|Leigh and John Middleton accepting their honor|
Project Home and the Middletons brought out the Philadelphia society types to the dinner, which was attended by 1250 and raised $2.1 million. Rock star Jon Bon Jovi, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, Bill Giles of the Phillies as well as the formerly homeless residents of Project Home attended the event. Pennsylvania's First Lady, Susan Corbett, Senator Bob Casey, and Mayor Michael Nutter also attended the event. NBC's Meet the Press moderator David Gregory was the evening's host.
|Eagles owner Jeffrey and Tina Lurie, Comcast CEO Brian and Aline Roberts, and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim|
Binswanger Corp CEO David Binswanger and his wife Dorothy revealed some interesting details about the Middletons in their introduction of the couple. The couple works hard to deflect attention from themselves. They chose a seat at Phillies home game, to the left of the catcher, which is just out of camera range. The Middletons bought John's mother's 107 year old house and are refurbishing it. David Binwanger teased John Middleton about constantly looking at his phone and always being serious. Dorothy described Leigh Middleton as super organized or, in her words, anal.
The World Bank President Jim Yong Kim gave a moving tribute to the Middletons. Kim was the former president of Dartmouth College, which the Middletons also support. Kim announced that the World Bank is committed to ending extreme poverty in 15 years. He called the Middletons the new face of philanthropy.
He said, "I am so excited to be here. I have known John and Leigh Middleton for five years. There are no two people in the world that I admire more. John and Leigh ask simple questions of the people they work with 1. Do you have heart? 2. Do you grit? 3. Are you committed? 4. Do you use scientific evidence to improve the work that you do?"
Kim credited John Middleton with helping him deliver aid in a more scientific way.
|Meet the Press moderator talking with his boss Comcast CEO Brian Roberts|
|The North Philly Stompers and the Phillie Phanatic led the crowd to dinner|