Posted on June 27, 2018
Over 500 Gather at the 16th Anniversary Garden Party to support the Coatesville Community
This year’s 16th Annual Garden Party “An Evening in the French Quarter” was a night to remember! With over 500 guests gathering at Springbank Farm to share in fabulous food, lively jazz, and decadent desserts. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our gracious hosts, Jennifer and Bob McNeil for welcoming us once again to their beautiful home; our more than 250 sponsors of the Garden Party and Strawberry Festival; and our dedicated volunteer organizing committee led by Kathleen Deets Price and Charlene Gentile. This group of amazing community and business leaders worked all year to create another spectacular event. John Serock continued to “wow” everyone with his delicious New Orleans inspired cuisine, and the “Battle of the Berries” sponsored by Univest, featured six local restaurants and bakeries including, General Warren, Amani’s BYOB, The Fork & Bottle Restaurant at the Desmond, The Suburban Restaurant and Beer Garden, the Master’s Baker, and the Springhouse Terrace at the General Warren. Newcomer, The Suburban Restaurant and Beer Garden took the coveted Culinary Excellence Award voted on by a celebrity panel of judges and the only 16 year veteran of the “Battle”, the General Warren, won the “People’s Choice Award. Thank you to these restaurants and bakeries for your time, talent and significant contributions to this event.
Another highlight included the presentation of the 7th Annual Harry Lewis Jr. Scholarship Award to Coatesville area High School graduating senior, Gabriella Vetters who will be attending Swarthmore College in the fall. This followed the presentation of the Eastburn Community Service Award to Steve and Shannon Kirk of Coatesville who started their own non-profit organization to renovate and revitalize Scott Field in the City of Coatesville.
This year’s Garden Party will net approximately $110,000 this year. These funds will soon be invested in local non-profits that help neighbors in Coatesville live healthier lives, invested in 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 to revitalize the city’s parks, playgrounds and green spaces.
We look forward to your participation in the 2019 Garden Party next May!