2014 Gala in the Garden Fund Raiser Sets a Record

Click here to see the video shown at the gala about Johnny Webb's triumphant story.

Stellar weather, fabulous food, great music, and generosity of spirit were the cornerstones for the most successful Gala in the Garden fund raiser ever on Saturday, May 31, on Good Shepherd's south Allentown campus.

The event raised more than $260,000 for the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem and was attended by 465 people, many of them wearing funky footwear in keeping with tradition.

Tara and Chris Webb of Easton shared the powerful story of their son Johnny, who was a micro-preemie, born at 27 weeks. Johnny spent five months on the pediatric unit and is now thriving.

Gala committee chair, Peter Danchak, regional president for PNC Bank Northeast PA, noted the symbolism of the butterfly which was this year's "official bug" for the gala.

"Delighting in the transformation of the ordinary caterpillar to the beautiful butterfly continues to amaze us," he said. "We have all come together as individuals and corporations to create, experience and spread the true hope and joy that the miracle of the butterfly represents."

The pediatric unit marks its fifth anniversary in July 2014 and has served almost 500 children and teens. Since opening, the unit has added four private rooms and specialized programs such as feeding, neonatal intensive care unit transitions, and complex respiratory care and weaning.

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