St. Barnabas Founder’s Day Celebration


Contact:  Jim Lauteri      Marketing Director    724-444-5570

                                                                TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Enjoy An Energizing Evening with Ben Stein


Enjoy an energizing and inspiring evening as St. Barnabas Charities honors Ben Stein at the 120th St. Barnabas Founder’s Day Celebration on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at the Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry Twp. Founder’s Day tickets are on sale now and event proceeds support residents and patients that cannot afford their care at St. Barnabas. 

Ben Stein will receive the 2020 St. Barnabas Hance Award. 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. The Hance Award is presented to a person of national acclaim who exemplifies Hance’s ideals of benevolence, patriotism and service to others. Previous Hance awardees include Elsie Hillman, Fred Rogers, President Gerald Ford, Dr. Patch Adams, Rocky Bleier, Debbie Reynolds and many others. 

Ben Stein is the most famous economics teacher in America. His comedic role as the droning economics teacher in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” has been ranked as one of the 50 most famous scenes in movie history.

But in real life, Ben Stein is a powerful speaker on economics, politics, education, history and motivation and is considered one of the great humorists on political economy and how life works in this nation.

He has a bachelor’s degree with honors in economics from Columbia, studied economics at Yale, and he is a graduate of Yale Law School, and has as diverse a resume as any man in America.

Stein’s background includes … poverty lawyer for the poor in New Haven, trade regulation lawyer for the Federal Trade Commission, speech writer for Presidents Nixon and Ford, columnist and editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal, teacher about law and economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Pepperdine.

He has written or co-written 30 books, mostly about investing, with his colleague, Phil DeMuth, many of which are New York Times bestsellers. Their book,  “Yes, You Can Time the Market” has become a landmark of using price theory for securities market analysis.

He was the co-host, along with Jimmy Kimmel, of the path breaking Comedy Central game show, “Win Ben Stein’s Money,” which won seven Emmies. Presently, he writes a column for The American Spectator and for NewsMax, and is a regular commentator on Fox News and on CBS Sunday Morning, as well as a frequent commentator on CNN.

The St. Barnabas Founder’s Day Celebration will bring together corporate sponsors, prominent business people and community leaders to honor Ben Stein for his contributions. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, auction and raffles – including a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas or $2,500 cash – followed by a dinner celebration emceed by David Johnson and Peggy Finnegan of WPXI-TV. A VIP photo pass is also available to guests. Following the Hance Award presentation, Ben Stein will deliver a speech inspired by his career.

Tickets range from $295 – $475. For event tickets or to purchase books or raffle tickets, call 724-625-3770 or visit Proceeds benefit the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund, which supports elderly patients and residents who cannot afford their care. 


About St. Barnabas

St. Barnabas Health System is Pennsylvania’s largest health care concern of its kind, offering comprehensive, compassionate care for people of all ages. 

St. Barnabas’ spectrum of care includes three retirement communities, five living assistance facilities, two skilled nursing homes, home care, hospice, and a community outpatient medical and dental center.

Our beautiful suburban campuses are located a short drive north of Pittsburgh in Allegheny and Butler Counties and west in Beaver County. Our newest additions, Conley Resort & Golf Club and Suncrest Golf & Grille are located in Butler County.

St. Barnabas provides more than $7 million in free care annually, engaging in innovative methods to raise money for its Free Care Fund such as Founder’s Day, Free Care 5K, Rudolph Auto Repair, Furniture at the Firehouse and The General Store. 

For more information on St. Barnabas visit