Bacon Brothers Headline Friends of the Rail Park Fundraiser


The Center City District and Friends of the Rail Park hosted a fundraiser in support of Phase I of the Viaduct Rail Park last night at Philly’s Union Transfer. The evening began with a VIP cocktail party offering hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, DJ Jersey Dan and a great networking crowd of Rail Park sponsors and supporters. At 8 p.m. the performances started with the evening’s emcee Pierre Robert talking about many of Philly’s treasures, how they began and where they are now, such as Project HOME and the Mural Arts Project. He then talked about the vision of the Friends of the Rail Park and where it could lead in a few years with the right support. Michael Garden, secretary for the Friends of the Rail Park, spoke more on the subject and then introduced the opening act, a solo acoustic performance by rising star Rob Grote of The Districts. The Bacon BrothersKevin and Michael Bacon, who grew up in the Rittenhouse Square area — headlined the concert.

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Simon’s Fund Annual Gala: Simon’s Soiree

Phyllis and Darren Sudman, founders of Simon’s Fund, with their children Jaden and Sally.

Phyllis and Darren Sudman, founders of Simon’s Fund, with their children Jaden and Sally.

Simon’s Fund held its annual gala, Simon’s Soiree, on Saturday at the Sheraton Hotel in Valley Forge in honor of Darren and Phyllis Sudman’s son Simon, who died suddenly of a heart defect in January 2005 at the age of 3. After Simon died, the family learned that children aren’t regularly checked for heart defects; that’s why they started Simon’s Fund with money raised from friends and Philadelphia-area businesses. The nonprofit goes to schools where it administers EKGs to students.

In the 11 years since the founding of Simon’s Fund, the organization has raised more than $1 million and provided free cardiac screenings to more than 11,000 kids. They have uncovered treatable, and in some cases potentially fatal, heart problems in nearly 100 kids. Saturday evening many of the organization’s friends and supporters came to the Sheraton Hotel to help raise more money toward their goals, as well as honor Dr. Brian Hainline, the Chief Medical Officer of the NCAA, with the Protect This Heart Award for his work recommending that NCAA sports require EKG exams.

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Barnes Foundation’s “Into the Blue” Young Professionals Night

Brendan Walsh of Mole Street Productions, Laura Zieske, Dr. Jennifer N. Caudle and Brian LaPann. (Mole Street produced the Young Friends event.)

Brendan Walsh of Mole Street Productions, Laura Zieske, Dr. Jennifer N. Caudle and Brian LaPann. (Mole Street produced the Young Friends event.)

Friday night at the Barnes, hundreds of Philly’s young art lovers and professionals attended the Barnes Foundation’s “Into the Blue” Young Professionals Night, a lively and extravagant event, complete with a view of the private collection of fine art items. Most attendees were wearing the color of the night: blue.

The evening started with the private Contemporaries party, a dynamic group of young patrons and art enthusiasts who make up the young friends of the Barnes. There was an open bar and light snacks were passed around as partygoers enjoyed music by DJ Adrian Hardy. The professionals party began an hour later in the main gallery. Guests enjoyed music curated by Mole Street Productions, which included Matt Cappy and his quintet performing the legendary Miles Davis album, Kind of Blue. York Street Hustle took to the stage to close out the evening.

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Philadelphia Auto Show Black Tie Tailgate

April and Craig Adams with Hope D'Oyley-Gay and Tony Gay.

April Adams and Craig Adams, President and CEO, PECO Energy, with Hope D’Oyley-Gay and Tony Gay, Exelon.

The Popemobile will be staying in Philadelphia. Friday night at the 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show Black Tie Tailgate the Fiat that Pope Francis rode in while he was in town last fall was auctioned off. The winning bid came from Michael and Kate Chapman, owners of Chapman Auto Group, at $82,000. The Chapmans will put the car on display at the dealership in Horsham.

The second Fiat used during Pope Francis’s visit was on display for visitors to view for the entirety of the Auto Show. During the Black Tie Tailgate, nearly 4,500 guests enjoyed an open bar and top-notch culinary creations, while checking out some of the world’s finest automobiles. Proceeds from the auction benefited Catholic Charities, Mercy Hospice, Casa Del Carmen, the Schools of Special Education and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The black tie event also benefited the Division of Neurology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Hair O’ the Dog 2016


The 22nd Hair O’ the Dog (HOD) took place Saturday night at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City. Nearly 2,000 people attended the event where a portion of the proceeds will benefit THON, Penn State’s Dance Marathon, and the largest student run philanthropy in the world which benefits pediatric cancer.

Rob Molinaro and Dan Cronin started the first party with a few friends in the weeks following New Year’s Eve; the event has since grown into a must-attend event and attracts guests from all walks of life. In the past decade Buffy Harakidas has joined the team as director of marketing for Chorus Communications and creative director for HOD. She envisioned a jungle-themed party complete with zebras, camels and tigers dotting the venue, as well as stilt walkers, break dancers and a girl on roller skates mixing with the crowd.

At the height of the party a storm of confetti fell over the dance floor, showering the nonstop dancers as drummers joined the headlining band of the evening, Go Go Gadjet, on stage. This year the event drew a very fashionable crowd, where women wore the hottest designs including the popular cutout dress and midriff top. A light buffet was served, as well as a top-shelf open bar. Bottle service areas were located throughout the venue with white lounges and lit cube tables. There were also several photo booths, and the event’s title sponsor, SugarHouse had a “wheel of fortune” for guests to win prizes.

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Diana Ross and Jason Alexander Celebrate Einstein Healthcare’s 150th


Last night Einstein Healthcare Network celebrated it’s 150th anniversary with a sold-out gala at the National Constitution Center hosted by Seinfeld star Jason Alexander and featuring a performance by Diana Ross.

Einstein got its start in 1866 as a 22-bed Jewish Hospital. Today the Einstein Healthcare Network has nearly 9,000 employees and operates three acute care hospitals — Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery — along with MossRehab, two physician companies, and a series of outpatient centers throughout Philadelphia and Montgomery County.

Guests enjoyed delicious food by Brulee Catering, and danced to the sounds of Honey & Vinyl, as well as enjoyed performances from the UArts’ Vocal Performance Department including a performance by Rumble, an alternative drum ensemble that marked the beginning of the program where Lawrence S. Reichlin, chair of the board of directors, and Barry R. Freedman, president and CEO of Einstein Healthcare Network, welcomed the guests. Chairpersons for the gala were Alison and Marc Feldman, Susan and Leonard Klehr, Jill and Jon Powell and Nancy and Marc Shrier.

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6th Annual Shining Star Awards for the March of Dimes


Tuesday night Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia hosted the 6th Annual Shining Star Awards benefiting the March of Dimes. The evening started off with a cocktail party with special guests Zachary “Zach” Pfeffer of the Philadelphia Union, former Phillie and current Phillies broadcaster Larry Andersen, Flyer Brayden Schenn, Eagle Cody Parkey, Sixer Richaun Holmes, the Phillie Phanatic and Sixers mascot Franklin all mingling with the guests as well as the young shining stars: Anna and Kate Quirus, John Dowling, Carter Powell, Isiah Toledo, and Hope Jacobus. Tina Sloan Green, co-founder of the Black Women in Sport Foundation, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in the community. The gala dinner, hosted by Ron Burke, has raised over $1.2 million for the March of Dimes in five years.

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The Little Lion Grand Opening Party


The Little Lion officially opened yesterday on Chestnut St. in the old Haru. On Wednesday night, owners Chris Younge and Jason Dills hosted a party for the press and friends. At the soiree, cocktails were served, as well as an array of tasty delights from the menu executed by Little Lion executive chef Sean Ciccarone formerly of Pennsylvania 6, Farmer’s Cabinet and the Mainland Inn.

Chef  Ciccarone told me he once worked at Haru a decade ago and was pleased with the renovations of the historic building. He told me he was influenced by the southern cooking he did in Charleston, South Carolina, and Jacksonville, Florida, at earlier gigs he’s had.

I think you’ll agree he’s captured the magic of Southern cooking in his fried chicken, mac and cheese and the most delicious Brussels sprouts you’ll ever have. Originally the Brussels sprouts were a side dish to the beef short ribs, but they tested so good they’re now a standalone dish. There’ll be 16 draft lines with craft beers, draft cocktails and draft lattes all available. Currently Little Lion is open for lunch and dinner, and soon will server brunch on the weekends.

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Mayor Jim Kenney’s Inaugural Block Party


Monday night Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney celebrated his installment as the 99th mayor at an inauguration party at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It wasn’t your normal Inaugural Ball: It was billed as an invite-only “block party” with nine food trucks, picnic tables and every sports mascot in the city dancing on stage with DJs Jerry Blavat and Patty Jackson to the tunes of the Sounds of Philadelphia. Before the general admission block party, the new mayor held a fundraiser on the terrace level where guests paid $5,000 each to attend, with proceeds going to the Fund for the School District. It was announced at the event that $650,000 had been raised so far.

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