The Brandywine Health Foundation 17th Annual Garden Party was another spectacular success. May 22nd was a beautiful day and the weather cooperated for a perfect spring evening event. This year’s theme, “A Glimmer of Greece,” put our 520 guests in a Mediterranean frame of mind from the moment they stepped on to the grounds generously provided by Bob and Jennifer McNeil. Our guests socialized with friends and colleagues while they enjoyed delicious cuisine inspired by the Greek Isles and prepared by chefs from several of the area’s finest local restaurants.
The garden party is Brandywine Health Foundations signature fundraising event. More than $100,000 in contributions allow us to continue to serve the Greater Coatesville community year after year.
Each year we award our Harry Lewis Jr. Scholarship to a worthy student. This year’s recipient is Coatesville Area high school senior, Riya Patel who will receive $5,000 each year for up to four years of her Rutgers University tuition and fees for a total scholarship award of $20,000. Ms. Patel was selected, in part, because of her active involvement with the Coatesville Youth Initiative. In addition to her stellar scholastic and athletic achievements, she has consistently demonstrated her commitment to improving the quality of life in the Greater Coatesville community.
Harry Lewis Jr. with Scholarship recipient Riya Patel
One of the annual highlights of our Garden Party is announcing the recipient of the Eastburn Community Service Award which recognizes a local individual’s unselfish donation of time, energy and expertise to the Coatesville community. This year’s recipient is Sgt. Rodger Ollis, Jr, from the City of Coatesville Police Department. Sgt. Ollis is known throughout our community for his tireless efforts to ensure that our community is safe and clean but he does so much more. Much of his time is spent supporting our young people, our non-profits, and championing a positive outlook for our community. Sgt. Ollis gives from the heart and with this award comes a $2500 grant from the Brandywine Health Foundation to a local non-profit to be given in his name. Sgt. Ollis has decided to split the donations between several organization, granting $500 each to the following non-profit organizations serving the Coatesville Area; Domestic Violence Center of Chester County; Chester County Food Bank; Coatesville Salvation Army; David’s Drive 831; and Coatesville Kids to College. Again, we thank Sgt. Ollis for his continued dedication to the community and hope that his actions inspire others to lend their time to help Coatesville thrive.
As many of you are aware, this last year we began our strategic planning process during which we re-examined almost every aspect of our organization.
When we focused on the Garden Party, we realized that it was the perfect time to institute a different approach to our event sponsorships. We redesigned our sponsorship levels to support both our mission and our work to improve community health. We could not be more pleased with the response. In highlighting a few new sponsorship approaches, we created the Culture of Health Premier Partners. In this category, we received generous donations from Bill and Brit Kay, Jennifer and Bob McNeil and Sam and Lornie Forbes. They each graciously gave $25,000 in support of the Brandywine Health Foundation’s effort to lead the way in creating a culture of health through ongoing communication and community engagement activities.
We also created the Greening Coatesville Adopt-A-Park Partners. Di and Dallas Krapf, Mill Creek Capital Advisors LLC and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Moran all made generous contributions of $10,000 each in support of park maintenance and the organization of events designed to engage and activate our community through the “Friends of Patton Park and Friends of Palmer Park volunteer community groups.
We would like to thank our many sponsors and contributors this year. Because of you we surpassed our $1 million revenue mark since the Garden Party began in 2003.
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Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you throughout the year and again at next year’s Garden Party!