2018 Black & Gold

1st Annual Gala - Saturday, November 3, 2018

For 35 years, your support has helped NFP achieve its mission of ensuring nurses for tomorrow. Recipients of NFP scholarships – both students and nurses returning to school – are able to advance their education and do meaningful work. This is a time for those who have benefited from highly qualified nurses to step up and invest in the profession.


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Black & Gold Gallery

Highlights of the past 2018 Black & Gold Gala with speakers, dinner, and silent auction as well as a night to honor our Nurses.

Keynote Speaker

Lee Woodruff

Author, In an Instant | The Bob Woodruff Foundation

Appearing on national TV and as a speaker since the 2007 publication of her book, Woodruff helps put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning Iraq war veterans.

Our 2018 Honorees

Marilyn D. Harris

MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN Home Health Expert and Author

M. Louise Fitzpatrick

Former Dean ViIlanova University College of Nursing posthumous recognition

Richard Henker

Professor – University of Pittsburgh SON

Our Sponsors

Our Premiere Sponsor

UPMC Pinnacle

UPMC Pinnacle is a nationally recognized leader in providing high-quality, patient-centered health care services in central Pennsylvania and surrounding rural communities. Its more than 2,900 physicians and allied health professionals and approximately 11,000 employees serve a 10-county area at outpatient facilities and eight acute care hospitals with 1,360 licensed beds: UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle, UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic, UPMC Pinnacle Hanover, UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg, UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster, UPMC Pinnacle Lititz, UPMC Pinnacle Memorial, and UPMC Pinnacle West Shore.

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Diamond Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Pewter Sponsors

Northeast Pennsylvania Nephrology Associates, P.C.

West Chester University

BKP Healthcare Resources

Southern New Hampshire University

Wilkes University


Mount Aloysius College

Allied Services Integrated Health System

La Salle University

Black & Gold Gala

Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania, 2018

NFP President

Margarete L. Zalon
PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN / University of Scranton

NFP Vice President

Tamra Minton

NFP Secretary and Treasurer

Patricia Sweeney
PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC / Wilkes University

NFP Board of Trustees

M. Chris Alichnie
PhD, RN / Bloomsburg University / PNC-ARE, Inc.

Kathryn Shaffer
EdD, MSN, RN CNE / Thomas Jefferson University

Robert Durham
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Oralia Dominic
PhD, MS, MA / Pennsylvania State University

Ellen Schauerman
UPMC Hamot

NFP Honorary Trustee

Marilyn Harris
MSN, RN / Retired

Gala Support Staff

Betsy M. Snook
CEO, Pennsylvania State Nurses Association

Jennifer Neidig
PSNA Communications Director

Cynthia Mellott
PSNA Executive Assistant