Chef’s Gala

An Evening of Culinary Excellence

Chef’s Gala in support of the Allentown and Philadelphia Children’s Dyslexia Centers

On May 4th, 2017, at the Valley Forge Casino Resort, Philadelphia and Allentown’s premier restaurants and chefs came together for an evening of fabulous food and fun for the annual Chefs Gala. It was a delicious opportunity to meet the chefs, savor their best dishes, bid on unique auction packages and enjoy a wonderful meal in the company of others.

Click here to see our photo album of our 2017 Chef’s Gala!

Thank you to everyone that joined us at our Chef’s Gala, our featured guests, the chefs, sponsors, guests and especially all donors for making it possible for us to continue serving children with dyslexia.

Featured Chef’s Gala Guests for 2017

Meet New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Scottoline ( & Special Education Attorney Franca M. Palumbo (

Lisa Scottoline is The New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 28 novels, including her latest work, DAMAGED. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit” which is a witty and fun take on life from a woman’s perspective. These stories, along with many other never-before-published stories, have been collected in a New York Times bestselling series of humorous memoirs including their most recent, I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places, and earlier books, Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?; Have a Nice Guilt Trip; Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim; Best Friends, Occasional Enemies; My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space; and Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog, which has been optioned for TV. Lisa reviews popular fiction and non-fiction, and her reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lisa has served as President of Mystery Writers of America and has taught a course she developed, “Justice and Fiction” at The University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater. Lisa is a regular and much sought after speaker at library and corporate events. Lisa has over 30 million copies of her books in print and is published in over 35 countries. She lives in the Philadelphia area with an array of disobedient pets, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Read Lisa’s official biography.

Franca M. Palumbo has been practicing Special Education Law since 2002 and is a principal of Thalheimer & Palumbo, P.C.. She has represented thousands of special needs children in all of southeastern Pennsylvania. She is frequently asked to speak to parents groups and organizations serving disabled children. Prior to joining the firm, Franca was a litigation associate at the Dechert law firm in Philadelphia. Ms. Palumbo received both her J.D. and a B.A. degree in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Franca is a Board Member of the Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (PBIDA), the Pathway School and Team Up Philly. She is the parent of two children.



For more information contact John Wasserman at 267-615-1510 or

See pictures from our 2016 Chef’s Gala here.