Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s Art Ability Preview Party nets over $325,000

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital launched its 24th Annual Art Ability Exhibition and Sale with an opening Preview Event on Saturday, November 2. More than 500 attendees enjoyed the creative works of 185 artists with physical, cognitive, and visual disabilities.

The Exhibition and Sale features over 450 works of art by artists from 31 states and three countries in such mediums as jewelry and fine crafts, sculpture, mixed media and photography as well as works on canvas and paper. During the event, guests mingled with exhibiting artists and purchased a variety of unique, one-of-a-kind works throughout the evening. This year’s featured artist, Carol Spiker of Wilmington, DE, was paralyzed as a result of a serious car accident, but considers herself one of the lucky ones, and art has become a driving force in her life, a focus that has sharpened even more after her accident.

“Art provides therapy in so many ways,” said Gaby Heit, Art Ability curator “Our exhibiting artists find therapy in their studio practice, and the art gallery experience at Bryn Mawr Rehab is very uplifting and therapeutic for our patients. With the diversity and number of artworks on view, it is quite an impressive collection.”

The program supports Main Line Health’s vision and mission and provides advocacy for artists with disabilities by advancing their artistic and financial success.

For the third year, the event also included a dinner and auction, which was attended by 300 guests. Following an inspiring story by patient Alexandria Warner and her mother, Sue Levy Giles, guests generously contributed $122,850 in support of two specialized pieces of therapy equipment.

The 12-week exhibition is free and open daily to the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm through January 2020. All works are for sale. A percentage of the funds raised through the sale of artwork support Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s nationally-recognized rehabilitation programs while 80 percent of the sale goes directly to the artist. To view and purchase art, please visit

In addition to the 12-week annual exhibition, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, has a permanent collection of more than 400 pieces of artwork on display throughout the year. “Every day, our clinicians incorporate Art Ability into their treatment plans, challenging and inspiring our patients to stretch beyond their limitations and achieve their goals. I am so very proud of this program, what is has achieved, and what the future holds,” commented Donna Phillips, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital president.

The healing power of art

Thanks to the Dana Jones Art Therapy Fund, an art therapy program at Bryn Mawr Rehab launched in September. Art therapy is an adjunct therapy, offered to patients one to one and in group. Art therapy is designed to enrich the lives of the individual through active art making, creative process, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship. The art therapist works with patients to support personal, relational, and treatment goals. Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, and reduce and resolve conflicts of distress. This new offering is an integrative mental health approach to enhance and support our patients experience.

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Project Search Graduation Ceremony of 2019 recap: A graduate’s perspective

By Nicholas Francis, 2019 Project Search Graduate and Main Line Health Communications Team Contributor

Bryn Mawr Rehab would like to congratulate all Project Search graduates of 2019, for working hard, and becoming productive members of the American workforce. For those who are unfamiliar with the program, Project Search is a vocational program that provides internship opportunities, and assistance with finding jobs, for adults with disabilities. The graduation ceremony was hosted at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital on Tuesday, September 17.

The ceremony began with Donna Phillips, President of Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, who made an introductory speech congratulating all Project Search graduates. Then, Lankenau Medical Center and Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital Class Graduates Nicholas Francis, Elizabeth Yuhas and Adarsh Tambi made their remarks about their experiences with the program. They expressed their gratitude for all the support they received.

Bryn Mawr Rehab is deeply committed to the mission and goals of Project Search and can sustain this wonderful program through both our partnership with the Office of Vocational Rehab and philanthropy. Recently, Project Search received a generous gift from the Scholler Foundation in support of assistive technology. This grant, along with the contributions from other leadership donors, will allow for the purchase of iPads, which will be used by the interns, as well as Job Coaches, to assist the interns in communicating and completing tasks. iPads will offer advanced tools, applications, and software aimed at meeting the needs of those who require or would benefit from varying modes of support, while allowing mobility for Job Coaches who are working “in the field” without access to a desktop computer or physical workspace. We are so thankful to the Scholler Foundation, and all our funders, who help to advance our mission and assist our interns.

Welcome! Christine Jamison and Susan Levy Giles join the Bryn Mawr Rehab Foundation Board

Christine Jamison, MBA joined the foundation board in September 2019. She serves as the head of Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) Governance Office for Vanguard. Christine joined Vanguard from Comcast in 2017, where she was an engagement executive with Comcast’s Assurance & Advisory Team and led SOX compliance for Comcast and NBCUniversal. Prior to this, Christine was an internal audit manager with KPMG and a senior financial auditor with FedEx and has other corporate/public accounting experience. Christine earned a BS in Accounting from Slippery Rock University, and an MBA in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a certified public accountant, certified internal auditor and certified information systems auditor. Christine has lived in Devon for more than 15 years with her husband, Ken, and their four children.

Susan Levy Giles, JD will join the foundation board in January 2020. Sue and her daughter, Alexandria Warner, shared about Alexandria’s life-altering 2018 accident and experience as a Bryn Mawr Rehab patient at the 2019 Art Ability Dinner & Auction. Prior to Alexandria’s accident, Susan served as the lead partner of the Human Capital Practice Group of Ascend Ventures, LLC, a private investment and consulting firm specializing in making investments in and working with early to late stage companies. Before then, Susan had founded and grown a full-service human resource outsourcing company which she successfully sold. Possessing a breadth of human resources, operational and legal experience, Susan also has held several global positions in such well-regarded Fortune 500 companies as Sealed Air Corporation, BF Goodrich, Morgan Stanley, FMC, Progressive Insurance, and New Century Financial Corporation. Before commencing her corporate career, Susan worked in the civil litigation group of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. She and her husband, Darrell, live in Rydal and have five children.

Make a gift and receive income for life!

A charitable gift annuity (CGA) is a creative charitable vehicle that can stretch your giving ability and provide you with a dependable source of income. For as little as $10,000, you can fund a CGA by transferring cash, securities, or other assets to Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. In exchange, we provide fixed payments to you for life. CGA rates increase with age, and a portion of each payment will likely be tax-free. You will receive a charitable income tax deduction for the gift portion of the annuity and the satisfaction of making a meaningful gift in support of the hospital’s mission.

For more information on how a charitable gift annuity might help you realize your philanthropic and financial planning needs or to receive a confidential, personalized illustration, please contact Karen Gadson, executive director of development, at 484.596.5638 or [email protected].

Season of giving!

During this special time of year, when many people focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving, we hope that you will consider a gift to Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital.

The hospital continues to grow and prosper thanks, in large part, to its many special friends and donors. Charitable gifts impact all aspects of the hospital, helping to purchase specialized therapy equipment for the best quality patient care; providing advanced training for our staff of dedicated professionals; supporting community outreach programs like Cruisin’ Smart, which educates students on the dangers of impaired and distracted driving, and Project Search, an educational and work transition program for individuals with disabilities, among other priorities.

Visit our website to learn more about ways to give or to make a tax-deductible gift, or contact Marissa Keough, associate director of development, at 484.596.5614 or [email protected].

Happy Holidays!