Fundraising Events

Support Wistar research by raising awareness and funds through special events. Please consider partnering with us by becoming a sponsor, purchasing tickets to our exciting fundraising events, or volunteering your time or services. For more information about events, please contact Elyse Hoffmann.

Upcoming Fundraising Events

Friday, September 12, 2014 – Grand Opening Gala of the Robert and Penny Fox Tower at The Wistar Institute (more details)

The Wistar Gala

The Wistar GalaEvery other year, The Wistar Institute hosts a formal evening event featuring an elegant dinner and late-night dancing with many of Philadelphia’s business and community leaders.

Presented at the Wistar Gala, the Wistar Award is a biennial award given to an individual who reflects the qualities of compassion, integrity, generosity, commitment, and vision that the Institute’s founding members demonstrated. Beginning in 2013, the Caspar Wistar Medal of Achievement is also presented at the gala. This medal honors and individual or an organization that has had a significant impact on global health.

The 2013 Wistar Gala raised more than $300,000 to benefit the Building Wistar, Changing the World campaign.

Learn more. 

Albert R. Taxin Golf & Bridge Classic

Taxin Golf ClassicOn May 19, it was time to hit the greens at the Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill for the 19th Annual Albert R. Taxin Golf and Bridge Classic. All proceeds from this annual event support the Albert R. Taxin Brain Tumor Research Center at The Wistar Institute. This year, 103 golfers, 62 bridge players, and 25 additional guests helped raise $150,000 to support research, continuing an upward trend of support each year at this event. You can check out an album of pictures from the event on Wistar’s Flickr page.


Running for Cover

Running for CoverRunning for Cover benefits the Noreen O’Neill Foundation for Melanoma Research and The Melanoma Research Center at The Wistar Institute.  Whether you walk, run, or just want to come out and cheer us on, it’s a fun day for all! Learn more. 





Organize a Fundraising Event

Want to make a difference through supporting biomedical research? Create your own event to benefit The Wistar Institute.

Get Started

Prior to beginning any fundraising efforts on behalf of the Wistar Institute, you first need to complete and submit our Third Party Event Proposal a minimum of six weeks prior to beginning any promotional efforts or planning for your event. Upon receipt of your proposal, a Wistar staff member will contact you within five business days to notify you as to the approval or decline of your proposed event. Contact Elyse Hoffmann for more information and helpful tools in planning your event.

Participate in Events

Do you know which Pulitzer-prize winning author just paid Wistar a visit? Have you ever contemplated the innate beauty of the cell membrane? Fancy a round of golf to support brain cancer research? From the Authors Series to the annual Nikon Small World exhibit, from the Albert R. Taxin Golf & Bridge Classic to the Running for Cover run and walk, The Wistar Institute supports public and special events throughout the year that both entertain and educate. 


Volunteer at the Albert R. Taxin Golf & Bridge Classic

Benefiting brain tumor research at Wistar, The Albert R. Taxin Golf & Bridge Classic will be held at Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, PA on Monday, May 21, 2012. Volunteers should be prepared to spend at least 3 hours at the tournament and provide their own transportation. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available. Please email Elyse Hoffmann to volunteer for this event. 

Volunteer as a host at an event

Occasionally, The Wistar Institute schedules events at the Institute or another location. These events occur sporadically throughout the year. Volunteers should be prepared to spend approximately 3 hours at an event and provide their own transportation. Parking is provided. 

For more information on volunteering, please contact our Development Office at (215) 898-3955.