step and repeat anymore. I think it’s the winning one of the year.

The Gala will recognized three individuals who have been essential to our success with Impact Awards: Nina Weisbord (l), who served as President from 2006 to 2012,with the Leadership Award for her foundational work leading Steppingstone, which is still reflected in much of our success today. Tim Spady (c) will receive the Service Award for his leadership, commitment to others, and excellence in education as a member of the 1st class of Scholars and a Steppingstone summer faculty member for 8 years. The first ever Founder’s Stone will be presented to Eddie Mensah (r), who served as Steppingstones’ Director of Program for 11 years, for his defining impact on the lives of our Scholars.

The night ended with a special performance from Questlove, dancing and dessert. Check out Steppingstone Scholars if you’d like to know more about this great organization which provides a brighter future for all of us. Also check out additional photos on CBSPhilly and PhillyStyleMagazine