The Friends of Rittenhouse Square gathered at the home of Elaine and Joe Camarda (center), hosts of the Ball on the Square Patron Party to chat about the big June 21st event. On the left, Barbara Eberlein is the 2012 Chair, and Betsy Hummel (right) is president of Friends of Rittenhouse Square.
Below: Joanna Hambrick, with 2012 event chairs Audrey Claire Taichman and Richard Vague. Each year in June, Philadelphia’s finest enjoy an evening of glamour in Rittenhouse Square to raise funds in order to make significant improvements at the popular park. This year, the funds are going to support the security camera system that is being installed, as well as the new lamp posts. See the pin on Richard’s lapel? For $500, you can get a pin too; it signifies your personal support for a new lamp post in the Square.
Below: Sharon Pinkenson, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, and husband Joe Weiss. The new TV show Do No Harm filmed at Joe’s Electronic Ink office. It was the setting for Phylicia Rashad and Steven Pasquale’s doctor’s office. Now that the NBC show has been picked up for the fall, they are re-creating his offices down at the Navy Yard film studio. (You can watch a clip that was filmed at the Electronic Ink offices here.)
Below: Reg Archambault (left) is the new general manager of the Rittenhouse Hotel. Jay Shah (right), who is CEO of Hersha and owner of the Rittenhouse, tells me David Benton, who was the GM for nearly 25 years, has been moved into a broader role at Hersha Hospitality Management. Maryellen Van Royen (center) is director of sales and marketing for the Rittenhouse Hotel.
Below: Wendy and Paul Rosen were on hand for the festivities. Paul bid on one of the big auction items of the night, an extra role in the TV film being shot here in Philly with Sigourney Weaver called Political Animals. He then gifted Wendy with it. The scene will be filmed at the Camarda residence. Don’t forget to support the Rittenhouse Square party for city kids on June 20th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Crafts, dancing, rides, food, fun, games, happiness—all under the big tent in the center of the Square. New this year: a VIP half hour from 5 to 5:30 p.m.