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2018 Acorns to Oaks Gala

Saturday November 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Our Sixth Annual Autumn Gala Was Our Best Ever!

Saturday, November 10, 2018 • 7:00 to 11:00 PM • Spring Mill Manor, Ivyland

See Photos of the Gala!

Our 6th Annual Gala called on all you Super Heroes to come out in support of our campers…and you did! It was an amazing evening spent with our award honorees, sponsors and supporters, and friends—raising a record amount for our summer campers. Thank you to the 220 folks who attended—and to everyone who sponsored, donated and supported!

Master of Ceremonies: Brittney Shipp, Emmy-nominated journalist and meteorologist for NBC10’s First Alert Weather Team. Brittney is passionate about educational school visits, diversity in children’s literature, and bridging the gender gap in STEM careers. Through school visits, mentoring and volunteering, Brittney is dedicated to energizing young girls and students to understand weather and science-related careers. See Brittney’s facebook page, featuring her just-published children’s book, The Meteorologist in Me.

This Year’s Honorees:

Anna Freeman Davies Founders Award

Dr. Ann Repplier
Former Board member for many decades, former Vice President, and former overnight camp summer staff.
Nominated by Mike Spangler

Leonard C. Ferguson Youth Advocate Award

Dr. Monica J. Taylor, Ed.D. Assistant Superintendent of the Hatboro-Horsham School District
A very highly-valued participant in our Outdoor School Program, Dr. Taylor is also well recognized by others, receiving many awards for her impact on youth.
Nominated by Mary Dare

College Settlement Corporate Good Citizen Award

Comcast Cable Communication, Inc.
Represented by Janet Steiner, Manager of Government Affairs, for their 6 years of volunteering at Clean Up Day and providing grants as well as supplies to College Settlement through their Comcast Cares initiative.
Nominated by Susan Daily

College Settlement Dave DeRosa Outdoor School Award

Craig Newberger, Germantown Academy
A science teacher who has brought 5th grade classes to the Outdoor School since 1986, Craig is much loved both at his school and by our staff, and was himself a camp staffer in Maine for many years.
Nominated by Karyn Bonner

Summer Camps at College Settlement Award

Jeff Bedford, a former camper, parent of campers and an advocate of our camps in the community
Jeff first came to camp in 1972, at eight years old. He is a volunteer baseball and basketball coach, works at the Emlen School, and is a consistent presence at our Open Houses, where he brings new camper families.
Nominated by Josh Davis

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!


GOLD Sponsors:

SILVER Sponsors:
Smith Oil
Utility Line Services

BRONZE Sponsors:
Philly Transportation
Comcast Cable
Joe McCreavy
Stephen Smart

ACORN Sponsors:
BP Environmental Services
Susan Daily
Elizabeth Finocchio
Kimberly Gost
Robert Kutzik
Ted Naccarella
Teri Ohliger
Pitney Bowes
Hilary Seabrook


Saturday November 10, 2018
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm