Alumni Award of Merit Gala
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
November 3, 2017
6:00 - 10:00 PM

Alumni Award of Merit

The Alumni Award of Merit Gala, sponsored by Penn Alumni, is a celebration of Penn's most passionate and dedicated alumni volunteers. The Gala is a chance to celebrate with fellow alumni — bring partners and classmates or come and meet other Quakers. This year's awards recognize four decades of Quakers, from the Class of 1966 (Class Communications Award) to the Class of 2005 (Young Alumni Award). A full list of the 2016 recipients is below.

82nd Annual Alumni Award of Merit
Friday, October 28, 2016
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
6:00 - 10:00 PM

Gala Admission - $75
Young Alumni Admission - $55 (Classes 2006-2016)
Cocktail Party attire

Click here to view the photos and video from the 2016 Gala!

The 2016 Honorees!

Alumni Award of Merit

Alan K. Levin, C’64, ASC’ 65
Paul S. Levy, Esq., L’72
William L. Mack, W’61
Jayne Davis Perilstein, W’80
Ehsan “Nanou” El-Tahry Zayan, CW’73

Young Alumni Award

Lauren G. Hedvat, ENG’05, C’06, GEN’07

Creative Spirit Award

Jonathan Avnet, C'71

Class Award of Merit

Class of 1986

David N. Tyre Award for Excellence in Class Communications

Class of 1966

Alumni Club Award of Merit

Penn Alumni Club of Washington, D.C.

What's the Alumni Award of Merit Gala?

The Alumni Award of Merit Gala is an annual event that highlights and honors outstanding efforts by alumni volunteers across the globe. Held on Friday evening of Homecoming Weekend at the Annenberg Center's Zellerbach Theatre, the event is open to all alumni, who are invited to celebrate their fellow classmates and friends. The evening includes entertainment from Penn’s outstanding student groups, along with Board of Trustees Chair, David L. Cohen, L’81 and President Amy Gutmann paying tribute to the alumni honorees and their outstanding achievements. Click here for pictures and video of the November 6 celebration!

Who's invited?

You are!! Of course, the award recipients attend, along with family, friends and classmates, and leaders from the alumni community and the University are always on-hand to celebrate. And it wouldn't be an Award of Merit Gala without you. Tickets are available as a part of Homecoming registration and include open bar, cocktail and dinner reception, and lavish dessert. You won't leave hungry!

How are these awards decided?

The recipients of the Alumni Award of Merit, the Young Alumni Award are selected by the Awards and Resolutions Committee of the Penn Alumni Board of Directors. The recipients are individuals who exemplify what it means to be a truly "involved" Penn alumnus. Selected by the Creative Spirit Award Committee, the Creative Spirit Award is also presented during the Gala and is awarded to an alumnus who has illustrated a lifelong commitment to the arts through philanthropic or volunteer support and/or outstanding personal achievements.

The recipient of the Alumni Club Award of Merit is chosen by the Regional Clubs Advisory Board, and the recipients of the Class Award of Merit and David N. Tyre Award for Excellence in Class Communications are selected by the Alumni Class Leadership Council. These club and class awards highlight the outstanding work alumni volunteers perform regionally and on behalf the alumni classes.

Julie Beren Platt, C'79, President of Penn Alumni, presents these honors to all recipients during the Gala.