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Thank you to everyone who helped make the Baiada Scholarship Challenge and the 12th Annual (Virtual) Scholarship Gala an enormous success!

Thanks to the generosity of 470 Griffins and friends of the Baiadas, we raised more than $245,000 for student scholarships, shattering our original $100,000 goal for the Baiada Scholarship Challenge. 

When added to the generosity of our sponsorships and honorees, Ann and Mark Baiada, the overall total raised for student scholarships at Chestnut Hill College is more $536,000! A truly remarkable feat that directly impacts the student experience!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this important fundraiser for CHC student scholarships!



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.

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Thank You to Our 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


Thank You To Our 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






Thomas Wynne Apartments, Wynnewood, PA

Springhouse Apartments, Trappe, PA


Lockton Companies



Brown Brothers Harriman


Ballard Spahr, LLP

The Beringer Group

The Haverford Trust Company

IBEW Local Union 98

Lyn Montgomery '97 SCPS (D)



Patricia May Agger, LLD '63 & Joanne McFadden McBride '63 (D)

Archer & Greiner, P.C.

Bellevue Communications

Chartwells - Serving up Happy & Healthy

Citizens Bank

The Honorable Thomas & Mrs. Anne Considine

Emcor Services Fluidics

Jim and Anne Gallagher

HBK CPAs & Consultants

Barbara D'Iorio Martino, LLD '60 in memory of Rocco Martino, Ph.D.

Loretta M. McLaughlin '74 SCPS

Philadelphia Foundation

Mary Lou Quinlan

Robert (D) & Anne Riethmiller

Regina Maxwell Schwille ’65

Stevens & Lee

U-3 Advisors, Inc.


Blank Rome, LLP

Bohler Engineering

CBRE Group

George S. & Beverly Kray Connolly '56

Consultants in Med Onc/Hem, P.C.

Conway & Watt, P.C.

Elaine Bennett Davey ’65

Jim and Jacki Delaney

Joseph P. Denny (D) and April Denny

Duane Morris, LLP

The Gulati Family Foundation

Thomas J. Lynch, LLD & Virginia Lynch

Sean & Cathy Lockyer Moulton ’92 (D)

SSC Services for Education

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP

Keith & Meghan Walsh-Farrell '92

Winterfeldt IP Group

Kenneth Wong (D)



Artwork Promotional Concepts

Enrico & Diane Ballezzi

Brigid Gordon Castro, MD '86

Changing Our World, Inc.

Christopher Cordaro ’10 in memory of Ruth Tushup Tierney '58

Molly Walsh Donovan, Ph.D. '68

Joanne Romano Guiniven

Janney Hoey, Hecht Wealth Management of Janney Montgomery Scott LLP

Iron Bridge Resources

Regina & James McConnell

Austin & Margaret Bennett McGreal '60

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Maureen Nulty

PhillyCom, Inc.

Catherine Tucci Roberts '87

Tom & Denise Saporito

Eugene & Lynn Mulvaney Sharp '87