Last night I attended the opening of the Container Store in King of Prussia. The turnout was amazing, with about 500 people in the store at any given time perusing the “lifestyle” aisles packed with some of the best products for organizing your home or office.
Many of the people I talked to told me how excited they were that they would no longer have to drive to the Cherry Hill Container store for their purchases. Catering was provided by Feast Your Eyes and the Vincent James Band provided the entertainment.
Traditionally, I always go to the Container Store the first week in January in hopes that it will encourage me to organize my life. I found this great item to keep track of my keys and phone in my briefcase and bought it back in January (when I Instagrammed this photo).
During the King of Prussia Container Store’s grand opening weekend, 10% of your purchase will be donated to Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.
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On the evening of Saturday, March 1st, Friends of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hosted Cheers for CHOP at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia.
The event began with guests walking the red carpet into a cocktail reception where there was an expansive silent auction underway as well as butlered hors d’oeuvre and carving stations. Guests had the opportunity to bid on gift certificates to nearly every notable area restaurant you could think of, as well as spa treatments and sporting experiences.
After the cocktail hour, guests were whisked into the two-level dance floor of Seven The Nightclub where DJ Bizz from CTO Soho entertained the crowd — with the exception of a surprise performance by Rob “It Takes Two” Base, who sang his biggest hits backed by Kyle Rifkin.
The proceeds from the evening went to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, and the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care.
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HughE Dillon shares photos from our LGBT Flower Show Party. Thanks to all who came out to support G Philly and the Flower Show. It was a fab affair!
Ryan Eberwine, Michael Flynn, Michael Liddick, and Jerry Mumford
Kelley Mansfield and Nick Pytel
Tom Longo and Bryan Hoffman of Hoffman Design Group, which won honorable mention in the PHS Window & Lobby Display contest this year.
G Philly editor Josh Middleton and PHS President Drew Becher
Paul and Christine Wareikis try some of East Passyunk’s Ms. Goody Cupcakes' spirited treats.
Drew Becher with Celebrity Cruise dames Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland and Cher
Project Runway All-Stars Winner Mondo Guerra being interviewed by Philly Mag Shoppist editor Emily Goulet.
Jim Miller and David Schwartz
John Cucci and Pierce White
Matt Klahre and Vlahos PR's Matt Vlahos
Evan Schapiro and Alexander Kacala
Rose Mayfield, Sandy Toney and Charita Amazola
Edward Odonnell of Samuels and Son Seafood, Lindsay Daniels, Lizzy Afable and Amanda Hagenbuch, all of Luke’s Lobster.
Margie Renzi, Marjilyn Murray, and Gina DeGiovanni
Sergio G. Martinez and Michael O’Flaherty
Patrick Hagerty, Joe Cannella, Steve Gantzos, Douglas Famy, Bryan Eberwine and George Craig, who won a Best Dressed award for his hat.
Sean McKoy and PHL17's Antoine Johnson
The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus
Noah Hoffman, Kirsten Griffith and Marty Griffith
The Philadelphia Flower Show is happening now through March 9. More info here.
The third annual Oscar Viewing Party took place at the Ritz-Carlton on March 2nd. Guests donned their finest gowns and suits (some even wore black tie) to enjoy a pre-party before the screening of the famed awards show. They enjoyed a complimentary happy hour featuring Peroni beer and Casamigos Tequila cocktails, as well as light bites and desserts from the 10 Arts bistro.
Photos after the jump
ActionAIDS of Philadelphia hosted “Glamsino Royal” last night at the Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar, conjuring up the essence of Agent 007 with a night of glitz, glamour and good fortune.
More photos after the jump
Lubavitch of Bucks County held Bubby’s Cook-Off at Vie Wednesday night where Philly’s best chefs competed for the title of Best Kosher Dish. Proceeds from the event went to The Friendship Circle Foundation and Lubavich of Bucks County. The Friendship Circle serves families of children with special needs.
The chefs included:
- Laura Frangiosa, co-owner and proprietress of the Avenue Delicatessen, who made a delicious chopped liver arancini with hearts of palm, celery and schmalz-aioli;
- Patrick Szoke, executive chef of Alla Spina, a Vetri family restaurant, who created a brisket stuffed cabbage;
- Sonny Pache, executive chef of Ocean Prime who made his veal and porcini mushroom kreplach;
- Rich Berardi, chef de cuisine of Rat’s Restaurant, a Stephen Starr property, who made a lamb shoulder with white bean puree, pickled beet salad and pistachio pistou;
- Jae Shin and Sterling Reitzel of Citron & Rose who made their pomegranate braised lamb shank.
Two top chefs competed in the Best Jewish Dessert, which took place on stage and was judged by the area’s most influential Bubbies, Rebbetzin Meriam Shemtov, Sharon Pinkenson co-chair (along with Joe Weiss), Hope Cohen and Marciarose Shestack. Master of ceremonies was Philly.com’s Michael Klein.
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On Saturday night, February 22nd, more than 400 guests attended the inaugural Red & White Ball benefitting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The evening began with a festive cocktail reception and an extensive silent auction, featuring items ranging from trips to Africa, personal stylist consultations and a Terrell Owens signed football.
At 8 p.m., guests headed to the Millennium Ballroom for dinner and the program, which was hosted by Erin O’Hearn from 6ABC. The evening’s honoree was Bob Levis, who shared his incredible story of survival after being diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2002. During the past 12 years, Bob had undergone various treatments and trials, including a trial involving modified t-cells in 2013. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society helped fund the cutting-edge research by Dr. Carl June and his team. Today Bob Levis’s blood work is normal, and Saturday night was a celebration for everyone.
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Last night Philly’s funny man and impressionist extraordinaire Joe Conklin and WIP on-air sports savant and Wing Bowl creator Al Morganti presented the “The First Annual Philly Sports Roast” at the Crystal Tea Room. More than 600 people filled the room to see former Eagle and NFL bad boy Terrell Owens roasted by media personalities, politicians, former and current Eagle players, and Damon Feldman.
In a no-holds-barred night, everything was on the table: marriages, baby mamas (four), salaries, tights, his big ego and even, shockingly, suicide attempts. Proceeds from the evening went to firefighters support organization All Hands Working.
A couple of the zingers at the event: “Former Eagles defensive tackle Hollis Thomas is here tonight. Look at that guy. Hollis, are you OK? You’re sweating profusely. I haven’t seen someone sweat this much since Freddie Mitchell’s tax audit.” And: “Joe Conklin, Man of 1,000 voices, and he can’t get laid in any of them.”
More of Hughe’s photos and account from the First Annual Philly Sports Roast after the jump »
Tuesday night, Comcast Corporation and EVP David L. Cohen hosted an Olympics viewing reception in the Comcast Center lobby. Comcast and NBCUniversal demonstrated to hundreds of guests how they are delivering the most comprehensive and technologically advanced viewing experience for any Winter Games — and recording number of people watching over the air as well as live streaming on the Internet. In addition to watching Olympics content on The Comcast Experience video wall, attendees interacted with the company’s newest technologies, including the X1 entertainment operating system, 4K ultra high-definition content, SEEiT (Comcast’s new partnership with Twitter), and cloud DVR.
Several former Olympians were in attendance along with members of the Philadelphia Curling Club, and guests got to have their pictures taken in a real bobsleigh. It was a very spirited party, and everyone was given Sochi Olympics pins to wear and American flags to wave. Guests were also treated to samplings of Russian cuisine and drinks throughout the evening.
More of HughE Dillon’s photos of the Comcast Olympic Viewing Party after the jump »
The “Do AC” Dig for Bling with Bernie Robbins Jewelers took place Saturday afternoon as 25 guys gathered for a chance to win one of three engagement rings worth $5,000 each. The catch: They had to bring their girlfriends and pop the question on the spot if they found buried treasure.
Yes, that’s right, buried treasure. The boxes were buried in a sandbox in the Xfinity Live parking lot. Adding to the challenge: The guys were blindfolded. Oh, and it was snowy. Participants entered a raffle to determine which six guys would participate in the final “Dig for Bling.” Everyone went home a winner though, as the 19 guys who didn’t get to dig left with gift bags and gift certificates for 50 percent off engagement ring settings, plus $20 gift certificates to Xfinity Live. As for the three diggers that didn’t come up with bling in the box, they won overnight stays in Atlantic City so they could Do AC.
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