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John Paul II Center’s Legacy Gala Honors Perrottys

by John Paul II Center for Special Learning

Apr 20, 2022

John Paul II Center for Special Learning (JPII) will hold its 12th Annual Legacy Gala on April 30 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Reading, PA.  The event will celebrate the resilience of JPII’s students, adults and staff over the past year, and share their gratitude for those who made it possible for the center to do so.  The event’s Presenting Sponsor is Customers Bank.

During the event JPII will present its Halo Award to Craig and Sue Perrotty of Exeter for their tireless support and commitment to the individuals and programs at JPII.  In addition, the center will recognize Ginny Close of Limekiln with its Peggy’s Legacy of Faith Award for her volunteerism.

The donations raised through the night’s Fund-A-Need will be used for the newly created Transition Coordinator position.  Each JPII student’s life after graduation looks different, with no two following the same path.  Some may find part-time employment while others may transition to our adult program.  The ability to have staff specializing in transition planning allows us to offer hope for our students and families.  Nearly half of our students and their families are receiving transition services.  This planning is critical to ensuring that they are prepared for life after JPII when all the services they currently receive stop.  Recognizing the growing number of students entering transition age – 14-21 – we recently added a full-time Transition Coordinator position whose sole purpose is to work with students and families as they navigate this unfamiliar and often scary process.  These contributions help to ensure that turning 21 isn’t the end but is simply a next chapter in the lives of our students.

The event will follow current CDC COVID guidelines.

For more information, please contact our Director of Advancement, Melissah Jablonski, at 610-777-0605, x1014 or [email protected].  For a complete list of sponsors, please visit

Everyone has a purpose in life. As a values-based organization, John Paul II Center for Special Learning encourages children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to explore their purpose and reach for goals through unique special education and social programming.

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