This year’s 15th Annual Garden Party “Moonlight in Morocco” was a night to remember with over 500 guests in attendance, fabulous food, decadent desserts and a spectacular fireworks display over Springbank Farm. Longtime foundation supporters Bob and Jennifer McNeil, who hosted the first Garden Party for the Brandywine Health Foundation in the spring of 2003, continued the tradition of welcoming guests to their beautiful property in Coatesville.
Each year, the dedicated volunteer committee led by Kathleen Deets Price of Downingtown, create a fresh and fabulous new theme, decorations, menus, that keep guests coming back every year. The “Battle of the Berries” sponsored by Univest, which featured five Chester County restaurants each creating a one-of a kind dessert in a friendly and fun competition, is a highlight of the event. This year the participating restaurants included the Gables at Chadds Ford, The Restaurants at the Desmond, ZING Sushi and Amani’s BYOB who’s dessert won the “People’s Choice Award. The only 15 year veteran of the “Battle”, the General Warren, took home the coveted Culinary Excellence Award voted on by a celebrity panel of judges including renowned Chef Peter Gilmore.
Another highlight included the presentation of the 6th Annual Harry Lewis Jr. Scholarship Award, a four year, $20,000 college scholarship. This award was presented to Collegium Charter School graduating senior, Vinnea Flowers. Special recognition was also given to the first college graduate who received the Harry Lewis Jr. Scholarship. Sam Brown graduated from Millersville University on May 13th and the foundation could not be prouder of him and his accomplishments these past four years.
The Brandywine Health Foundation and the Eastburn Family also presented the Eastburn Community Service Award to Bob Spatola, for his extraordinary contributions of time, talent, and treasure to the Coatesville community and his selfless devotion to Handi-Crafters. The award was accepted by his wife, Hannah and good friend, Bob McNeil.
This year’s Garden Party will net approximately $100,000 this year. These funds will soon be invested in organizations that help neighbors in Coatesville live healthier lives, invested our young people through organizations like the Coatesville Youth Philanthropy Program, and invested in projects that help the Coatesville area thrive, like the “Greening Coatesville” Initiative. A huge thank you goes out to our 250 generous sponsors who made this evening possible.