On Saturday night at Union Trust, JAM, a Philadelphia philanthropic movement consisting of individuals whose mission it is to support cancer research, held its 5th annual party to raise funds for those living with cancer. George Azar, co-founder of JAM, is a 14-year survivor of cancer who wanted to find a way to give back and thus created this event with John Frederick and Brie and Justin Bernstein.
The event began with a cocktail party at the newly renovated Union Trust which is now a Finley Catering event space. For two hours, guests had a chance to check out an extensive raffle auction as well as catch up with friends. A buffet was served at 9 p.m., and dancing started afterward to tunes by DJ Montone. Proceeds from the evening went to the America Cancer Society.
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Friday night the Wistar Institute’s new, $100 million seven-story research building at 3601 Spruce Street bearing the names of two of its most committed and generous supporters, Robert and Penny Fox, opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and gala. Founded in 1892, Wistar has been dedicated to improving public health, eradicating disease, and expanding the boundaries of knowledge through biomedical research and training.
The evening began with a ribbon-cutting, then guests entered the Fox Tower to enjoy a cocktail hour and program in one of the new laboratories on the sixth floor. Former Eagles coach and master of ceremonies Dick Vermeil paid tribute to his friends, Robert and Penny Fox, for their donation which will help Wistar continue as a world leader in scientific discovery. Afterward, dinner prepared by Stephen Starr Events was served in several rooms on the fifth floor, including the atrium, which is the space that connects the new building with the older building.
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David Lynch with Bob Cozzolino, PAFA senior curator and curator of modern art
Film director David Lynch showed up at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) to discuss the much-anticipated exhibition of his work opening at PAFA on Saturday, September 13th. “David Lynch: The Unified Field” will be Lynch’s first major museum exhibition in the United States, featuring works from all periods of The Mulholland Drive director’s career.
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On Friday night, September 5th, The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) held the Jefferson Tribute Dinner at the Linc, honoring the Philadelphia Eagles.
Stephen K. Klasko, MD, president and CEO of TJU, spoke of the groundbreaking cancer research going on at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, and the generous $110 million gift by the Sidney Kimmel Foundation which will allow them to go lighting-speed ahead toward a cure for the horrendous disease. He was also delighted to announce that now that Market Street East is called Jefferson Station, people arriving at the station will be greeted by a TJU shuttle to take them to any of the buildings on the TJU campus.
He then praised the Eagles for all they do to raise funds for cancer research, and introduced Don Smolenski, president of the Eagles organization, who accepted on behalf of the team. Smolenski was grateful for the honor, paid tribute to those he knew battling cancer, and paid tribute to Phillies president David Montgomery in his fight against cancer. After dinner and the program, guests boogied down on the dance floor to the tunes of DJ Brickhouse.
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Bounce Music Festival, with Patti LaBelle, Ruben Studdard, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, took place last night at the Mann Music Center in Fairmount Park.
At one point Miss Patti dedicated a song to her friend Joan Rivers, the comedian who died last week at the age of 81. It began with a rift of "You Are My Friend," and ended in a prayer. The 70-year-old diva thanked Philly for supporting her for the past 52 years of her career.
Patti has the energy of women half her age, and legs that go on for days. She ended the set with "Over the Rainbow." At one point she kicked off her heels, with one flying into the audience as often happens in her show. (Once I actually caught one, but gave it to a friend who probably still has it on his shelf at home). But these days she's wearing Louboutins, so she sent her shoe guy into the audience to retrieve that baby. She left the stage to thunderous applause, and returned to sing an encore of "You Are My Friend" to the appreciative audience.
After a brief break Maze featuring Frankie Beverly took the stage and the audience began to dance, holler and party it up as Beverly sang all his big hits. It was a gigantic party for the next hour or so as the audience, many dressed in white to pay homage to Beverly, put down their video devices and seemed to get into the groove.
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The weather held up on Saturday evening and the annual Philly Naked Bike Ride took place. After departing from Penn Treaty Park, it then headed to Chinatown, up the Parkway, into West Philly, back into Center City, and then back to Northern Liberties. It was a delightful ride for the participants, who were greeted by many people lining the streets throughout Philly, especially in the Rittenhouse Square area. The goal of the ride is to celebrate cycling advocacy as well as body image acceptance.
See also: 11 Hilarious Photos from the Philly Naked Bike Ride 2014
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Tuesday night at Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) sponsors and board members gathered to celebrate the newly restored Chaplin’s office and murals at the popular tourist site.
The murals were discovered in 1995, 23 years after the active prison stopped housing prisoners, and two years after the Eastern State Penitentiary Task Force took over the building to preserve it. Now the crumbling murals are now restored. Active fundraising began in 2007, and the work started last summer with the restoration completed this month by a team of art conservators.
From June 2013 through August 2014, the team carefully removed the protective Japanese tissue paper and wax that had obscured the paintings for 18 years while preventing the total loss of the 23 murals that line walls of the two rooms used by the Catholic chaplain. (Learn about the process here.)
The murals were painted by self-taught artist inmate Lester Smith in 1955, who signed them “Paul Martin” after his two favorite saints. When Father Edwin Gallagher, the penitentiary’s Catholic chaplain (1952-1958), witnessed Smith painting in his cell, he invited the inmate to decorate the offices where he met with and counseled inmates. Smith covered nearly every wall space with a beautiful mural. The Lester Smith family donated photos of the murals to the museum and they were used to help restore the murals.
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Wednesday night Joan Shepp officially opened her new store at 1811 Chestnut Street. The trailblazing Shepp’s flagship store was on Walnut Street for nearly two decades before it was chased from Philadelphia’s Rodeo Drive by rising rents. Joan Shepp then headed for the posh Shops at Liberty Place; although it was very lovely, she yearned for a storefront with the glorious window displays that we’d all grown to love. She’s found that in the beautiful new 9,000-square-foot showroom she now calls home.
Joan and daughter Ellen Shepp attract a fashionable crowd to their store, which carries both men’s and women’s clothing, and houses an array of designer labels including Moschino, Balenciaga, Jil Sander, Rick Owens and Phillip Lim. The crowd at the opening night party was just as eclectic and fabulous. There were live models in the window facing Chestnut Street, and earlier in the night Mike Jerrick, and new co-host Alex Holley from Fox 29 modeled.
Food was provided by all the Starr restaurants, and over a 1,000 macarons were made by Parc restaurant’s pastry chef. Denise Fike created a mural of guests who attended the soiree, as models roamed the store’s three rooms and outdoor space with the latest fall collections.
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Dîner en Blanc was another magical night under the stars for which Philadelphians packed their own dinners (although some guests opted to order from Di Bruno Bros. or Garces and pick up their meals at the secret location), brought their own chairs and tables, and waited at pre-determined meeting places for the 6:30 p.m. phone call that would tell their dining leader where the event’s “secret” location would be. (The dining leader then led the group to the location which could be up to two miles away.)
Guests dressed in white to take part in the pop-up culinary event, the second-most-attended Dîner en Blanc in the U.S. behind New York City’s. This year, the event was held on the Avenue of The Arts, with City Hall as the backdrop for the thousands of photos that were taken by the record number of attendees.
Each year the event seems to grow: The first year 1,300 people attended; last year 2,500 people went; and this year 3,500 people went. The très chic picnic began in Paris 26 years ago and is now taking over 40 elegant public spaces around the world. It’s a great community-building event, bringing all walks of people together. This year two couples got engaged during the event.
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