The Emily’s Entourage Champions Campaign recognizes and applauds young professional leaders helping to make a difference in the quest to cure CF.
Nominated in recognition of their philanthropic spirit and community involvement, the 2017 Emily’s Entourage Champions leverage their personal networks to reach a fundraising goal of $1,500 by December 2, the night of our annual Evening With Emily’s Entourage Gala.
We’re blown away by the commitment and passion of these young professionals every year and we’re excited to recognize their amazing efforts at the gala this year, including awarding the champion that raises the most money the EE “Champion of the Year.”
ROBERT & PAULA BARG
Bio: Robert and Paula are a brother sister team who, like Emily, grew up in Lower Merion and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Robert is currently a Senior Actuarial Sales Manager at FIS Global and Paula works as a Program Manager for Comcast. Both siblings currently live with their spouses in Philadelphia, PA.
Bio: Jesse grew up in Lower Merion and was in school with Emily from preschool through high school. He went on to attend Colgate University and is currently an international professional live poker player. In 2016, Jesse finished 51st out of 6,737 in the World Series of Poker Main Event and gave EE a shout out on ESPN!
Bio: Joanna grew up in Lower Merion, PA and received her BA in broadcast journalism from Penn State University. After graduating, she moved to NYC and worked for ABC News before joining The Documentary Group in 2010. She currently lives in Hoboken, Nj with her husband and two children, Myles and Ella.
Bio: Ben attends East Stroudsburg University where he is majoring in Communication and Public Advocacy. Ben is an active member on campus through the Warrior Mentor Program and stays involved on campus by mentoring incoming freshman, and Men of Color Alliance (MOCA). Ben has worked for several non-profits in the Philadelphia area.
Bio: Sarah grew up in Harrisburg, PA and attended West Chester University where she studied respiratory care. She is currently a Respiratory Therapist at Hershey Medical Center. Sarah has been a volunteer at Pennsylvania Vent Camp, a camp for children who are ventilator dependent and at Vent Camp Horizons, a fall program for campers who are over 21.
Bio: Jessie is a New York native, but after attending Tulane University (where Emily’s siblings attended) for both her undergraduate and graduate studies, New Orleans is in Jessie’s blood. She is now living back in New York City and works as a Strategic Planner for Razorfish Health to uncover key opportunities to grow and better service their customers.
Bio: Hayley grew up in Huntingdon Valley, PA and currently lives in Elkins Park, PA. She loves spending time with her family and her 4-year-old dog, Lily. Besides being on the gala planning committee for EE, Hayley also serves as a family and patient outreach volunteer for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.
Bio: Jessica was born and bred in Lower Merion, PA. She attended Lower Merion High School and continued her education at Temple University. Currently, she works for Tribal Worldwide in Conshohocken, as a a Paid Search and Social Media Manager. An avid swimmer, she also teaches swimming at Fitness Alive Swim Academy.
Bio: Born just outside of Philly, Leah is a world class traveler and recent graduate from the University of Maryland where she majored in animal science. Currently, she is residing in Australia for the year working as a waitress and building up travel funds. Her future plans include a trip to Asia and enrolling in veterinary school for the 2018-19 school year.
MBA- NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Bio: All students of Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School (MBA) work to develop themselves into meaningful contributors within the larger community. Members of our National Honor Society chapter spend additional time focusing on the pillar of community service, and find meaning in helping others from all walks of life.
Bio: David grew up in Lower Merion and went to middle school and high school with Emily. After attending Lehigh University, where he played Baseball, David then went to Law School at Rutgers. He resides in Philadelphia and enjoys spending time with his little nephews in NYC. David is a lawyer at PRA Health Sciences, currently working in global clinical trial operations for Merck.
TED & KENDRA OXHOLM
Ted and Kendra Oxholm, are a husband-wife team from Philadelphia, PA. Ted is a three-time EE Champion and has recruited his wife for the 2017 season. The couple met during law school at the University of Penn, and married in September 2016. Ted is a high school teacher at Germantown Friends School, and Kendra is an intellectual property Attorney for Duane & Morris.
CHLOE PLISSONNEAU & EMMA MARTINEZ
Bio: Chloe and Emma are our first ever international EE Champions! These french natives met three years ago while attending high school in the city of Carpentras. Chloe is currently studying Organizational and Decision Science at Paris-Dauphine University and Emma is studying at the Vatel International Management School.
Bio: Alexa grew up in Scarsdale, NY and attended Tulane University for her undergraduate education with Emily’s siblings. She made her way to the city of Brotherly Love, three years ago when she became a dental student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. She hopes to do a residency in the specialty of Prosthodontics upon graduating dental school in 2019.
Bio: An activist, volunteer and philanthropist since the age of 11, Garrett Snider has devoted his life to creating awareness of the problems faced by youth. Garrett has designed and participated in a multitude of programs that have helped ignite robust conversations on the topic of juvenile civil rights.
Bio: Belle is our youngest EE Champion ever, at just seven years old! Belle lives outside of Philadelphia with her mom, dad, little brother and dog Lola. Belle is currently a 2nd grader at Penn Wynne Elementary School in Ms. Boone’s class. Outside of school, Belle loves to write, illustrate stories, sing songs from “Wicked”, dance to records and play with her brother.
TOMMY & ELLY WATTS
Bio: Tommy and Elly are a husband and wife team from Fayetteville, NC. Tommy is an Ardmore native, and in addition to completing his Bachelor and Master’s degree, Tommy also served two deployments in the US Army. Elly, a real estate agent, was born in Iran, but raised in Germany and is a graduate of the University of Giessen.