18th Annual Beach Ball Gala


Saturday, January 27th, 2018


Vie - 600 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA


For Pete's Sake

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18th Annual Beach Ball Gala

Our Beach Ball Gala attendees raised over $170,000 for our mission. We danced, we laughed, we lit up the night to give adult cancer patients, their caregivers and their kids a break from cancer. Click here to view photos!

Each year, the Gala leaves our community inspired by the generosity bestowed upon families who need love and support. We are so thankful for your participation in the evening, and hope you now have a great understanding of the impact a break from cancer has on so many.

It takes a LOT of people to create such a beautiful event, and we’d like to express our gratitude to many!

Thank you to our Special Guest, Adam Joseph, and our Auctioneer, Jeff Hammond for rallying the crowd! A big hug to our speakers, Marci Schankweiler (FPS Founder and CEO) and Matt Stuetz (FPS Caregiver) for sharing their stories. Matt’s bravery and commitment to our mission overwhelms us. We know Jenny would be proud of him for sharing their legacy of love!

The Phillie Phanatic was a great surprise, and we loved clowning around with him as always! Contagious kept us on the dance floor all night long and we enjoyed beautiful beach themed décor by Do the Right Theme. A big round of applause for our 2018 Gratitude Award Recipient, Dr. Et-Tsu Chen, who is forever a part of the FPS family. Her kindness to so many cancer patients and their families has eased the burden of their cancer journey.

Thank you to our Gala Chairs, Daniel and Maureen Peters, and our committee, Lori Brown, Jeanne Caputo, Kimberly Fortino, Anne Gardner, Mark Gernerd, Pamela Grady, Katie Harvey, Craig Jones, Jim McCrudden and Paul Morrissey.

Thank you to all of our generous auction donors and to all of our amazing volunteers, including Mary Casper, Kim Stevens, Accenture, Gamma Iota Sigma of Temple University, Sigma Phi Lambda of La Salle University and the Blue Crew.

And of course, thank you to our presenting sponsor, Essent and our additional sponsors including: Brandywine Realty Trust, Penn Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology, Sills Cummis & Gross P.C., Vault Communications, Holman Automotive, ASTM International, Beneficial Bank Foundation, FS Investments, Life Celebration by Givnish, Tait Weller, Univest Corporation Pennsylvania. Click here to recognize all of our sponsors.

Lastly, thank you to our vendors, including Cescaphe Event Group, Stateside Vodka, Victory Brewing Company, Troegs Brewery, E & J Gallo Winery, Johnson’s Popcorn and Maryanne Pastry Shoppe.

We hope to see you next year! In the meantime, check out what else we have brewing on the events page of our website here.

Our Love and Gratitude,

The Community of For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation