Thank you for making the Dream Maker’s Ball 2024 a success!


Melmark, a nationally-recognized non-profit human services provider recently held its biennial fundraising gala, The Dream Maker’s Ball: Melmark Generations.  Over 200 guests gathered at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia last Saturday, April 20th to celebrate the generations of people who have dedicated time, expertise, generosity, and care in support of Melmark’s mission.

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Rita M. Gardner with Mcee Host, Karen Rogers, The Melmark Good Neighbor Award recipient, Simkiss & Block (person?), and The Lifetime Achievement Award, Frank L. Bird

The highlight of the evening’s program was the awards ceremony which honored recipients for their philanthropy and commitment to Melmark.  Pennsylvania State Senator Carolyn T. Comitta was honored with the Humanitarian Award which spotlights individuals who, through their selfless acts of compassion, understanding, and public service, share Melmark’s mission and commitment to improve the lives of all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism.


As part of her acceptance remarks, Senator Comitta said, “We all know someone – a friend, neighbor, or loved one who is part of the diverse communities with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities.”  She added, “One of the best things is seeing our communities’ progress from awareness to acceptance and this is happening because of the dedication of our advocates and professionals, the very people in this room tonight.”

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Video of Melmark Generations

Photo highlights from the Dream Maker’s Ball

Dream Maker’s Ball Comittee

Karen Blake and James Fox | Gayle and Michael Braunstein | Kimberly and Stephen Bruhns | Marley and Michael Dolente
Sarah Eckert and Michael Leibowitz | Rita M. Gardner | Rosalie and S. Robert Grass | Lorraine and James Hahn
Connie Anne Phillips Harris and Jeremiah Harris | Allyson McAndrews and Matt Washo | Caitlin McAndrews and Brendan Mullarkey
Elizabeth and Dennis McAndrews | Maureen McMahon | Mary and David Maurer | Clive Mendelow | Heather and Daniel Mendelow
Ellen Phillips Richard Phillips | Stephanie Phillips | Amanda and Conrad Radcliffe | Stephen Shanahan