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At 12:40 p.m. yesterday at the Cecil B. Moore station on the Broad Street line, a man walked off the subway platform (deliberately or not, it isn't clear), falling onto the tracks. As a crowd of onlookers began to mill about and peer concernedly down at him, 32-year-old Christopher Knaflec sprang up, jumped down, and instructed a SEPTA cashier to stop a southbound train. Knaflec's own story, Daily News reports, is remarkable in its own right: the Good Samaritan has long struggled with drug addiction, and is now in Philly trying to clean up and resume his studies at Temple. Video
Nearly 600 guests, 34 of Philadelphia's top chefs, and 6 ABC's Alicia Vitarelli were at ACHIEVEability's annual Food for Thought event Saturday night at the Navy Yard. ACHIEVEability aims to break the cycle of poverty by stabilizing families and focusing on higher education. Below: Vitarelli and Tim Thornton, of Vanguard, participate in the live auction.
With the start of March Madness, there were at least a half dozen big parties in Philadelphia, and one of the biggest was hosted by the Zarwin Baum law firm and HUB International Parties at the Crystal Tea Room. This year, more than 2,000 people attended the annual event, an eight-hour extravaganza, where guests dined on burgers, wings and chicken, enjoyed an open bar, had their favorite cigars rolled in the cigar room, and watched the NCAA games on projection screens. Pictured: Firm founder Norman Zarwin, Sheriff Jewell Williams, Councilwoman Cindy Bass, and Mitchell Kaplan, partner at Zarwin Baum.
On Friday night, Philadelphia hosted its inaugural United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Mayor's Masked Ball at the Marriott Downtown. The UNCF has hosted these balls throughout the country, but this was the first time they held one in Philly, and they put the whole thing together in less than two months. It was very impressive. Pictured: Mayor Michael Nutter and First Lady Lisa Nutter.
Your new memoir is called Good Morning, Beautiful Business. Why tell your story now?I actually started the book eight years ago. The publisher approached me about telling the story of the White Dog, but I was so busy at the time that I didn’t make much progress in the writing. I was finally able to finish it because I retired from business—just in the nick of time before I forgot everything, because I’m 65.
On Saturday night, the American Red Cross held its annual gala, Red Ball, at the Please Touch Museum, and nearly 1,000 people dined on delicious food by Seasons 52, the Water Works, Ristorante Panaroma, and the JNA Institute of Culinary Arts, and danced to the tunes of CTO Artists. The evening’s hostess, Renée Cardwell Hughes, CEO of the Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross greets the guests, as chairman of the ball Leon LaRosa (left) and chairman of the board Tom Hays look on.
The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosted their annual Winter Gala at the museum on Saturday, with all proceeds going to the Young Friends' mission of support for art acquisitions, education, conservation, and special projects within the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Below: Rachel Swartz, Shawn Robertson, Megan Fredericks and William Bond Read IV were excited to check out the newly opened exhibition "Great and Mighty Things": Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection; it runs until June 9th.
The Philly DoGooder Awards were held last night at the University of the Arts' Hamilton Hall. The DoGooder campaign was designed to promote skills-based volunteering and bring Philadelphians together to benefit local nonprofits. Hosted by Here’s My Chance and presented by Wells Fargo, the event announced the winning nonprofits of the video contest, and honored three Philadelphians (including me!) with innovation awards that were presented by Mayor Michael Nutter. Pictured: Kevin Colahan, Here’s My Chance; HughE Dillon, Philly Chit Chat, honored for Innovation in Community Building; Leah Kauffman, executive producer of Philly.com, honored for Innovation in Storytelling; Desiree Peterkin-Bell, from the city's communications office, honored for Innovation in Urban Mechanics; and David Gloss, Here’s My Chance. [Photo Credit: Ian Michael Crumm]
Project Runway All-Stars winner Mondo Guerra was at the Hotel Palomar for the 8th Annual Fashion in Action, benefiting ActionAIDS, last night. The Project Runway alum designed a limited-edition t-shirt for 2013, which he unveiled at the party held in his honor. The shirt is available at the ActionAIDS website. During his appearance on Project Runway's season 10, Armando Thomas “Mondo” Guerra courageously told the Project Runway judges that a t-shirt he created that included a pattern that was bright with bold plus signs had been inspired by his HIV+ status, and that he had been keeping that a secret for nearly a decade. Even his closest friends and family were surprised. It was a pivotal moment for the young fashion designer, who went on to win Project Runway All-Stars two years later and has been designing t-shirts and merchandise to benefit HIV/AIDS organizations around the world as his company has grown. Last night's event drew nearly 250 of his fans, who told me he was an inspiration as well as a genuinely nice guy and they were very excited to meet him. Josh Middleton has more coverage of Mondo's party over on G Philly.
Last night, Smokin’ Betty’s and Devil’s Alley hosted the Puppy Love Valentine’s Party to raise money for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA). Nearly 100 four-legged friends walked their two-legged friends to the event at the 23rd Street Armory to munch on doggie treats, drink water and sniff each other … I mean make friends. Below: Angela Perfetto with Livy (Pomeranian-Bichon), Julie Dorenbos, Susie Celek, with Bruiser her Bernese Mountain Dog, and Maria Papadakis, who was event hostess.