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Cecropia Strong’s 3rd Annual Gala

Gala program on a place setting
Picture of Julie Hahnke
Julie Hahnke
Julie is the President of Cecropia Strong and is a stroke survivor, who was finally found after three days. She's a bagpiper, an author, a management consultant, and a nature enthusiast.

On the evening of September 26, Cecropia Strong hosted its 3rd Annual Gala complete with a Silent Auction, a Live Auction, and for the first time a Fund-a-Need event! It was at The Landing restaurant in Marblehead, and did I mention we made $19,000!

Dana Denault chatting with Bob Sooy.
Dana Denault chatting with Bob Sooy.
Liz Hoover, who heads BU's Aphasia Resource Center, shares trade secrets with Esther Ayuk, the Aphasia Center Coordinator for the Institute of Health Professions. Wait - we didn't hear anything you said!
Liz Hoover, who heads BU's Aphasia Resource Center, shares trade secrets with Esther Ayuk, the Aphasia Center Coordinator for the Institute of Health Professions. Wait - we didn't hear anything you said!
The Silent Auction items!
The Silent Auction items!
Marcie Gingle sharing a drink with Julie Hahnke.
Marcie Gingle sharing a drink with Julie Hahnke.
A Live Auction item - a magnum of select Pinot Noir with 4 stemless wine glasses, a charcuterie board, and a $100 gift card to Shubies to buy the sausages, cheeses, and toppings of your choice.
A Live Auction item - a magnum of select Pinot Noir with 4 stemless wine glasses, a charcuterie board, and a $100 gift card to Shubies to buy the sausages, cheeses, and toppings of your choice.
Jen Buxton, Judith Ainlay, Janet Doyle, and Matt Reinemann share a laugh.
Jen Buxton, Judith Ainlay, Janet Doyle, and Matt Reinemann share a laugh.
Charlie Phillips and Nancy Phillips Marshall (who together make up the Phillips Family, who funds these grants), Julie Hahnke, and Esther Ayuk, who's accepting this check on behalf of Spaulding Rehab Hospital and IHP.
Charlie Phillips and Nancy Phillips Marshall (who together make up the Phillips Family, who funds these grants), Julie Hahnke, and Esther Ayuk, who's accepting this check on behalf of Spaulding Rehab Hospital and IHP.
Charlie Phillips and Nancy Phillips Marshall (who together make up the Phillips Family, who funds these grants), Julie Hahnke, and Liz Hoover, who's accepting this check on behalf of BU's Aphasia Resource Center.
Charlie Phillips and Nancy Phillips Marshall (who together make up the Phillips Family, who funds these grants), Julie Hahnke, and Liz Hoover, who's accepting this check on behalf of BU's Aphasia Resource Center.
The Cecropia Strong team - Lisa Connor, Board Member, Julie Hahnke, President, Jeanne Sparrow, Board Member, Nancy Phillips Marshall, Treasurer, Jen Buxton, Secretary.
The Cecropia Strong team - Lisa Connor, Board Member, Julie Hahnke, President, Jeanne Sparrow, Board Member, Nancy Phillips Marshall, Treasurer, Jen Buxton, Secretary.
Jessica Barnett, playing Vanna White, supporting Gene Arnould our Auctioneer.
Jessica Barnett, playing Vanna White, supporting Gene Arnould our Auctioneer.
John Swain gives an enticing gaze to the camera.
John Swain gives an enticing gaze to the camera.
Judith Ainlay raises her bid card - she wants that item!
Judith Ainlay raises her bid card - she wants that item!
Steve Pike, Dave Tips, Bob Sooy, and Rick Von Rueden all enjoy the moment.
Steve Pike, Dave Tips, Bob Sooy, and Rick Von Rueden all enjoy the moment.
Julie Hahnke receives a hug from Eddie Gingle. (Eddie and Marcie came after they put their beloved dog down earlier that day.)
Julie Hahnke receives a hug from Eddie Gingle. (Eddie and Marcie came after they put their beloved dog down earlier that day.)

Photos were taken by Kristin Sooy Horgan. Many thanks to her!

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