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Thursday | April 27, 2023
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2023 Founder's Day Celebration Details

Photo - Founder's Day - 2020 - Ben Stein

Economist, author, actor Ben Stein to receive the
St. Barnabas Hance Award at the annual Founder’s Day Celebration.

Ben Stein possibly might have had the most varied and intellectually juicy career of any man alive.

He is the most well-known economics teacher in America because of his iconic role as Ferris Bueller’s teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, still a huge hit 32 years after its release in 1986. The amazing part is that in real life he is also a famous economist whose work in finance has been highly praised by Warren Buffet, Fortune and Barrons, he was the first to comprehensively destroy the Drexel junk bond empire. He hosted almost 1000 episodes of Comedy Central’s Win Ben Stein’s Money, which introduced the world to Jimmy Kimmel.

He also had a talk show on Comedy Central and was a recurring cast member on The Wonder Years, he has been a frequent commentator on Fox News, CNN and CBS Sunday Morning for which he won two Emmys.

He has written and published 32 books, fiction and fact, has written four movies, has been a speech writer for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He taught Law and Economics at UC Santa Cruz, Pepperdine and American University. 

Ben Stein has been a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Barrons and USA Today.

Founder’s Day event proceeds benefit the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund, providing compassionate care to those in need.

Founder’s Day Timeline

5:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception with Silent Auction and Raffles

7:00 p.m. Dinner program followed by speech by Ben Stein

Tickets, VIP Photo Pass, Hotel Reservations, Sponsorship & Advertising

Tickets range from $300 – 475. Seating is limited – reserve your tickets online here today! VIP Photo Passes with Ben Stein are available for purchase to dinner guests.

Book your group rate for St. Barnabas Founder’s Day.

For information about tickets, sponsorship packages or event program book advertising, call 724-625-3770 or email St. Barnabas Charities.

Proceeds benefit the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund, which supports elderly patients and residents who cannot afford their care.


Basket of Cheer Raffle
Win a collection of top-quality liquors and cocktail accessories.
1 for $20, 3 for $40, 7 for $100 

Designer Handbag Raffle
$50 per ticket 

Get your raffle tickets here or call 724-625-3770.

Silent Auction & Mobile Bidding

Guests and donors can bid from anywhere using their mobile device. Be sure to bring your fully charged smartphone or tablet so you can take advantage of our mobile bidding.

Weekend Trip or $2,500 Cash Raffle

WINNER’S CHOICE: Trip for Two: Weekend Hotel Stay
• Choose Location: Dollywood, Disney or Kentucky Bourbon Tour.
• Weekend hotel stay.
• Venue passes.
. • $300 Dining Gift Card toward the dining of your choice.
• Airfare round trip for 2, coach class.
OR $2,500 Cash
Tickets are $25 each. 
Get your raffle tickets here or call 724-625-3770.

Hance Hall of Fame

The Hance awardee joins a distinguished roster of Founder’s Day speakers including, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, Dr. Charles Krauthammer and Barbara Bush.

All of these men and women represent the visionary leadership, spiritual, compassionate and innovative spirit of the man who founded St. Barnabas in 1900, Gouverneur Provoost Hance. The Hance Award is presented to a person of national acclaim who exemplifies Hance’s ideals of benevolence, patriotism and service to others.

The Hance Award was named in honor of St. Barnabas founder Gouverneur Hance, who was inspired to provide medical care for poverty stricken and chronically ill and injured men and boys in 1900. Previous Hance awardees include President Gerald Ford, First Lady Barbara Bush, actor Charlton Heston, Vice President Dan Quayle, education secretary William Bennett, actress Debbie Reynolds, inspirational leaders the Rev. Norman Vincent Peale and Dr. Robert Schuller, community and political leader Elsie Hillman, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Fred Rogers and many more. View a full list here.