Natural Lands Trust fêted the generosity of Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest with an evening of local farm edibles, music and stargazing.
Last Saturday night, Natural Lands Trust hosted an event to commemorate the opening of the new Lenfest Center at ChesLen Preserve in Unionville. The celebration paid tribute to philanthropists Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest, whose generous support made possible both ChesLen Preserve and its state-of-the-art preserve management center. Event co-chairs were John B. Hannum, III, and Katharine Fisher Maroney.
Marc Vetri’s annual event to help Alex’s Lemonade Stand was held at the Navy Yard.
Last night’s 8th Annual Great Chefs Event, the yearly eating party thrown by Philadelphia superchef Marc Vetri, was held at Urban Outfitters in the Navy Yard, with proceeds going to help Alex’s Lemonade Stand eradicate childhood cancer, and to the Vetri Foundation for Children. Neuroblastoma took Alex Scott's life when she was eight, and her parents, Jay and Liz Scott, carry on her goal of helping doctors find a cure for the disease.
Loving Lisa Nutter’s summer style at this annual fundraiser to support public school students.
On Saturday night, Philadelphia Academies held its annual gala, "The Party," at the Loews Hotel. This year's theme was "Innovation Is Key." Philadelphia Academies supports Philadelphia public school students with career-focused programs that prepare young people for employment and post-secondary education. Pictured: Gala co-chair Bob Moul, CEO at appRenaissance, Lisa Nutter, president of Philadelphia Academies, Mayor Michael Nutter and Diane Moul.
Phillies and local TV celebs turn out to bowl in support of Philadelphia Futures.
Last night, Carlos Ruiz, the Phillies and Philadelphia Futures presented “Getting in the Game” to raise funds to support low-income, first-generation students in high school and college. More than 400 guests were at North Bowl in Northern Liberties, and 14 of Ruiz's Phillies teammates attended in great spirits after their win over the Brewers. Pictured here are students with Jeremy Horst, Jonathan Pettibone, Cesar Hernandez, Freddy Galvis and Justin De Fratus.
The Mural Arts Program’s annual bash raises money to keep beautifying Philly.
Last night, the Mural Arts Program 9th Annual Wall Ball was held at Vie on North Broad Street. Funds raised help the Mural Arts Program continue its work beautifying Philadelphia’s neighborhoods with public art. NBA Hall of Famer and former Philadelphia 76er, Julius “Dr. J” Erving (left) was a special guest, with Jane Golden, executive director of MAP, Joseph Goldblum, and Tony Schneider.
Fascinators, fancy hats, winning tailgates and more!
The Radnor Hunt Races celebrated its 83rd anniversary on May 18, 2013. Six exciting races featured horses competing for purses totaling $180,000, but the real action was happening on the other side of the fence where nearly 20,000 fancy-dressed guests—many wearing stylish fascinators or headpieces—enjoyed parties, whether at a tailgate, sponsor tent or sitting on the hill overlooking the racetrack. All proceeds from the Radnor Hunt Races benefit the land and water preservation programs of the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford. Another tradition I enjoy at the Radnor Races is the Carriage Parade and Picnic Tailgate Competition.
Billie Jean King, Ron Jaworski and more were honored.
The Fairmount Park Conservancy hosted its 6th annual fundraising gala last week, and this year’s honorees included The Dow Chemical Company, Jane Pepper, Blaine Bonham, Ron Jaworski and Billie Jean King. Pictured, left to right: John and Gay Binswanger, Richard Negrin, Kathryn Ott Lovell, Billie Jean King, Mark A. Focht, and Michael DiBerardinis.
Philly VIPs get a sneak peek at the restaurants that will participate in the annual street festival on May 18th.
On Monday night, at the Rittenhouse Hotel, the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Preview Party previewed many of the eateries that will be participating in the popular annual street festival that closes Walnut Street from Broad Street to 19th Street. The preview party honored Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of GPTMC, for her promotion of all things great in Philly. Pictured with her: Corie Moskow, Gloss PR, and Evan O’Donnell, GM AKA Hotel.
Philly VIPs turn out to support the preservation of Rittenhouse Square’s Wetherill Mansion.
The Philadelphia Art Alliance debuted its reimagined annual gala, "Spring at the Mansion," formerly known as the Wetherill Ball, last Friday night, May 3, with music and merriment. Proceeds benefit the preservation and restoration of the historic Wetherill Mansion, the oldest cultural institution on the Square, and the home of the Philadelphia Art Alliance and Rittenhouse Tavern. Pictured: Nicole Cashman, event chair, Sabrina Tamburino Thorne, Carol Tamburino, Alisa Frederico and Ed Rendell.
Gift of Life Donor Program hosts its annual bash at the Four Seasons.
Donors are Heroes and Gift of Life Donor Program hosted the 11th Annual "The Party" at the Four Seasons on April 26th. It's a must on my list of parties to attend yearly. I call it "the party of friends," as the founders, Don and Renee Freeman, are always so welcoming to anyone they come in contact with, which is why they have a hard-working committee that volunteers year after year to work with them to get the word out about organ donation and dispel myths surrounding the life-saving opportunity. This is the thank-you party for the year-long awareness program. The 2013 event honorees this year were Tamar & Stephen Olitsky. The Olitsky foundation had been very generous over the years in supporting this great cause.
Philly’s hottest chefs blend beer with food.
Last night at Union Transfer, the Ommegang Hop Chef Competition held its 2013 Philly event. Participating chefs included Eli Kulp, Fork; Nick Macri, Southwark (the Judges' Winner who will represent Philly in the national competition in Cooperstown, New York); Lucio Palazzo, La Calaca Feliz; Mike Deganis, Vetri; Yun Fuentes, JG Domestic (the People's Choice Winner); and Pat Szoke, The Industry. Also pictured: Marisa Magnatta, WMMR, announces the winners.
Fairytales aren’t just for kids at this annual bash.
For the annual Please Touch Museum's Storybook Ball on Saturday, families were encouraged to dress as their favorite storybook characters, and many of them did this year, which delighted the kids. It was an evening of enchantment with entertainment, family-friendly cuisine like hot dogs and juice boxes, and for dessert, there was ice cream and Rita's water ice. Kids enjoyed rides on the carousel and theatrical and musical performances, including live music by The Plants. Storybook Ball is presented by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation and Hyperion Books. It's always a fun event to shoot with the kids and their parents playing dress up, and the place is filled with squeals of delight. Pictured: Neil H. Shah, of Hersha Hospitality Trust, and Juhi Shah, with kids Arhan and Simrin, prepare for a sunset horse and carriage ride through Fairmount Park with driver Kim.
From Fox 29’s Kacie McDonnell to Q102’s Chris "Maxwell" Jones, Philly celebs hit the dance floor for a good cause.
Last night at the 5th Annual Dancing With the Philadelphia Stars, nine Philadelphia notables put on their dance shoes for the annual competition that benefits the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter. Artis and Barbara Ore, Stanley A. Simpkins, executive director of SCDAA/PDVC, and Marie Simpkins. Mr. Simpkins tells me this SCDAA/PDVC provides services and programs to children, adolescents and adults with sickle cell in Philadelphia and the surrounding five counties.
The Ervings and friends celebrated with a private party after the team was honored at Wells Fargo Center.
On Sunday night, after the 1983 Sixers were honored at the Wells Fargo in a celebration of their championship season, Julius "Dr. J" Erving was honored by his family at a private party held at the Stratus Lounge at Hotel Monaco Philadelphia. Family and friends flew in from around the country to celebrate this special night. Pictured: Moses Malone, Stedman Graham, Dr. J, Reggie Johnson, and Clemon Johnson. The Johnson brothers were excited to be back in Philly and feel the love of the great Philadelphia fans. The first thing they did when they got to town was to run to the Reading Terminal to eat a cheesesteak.
A sparkling fundraiser for the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Saturday night was more than just alright as the city shined with at least five charitable galas, including Coaches vs. Cancer BasketBall Gala, the 5th Annual Little Smiles Monte Carlo Night, the 2013 PA Lung Cancer Partnership Crystal Ball and Cooper University Hospital's Cooper Foundation Red Hot Gala, but none was as sparkly as the Art After Dark: All That Glitters gala benefiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art's education and public programs. During the gala, "Fear No Ice" created an ice sculpture of Saint Gaudens' Diana in the Great Stair Hall.
Do-gooders raise nearly $60,000 for Philly kids at the World Cafe.
More than 540 people attended the 6th Annual Spruce Gala on Saturday night at the World Cafe, raising nearly $60,000. The Spruce Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides funding and consultation to charitable groups serving at-risk youth in Philadelphia. Here with event emcee Maria Papadakis and Spruce Foundation co-president Brittni Devereaux are some of those who received this year's Foundation grants, Alex Gilliam and Stephanie Michel, both of the North Fifth Street Revitalization Project, and Rudy Flesher, of Here's My Chance.
Mayor Nutter, the Fattahs, Lew Katz and more turn out to support the school.
On Friday night, Girard College hosted its annual Good Friends Gala. This year's Corinthian Award, which recognizes exemplary good deeds, went to Mayor Michael Nutter, pictured here with Clarence D. Armbrister, president of Girard College, Dominic M. Cermele and wife Barbara Cermele, and, far right, former Girard President Joseph T. Devlin.
The Eagle’s foundation hosts VIP-studded charity event.
Philadelphia Eagle Todd Herremans hosted the First Annual Todd Herremans Foundation Hoops for Help at the West Club of Lincoln Financial Field, benefiting six different charities: No Place to Hate, American Cancer Society, Cooper Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, Magee Rehab, and Autism Research. Herremans' told the crowd that he didn't want to pick one charity as so many need our help, and that every year he would do it this way. There were many notables in the crowd mixing among guests. I saw Heather Mitts Feeley, former Eagles Mike Mamula and A. J. Feeley, and Fred Lee Barnett. Jennaphr Frederick, Michael Vick, Minnesota Viking Albert Young, and Brian Westbrook sat together at dinner, and even new Eagles coach Chip Kelly stopped by to show his support. Pictured: Jeff Pirrami, Bernard Hopkins, Todd Herremans and Marisa Magnatta during the live auction. Hopkins won a football signed by Herremans signed, which Hopkins said he was going to auction off at his upcoming charity event. For more story and photos about the event, visit PhillyChitChat.