Sorgenti Arena was transformed for the evening of May 6 into an elegant ballroom in which 220 friends of Chestnut Hill College gathered to mingle, eat, dance and most importantly, support CHC’s student scholarship program.
With more than $260,000 raised—all of which goes directly to support student academic scholarships—this year’s gala was the most successful in the program’s 8-year history.
A special scholarship, the Dr. James P. and Anne Gallagher Endowed Scholarship Fund, which was established by Bob and Carol Lockyer, raised more than $86,000 to support “students of great need who are bright and deserving, with first preference given to those from Immokalee, Florida,” says Kimberly Yost Moyer, senior director of development. “James Gallagher serves on the board of the Immokalee Foundation and currently mentors and supports a student at CHC.”
Dr. Gallagher also was the evening’s special honoree for his dedication to education, love for Chestnut Hill College and respect for the unequivocal right to an education.
“We are serving an underserved population here, and 92 percent of our students receive financial aid,” says Moyer. “This would not be possible without the support of our generous donors.”