Office of Institutional Advancement


While Jefferson is an academic medical center, it is also a haven of hope serving the citizens of Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley and beyond. As a nonprofit, we rely on the support of our community to make our life-changing mission possible. This page is a directory of the many events organized by alumni, grateful patients and friends to benefit Jefferson. 

Jefferson Gala

A signature event for the Philadelphia region, the Jefferson Gala is a revelatory experience — a chance to recognize our friends and family who have been leaders in discovery, innovation, clinical care and philanthropy.

Alumni Events

“Savor Seattle” with Jefferson
Seattle, WA

Jefferson Firsts: A History of Advancing Medical Care
Cherry Hill, NJ

SKMC Alumni Weekend
Thomas Jefferson University


Community Fundraisers

Find out how you can support, participate, or organize a community fundraiser for Jefferson.



Bastri: An Evening of Hair and Fashion
Hotel Sofitel Philadelphia

Benefiting the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Before his father passed, Bastri Ponoci was a patient at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. In honor of his father, Armand Ponoci is hosting his second annual hair and fashion show at Hotel Sofitel to raise support for the current patients at Jefferson’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. 100% of the event proceeds will be go to the patient support services that are funded through the Quality of Life Fund and Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Emergency Fund. Attend the star-studded evening of runway fashion and life hair cutting celebrating the life of Bastri and benefiting the patient services and research at Jefferson’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. There will be life hair styling by Ponoci by Armand and a fashion show by Flagship. Tickets available at



R2R: Race to Reimagine Cancer Care 5K Run/Walk
June Fete Fairgrounds
Huntingdon Valley, PA

Benefiting the Asplundh Cancer Pavilion at Abington-Jefferson Health

Abington-Jefferson Health is kicking off the celebration of the new Asplundh Cancer Pavilion, scheduled to open in early 2018, with the Race to Reimagine Cancer Care 5K Run/Walk on October 14, 2017. The event will include family-friend activities, a 1 mile walk with the Doctors, Kids Fun Dash, food trucks, live music and more. Event proceeds will support the Asplundh Cancer Center at Abington Health Center – Willow Grove.  Support our Jefferson community and its regional partners by registering for the event today at



3rd Annual Pickleball Tournament: Seeking a Cure for Eye Cancer
Glen Mills, PA

Benefiting The Uveal Melanoma Program at
Jefferson’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Sally Young, a parent of a uveal melanoma patient and USA Pickleball Association Ambassador, will host the 3rd Annual Pickleball Tournament “Seeking a Cure for Eye Cancer” benefiting Dr. Sato’s research in eye melanoma at Jefferson’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. The tournament is open to players of all skill levels above the age of 18. For more information about the Pickleball Tournament fundraiser, please contact Sally at


Preserving the Love’s Fall Festival
Linvilla Orchards
Media, PA

Benefiting Oncofertility Research at Jefferson’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.

Janet Doherty’s mission is to help cancer patients preserve their fertility, in the hopes that after treatment, patients can fulfill whatever family plans they had. She has teamed up with Jefferson’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center to host a new event, Preserving the Love’s Fall Festival, donating 100% of the proceeds to the Reproductive Endocrinology and Cancer Patient’s Fund. For more information about this afternoon of family fun for an important cause, please click below.



Annual PurpleStride Philadelphia Run/Walk
Please Touch Museum
Philadelphia, PA


Step up to Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer, by joining Team Jefferson for the annual Run/Walk in Philadelphia on November 4. Team Jefferson will be part of a vibrant community of survivors, impacted families, loved ones, researchers and advocates committed to rewriting the future of pancreatic cancer. Join Team Jefferson today by clicking the link below or contact Elena Irollo at



Hope Under the Sea
Adventure Aquarium, Camden, NJ

Benefiting the Neu Center for Supportive Medicine and Cancer Survivorship, Jefferson’s Haitian Complex Head and Neck Care and Education (CHANCE) Mission and David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation

In March 2010, David Caldarella was diagnosed with Stage IV squamous cell carcinoma. David had just turned 40, was never a smoker, not a big drinker, and loved to run; he was the epitome of health. Over the next ten months, David underwent surgery for the removal of 72 lymph nodes, 6.5 weeks of radiation therapy, 7 weeks of chemotherapy and 10 weeks of physical therapy. Thanks to the support of family and friends, his own determination and the care he received by Jefferson’s Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, on November 11, 2010, David became a stage IV cancer survivor.

David's Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that raises funds to provide financial assistance, services and hope to families primarily in New Jersey, affected by a cancer diagnosis. This event will honor and support cancer patients from David’s Dream and Believe, Jefferson’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, and Haitian patients cared for by Jefferson’s physicians committed to expanding their reach past the Philadelphia boarder.



SAVE THE DATE: Eagles Autism Challenge
Lincoln Financial Field
Philadelphia, PA

Benefiting autism research and programs at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, CHOP, and Drexel.

Team Captain, Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, is calling all employees, students, faculty, alumni, and friends at Abington, Aria, Center City, East Falls, and Kennedy campuses to participate in this city-wide event. Gather your family, friends, colleagues, and classmates to join Team Jefferson and show Philadelphia how proud we are to be a beneficiary partner in this new and important initiative. Join Team Jefferson today!