Skip to content Skip to navigation
Menu

Gala

giving banner

12th Annual Scholarship Gala

Honoring Ann and Mark Baiada

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Each year, the Scholarship Gala honors outstanding local heroes while raising money for student scholarships. This year, we are proud to honor Ann and Mark Baiada, a couple whose values and achievements mirror Chestnut Hill College’s commitment to shared responsibility, personal and professional growth, and service to one another and to the global community.

All proceeds raised at the 12th Annual Scholarship Gala will support student scholarships at Chestnut Hill College (CHC).

OUR 2021 HONOREES

Ann and Mark Baiada

Ann and Mark Baiada are among Philadelphia’s most generous and caring couples. Their compassion and commitment to helping others while promoting Catholic values makes them outstanding honorees for this year’s 12th Annual Scholarship Gala at Chestnut Hill College.

The Baiada family motto is “Think big. Work hard. Show love.,” and the couple has lived these values for decades, blazing a trail for health care workers, and ensuring patient safety and comfort through their revolutionary, patient-centric organization, BAYADA Home Health Care. They are also lifetime stewards of the community and have made generous contributions to Catholic education and other humanitarian causes that are close to their heart.

The values Mark learned from studying such role models as Benjamin Franklin, Andrew Carnegie, and St. Francis of Assisi, guided him to success as a family man, businessman, and philanthropist. Dedicated to the idea that all patients should have a safe home life with comfort, independence, and dignity, Mark Baiada founded BAYADA Home Health Care in 1975. Four decades later, it has grown to become a global leader in home health care. Mark has been recognized with a plethora of awards including the 75 Greatest Living Philadelphians from the Philadelphia Eagles in 2007.

Ann Claffey Baiada, RN, is a champion of the nursing profession. As a certified rehabilitation registered nurse (CRRN), Ann founded BAYADAbility Rehab Solutions in 1998, the first and only home health care rehabilitation nursing program. Ann lends her expertise and passion to many efforts and has received numerous awards including the President’s Award from the Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania and the Uachtarán Award from the Irish American Business Chamber & Network.

Ann and Mark have also dedicated their time and resources to serving on the boards of educational institutions like Neumann University, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and Drexel University’s College of Medicine. They have supported the mission of Catholic Charities and have sponsored various relief efforts for national disasters. For 35 years, Ann and Mark have been supporting the BAYADA Regatta—the world’s oldest and largest all-adaptive rowing event that annually attracts athletes from around the globe to the banks of the Schuylkill River.

As extraordinary as their achievements are, Ann and Mark are quick to share their most rewarding success—their family of five children and 11 grandchildren.

The Baiadas are a shining example of Catholic ideals, combining selflessness with humility and compassion. CHC is proud to honor them at this year’s 12th Annual Scholarship Gala.

Read more...
Show less...

 

The Need

Today, the College’s undergraduate population is a microcosm of the global society, comprised of roughly 50 percent women and 50 percent racial and ethnic minorities, including a robust international student population. While our students come from a variety of backgrounds, one thing they all have in common is a desire for the financial stability that a scholarship from CHC can provide.

Nearly every student at CHC receives some form of financial assistance, with $20 million in scholarships awarded last year alone. Additionally, 45 percent of our students qualify for a Pell Grant, while the national average is just 31 percent. This means nearly half of our students rank among the nation’s highest for financial assistance needed to attend college.

Our students are experiencing an incredible level of need due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our working-class families have found themselves without a monthly income, and students have had to make difficult decisions about their future. With your support, we can offer our students more help in a time when it’s most critical.

Supporting Our Mission

At CHC, we graduate students from all backgrounds and income levels that go on to live meaningful lives, have successful careers, and, often times, be positive catalysts for change in society. We cannot achieve this alone, and your generosity provides the financial resources needed to fulfill our mission. There has never been a more critical time to come together in support of scholarships for our students. We hope you will join us in supporting an incredible student body that needs your help, now more than ever, to make their dreams of a CHC education come to fruition.

More information about the 2021 Virtual Scholarship Gala will be available very soon. As always, we thank you for your support of Chestnut Hill College.

2021 Honorary Gala Committee Members

 

  • Barbara D’Iorio Martino ’60, Co-Chair

  • William R. Sasso, Esq., Co-Chair

  • Elaine Bennett Davey ’65

  • Susan Jin Davis

  • Varsovia Fernandez

  • Carol McCullough Fitzgerald

  • Sean Flynn

  • James P. Gallagher, Ph.D. and Anne Gallagher

  • Rev. Msgr. Paul M. Kennedy

  • Robert and Carol Lockyer

  • Thomas J. Lynch

  • William and Natalie McLaughlin, Jr

  • Michael K. Pearson

  • Thomas A. Queenan

  • Kathaleen Reavy

  • Binney Wietlisbach

 

2021 Gala Committee Members

 

  • Kenneth Wong, Chair

  • Devin DeVoue ’11

  • Cristina Diaz ’15

  • Christin Gregory

  • Cathy Lockyer Moulton ’92

  • Joanne McFadden McBride ’63

  • Loretta McLaughlin ’74 SCPS

  • Lyn Montgomery ’97 SCPS

  • Lynn Mulvaney Sharp ’87

  • Megan Walsh-Farrell ’92

  • Rashida Weathers ’95


2021 GALA SPONSORS

TRAILBLAZERS

FOUDNERS

LEADERS

ALLIES

PARTNERS

SUPPORTERS

GALA SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION

$50,000 GROUNDBREAKER SPONSOR ($48,125 Tax Deductible)

  • 15 Gala on the Go Boxes
  • Acknowledgement in remarks by Emcee during the program
  • Opportunity to present a 30-second shout out during the virtual gala event
  • Feature spotlighted in Good Griffin News, an e-newsletter reaching nearly 6,000 CHC constituents 
  • Featured item in the Gala on the Go Box (due May 1, 2021)
  • Your name/logo/company information on the Gala on the Go Box sponsor card (due April 15, 2021)
  • Logo recognition on all Gala digital materials (due March 30, 2021)
  • Sponsor listing on College and Gala websites 
  • Feature story on CHC alumni social media accounts
  • Spotlight in College Magazine and recognition in Donor Report  
 

$25,000 TRAILBLAZER SPONSOR ($23,750 Tax Deductible)

  • 10 Gala on the Go Boxes 
  • Acknowledgement in remarks by Emcee during the program
  • Feature spotlighted in Good Griffin News, an e-newsletter reaching nearly 6,000 CHC constituents 
  • Featured item in the Gala on the Go Box (due May 1, 2021)
  • Your name/logo/company information on the Gala on the Go Box sponsor card (due April 15, 2021)
  • Logo recognition on all Gala digital materials (due March 30, 2021)
  • Sponsor listing on College and Gala websites 
  • Feature story on CHC alumni social media accounts
  • Recognition in the College’s Donor Report  
 

$15,000 EXPLORER SPONSOR ($14,000 Tax Deductible)

  • 8 Gala on the Go Boxes 
  • Acknowledgement in remarks by Emcee during the program
  • Your name/logo/company information on the Gala on the Go Box sponsor card (due April 15, 2021)
  • Logo recognition on all Gala digital materials (due March 30, 2021)
  • Sponsor listing on College and Gala websites 
  • Feature story on CHC alumni social media accounts
  • Recognition in the College’s Donor Report  
 

$10,000 FOUNDER SPONSOR ($9,250 Tax Deductible)

  • 6 Gala on the Go Boxes
  • Your name/logo/company information on the Gala on the Go Box sponsor card (due April 15, 2021)
  • Logo recognition on all Gala digital materials (due March 30, 2021)
  • Sponsor listing on College and Gala websites 
  • Feature story on CHC alumni social media accounts
  • Recognition in the College’s Donor Report  
 

$5,000 LEADER SPONSOR ($4,500 Tax Deductible)

  • 4 Gala on the Go Boxes
  • Your name/logo/company information on the Gala on the Go Box sponsor card (due April 15, 2021)
  • Sponsor listing on College and Gala websites 
  • Recognition on College alumni social media accounts
  • Recognition in the College’s Donor Report
 

$2,500 ALLY SPONSOR ($2,125 Tax Deductible)

  • 3 Gala on the Go Boxes
  • Your name/logo/company information on the Gala on the Go Box sponsor card (due April 15, 2021)
  • Sponsor listing on College and Gala websites 
  • Recognition on College alumni social media accounts
  • Recognition in the College’s Donor Report
 

$1,000 PARTNER SPONSOR ($750 Tax Deductible)

  • 2 Gala on the Go Boxes
  • Sponsorship listing on Gala website and social media 
  • Recognition in the College’s Donor Report
 

$500 SUPPORTER SPONSOR ($375 Tax Deductible)

  • 1 Gala on the Go Box
  • Sponsorship listing on Gala website and social media 
  • Recognition in the College’s Donor Report
 

For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Linda Lowe at

or (215) 248-7127.