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Posted 10/30/20

For the past 16 years, guests gathered every fall to celebrate our shared commitment to Merakey’s mission. They dressed up, headed to the City of Philadelphia, and spent the evening dining and dancing, sharing stories, and raising funds. This year’s gala was a bit different, but no less celebratory!

The theme of the 17th Annual Leading the Way Awards gala was “Merakey Magic”, and it was held virtually via Zoom on Saturday, October 24. While we wish we could have been together in-person, the Foundation was thrilled to spend the evening with so many more Merakey friends, staff, sponsors, donors, and people we serve in Pennsylvania, California, and every state in between.

​​​​​​​The event recognized Ryan Hammond (Executive Director of the Philadelphia Eagles Autism Foundation) with the Leading the Way Award, and Jon Dorenbos (Magician and Former Eagles football player) with the Fran Egan Courage Award.

The virtual program included music, celebrity guest appearances, salsa lessons, a tutorial on how to make the evening’s signature cocktail, and so much more.

Thanks to supporters, the Merakey Foundation raised more than $460,000 for Merakey programs across the country! Thank you to everyone who participated and supported this great event!

Click here to view all our generous sponsors from last weekend.