Fundraiser Will Feature a Colorful Mix of Culture, Foods, Music and Fashion

A “Global Dinner Gala” slated for Thursday, March 16, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Blue Event Center, Bethlehem, will bring together a vivid mix of the arts, music, food and fashion.

The evening’s festivities will benefit the Judith Adele Agentis Charitable Foundation (JAACF), a Lehigh Valley–based nonprofit that has delivered more than 9,000 meals to families holding vigil at St. Luke’s Hospice House.

An international menu created exclusively for JAACF by Blue Grillhouse Chef Patrick Barber will feature Asian-, Brazilian-, Indian-, Moroccan- and Portuguese-styled grazing stations.

Ashely Russo, of Emmy Award–winning The Peak TV, will serve as emcee. Entertainment and fashion from around the globe will also be part of the fun.

Special guest speaker is Kendall Bello, of Yardley, PA, a mother, wife, daughter, friend, teacher and colon cancer survivor.

Tickets are $90 per person, and are available online by clicking Global Dinner Gala

Guests will be treated to musical selections from Not Quite Right (formerly Uproar) with Billy Murnin, Dave Braun, Jim Keeler, Bruce Clauser and Dave Eisenhauer. Adding to the international feel: African drumming with Saide Saddiq; the textures of Columbian-inspired contemporary fashion by senior fashion design student Monica Bates; and cabaret song-and-dance stylings of classic American tunes by Broadway Rhythms.

Specialty beverages made with Tito’s Vodka will be available, as will wine tastings and a cash bar.

Funds raised from the annual benefit will support and ensure continued weekly hospice meal deliveries. Meals donated and delivered by JAACF volunteers help comfort and nourish family members holding vigil at St. Luke’s Hospice House. A portion of the monies raised will be earmarked for early cancer detection, education and screenings for high-risk and underinsured patients.

Through yearly outreach to the press and social media and through presentations by cancer survivor speakers, JAACF is committed to educating the public and individuals about early pancreatic, colon and liver cancer detection.

The Judith Adele Agentis Charitable Foundation is a Lehigh Valley–based 5013c nonprofit. For more information, email, visit, or call 610-392-5460. Follow on Facebook at JAACF org, or Twitter at @Jaacforg.



  • Passed Hors d’oeuvres:
  • Moroccan-Style Meatballs
  • Vegetable Pot stickers w/Japanese Chili-Soy Dipping Sauce
  • Fried Tofu w/Peanut-Cilantro Sauce
  • Serving Stations:

Carrasco de Flank Steak – Brazilian-Style Barbecue with Chimichurri Rojas Sauce and Garlic Sauce
Tikka Masala – Indian Curry Chicken with Jasmine Rice and Naan
Carne de Porco a Alentejana – Portuguese surf and turf: Clams, Smoked Pork w/Tomatoes and

  • Market Salad