LASTING LEGACY AWARD DINNER DRAWS 320
AND GROSSES $225,000 FOR THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED
STEPHEN AND JULIA HARMELIN FUND
FOR THE ARTS & CREATIVE EXPRESSION
(L-R) Julia Harmelin, honoree Steve Harmelin, and CEO Trish Wellenbach at the Lasting Legacy Award Dinner.
The Lasting Legacy Award dinner was held on June 5, and left an indelible mark on all who attended. Over 300 people gathered to see honoree Stephen Harmelin of Dilworth Paxson receive the first Lasting Legacy Award and for Steve and his wife, Julia, to announce the creation of the Stephen and Julia Harmelin Fund for the Arts & Creative Expression at Green Tree School & Services.
After a brief cocktail party, guests were ushered into the gorgeous Union League of Philadelphia ballroom. A 56-page program and advertising book greeted guests at their tables. Alison Harmelin, Steve’s daughter and CBS News correspondent, served as Mistress of Ceremonies, and reporter Shirleen Allicot spoke and represented TV sponsor 6abc. Dinner chair and First Lady of Pennsylvania, Susan Corbett shared impressions about the school and the students and parents she met earlier in the evening and spoke about the importance of supporting special needs education. CEO Patricia Wellenbach thanked guests for coming and explained the genesis of the Lasting Legacy Award. Steve Harmelin was most gracious, witty and appreciative in his acceptance speech. An electrifying video tribute to Steve excited the audience, many of whom knew him but might not have known about all of his accomplishments over the years. A beautiful bowl made from a tree from Monticello presented as a gift to Steve charmed the audience, and a personalized item created by longtime editorial cartoonist formerly of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Tony Auth, drew a laugh.
But it was the surprise performance by GTSS student Dacia Clark-Nedd that drew the longest and most enthusiastic ovation from those in attendance. Her killer version of John Legend’s number one hit, “All of Me,” left most of the audience dabbing their eyes (and her first fan letter arrived at GTSS soon after). The money raised that night will go directly to the new Arts and Creative Expression Fund that benefits students just like Dacia.
Main Line Media News photographer Joan Bang attended the event to take photos for a future issue of “Main Line Times” and “Main Line Suburban Life," and 6abc recorded footage to show on their PHL17 10:00 p.m. news hosted by Shirleen Allicot. 6abc also showed the footage on their own newscast later that evening with Jim Gardner doing the voiceover for the story.
The announced gross of $225,000 was a great accomplishment for an inaugural year. Talk has already begun on what a future Lasting Legacy Award dinner might look like. Photos from the night will be available soon. Thanks to all who attended and supported the event.
Green Tree School is now GREEN TREE SCHOOL & SERVICES (GTSS) and Has Relocated!
Please note GTSS new contact information:
Green Tree School & Services
1196 East Washington Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19138-1044
Behavioral Health: 215.346.7250
Green Tree School & Services Ribbon Cutting Held January 6, 2014
A ribbon cutting was held for just students and staff on the first day of school for all, January 6, 2014. GTSS students returned from the holidays to a 60,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility which is their new home. The space conveniently combines an approved private school, behavioral health services, an on-site outpatient clinic, an integrated services-innovation & training wing, and Green Tree Partnerships under one roof. See the rest of the photos from that day on the GTSS Facebook page.
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