Enable Inc. thanks all the sponsors, donors, attendees, and volunteers who made our 25th anniversary “Back to the Future” gala a success. We raised more money than we have at any previous gala. This memorable event celebrated Enable’s 25-year history of providing individuals with disabilities, and seniors, the programs and services that allow them to live independently in their own homes.
Virginia A. Long was gala chairperson. Members of Enable’s board who served on the committee included Shashi Airi; Scott C. Bloom; Kenneth B. Falk; Linda R. Feinberg, Daryl Holcomb; Lisa Krist; Robert L. Nitti; Domenic B. Sanginiti Jr.; John M. Santisi Jr.; Melissa Baggitt Scott; and John Trench. Community members on the committee included Robert Chesler; Paul G. Goldenberg; Peter Mosca; Justin P. Walder; Caron Wendell; and Joseph Zawistowski. Gerard and Nancy Fennelly served as honorary members, as well as four of Enable’s original founders: Marilyn Holtzman; Sondra Lempl; Kevin Lilly; Robert D. Prunetti; and James Ramm.
Patrick Burke, principal at Michael Graves Architecture & Design, presented a tribute to Graves, the preeminent architect and advocate for people with disabilities, who was serving as co-chair when he died in March. The firm also donated an original Michael Graves drawing and an iconic Alessi Teapot.
Gala sponsors included Hovione; the Baus Foundation; Fox Rothschild; Turner Construction; Pepper Hamilton; D.J. Fox Landscapes; Arthur J. Gallagher & Company; Bradley and Jennifer Hoffman; Faber Daeufer & Itrato PC; Fennelly Associates; Gloria D. McGowan; Stark & Stark; and WithumSmith & Brown.
Caron Wendell chaired the auction committee with Nancy Apple, Jazmen Britt, Deborah Carson, Frances Chaves, Lisa Jordan, Danielle Lambroia, Shari Nieschmidt, Deshaun Rua, and Taran Sayal.
Guests could be photographed with two cars. Robert J. Petruska entrusted Enable with his beautiful 1988 DeLorean. The car of the future was represented by a 2016 Tesla.
Sharon J.B. Copeland MSW, LSW
CEO, Enable Inc.