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2017 Gala in the Garden a Big Success

Thanks to the generosity of donors, sponsors and friends, the 2017 Gala in the Garden on Saturday, June 3, brought in $315,000 for the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Emily Howatt Pliskatt Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem.

The beautiful Healing Gardens on Good Shepherd’s south Allentown campus was the setting for 500 guests who gathered in elegant attire, many carrying on a gala tradition by wearing fun and funky footwear. Co-chairs of the gala all-volunteer committee were John Upright, John Colosimo and Colleen Hart of Lockton Companies whose philanthropic leadership helped make the gala such a success.

In his remarks at the gala, John Upright reminded the audience that the pediatric unit is the region’s only inpatient rehabilitation unit for babies, kids and teens, with more than 50 percent of its staff holding specialty certifications. The unit also has the only pediatric physiatrists in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding region, and has a nationally-recognized pediatric feeding program that has attracted patients from as far away as Montana and California.

Since its opening in 2007, the pediatric inpatient unit has served more than 800 children and their families. Among them was Caitlyn Keeney who suffered a traumatic brain injury in August 2016 when a 40-foot section of tree fell and injured her and several other family members during a camping trip. A video, “Caitlyn’s Story,” chronicles Caitlyn’s healing journey with the help of Good Shepherd, and was premiered at the gala.

Watch “Caitlyn’s Story.”