50th Anniversary

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Missed one of our biggest event ever? No worries! Catch a glimpse of what you missed at our 50th Anniversary Gala; and learn more about our past, our present, and our future.


Friday, April 22, 2016 was an unforgettable night! We hosted our 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ, where more than 300 of you joined us. Ukee Washington, Co-anchor of CBS's Eyewitness News, emceed the evening and we raised over $50,000 in sponsorships. We want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who attended and celebrated with us, and for making our 50th Anniversary such a special event! 

Weren't able to make it? We've got you covered. Below you'll find pictures of the event, a video about our past and present, learn more about our five Honorees, and get a sneak peak at "The Future of Fellowship House”.

A Night 50 Years in the Making

All photos credited to Tom Gooch

Since 1965 Fellowship House has changed the lives of thousands of children, teens and adults in Camden, NJ. Watch this video and learn about our legacy and our accomplishments.



These individuals have contributed to Fellowship House in immeasurable ways over the past 50 years.


Marion Burrowes was born in 1923 and raised in Collingswood, NJ, the middle of three girls. The family attended Francis Childs Methodist Church. Music has always been very much a part of Marion's life. Her beautiful alto voice added much to school choirs when she was younger and church choirs throughout her adult life.

Marion attended college at Drexel, where she saw a chalk artist portray the story of a pig who was all cleaned up on the outside yet still went back to wallow in the mud because he wasn't changed on the inside. God spoke to Marion's heart and she gave her life to Christ. From then on, she used her teaching skills to help children come to know this Jesus who changed her life inside and out.

Shortly after Fellowship House of South Camden came into being, Marion joined Fran Casperson and Judy Doerner to lead an after school Bible Club. Marion proceeded to teach at Fellowship House for fifteen years. For 70 years, Marion and her late husband Wills made it their personal mission to introduce children and adults to Jesus and to help them grow in their faith.

After graduating Colgate University, Dan served in the US Army before taking a job as an accountant with General Electric. It was during this time that he met and married Eleanora Stevenson.

In 1959, Dan & Ellie moved to Philadelphia, where Dan worked at Smith Kline and French. Ellie was a teacher and guidance counselor at Shawnee High School. In 1970 Dan and a partner formed Springhouse Corporation, a publishing company that published a Nursing Magazine, Skilled Books and other educational magazines. In 1990, the Cheneys founded the Danielle Philanthropic Foundation. The foundation’s motto was “To Serve Christ”. Until 2014, the foundation served the less fortunate in South Jersey.

The Cheneys have been members of Haddonfield United Methodist Church for 50 years, where Dan served on the administrative board. He also served on the board of Methodist Hospital of Philadelphia, while Ellie served on the board at Fellowship House. Family has always been important to the Cheneys. They have three children, nine grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

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Charles was born in Belmar, NJ. He later attended Moorestown High School, Michigan State University, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton Graduate School and Drew University Graduate School. Between 1942 and 1990, he served as an ordained minister Mercerville, Cranbury, Asbury Park and Haddonfield. His service in the United Methodist Church includes 50 years of leadership in the general church and 28 years as a delegate to the General & Jurisdictional Conferences. Charles has represented and served the church community all over the world. He has served his local Haddonfield community and many regional organizations as well. He continues to advise and provide leadership to many organizations and community leaders.

Lucile graduated from Trenton State College (TCNJ) earning a degree in teaching. She taught 5th Grade in the Cranbury, NJ school district where she was very involved in the local community, including the Cranbury Methodist Church. Lucile had leadership roles in many local and national organizations. She was the first woman to ever to be elected to the school board in Asbury Park, NJ. She was involved with women’s groups on the state and local level, including the United Methodist Women and the Evening Division of the Haddonfield Women’s Club.

Charles and Lucile have spent their entire lives in service to others. They moved to Haddonfield in 1965. Charles saw the desperate needs of our neighbors and helped to bridge the gap between Camden and the surrounding suburbs. He was the driving force in serving the Camden community through organizations such as Respond, State Street Housing, Rotary, United Way and many more. Charles chaired the Board of Trustees at Fellowship House of South Camden, and continues to this day as an advisor to the Board. Faith and family remain the most important to Lucile and Charles, and everyone who knows them has been blessed.

The Future


In 1965, Fran Casperson dreamed a dream for the children of South Camden. Ever since, Fellowship House has been changing lives. Today, you are invited to dream with us about the next 50 years— so we can change the lives of the children of today and tomorrow.


Building for the NEXT 50 years!

Here's a sneak peak at our building remodel. Stay tuned for even more exciting news on these plans and how you can be involved. 

Redernings courtesy of DCM



We're grateful to the following businesses, churches, organizations, and individuals who sponsored this event. Thank you!


Tim & Pam Alles

Gramercy Property Trust • Tucker Companies • Sandmeyer Steel Company • Rotary Club of Haddonfield

Citizens Bank • Holman Automotive

Brooklawn United Methodist Church • E.G. Elzey & Son • Mafco • Midmarket Capital Advisors • Katz-Piers • Charlie & Chris Taylor • Pete & Marta Hall • Duane Morris • Covenant Transport • PJ Whelihan Restaurant Group • Smashburger • Brown & Connery

Aquaponics • Pamela Fisk • Ravitz Family Markets • Joe & Mindy Del Duca • Amerinox • Royal Fitness • First UMC of Collingswood • Avalon Risk Management • Prosperio Group • Aljex Software • Madden & Madden • Robin's Nest • Harris Companies

Liberti Church (Collingswood) • Carol & John Scarborough • Lenny, Vermaat & Leonard • JT Cleaning LLC • Howell's Motor Freight INC. • Mustang Expediting • Holt Logistics • Spectrum Show Services • Conner Strong & Buckelew • Perry Resources • Internet Truckstop • Del Duca Lewis Law • Victory Asset Management • Encore Transit

Your Story


We would love to hear your Fellowship House story! Whether it was as a kid in program, a parent, or as a volunteer. You can share pictures too! Email us or post your stories and pictures on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and use the hashtag #FHTurns50

Weren't Able to Make it?

If you were unable to attend but would like to be a part of the celebration you can make a donation below.

Need help?

If you have specific questions about this event or want to learn more about other events and sponsorship opportunities, please feel free to get in touch with us.