BennettStrong Raises Over $10,000 at Fifth Annual Gala
Warrington, Pa. – The BennettStrong Foundation held its annual fundraising gala on Feb. 26 at The Warrington and raised over $10,000 for its endeavors to help families in the N/IICU at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This year’s event, BennettStrong: The Greatest Show gala, raised more funds than any other gala previously to help continue the funding of the foundation’s parent survival kits in the N/IICU.
“Being in the N/IICU is scary and feels really isolating, said BennettStrong Co-Founder Mary Pellegrino. “Coupled with the pandemic, it’s especially important that patients and families feel supported and cared for. I was especially honored to announce our partnership with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Foundation to create a new parent space in the N/IICU. Now our parent survival kits will have a ‘home’ and parents will have additional resources needed to manage their N/IICU experience.”
Guests started their evening with formal photos, carnival themed surprises and a cocktail hour before enjoying a seated dinner with awesome speakers and interactive entertainment. This year’s keynote speaker was Travis Williams. Travis and his wife Kate came all the way from Ohio to share their inspirational story about their daughter Haddie and their journey in the N/IICU at CHOP.
Natalie Egenolf, Philadelphia sports media personality, served as emcee of the event, while The Big House Band provided this year’s musical entertainment. Afterwards, Jesus Trejo, one of the fastest rising names in the stand-up comedy scene, performed a special VIP show for guests.
Throughout the night gala attendees had the opportunity to win a variety of raffle baskets donated by generous donors within the community. Guests also were able to take part in a live and silent auction.
The mission of the BennettStrong Foundation is to provide support to families of medically complex children. For more information, visit our website at bennetterstrong.org or stay up-to-date with the foundation by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter and Instagram.
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Special thanks to all of our donors that helped make our event a huge success!
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