An Evening of Culinary Excellence

Signature Chefs Gala in support of the Allentown and Philadelphia Children’s Dyslexia Centers

DATE: May 10, 2018  |  Time: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Valley Forge Casino Resort
ADDRESS: 1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406.

Thank you to everyone who donated to this marvelous charity event.  Click here to see a few pictures from it.

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Millions of school children with dyslexia endure frustration and demoralization on a daily basis as they struggle to acquire skills that many of us take for granted. While dyslexia is not curable, it can be overcome successfully. Dyslexia Centers tackle the challenge of dyslexia head-on, both by providing free tutoring for children with dyslexia and by training a growing cadre of highly skilled and dedicated tutors.

Previous Honorees

Meet New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Scottoline (www.scottoline.com) & Special Education Attorney Franca M. Palumbo (thalheimer.com/franca-m-palumbo)

Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline is The New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 28 novels, including her latest work, DAMAGED. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit” which is a witty and fun take on life from a woman’s perspective. These stories, along with many other never-before-published stories, have been collected in a New York Times bestselling series of humorous memoirs including their most recent, I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places, and earlier books, Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?; Have a Nice Guilt Trip; Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim; Best Friends, Occasional Enemies; My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space; and Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog, which has been optioned for TV. Lisa reviews popular fiction and non-fiction, and her reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lisa has served as President of Mystery Writers of America and has taught a course she developed, “Justice and Fiction” at The University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater. Lisa is a regular and much sought after speaker at library and corporate events. Lisa has over 30 million copies of her books in print and is published in over 35 countries. She lives in the Philadelphia area with an array of disobedient pets, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Read Lisa’s official biography.

Franca M. Palumbo

Franca has been practicing Special Education Law since 2002 and is a principal of Thalheimer & Palumbo, P.C.. She has represented thousands of special needs children in all of southeastern Pennsylvania. She is frequently asked to speak to parents groups and organizations serving disabled children. Prior to joining the firm, Franca was a litigation associate at the Dechert law firm in Philadelphia. Ms. Palumbo received both her J.D. and a B.A. degree in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Franca is a Board Member of the Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (PBIDA), the Pathway School and Team Up Philly. She is the parent of two children.

Phillies Legend Larry Christenson

Larry ‘L.C.’ Christenson is an professional baseball pitcher who played his entire career for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1973–1983.

During his high school years, Larry was noted more for his basketball than baseball skill. After graduating from Marysville High School in 1972, Larry began his career with the Philadelphia Phillies as their number one draft pick in June of that year. He was the third pick in the first round of all college and high school players. Larry’s first minor and major league hits were home runs and he is tied with Rick Wise for most home runs (11) by a pitcher in Phillies history.

Larry Christenson is a pillar in our community and we could not be more proud of his ongoing support

Event Details

Philadelphia and Allentown’s premier restaurants and chefs will come together for an evening of fabulous food and fun for the annual Signature Chefs Gala. It is a delicious opportunity to meet the chefs, savor their best dishes, bid on unique auction packages and enjoy a wonderful meal in the company of others who are determined to help children with dyslexia learn to read and reach their full potential.

5:30 PM – Registration & Cocktail Reception
6:00 PM – Tasting and Silent Auction
7:15 PM – Program and Live Auction

Please join us at our Chefs Gala or consider donating so we can continue our mission and help area children reach their full potential.

For more information contact John Wasserman, john.wasserman@gmail.com