Connor Barwin’s Make the World Better Foundation‘s first major initiative in Philadelphia was dedicated yesterday afternoon in Point Breeze. The new Ralph Brooks Park at 20th and Tasker streets was a collaborative project with urban development non-profit Urban Roots, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Mural Arts and many more. The area now boasts a full-size basketball court, a state-of-the-art playground, a community garden that will produce fresh vegetables for the neighborhood, and a fresh new work from “Love Letters” muralist Steve Powers.
Sheryl Lee Ralph is working hard to spread the important message of HIV/AIDS awareness through her DIVAS (Divinely Inspired Victoriously AWARE) Simply Singing concert. The 25th annual benefit show, which claims to be the longest, consecutive-running musical AIDS benefit in the country, played Saturday night to a packed house at the Dell Music Center.
The show featured soul-stirring performances by some of the most talented women in entertainment, including Faith Evans, A’ngela Winbush, Meli’sa Morgan, Monifah, Candace Benson, Philly’s Carol Riddick and more. The event featured on-site testing and testimonies of those who have been impacted by HIV/AIDS, including Revevernd Rae Lewis Thorton, an Emmy Award-winning activist who has lived with HIV/AIDS for over two decades.
Check out my photos of the evening below:
Despite the poorly timed rain, 4,500 game Philadelphians dressed in white scurried to the Navy Yard for the fourth annual Diner en Blanc. If one thing can be said about the drizzle, it at least gave participants an excuse to add a whimsical touch to their monochromatic ensembles: the white umbrella.
Society snapper HughE Dillon was there to capture the experience, which, besides dinner, included live music, a performance by Martha Graham Cracker (who was decked out in a slinky white number à la Marilyn Monroe in Seven Year Itch) and dancing. Check out his photos below:
Last evening, State Representative Brian Sims hosted a group of his supporters at Tavern on Camac for a “Summer Cocktails with Brian Sims” happy hour to benefit his political campaign. There were plenty of familiar faces on hand, including the fabulous Dena Underwood, Chris Bartlett, Senator Larry Farnese, Jr., Paul Steinke, Jim Kenney, and more. We were there to capture the crowd at this Gayborhood hotspot.
On Monday night at Twenty Manning, a sponsor party was held to announce the details of the 2015 Audi FEASTIVAL, which will take place on September 17th, 2015. On that night, the FringeArts Headquarters on 140 N. Columbus Boulevard will host an exclusive, chic party for the hottest movers and shakers in Philadelphia’s business, culinary and arts scenes — but most importantly, a fundraiser for FringeArts, whose Philadelphia Fringe Festival runs from September 3rd through 19th. The co-chairs for FEASTIVAL this year are Jesse & Beka Rendell, David & Susan Lipson, Tony Forte and Ryan Hummel. Guests at the patron party enjoyed samples of dishes that will be served at the gala, as well as an open bar. The purpose of a patron party is to thank the sponsors for their support and to preview what they can expect at the gala on the 17th. Tickets are still available and can be bought here. Photos after the jump
Philadelphia magazine held its annual Best of Philly Soirée at Dilworth Park, and this year was unequivocally their best “Best of Philly” party yet. Nearly 1,000 fashionable, fun, scenesters and business folks filled the park and enjoyed hor d’oeuvres by Brulee Catering and small plates by Jose Garces’ Rosa Blanca cafe. Many of the “Best of” restaurants served their winning dishes, like the delicious crab fries from Varga Bar and The Olde Bar’s version of shrimp cocktail. There was a whole table of Philly soft pretzels from the Philly Pretzel Factory, and there were open bars with beverages provided by Stella Artois. Sip-and-Glo Juicery was on hand with their healthy juices. It was a great night, and an innovative event space. Congrats to Philly Mag for putting on a successful party.
The Young Friends of the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) presented A Midsummer’s Eve at the museum on July 30th. Guests wore white in the spirit of the holiday tradition while enjoying a kosher dessert reception by Betty the Caterer and an open bar. The event — a celebration of Tu B’Av, the Jewish holiday of love — was held in the ballroom at the NMAJH, which overlooks Independence Park. Guest mingled with other young friends, posed for photos in front of the step-and-repeat, enjoyed views from the expansive fifth floor terrace, danced to the tunes of DJ Adrian Hardy and checked out the Richard Avedon: Family Affairs portraiture exhibit, which ended its run on August 2nd.
Citizen Diplomacy International of Philadelphia held its annual fundraiser, American Summer Experience, at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, attracting international guests, students and notables from our area. Attendees enjoyed French and Italian wines, domestic and imported beer and a buffet dinner by Catering by Design. Funds raised from the event benefited CDI’s “Today I Met” Education Program and their State Department & Sister Cities Exchange Programs for the country and region. CDI is Citizen Diplomacy International, formerly the International Visitors Council of Philadelphia. More photos after the jump!
Fox’s new show Knock Knock Live filmed in Philly’s Fairmount neighborhood last night.
The premise of the show is this: Celebrities knock on the doors of “unsuspecting” civilians and award them a cash prize to help them achieve their goals and dreams. Justin Bieber was knocking on doors on the West Coast, while former Cheetah Girl and current The Real co-host Adrienne Bailon and Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey knocked on doors in Philly.
In 2013, the Post Brothers bought the prestigious Presidential City and are underway with a $100 million renovation of the highly visible complex on the edge of Fairmount Park and the drives. Last week they held a party to celebrate the first of the four buildings renovated, which already has tenants moved in. The Presidential was built in the 1950s, and maintained that style of living all the way down to the window air conditioning units that dotted the building’s exterior. Since the renovation, the Post Brothers installed central air in the units, expanded some of the windows to create a floor-to-ceiling effect, replaced the wiring, upgraded the piping and completely gutted each unit, installing top-of-the-line appliances. The Presidential offers studios to two-bedroom penthouses with wrap-around views of Fairmount Park, soaking tubs and showers. There are plenty of amenities that make the Presidential apartments very attractive as a new home, including the Sora Pool Club with its pool, saunas, massage rooms and a state-of-the-art fitness center.