Last night, Philadelphia magazine hosted its annual Best of Philadelphia party. In years past, the party was an invite-only soiree; last night, it was open to the public. It was a huge success. My hat’s off to the party planners who created a great atmosphere with various nooks and crannies for people to relax, mingle and enjoy themselves. It was definitely the best of the Philly Mag parties I’ve ever attended. Who wouldn’t want to go to a party in a tent on the top of the Philadelphia Art Museum stairs with a spectacular view of the skyline and that beautiful blue moon shining down? From the moment you walked in the door, you were reminded of the vast history of Philly Mag’s Best of Philly—the main hallway displayed all the magazine covers from 1974 to present—and food vendors included past winners.
The Third Annual Philadelphia Geek Awards took place Saturday night at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University honoring geeks in the greater Philadelphia region. Hosted by Geekadelphia, guests ranging from local game developers to comic book artists, social media marketers to the arts & culture community enjoyed a pre-awards cocktail party with delights from 12th Street Catering, Photobot3000, as well as displays of living and skeletal animals.
If you passed by Vie on N. Broad St. last night, you might have caught a glimpse a Phillies player dressed in his favorite denim attending The Hamels Foundation’s fourth annual Diamonds and Denim event. Diamonds and Denim mixes casual with formal, providing a unique atmosphere for guests to dress up their favorite denim with as much “bling” as they want! Attendees enjoyed an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a three-course dinner, participated in a silent auction and live auction (with some pretty creative items), and took in a private concert by Lifehouse.
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On Thu., July 25, the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) Young Friends — dedicated to meaningfully engaging the young professional community ages 21 to 40 — proudly presented “A Midsummer’s Eve,” an evening social featuring a DJ, beer, wine, Neuro energy drink, a signature cocktail, fondue and desserts. The Young Friends Committee (l to r): Elijah Dorenstreich, David Abrams, Rachel Hollander, Emily Grestell, Ken Greenberg, Ali Cutler and Justin Green.
The Philadelphia Zoo’s Fifth Annual Summer Ale Festival was held Sat., July 20, attracting nearly 1,200 people. The annual event combines an exceptional sampling of food and craft beer from Greater Philadelphia. During the evening the guests were able to see animal exhibits, as well as participate in fun activities. Left to right: Lindsay Still, Adrianna Yanez, Emily Yanez, Alyssa Alloy and Alyssa Waldt.
About 4,000 fans came out July 17 to the River State at Penn’s Landing’s Great Plaza for the Pop-Tarts Crazy Good Summer Concert with Demi Lovato and Chris Wallace. Tickets for the concert at were given away via a social media campaign starting on July 2. You’ll recall Demi Lovato was scheduled to perform at the Wawa Welcome America Philly 4th of July Jam on the Parkway, but cancelled the day before because of “illness.”
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Wednesday afternoon corporations from across the region joined hosts Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy, P.C., the Fun Department, eXude Inc. and Comcast Spectacor at the inaugural Philalympics — a competition in which companies from across the city matched wits, athleticism and general Philadelphia knowledge in pursuit of the title, “Philadelphia’s Phunnest Company.” Philalympics took place at the Wells Fargo Center, and focused on fun, teambuilding and networking. All dollars raised from the event will go to benefit the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. Here, Mitchell Kaplan, partner at Zarwin Baum, greets the competitors and thanks them for their support.
Boyds Philadelphia hosted the preview party for the Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s annual Butterfly Ball on Thursday, June 27th. This year’s gala will be held on Saturday, October 12th, at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Here, Joe Manko, one of the event co-chairs, addresses the crowd. His daughter-in-law, Marni Manko, is being honored — along with Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall Blake, Amy Lessack, and Susannah Wolf — with the Going Beyond Award, which recognizes individuals who have used their personal experience with breast cancer to help others.
The 9th Annual Chefs’ Dinner for PAWS fed 600 hungry and happy diners at a new location, Lincoln Financial Field in South Philly, on Monday, June 24th. The popular event, whose proceeds this year will benefit the construction of the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society’s second adoption center and a new Northeast Philly clinic, had been held at the Union League for the past three years, but the UL is currently finishing up extensive renovations of its kitchen and ballroom (which opens on June 27th). Pictured: Barbara Spiro Ryan, PAWS founder Dana Spain, and Lin Snider.
Last night the Friends of Rittenhouse Square held their 30th annual event in the center of the park — a gala celebration benefiting the upkeep and restoration of one of Philadelphia’s gems. This year’s event was extra special: Not only was it the 30th ball, but it also marked the 100th anniversary of Paul Cret’s elegant design. And this year’s ball — hosted by Mary Parenti and Rich Castor and Lynn and Howard Shecter, who did a magnificent job — was the first in which the tent extended eastward to cover the famed Duck Lady fountain.