Celebrate Hillel 2022

President John Fry and Drexel Hillel invite you to

Celebrate Hillel: A Benefit in Support of Jewish Student Life

Honoring Elaine I. Grobman

Drexel Hillel Leadership Award Honoree
Passionate Philanthropist. Pioneering Leader. Changer of Communities.

In 1985, Elaine helped a friend organize the first substantial AIDS fundraiser in Philadelphia. That undertaking launched a philanthropic career defined by trailblazing visions supported by a tenacity, extraordinary work ethic, strategic mind and selfless heart that drove achievement after achievement for numerous nonprofit missions throughout the Delaware Valley and well beyond. Elaine’s philosophy for giving back started when she volunteered with World ORT to build schools in Israel. This experience of removing boundaries and harmonizing cultures to advance the greater good became the hallmark of Elaine’s future philanthropic endeavors.

In 1990 she started the Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen,® which she ran as chief executive officer for all 30 years of its operation, growing it from a handful of supporters serving a few low-income populations into a mission embracing millions of people in 15 countries. At a time when breast cancer was ignored and misunderstood, Elaine launched a movement based in education, compassion and putting essential resources into the hands of those most in need. Through Elaine’s leadership and devotion, that movement forever changed the face of breast cancer awareness and advocacy and raised more than $100 million for research and caring for women, men and families in the local community.

Throughout her Komen Philadelphia career, Elaine pioneered programs—like The Drexel Hillel Young Women’s Breast Health Program that was quickly replicated for dozens of colleges in the region—that became the “gold standard” for affiliates nationwide, and that took her to impoverished nations of Europe to bring hope and healing.

In 2021, Elaine started a new path as Senior Philanthropic Advisor to Drexel University and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children—pursuing a personal promise to empower children and families with her decades of professional experience and her unparalleled brand of passion, determination and love for her community.

Elaine’s impact can be felt everywhere from the Torah donated by her family to grace Drexel University’s Perelman Center for Jewish Life to pink lights of vigilance illuminating buildings in foreign lands to the labs of game-changing researchers and thousands of families able to thrive because their mothers and grandmothers survived breast cancer. Her imprint can be found on millions of hearts—lovingly established there by her ability to both dream and inspire dreams, her belief in the power of humanity and her devotion to creating a world that embraces diversity to create opportunity and equality.

Young Alumni Exemplar of Excellence
Tara Cherwony ’18

Student Exemplar of Excellence
Madelyn Simon ’22


Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Time:​ 6 to 8 p.m.
Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life
118 N. 34th Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

Sponsorship Levels:

  • Stakeholder $10,000
    ($9,250 is eligible for tax deductibility)
  • Champion $5,000
    ($4,400 is eligible for tax deductibility)
  • Partner $3,600
    ($3,150 is eligible for tax deductibility)
  • Supporter $2,500
    ($2,125 is eligible for tax deductibility)
  • Patron $1,800
    ($1,500 is eligible for tax deductibility)
  • Friend $540
    ($390 is eligible for tax deductibility)


  • Individual ticket $180
    ($105 is eligible for tax deductibility)
  • Individual ticket (age 36 and under) $72

Download the registration form and learn more about the benefits of sponsorship.


Funds raised will support Hillel programming for students at Drexel University.

If you are unable to attend but would like to support the Celebrate Hillel event, please go directly to the online gift form.


For registration questions:

Anna Caplan