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The Wistar Gala

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

Join Wistar and Gala Co-Chairs, Penny Fox and Adele Schaeffer, for an unforgettable evening as we honor the legacy of Fran Tobin with The Wistar Award and celebrate scientific advances that will transform the future of human health. CBS 3’s Emmy Award-winning health reporter Stephanie Stahl will emcee the gala. 

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.


Event Location: 
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Hamilton Building
128 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Enjoy a recap and photos from the 2017 Wistar Gala and 125th Anniversary Celebration.

Wistar Gala Photo 2017


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.


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