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Gala in the Garden a Smashing Success

Good Shepherd held its most successful annual Gala in the Garden fundraiser on Saturday, June 1, 2019, under the leadership of Gala Chairs Mike and Shelley Pessina, raising $329,000 for the Inpatient Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem.

The presenting sponsor was Lutron Electronics. About 500 people attended the glittering event held in the Healing Gardens on Good Shepherd’s South Allentown campus. The evening began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before guests moved into the large, elegantly decorated tent for a sit-down dinner.

Good Shepherd’s Interim President and CEO Gary Schmidt, noted that the unit is celebrating a decade of service to children and families. “It has been our honor and privilege to provide compassionate care and leading-edge pediatric rehabilitation to families from the Lehigh Valley and beyond,” said Gary. “Good Shepherd’s 20-bed unit is the only pediatric rehabilitation unit in the region, and it is truly a testament to the organization’s long-standing mission and legacy of innovation. Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, no child will ever be turned away from our pediatric programs because of an inability to cover their medical expenses.”

The gala included the premiere of “Megan’s Story,” a film about the inspiring recovery of then 15-year-old Megan Miller who was paralyzed after a gymnastics accident. Megan, who doctors said had a 30 percent chance of any kind of recovery, spent four months in the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Emily Howatt Pliskatt Pediatric Unit where her competitive spirit and loving care from her therapy team helped propel her to an astonishing recovery.

Our thanks to the donors, sponsors and the volunteer Gala Committee, and our raffle prize donors: Susan Linski of Susan Bella Jewelry for two watches and ladies’ necklaces, and two $100 gift cards; RCN for an eero home Wi-Fi system, and Mike and Shelley Pessina for a Caseta smart lighting control system.