Black & White Gala attendees dance at last year’s event. (Photo by Steve Feistel)

by Laura Lucas, CHCA President

The best community party – our Black & White Gala – is just around the corner. Don’t miss your chance to dance and sip the night away with live music from the Rich Posmontier Ensemble, local beer from Chestnut Hill Brewing Company, spirits, wine and tasty hors d’oeuvres. The event will take place on the front grounds of the Chestnut Hill Hospital and is hosted by the Chestnut Hill Community Association with Honorary Co- Chairs Pia and Steven Druggan and Chip and Phyllis Marshall.

Steve Druggan is the head of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and Chip Marshall is the former chairman of the Board, Chestnut Hill Hospital.

“It’s going to be a fun night for the community and an early nod to getting into the Halloween spirit that makes a masked ball so exciting,” said Marilyn Paucker, chairperson for the Gala.

She said that Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and Chestnut Hill Hospital have been amazing partners in planning for the event and selling tickets. Committee members include Ania Borejsza-Wysocka, Cathy Brzozowski, Kate Cacciamani, Pia Druggan, Janet Greenwood Gala, Fred Holzerman, Laura Lucas, Anne McNiff, Andrea Nash, Kerry Noone, Christopher Padova, Dan Pulka, Joanne Sant’Angelo, William Valerio, Susie Valinis and Jean Wedgwood.

“The Hospital is pleased to be the presenting sponsor of the Black & White Gala again this year,” said Cathy Brzozowski, Chestnut Hill Hospital and Black & White Gala committee member. “Lighted trees on the campus will guide guests to a beautifully decorated tent with a festive atmosphere. Last year the dance floor was full from 7 p.m. until we closed the doors. We know this year’s party will be just as fun. Open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres and complimentary and convenient valet parking will be available for everyone.”

“As longtime members of the community, Phyllis and I are thrilled to serve as honorary co-chairs for this wonderful event that is open to the entire neighborhood and gives everyone a chance to come together and celebrate all the good things that make Chestnut Hill a special place,” said Chip Marshall. “It’s going to be a wonderful night!”

“It’s about giving back to this great community,” said Pia Druggan. “I think many parents in the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy care deeply about this community and will welcome a chance to join us and support a great cause. And I can’t wait to see who I know behind the masks.”

Gala proceeds fund community events, neighborhood advocacy efforts and volunteer projects that enhance our community — all managed by the Chestnut Hill Community Association. This year, guests are encouraged to bring art supplies that will be donated to Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences to enrich the education of local students.

“We are thrilled Gala guests are also thinking of Jenks when they are getting into the festive spirit,” said Eva Dorcus, President of Friends of Jenks. This is the second year art supplies are being collected for Jenks.

Your best mask and black tie are preferred attire. For details, a complete list of all our sponsors and to purchase tickets visit or call 215-248-8810.