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The Wistar Gala - Thank You

Special Event
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported The Wistar Gala, helping us to honor the life of long-time supporter and friend Fran Tobin. The gala was held on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at Pennsylvania Academy for the Arts (PAFA), Philadelphia. In addition to commemorating Wistar’s research achievements and impact on improving human health, the Institute proudly honored Fran's loving family, with the Wistar Award at the gala.

Click here to read a recap of the gala.

Click here to view a photo gallery from the event.

You can also watch a tribute video of Fran's remarkable life. 

Honoring the Legacy of Fran Tobin with the Wistar Award

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The Wistar Award reflects the qualities of compassion, integrity, generosity, commitment, and vision that Wistar’s founder Isaac Wistar demonstrated in creating the Institute. If authenticity, zest for life, flare for humor, and love of family were included in the original award description, it would be a perfect match for how Fran Tobin lived her life and the legacy she left us. Fran had an enormous impact on the charities she fervently supported. For more than a decade, along with her beloved Sylvan, Fran championed Wistar science through her dedication as co-chair of Wistar’s Golf & Bridge Classic and through her support of the Institute’s mission to advance scientific discoveries.


When you support The Wistar Gala, you help scientists at The Wistar Institute pursue research that will transform the future of human health. Your donation enables researchers to focus on basic scientific discoveries and translate those findings into innovative therapeutics and diagnostics that can improve, treat and save lives. Proceeds also support Wistar’s award-winning education programs for high school, community college and graduate students.


Thank You to our Sponsors

Co-chair: Penny Fox
Co-chair: Adele Schaeffer
Mary Ann Dennis
Jill & Mark Fishman
Ruth & Richard Horowitz
Russel & Jane Kaufman
Sharon & Joseph Kestenbaum
Larry & Mickey Magid
Katie & Tony Schaeffer
Nicole & James Schaeffer
Irene & Fred Shabel
Marjorie & Howard Silverman
Garrett Snider
Doris Taxin
Lynne Tobin & Tony Trocchi
Steven Tobin
Daniel Wheeler & Amy Fox