Off to the Races - 13th Annual Leading the Way Awards Gala
The NHS Human Services Foundation was “Off to the Races” for the 13th Annual Leading the Way Awards Gala on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel in King of Prussia, PA. Guests were treated to an evening of Triple Crown fun with themes loosely based on The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and The Belmont Stakes. From signature cocktails and flowers to the hats and horses, everyone got the sense of being in the thick of the action at the track. Merakey Foundation Board Member, Joe Besecker of Emerald Asset Management, provided six horse races that guests could “bet” on for a chance to win fun prizes in the “win, place and show horse race” raffle.
Pat Ciarrocchi, former news anchor for CBS3 in Philadelphia, was the emcee for the evening. To kick off the program, Pat welcomed the Germantown Recovery Community Choir to sing two songs. They were met with a standing ovation which set the tone for a wonderful night!
The Leading the Way Award, presented to Dr. Raza Bokhari, Chairman and CEO of Parkway Clinical Laboratories, was honored to be this year’s award recipient, and he thanked NHS for many years of partnership. This year’s Fran Egan Courage Award recipients were two mothers from our Foster Care Program, Deborah Baran and Mildred Santana-Meija. They were touched to receive the award, shared their stories, and thanked NHS for their strong program support. Following dinner, guests gave generously to our Fund-A-Need requests, live and silent auctions. Some of the funds raised at this year’s Fund-A-Need auction will go towards items such as iPads, lunch for students in our NHS Schools, sensory room items, new mattresses and box springs, and attire for the IDD prom. The sounds of The Fabulous Greaseband entertained and got our guests dancing for the remainder of the evening.
Lucky number 13 was a success for NHS and the NHS Human Services Foundation, making funds raised at this year’s gala the highest for our programs. Thank you to our sponsors, friends, staff and guests for your continued generosity which enabled us to once again exceed our goals and expectations.