Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia 2017

A record 5,300 white-clad guests attended Philadelphia’s sixth-annual Dîner en Blanc on Thursday night in Franklin Square. To attend the pop-up event, which started in Paris in 1988 and is now celebrated worldwide, diners are required to provide their own food, tables, chairs and tablecloths. After the event is finished, guests clean up and must take their personal items and trash with them.



 

Best of Philly Soirée 2017

Owen Rothstein, Angela Val, Discover PHL, Joe Val and Priscilla Jimenez, Kline Spector

More than 1,500 people packed Dilworth Park last night for the 2017 Best of Philly Soirée. Guests enjoyed samplings from many of this year’s Best of Philly restaurant winners, including Blue Duck Sandwich Co., Butcher Bar, Shake Shack, Slice Pizza, and Vedge. DJ Adrian Hardy kept the dance floor packed as the night went on, with many people opting for dancing in the fountain to cool off. At the end of the main event, guests headed to the after-party at Gran Caffe L’Aquila on Chestnut Street, where they served the “HUGO” as the official cocktail to celebrate winning Best Italian Restaurant in the Philly Mag readers’ poll. Read more »

Simon’s Soiree, the Simon’s Fund Annual Gala

Ducis Rodgers, Action News Sports Director, Ellen and Michael Barkann

Ducis Rodgers, Action News Sports Director, Ellen and Michael Barkann

Simon’s Fund held its annual gala, Simon’s Soiree, on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel 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 months. The family later learned that children aren’t regularly checked for heart defects, and began the nonprofit to provide EKG tests for students in schools. Simon’s Fund has raised more than $1 million and provided free cardiac screenings to more than 11,000 kids.

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Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s 11th Annual Lemon Ball

Steve Gibson, David Gibson (an Alex's Hero), and Kim Gibson

Steve Gibson, David Gibson (an Alex’s Hero), and Kim Gibson

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for children with cancer, hosted the 11th Annual Lemon Ball on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. More than 900 guests attended the gala, which this year raised more than $840,000. The evening started off with cocktails while guests bid on silent auction items, then moved to the ballroom for a program, live auction, and dinner. ALSF honored Penn Wynne Elementary School, the school that Alex attended, with the Alex Scott Crystal Cup. The Carpino family, of Swedesboro, N.J., was honored as Stand Host of the Year. Longtime ALSF supporters Mary and Molly Hollway, of Bloomington, Minn., were honored as Volunteers of the Year. To honor Alex’s milestone 21st birthday on January 18th, guests who donated more than $5,000 during the live auction received a plate of Liz Scott’s famous lemon cookies (which are featured in the new ALSF cookbook, Alex’s Table) and bottle of champagne to toast Alex.



The 23rd-Annual Hair of the Dog Gala at The Fillmore

Headliner Lil Jon performs at The Fillmore.

Headliner Lil Jon performs at The Fillmore.

It was a glamorous night at the Fillmore on Saturday, January 7, 2017, as the 23rd-annual Hair of the Dog took over the enormous entertainment complex. The popular gala, founded in 1995 by Dan Cronin and Rob Molinaro (who co-own Chorus Communications, a major sponsor of Hair of the Dog) as a gathering of friends to celebrate the New Year, has grown into one of the must-attend events for people of all ages in the winter social season. Guests enjoyed an open bar, food by Wolfgang Puck Catering, and performances by Grammy Award–winner Lil Jon, Mr. Hollywood DJ with guest Lrry Live, VASSY, Rozes, Clef & Canberra, and DJ Freezie. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Bianca’s Kids, a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that focuses on granting wishes to foster and needy children in New Jersey and around the U.S. Read more »

Glitter City Gala Rings in the New Year

Jared and Jessica Cook, with Anita Seth and Brandon Blackburn-Dwyer

More than 1,500 revelers rang in the New Year at the Hyatt Bellevue on Saturday night at the Glitter City Gala. Guests walked the red carpet in shimmering sequin dresses, itty-bitty minis, black-tie, suits, and velvet jackets. Afterward the revelers headed into the ballroom to enjoy an evening of dining and dancing to The Rockets as well as Philly’s best DJs (DJ Sojo and DJ Joe Broscoe) on multiple party floors. At midnight a “Liberty Bell” dropped and confetti cannons showered the room to bring in 2017. A portion of the proceeds went to PAWS, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House . Read more »

Celebrity Chef Brian Duffy Opens Restaurant in Philly

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Chef Brian Duffy of Spike TV’s Bar Rescue, partnered with local brewing company, Flying Fish Brewing Co opens Flying Fish Crafthouse in the Brewerytown neighborhood in Philadelphia.  Formerly the Acme Markets warehouse, the new eatery is located on the first floor of the newly opened luxurious apartments The Fairmount at Brewerytown developed by McSpain Properties (Dana Spain and Sean McGovern.)  On Sunday night there was a VIP celebration to mark the opening. Guests enjoyed delicious selections from the menu which compromises of comfort food like handcrafted burgers, mac & cheese, specialty fries and sandwiches;  a curated menu of only the best American craft beers, and top-shelf liquors and wines. The restaurant serves dinner and a late night menu, and eventually will serve lunch and brunch. Chef Duffy is also a big military supporter, so active military, reserve and veterans, as well as first responders with ID will receive a 15% discount every day at The Flying Fish Crafthouse. At the VIP party donations were collected which were going directly to Philadelphia Veteran’s Comfort House, a local non-profit.

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Our Closets’ 3rd-Annual Fashion for All Fundraiser

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Our Closet held their 3rd annual “Fashion for All” at Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia, on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. The event was a benefit for Our Closet, powered by JFCS. Executive Director Jill Aschkenasy founded the organization in 2011, and it provides clothing free of charge to people in need through “pop-up shops” around town. Each pop up store is set up like a real store with different departments, dressing rooms and volunteers to assist in finding just the right outfit for each person. They can choose up to five articles of clothing . At the event on Wednesday, the lunchtime benefit started with a cocktail party, with passed hors d’oeuvres, before guests headed to the 3rd floor to enjoy a Nieman Marcus fashion show curated by Ana Maria Pimental, Neiman Marcus’ Accessories Fashion Director. Co-chairs of the event were Janice Blumenthal, Jamea Campbell, Haley Lesser, Sandi Slap and Shannon Zeller.

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