|Volume LIV||February 2007||Number 1|
The Renaissance Gala
Ms. Beverly Harper, one of the gala's honorees, has been an active member of the Philadelphia region for decades and is an effective mentor to the leadership of the Masonic Temple.
Ms. Harper founded Portfolio Associates, Inc., in 1969. In 2004, because of her marketing expertise and vast knowledge of Philadelphia's cultural and civic communities, Portfolio was chosen to design and build a strategic organizational, outreach and marketing plan for the Masonic Temple. Through this planning effort, Ms. Harper challenged the Masonic Temple to become an active member of the community, just as it is the duty of each Masonic brother.
"Receiving this recognition and award from the Masons is one of my most treasured honors," Ms. Harper said. "My vision for the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia is that it will take its place among the 'must see' historic sites; and organizations will celebrate significant events in this magnificent building."
The "Renaissance Gala," held this year at the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia, was special indeed. Three outstanding people were honored for their talent, vision and generosity: Ms. Beverly A. Harper and Bro. and Mrs. John W. "Jack" Dean III.
Bro. Jack and his wife, Kay, were the recipients of the first "Preserving the Masonic Temple Heritage Award." Their generous gift to the restoration and preservation of Corinthian Hall is an inspiration to us all, and their magnificent gift was given in honor of Bro. Jack's Masonic grandparents and their Masonic family members.
We were also proud to honor Ms. Beverly A. Harper, president of Portfolio Associates, Inc., for her assistance in helping us open our building, library and museum to a much wider audience. Ms. Harper has developed the foundation for a new beginning for the Masonic Temple. We look forward to opening our Masonic doors to new experiences and growth in the Greater Philadelphia cultural and civic communities.
Ronald A. Aungst, Sr., R.W. Grand Master, presented stunning crystal sculpture awards to the recipients.
More than 275 people attended this elegant affair, which featured cocktails, a live jazz concert, special tours of the Temple, silent and live auctions and a delicious dinner.
Almost $200,000 was raised through this event, which will be used for the preservation of the Masonic Temple.
Bro. John W. "Jack" Dean III, and his wife, Kay, reside in Largo, Fla., but are originally from the Philadephia area.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Bro. Dean opened his own law office in 1958, Dean & McCoy, which was dissolved in 1977. He then went on to work for a law firm in suburban Philadelphia. During his career, he practiced in the Superior and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania, as well as the U.S. Eastern District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Bro. Dean's Masonic affiliations include Frankford Lodge No. 292; Valley of Philadelphia, A.S.S.R., having served as Sovereign Prince in 1976- 77; Abington Royal Arch Chapter No. 245; Philadelphia Council No. 11, Royal and Select Master Masons; Kensington Kadosh Commandery No. 54, Knights Templar; York Rite, Philadelphia Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine; Philadelphia Council No. 13, Knight Masons of the U.S.A., and Royal Order of Jesters. He is a Past Potentate of LuLu Shrine Temple and served as Imperial Potentate of the Shrine of North America and as chairman of the board of directors for Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children.Bro. Timothy T. Nowell, P.M., W.M., George Bartram-Paul Sand Lodge No. 298, presents a check to R.W. Grand Master Aungst for the Temple Initiative. Phyllis Lichtenfield, right, has a nice chat with "George Washington," played by Bro. Carl Homan, Robert A. Lamberton Lodge No. 487.
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