Chair’s Choice Celebration, Celebrating Philanthropy Leadership


DSC_2688West Chester, PA– It was a beautiful day at the Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery where attendees joined the Chester County Community Foundation to honor outgoing Foundation Board Chair, William J. Gallagher Esq., and welcome Robert E. Riggs as incoming Chair.  The Foundation and guests had a wonderful time celebrating the success of Gallagher’s two years as board chair and welcoming Riggs to the position.  In addition to the two board chairs, we also recognize board members Stacey Willits McConnell, Esq. & Anthony Morris, Esq. (outgoing Vice Chairs), Carol Clark (outgoing Treasurer), and Carl Francis (outgoing Board Member) for their hard work and commitments, and welcoming board members Winifred Moran Sebastian, Esq. & Michael A. DeHaven, CPA (incoming Vice Chairs), and Kathy Dean Bradley, CPA (incoming Treasurer) .

During the celebration, guests were given tours of the vineyard.  From the majestic iron gates to the beautiful steel sculptures, all designed by the Vineyard’s own Lele Galer, the scenery made for a perfect venue for the event.  While the guests enjoyed the artwork on display throughout the vineyard, they were treated to award-winning wines from the Vineyard’s private reserve and specially picked food pairings offered by New Street Catering.

It was the perfect day for a wonderful celebration indeed.  In the words of Community Foundation President and CEO, Karen A. Simmons, “…Mr.Gallagher, has led the Foundation through immense growth. We appreciate his hard work and look forward to continued achievements as Mr. Rigg takes the reins.”

Headquartered in West Chester’s historic Lincoln Building, the Chester County Community Foundation connects people who care with causes that matter, so their legacy philanthropy makes a difference now and forever.  The Community Foundation holds nearly $50 million in trust and annually awards $2.5 million in grants and scholarships.  If you would like to know more about the Chester County Community Foundation and other events related to the foundation, please visit www.chescocf.org/calendar call 610-696-8211 or email info@chescocf.org to receive more information.

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