The Wistar Gala

The Wistar Gala

The Wistar Gala

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 6:30pm

Be sure to visit our Wistar Gala 2013 photo gallery.

The Wistar Gala is a biennial event that recognizes people who have had an impact on biomedical research.

Established in 1994, the Wistar Award is given to an individual who reflects the qualities of compassion, integrity, generosity, commitment, and vision that the Institute’s founding members demonstrated. In 2013, the award was given to Brian H. Dovey.

In 2013, another award was established: the Caspar Wistar Medal of Achievement. This medal honors an individual or organization that has had a significant impact on global health. The first medal was bestowed upon Stanley A. Plotkin, M.D., for his work with vaccines.

Brian H. Dovey has been a member of Wistar's Board of Trustees since 1998. He served as Wistar's Board Chair for seven years (2005-2012) and supported its science through his philanthropy and leadership.

Brian's extensive career in life sciences ventures has been an invaluable resource for Wistar in both strategic planning and the building of the new seven-story Robert and Penny Fox Tower.

Stanley A. Plotkin, M.D., is internationally recognized as one of the world's leading vaccinologists. An active member of Wistar's research faculty from 1960-1991, he developed or collaborated in the development of several important vaccines, including those for rubella, rabies and rotavirus.

This year’s Wistar Gala raised more than $300,000 and will benefit the Building Wistar, Changing the World campaign. This is a five-year, $35 million initiative which will support the construction of a seven-story, state-of-the-art research tower, build scientific capacity through the addition of at least 10 new laboratories, and ensure the future financial stability of the Institute.

For more information about The Wistar Gala, please call Elyse Hoffmann at 215.898.3955. 

The Wistar Gala Committee

Adele K. Schaeffer, Chair
Elyse Berger
Penny Fox
L. Patrick Gage, Ph.D.
Julie Louise Gerberding, M.D., M.P.H.
Joseph Goldblum
Brian Halak
George Hobbs
Ruth and Rick Horowitz
Phil Hosbach
Dr. Russel and Jane Kaufman
Susan S. McDonald, Ph.D.
Paul Offit, M.D.
Helen Pudlin
Edward J. Ryan
Martha McGeary Snider
Margie and Bryan Weingarten
William Wunner


The Wistar Gala Sponsors



Dan Wheeler & Amy Fox

The Graham Group


Doug & Peggy Briggs
Brian & Betty Dovey
Adele & Harold Schaeffer
Pam and Tony Schneider
Judith and David Wachs Family Foundation


RAF Industries logo 



Susan and Jim Blair
Ellen and Ron Caplan
Citizens Bank
Colonial Consulting, LLC
John and Rosemary Diederich
Drexel University
Fastrack Construction
Fisher Scientific
Gerry and Richard Fox
Pat Gage & Irina Wilson Gage
Jane and Joe Goldblum
Peter and Janie Gross                                       
Gordon and Llura Gund
Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller
Ruth & Rick Horowitz
Herbert Kean, M.D. and The Honorable Joyce Kean
L.F. Driscoll Co.
Lilly USA, LLC
Abe and Andi Morris
Paul & Bonnie Offit
Albert Ominsky, Esq. and Paula Dresnin
ReedSmith LLP
Thomas Jefferson University
Margie and Bryan Weingarten


Nina and Billy Albert
Mary E. Bak
Max and Elyse Berger
CM3 Building Solutions
Mr. and Mrs. John K. Binswanger
CM3 Building Solutions
Margaret F. Cristofalo
Hal and Eleanor Davis
Elliott-Lewis Corporation
Dr. and Mrs. Jack Ende
Mary and Joseph Fenkel
Marie & Joseph Field
Lois and P. Richard Frieder
Dr. & Mrs. Robin Gallagher
John and Christy Galloway
James Connor Head of School - Germantown Academy
Stan and Arlene Ginsburg
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
Allan & Jane Greenspan
Helen F Graham Cancer Center Christiana Care Health Services
Hon. Harris and Mrs. Sande Hollin
L. Harvey Hewit and Janet Kardon
The Honickman Family Foundation
Arlan and Bruce Kardon
Leroy E. Kean
Susan and Leonard Klehr
Susannah Lachs and Dean Adler
Laredo Mechanical LLC
Perry Lerner and Lenore Steiner
Elaine Levitt
Wayne Martin
Napoleon and Dori Monroe
Bill and Nancy Mutterperl
Ron and Suzanne Naples
National Glass & Metal Company, Inc.
Karen and Art Pappas
ParenteBeard LLC
The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company
Susan and Stanley Plotkin, M.D.
Vincent and Annette Price
Barry and Betsy Rorer
Sheryl Samter & Murray Spain
Lesley & Richard Seitchik
Evan and Lynsie Solomon
The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company
University City Science Center
University of the Sciences
Harriet and Larry Weiss
Carole and Jay Weitzman
Willis of Pennsylvania

Past Wistar Award Recipients

Adele K. Schaeffer, 2011 Recipient

A lifelong champion and advocate for biomedical research, Adele Schaeffer has been an active Trustee of The Wistar Institute board for more than 20 years. She served as Chair of the first Wistar Gala in 1994 and has continued in this role for each Wistar Gala since. She also serves as Chair of the development committee and is a member of the capital campaign steering committee. Through all her efforts on behalf of Wistar, she has helped raise over $1 million for our life-saving research.

Ira Brind, 2009 Recipient

President of Brind Investments, Inc., Ira Brind has been a Wistar board member for more than 20 years. During this time, he served as treasurer from 1988 to 1994 and as chairman from 1994 to 1998. His active leadership during that decade enabled the Institute to pursue its scientific mission through faculty expansion, and many young recruits have matured into innovative and productive investigators who compromise Wistar’s world-class faculty today.

Harold M. Davis, 2007 Recipient

Harold M. Davis, now an Emeritus member, was an active member of the Wistar Board of Trustees for more than 20 years. With his wife Eleanor, the Davises support breast cancer research at the Institute. The Davises’ interest in cancer research stems from personal experience. Harold lost a brother to cancer, and Eleanor survived breast cancer. "When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1979 at a young age and Hal became involved at Wistar, I thought it was a perfect opportunity for us to invest in basic biomedical research – to help find a cause, and eventually a cure,” said Eleanor.

Kevin M. Tucker, 2005 Recipient

Wistar will always be grateful that, in 1992, a man of such wisdom and resourcefulness as Kevin Tucker joined The Wistar Institute Board of Managers. Mr. Tucker was a vital part of the Institute serving as chair of our board from 1998 to 2005, and tirelessly advocating for cancer research. His guiding vision and steady hand helped lead the Institute through an era of shrinking federal research budgets and organizational changes. His strategic mind and vision helped set Wistar on its current path, but it was his kindness and his devotion in service to others that truly inspired. On June 19, 2012, Kevin M. Tucker died following a long illness.

Doris Rousso Taxin, 1999 Recipient

Doris Taxin helped raise over two million dollars to establish The Wistar Institute's Albert R. Taxin Brain Tumor Research Center after her husband, Albert, died in 1993 of a brain tumor. She has been a member of The Wistar Institute's Board of Trustees since 1993 and Board secretary since 1994. Since its inception, the annual Albert R. Taxin Golf Classic has raised over $1.7 million for brain tumor research at Wistar.

Robert A. Fox, 1994 Recipient

Robert A. Fox was the first recipient of the Wistar Award. Since joining the Wistar Board of Trustees in 1974, Fox has played an active role in the Institute’s governance and financial stewardship, as secretary (1974-1982), chairman on the finance committee (1975-1984), and president (1984-1994). Over the years, the Foxes’ philanthropy has underwritten numerous initiatives, including the Robert & Penny Fox Distinguished Professorship held by Cancer Center Director Dario Altieri, M.D., the Robert A. Fox Structural Biology Center, and the renovation of Wistar’s auditorium. Currently, Mr. Fox is chair of the Building Wistar, Changing the World capital campaign, and in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Fox’s generous support the new research tower scheduled to open 2014 will be named the Robert and Penny Fox Tower.