Girard College Celebrates 175 Years!

The 2023 Reach for the Stars 175th Anniversary Celebration Gala will celebrate our amazing scholars, commemorate our rich 175-year history, and mark the official unveiling of the newly revitalized Founder’s Hall. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.


We look forward to having you join us! Please register by December 1, 2023.

Thursday, December 14, 2023

  • 6:00 p.m. Cocktails
  • 7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program
    • Cocktail attire

Founder’s Hall at Girard College
2101 S. College Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Girard College is a full-scholarship boarding school whose mission fosters intellectual curiosity, social development and emotional growth in academically focused students from underserved communities. We ensure every student the opportunity and the means to achieve excellence and preparation for advanced education through purposeful academic and residential programs. Girard College believes that a diverse and inclusive community is a learning environment that prepares our students for the world they will face upon completion of our program. We desire a community in which a diverse population can live and work in an atmosphere of trust, understanding, appreciation, and mutual respect for each individual.

All proceeds will support the academic and residential life needs of Girard College Scholars.

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If you would prefer to purchase your gala tickets via check, please make it out to The Fund for Girard College, note the number of tickets in the memo line, and mail to:

The Fund for Girard College
2101 S. College Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19121


Corinthian Impact Award:  Independence Blue Cross Foundation and Lorina Marshall-Blake, Foundation President

Lorina Marshall-Blake is the president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation (the Foundation), a charitable, private foundation founded in 2011, and also the vice president of community affairs at Independence Blue Cross (Independence). Marshall-Blake is passionate about giving back to the community. She is involved with more than 30 professional and civic organizations and serves on more than 25 non-profit boards and committees, including serving as president of The Fund for Girard College.

In her role with the Foundation, she leads strategic, programmatic, and operational efforts to fulfill the Foundation’s mission to lead sustainable solutions that improve the health and wellness of the community. Under her leadership, the Foundation has established itself as a collaborator, innovator, and thought leader in addressing emerging health needs in southeastern Pennsylvania. By the end of 2023, the Foundation will have awarded grants totaling more than $80 million to nonprofits and research reaching medically under-resourced areas and vulnerable populations. The Foundation grants support for a multi-year collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to provide access to behavioral health care for Girard College Scholars.

Corinthian Legacy Award:  Henry G. Grabowski, Ph.D., Class of 1958

Henry Grabowski is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Duke University. He received his Ph.D from Princeton University and has served on the faculties of Yale and Duke Universities. He has been Director of the Duke Program in Pharmaceuticals and Health Economic since 1983. His academic specialties include the economics of the pharmaceutical industry, government regulation of business, and the economics of innovation. He has authored more than one hundred peer reviewed articles and several books and monograph publications. Dr. Grabowski has testified several times before Congress on the issues of FDA regulation, health care reform, drug innovation, and vaccine policies. The US Congress has recognized the significant role that his academic work has had in the passage of legislation that incentivized development of new therapies for tropical diseases like malaria and TB. He has served as an advisor to the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the US General Accounting Office, and the Federal Trade Commission as well as several foundations and business organizations. Dr. Grabowski was the class of 1958 valedictorian, editor of the Girardian magazine and Girard News, and President of the National Honor Society.  Having a strong enduring connection to his fellow Girardians, and having benefited from an excellent education in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, Dr. Grabowski, along with his wife, Virginia, in 2022 pledged $500,000 Challenge Grant to support the future of STEM education at Girard College.


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Are you interested in increasing your impact on the lives of our Girard College Scholars? Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Reach for the Stars 175th Anniversary Celebration Gala.  Sponsorships directly support the academic and residential life needs of our scholars.  Your support ensures that scholars from underserved communities have access to a nurturing educational environment where they can grow intellectually, physically, and emotionally.  Sponsorships impact these life-changing experiences for students.


For more information or to speak with someone about a sponsorship, please contact the Office of Advancement 215-787-4436 or