Black and Gold Gala

Black and Gold Gala

The annual Black & Gold Gala is the signature fundraising event for the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation
and one of greater Philadelphia’s premier social occasions.

The purpose of the Black & Gold Gala is to recognize outstanding service of individuals and/or organizations that demonstrate involvement in community growth in the areas of education, business, social services, health, etc. This recognition is awarded to those who exemplify leadership and are active in community initiatives in Philadelphia. Event proceeds will benefit the 50th Anniversary Promise Scholarship and other scholarships for Community College of Philadelphia students. Last year, the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation provided over $750,000 in scholarship support to students.

This year’s event will be virtual!

Presented by Community College of Philadelphia Foundation.


2021 Honoree

Dan Hilferty

Lifetime Service Award
Former President and CEO,
Independence Health Group


2020 Honorees

Corporate Leadership Award
Comcast NBCUniversal

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Community Hero Award
President, WURD Radio

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Alumni Achievement Award
Manager/Buyer, Joan Shepp

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Gala Committee

Honorary Chair
The Honorable Mayor James F. Kenney 

Rasheia  Johnson
Siebert Williams Shank & Co. LLC

Joan N. Stern, Esq.
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot


Committee Members

Michael W. Banks
United Way of Greater Philadelphia
and Southern New Jersey

Ronald Davis
Parx Casino

Romulo L. Diaz, Jr.
Turtle on Post LLC

Matthew Freimuth

Lisette González
El Sol Latino Newspaper

Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake
Independence Blue Cross Foundation

Joanne McFall
Keystone First

Sulaiman Rahman

William Sasso
Stradley Ronon

Ellyn Jo Waller, Ed.D.
Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church

Ronald Williams
Fox Rothschild LLP

Mellissia Zanjani, Ph.D., CFRE
Community College of Philadelphia


Donald Guy Generals, Ed.D.
President, Community College of Philadelphia


Check out exciting scenes from past Black & Gold Galas!

Black & Gold Gala 2019 Videos

Malcolm Jenkins

Julie Coker Graham

Hayward Bell


2019 Photo Gallery

See All Photos Here

Check out some of our guests in action at the Foto Fete photo booth.

Black and Gold Gala 1 Black and Gold Gala 2
Black and Gold Gala 3 Black and Gold Gala 4

Event Contacts

Operations & Logistics: Louisa Kopp,
Fundraising & Financials: Leslie Bluestone,