The 8th annual John Paul II Center for Special Learning’s Legacy Gala was held Saturday night in Reading.
650 people attended this year’s Gala, which took place at the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Reading. Last year’s Gala raised over $350,000 for the John Paul II Center. The final total for Saturday night has not been released, but the Center is hopeful they have topped last year’s total.
The Ehst family was honored at the Gala with the Center’s Halo Award. This award recognized the Ehst’s family’s $400,000 contribution to the John Paul II Center over the years.
On Saturday night, the John Paul II Center administration and students specifically requested help to obtain kitchen equipment, plates and utensils, and funding to expand the Center’s cafeteria. Attendees of the Gala did not hesitate to make donations to the amazing cause.
The John Paul II Center offers programs for school age children and adults. The school age program focuses on academics as well as life and social skills. The adult program offers support focusing on independence and life skills. Many students of the Center were present at the Gala. They helped to greet attendees, performed during dinner, produced a video to encourage donations, and created artwork that was auctioned off during the program. One student charmed guests by playing the piano during cocktail hour and the silent auction. Overall, the Gala was an absolute success, raising money for an amazing cause.
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