Seedling and Sage Caters Gateway for Cancer Research Event.

Jim Brickman, romantic pianist, author and composer recently entertained more than 100 guests at the private estate of Martha McGeary Snider, in Wynmoor, PA. Ms. Snider hosted the event because of her deep rooted interest in the arts, philanthropy and healing. Less than 30 days before the private performance, she lost her ex-husband, Ed Snider, to cancer.

The sold out event benefited two local charities: Gateway for Cancer Research, which funds innovative cancer research studies at academic institutions like CHOP, Johns Hopkins, and Fox Chase; and Healing Through The Arts, which encourages high school and college students to produce “healing” art for area hospitals.

Research is one way people can heal from cancer, but Heather Rodale, President, Healing Through The Arts, found the arts a vital source for her as she overcame melanoma five years ago. “The power of art to heal is why Healing Through The Arts provides high school and college students with scholarships to create art that will be placed in hospitals across the nation,” Rodale said. “It is truly inspiring to see what happens when a student glimpses their ability to bring hope, healing, and wholeness to others.”

Brickman’s performance of solo piano combined with his whit, revitalized the audience with hope, vigor and laughter in between signature cocktails and featured gastronomic delicacies by Seedling & Sage.