It was a full house at Chester Eastside’s first ever Gala on April 29, which took place in the Ballrooms at Boothwyn. And what a celebration it was. Special honor went to Rev. Bernice Warren, who stepped down at the end of 2016 from the post she had occupied since 1995, as Executive Director of Chester Eastside.
The more than 200 people who gathered for the occasion were also honoring Rev. Zuline
Gray Wilkinson, who is now leading the agency to new ventures and an expanded role in the community. And there was a special ‘Thank you’ to Mary Payne, who oversaw the event.
Also on the agenda at the Gala was introduction of the Rev. Bernice Warren Cultural Arts
Program, which will help young people expand their horizons through various arts media. Proceeds from the Gala will go to support this program, an enduring way to honor the legacy created by Rev. Warren.
Highlights of the evening included tributes to Rev Warren and Rev. Wilkinson by former
mentors and associates, and musical selections, one of them rendered by Rev. Warren’s gifted sister, Ms. Eva Henry.
It was both a time to reminisce and to look toward a promising future, as Chester Eastside carries on its mission of meeting basic human needs, helping people of all ages be all they can be and working for a more just society.
Whether or not you were able to attend the Gala, you are invited to make a contribution
to the Rev. Bernice Warren Cultural Arts Program and the many other programs of Chester Eastside, Inc.