The Continental Turns 20


Stephen Starr’s Continental celebrated it’s 20th anniversary with a party on Sunday night bringing together original servers from the week the restaurant opened, alumni servers from over the years, customers, family and friends. Guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres, a charcuterie spread and an amazing dessert buffet.

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Franklin Institute’s Vatican Splendors Opening Gala


The Franklin Institute held a gala opening for Vatican Splendors, a new exhibit to coincide with Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia. Art patrons and supporters of the science center walked the red carpet and into the museum where trumpeters guided them toward the exhibit on the upper floors where over 200 works of art and historically significant objects depicting the history of the Church and its impact on art, history and culture will be housed until February 15, 2016. Guests then dined in the Grand Hall with music by The Herreras and danced and enjoyed dessert to Blues Junior band (Mole Street Productions) in the Atrium. At 9 p.m. the museum welcomed the Franklin Institute Young Friends to the party, which continued until nearly midnight. Photos after the jump »

Comcast, CBS 3 and Other Local Media Outlets Take Home Emmys This Weekend

Ben Cross, Rosemary Connors, NBC10, Joshua Edwards, Vince Lattantio, NBC10, Matt Maiorano, NBC10 and Mecmee Maiorano

Ben Cross, Rosemary Connors (NBC10), Joshua Edwards, Vince Lattantio (NBC10), Matt Maiorano (NBC10) and Meemee Maiorano | Photo by HughE Dillon

They didn’t have soaring speeches by Viola Davis and Jon Hamm, but Philly held its own Emmy Award ceremony on Saturday at the Philadelphia Hilton Hotel. The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) presented a total of 81 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards in 77 categories as the sold-out audience of more than 500 regional television industry professionals gathered for the 33rd annual event.

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Moyer Foundation Champions for Children Luncheon


The Moyer Foundation’s Champions for Children Luncheon was held Tuesday at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City. The room was packed with Phillies fans, friends and supporters of former Phillies player Jamie Moyer and David Montgomery the chairman, minority-owner, and former President of the Philadelphia Phillies.

The well-liked Montgomery looked great after battling cancer in recent years; he and his wife Lyn greeted old friends and family, some who had traveled cross-country to be there with them for the event. Jamie and Karen Moyer founded the Moyer Foundation which funds Camp Erin Philadelphia, a camp serving grieving children and teens, in partnership with UPENN’s Wissahickon Hospice, and Camp Mariposa Pennsylvania, a partnership with the Penn Foundation, for kids of addicted parents.

Champions for Children Honorary Committee co-chairs were Dan Hilferty, Independence Blue Cross, Denis P. O’Brien, Exelon Utilities, Judith M. von Seldeneck, Diversified Search and Edward G. Rendell. Rendell said that he wishes there was a camp like Camp Erin when he was a young boy, as his father died when he was 14 and it was a very difficult period for his family. To have a place to go and be with other kids going through the same grieving process would have made life much easier.

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Mural Arts Salon Dinner

Samantha Styles, Ed Rendell and Caryn Kunkle
On Friday, September 11th the Mural Arts Advisory Council hosted its second Salon this year at at local artist Caryn Kunkle’s Philadelphia studio. The event attracted more than 100 guests including Ed Rendell, Jane Golden and Mural Arts Advisory Council Co-chairs Teresa C. Nino and Rachel Luber-Cevera.

Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner provided by Zavino’s as well as local artist curator Frederick Calalang ,who makes a delicious mac and cheese and empanadas. Cocktails were provided by Yards Brewery. There was live painting from Gabe Tiburino, screen printing by Hope Rovelto, and live music performed by Chelsea Reed & The Fairweather Five. Guests also had an opportunity to take home a piece of original artwork and other gifts, donated by local businesses.

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Philadelphia Montessori Charter School’s “Anything Is Possible” Garden Party


Philadelphia Montessori Charter School hosted its inaugural “Anything Is Possible” Garden Party Wednesday night to celebrate the completion of the school’s garden and playground. The playground, which is adjacent to the elementary school in Southwest Philadelphia, was a community project where students, teachers, volunteers and many partners worked on the competition including KaBoom!, the CarMax Foundation, The Philadelphia Water Department, Spor Chargers, metal sculptors Steve Webb and Alex Morgan and the Philadelphia Orchard Project. There’s a jungle gym, a garden surrounded by a mosaic wall, and a beautiful metal sculpture that lights up at night.

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Connor Barwin, Mayor Nutter Dedicate Ralph Brooks Park in Point Breeze

Connor Barwin speaks at the Ralph Brooks Park dedication ceremony. | Photo by HughE Dillon

Connor Barwin speaks at the Ralph Brooks Park dedication ceremony. | Photo by HughE Dillon

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.

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Divas Pack Dell Music Center for a Powerhouse Concert for AIDS


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. 

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