Benedictine's Annual Spring Benefit

Friends and families have been gathering since April 1978 to celebrate as a Benedictine community. We have continued to host this hallmark event in the spirit of hospitality and philanthropy. Friends, staff, parents, and a couple of distinguished guests along the way, join us for an evening of food, fun, and even some dancing each spring.

Over the years, we have hosted our annual gala at several different venues, but Spring Benefit calls the historic Tidewater Inn home. Each year a community of co-chairs, generous sponsors, and board members help to make this event a success. Described as “a casual gathering of friends,” we hope you will join us for an evening you won’t forget.

2020 Spring Benefit – A Night to Celebrate

Spring Benefit – A Night to Celebrate, scheduled for April 24, and then canceled in response to COVID-19, raised more than $171,000 in support of our mission to help children and adults with developmental disabilities achieve their greatest potential.
“Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and ticket holders our net revenue is almost 30 percent higher than we had hoped for. These much-needed funds will go directly to supporting our employees, students and adults in our programs at this critical time for our community,” – Scott Evans, Benedictine Executive Director
Funds raised help offset the increase in program support and operational costs associated with implementing CDC recommendations, including staffing requirements, due to COVID-19.
This year’s annual fundraising event to celebrate the 60th anniversary was set to premier a promotional film about the organization’s history and mission. The video was created by Easton-based business Rockfish Media Group and will now premiere online in conjunction with the launch of a new website this summer.
Despite having to cancel the in-person celebration in response to public health guidelines, we received overwhelming support through many generous sponsorships and a virtual ‘raise-the-paddle’.
Those generous sponsors include Gordon & Carol Alt in loving honor of Kevin Duckworth, Brandon Becker, Ben & Barbara Denihan, Charles & Syd Mills, Bette Kenzie, Mr.& Mrs. Edward Cantlin, Mr. & Mrs. John Krieger, Margaret Madden, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Higgs, and many more supporters and friends of Benedictine.

Thank you to this year’s sponsors:

Diamond Sponsor $20,000 +

Gordon & Carol Alt in loving honor of Kevin Duckworth

Brandon Becker

Gold Sponsor $15,000

Ben & Barbara Denihan

Charles & Syd Mills

Pearl Sponsor $5,000

Bette Kenzie

Emerald Sponsor $2,500

Mr. & Mrs. Edward Cantlin

Mr. & Mrs. John Krieger

Margaret Madden

Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Higgs

Spring Benefit Friend – $1,000

Naif Ahmed & Jane Plapinger

Dr. & Mrs. David Bloom

Al Burkhalter

Mr. & Mrs. Howard Clark

Joseph & Karen Day & Rob & Martha Ryan

Mr. & Mrs. Brian Goff

Barbara Harkaway

Lisa Kerwin

Paul Pantano & Cheryl Keamy

Spring Benefit Supporter – $500

Tri Gas & Oil

Jim & Anne Adams

The Warpinski Family – Central Sod Farms

Suzi Burka Walsh

Blain & Peg Butner

Mr. & Mrs. Gary Duckworth

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Farley, Jr.

Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Hochman

Mr. & Mrs. Leroy Macneal

Alice Ryan

Cara Schnaper

Rosemarie Schulz

William Spack

Duane Zentgraf

Diane Brandt

Spring Benefit Donor

Irene Amato

Shirley Armitano

Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Bradley

Phil Brown

Steven Goldfarb

Mr. & Mrs. Edward Burkhalter

Bob Condoulis

Col. & Mrs. Ildefonso Pillot-Olive

J.D. & Sue Baldwin

Dr. Len DiPaul

Mr. & Mrs. Dylan Dixon

Gayle Jayne

Joann Palumbo

Lawrence Patent

Michael Rathvon

Anne Sieg

Mr. & Mrs. Nuggehalli Vasuki

Mr. & Mrs. David Guido

Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Dalton

Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Convery, Jr.

Daniel Green

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Samuels

Rita Sarmousakis

Mr. & Mrs. William Weinhold

Blanche Ell

Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Kerwin

Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Myer