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The 6th Annual Dr. Audrey Evans Scholarship Benefit

June 4, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

We Reached Our Goal!

 THANK YOU to all who participated, donated, bid, and sponsored — We couldn’t have done this without you!

Thank you for helping our students Imagine, a Strong Community for a Strong Future!

Watch a recording of the virtual event by clicking on the image above.

Total raised: $307,000

2020 Honorees

Lorene Cary

Distinguished Educator, Author and Activis, Founder of Art Sanctuary, Recipient of the Philadelphia Award and Six Honorary Doctorates

Lorene has been inspiring St. James students for many years, serving as a mentor, role model, and lecturer about the power of the written word and students’ ability to make a difference in their communities. She is perhaps best known for her 1991 memoir Black Ice, centered on her experience as one of the first African American female students at St. Paul’s School (NH). Since then, she has published a number of critically-acclaimed works, founded Art Sanctuary, and helped increase civic engagement of young Philadelphians through the #VotethatJawn initiative. Lorene’s first play, My General Tubman, ran from January to March 2020. She lectures in creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania.

Bill & Laura Buck

Friends of St. James School whose extensive good works exemplify their lifelong commitment to empowering youth.

Bill and Laura are huge fans and advocates of St. James School. Inspired by their faith, Laura and Bill are active members of St. David’s Episcopal Church (Wayne, PA), and understand the impact that an Episcopal education can make on the lives of families. Their leadership support of a critical classroom renovation enabled St. James to expand to serve 4th grade in 2018. The couple has a unique passion for the Allegheny West and Strawberry Mansion neighborhoods. By partnering with organizations like Laurel Hill Cemetery, The Discovery Center, Legacy Youth Tennis and Education (formerly The Arthur Ashe Center) and St. James School, Laura, Bill, and their family are making a real and targeted difference in the community surrounding St. James School.

Thank you to our sponsors

Food Sponsor

& William Mignucci, Jr., President & CEO*

$10,000 – Magna Cum Laude
Bill & Laura Buck
The Curran Foundation
Patricia & Gordon Fowler*

$5,000 – Cum Laude
Matt & Lori Espe
Carole Haas Gravagno*
The Rt. Rev. Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez &
The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
Stephen & Sharon Holt
Philadelphia Phillies
Steve & Allyson Ross*
The Rev. Marie Z. Swayze
Gillian & Jeffrey Waldron
The Rev. William H. Wood III & Kristine C. Wood*

$3,000 – Honor Roll
Betsy & Jay Aikens*
Dr. Amy Allen & The Rev. Frank Allen*
Tom & Terry Allen
Mel Lewis Bonder
Pam & Kevin Hicks
Joe & Deedee McPeak
Kathryn & Mark Miani*
Ellen & Cliff Pemberton*
Fred & Barbara Sutherland*
David & Laura Thayer*
Jay & Jo Ann Townsend

$1,500 – Maroon & Gold
Valerie Anewalt
Bonnie & Ed Buchak
Deirdre Cryor
Bill & Martha Cyphers*
Julia and Darrell DeMoss
Dan Devlin
Elizabeth Dobson Jeffords
Corinna Franklin & Rey Ramirez
David Kasievich & The Rev. Andrew Kellner*
Libby & Charlie King
Susie & Michael Lastowski
Dr. Douglas Marshall & Liz Moore
Laurie & Sam Marshall*
Angie McCole
Jamie & Meg McLane
Francie Middleton & Michael Fields*
Warren Meyer & Angela Raymond
The Rev. Sean E. Mullen*
James & Genie Murphy
Sara Ridenour & Robert Lawrence
Ruth Scarborough
Sarah & John Schmader*
Karl & Katherine Schoettle*
Amanda & Dick Smoot
Stewart & Sidney Spahr
Jeralyn Svanda
Dana & Craig Toedtman
Margaret B. Wallis*
Heidi Wells
Debbie Wolf & Lewis Staples

As of  5/29/2020

*Also Host Committee members

Thanks to our Host Committee members

  • Amachie Ackah
  • Betsy & Jay Aikens
  • Dr. Amy Allen & The Rev. Frank Allen, Rector, St. David’s Episcopal Church
  • Bill & Martha Cyphers
  • Audrey Evans, MD
  • Patricia & Gordon Fowler
  • Corinna Franklin, MD & Rey Ramierz, MD
  • Carole Haas Gravagno
  • David Kasievich & The Rev. Andrew Kellner
  • The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel, Rector, Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  • Laurie & Sam Marshall
  • Linda McConnell
  • Kathryn & Mark Miani
  • Francie Middleton & Michael Fields
  • William Mignucci, Jr., President & CEO, Di Bruno Bros.
  • The Rev. Sean E. Mullen, Rector, Saint Mark’s Church
  • Ellen & Cliff Pemberton
  • Derrick H. Pitts (2019 Scholarship Benefit Honoree)
  • Pedro Ramos, President and CEO, Philadelphia Foundation
  • Steve & Allyson Ross
  • Sarah & John Schmader
  • Karl & Katherine Schoettle
  • Laura & Thomas Sibson
  • Adrienne Simpson
  • Fred & Barbara Sutherland
  • Laura & David Thayer
  • Jay & Jo Ann Townsend (2019 Scholarship Benefit Honorees)
  • Margaret B. Wallis
  • Cortie Wetherill III
  • Todd & Tina Whitlow
  • The Rev. Bill Wood & Kristine Wood

As of 4/29/2020


June 4, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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