Melmark’s Dream Maker’s Ball

The biennial black tie event marked a half century of supporting children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, Melmark held its biennial black tie event at the Hyatt at The Bellevue in Philadelphia. The Dream Maker’s Ball, marks a major milestone – 50 years – in the organization’s history of supporting children and adults with intellectual disability. Over 500 family members, business leaders and friends, attended the evening which started with a cocktail party, featuring passed hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a wish table, where guests could donate directly to their favorite Melmark programs.

Ukee Washington was emcee and led the way as speakers shared the impact of Melmark’s mission and the goals for the organization’s future. During the evening, the founders’ family was recognized, including original Melmark resident Melissa, daughter of Paul and Mildred “Miggy” Krentel. Washington presented Melissa with an “Oscar” for being Melmark’s leading lady. The statue was crafted by the same company that produces the Oscars.

The Connelly Foundation received Melmark’s inaugural Golden Hero Award, which made its debut in honor of Melmark’s founders, Paul and Mildred Krentel. The award honors individuals or organizations that, through selfless acts of compassion, courage, leadership and commitment, transform lives and expand opportunities for people with special needs. The Melmark Humanitarian Award went to Bob and Kathy Trainor. Bob and Kathy are the parents of Katie Trainor, a young girl who was part of the Melmark family for many years before her passing. The night continued with a delicious dinner, and dancing.

HughE Dillon covers parties, events and more for Philadelphia magazine’s The Scene. You can follow him on Twitter at @iPhillyChitChat and visit his daily online social diary