Edmondo Blando last night celebrated his 10th year operating Salon Vanity with a party at the 1701 Walnut Street establishment. Many well-coiffed guests came out to celebrate Blando’s achievement, including Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick, who has his hair done by Edmondo, and was just chosen by Get Good Head as the best head of hair on a newsman in Pennsylvania. He heard about the salon through Kacie McDonnell, who still flies in monthly to get her hair done at the salon. Other notable clients include Sheena Parveen, Dawn Timmeney, Jillian Mele and Eva Pilgrim.
Guests dined on a spread by Whole Foods, enjoyed Andrea Blando‘s (Edmondo’s dad) homemade limoncello, and enjoyed a specially designed chocolate chip cake from Sophisticakes Bakery in Drexel Hill. In his speech last night, Edmondo thanked his wife, Santi, for her support, his parents for letting him pursue his dreams — which started in their garage — and his staff, who uphold his motto: ”We help people feel better about themselves, especially if they’ve had a bad day.”
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The Radnor Hunt Races celebrated its 85th Anniversary on May 16th during the spring tradition of steeplechasing at the Radnor Hunt. Six exciting races featured horses vying for purses totaling $180,000. Guests dressed in fashionable derby party outfits, with many of the ladies wearing hats of elegance and style. They enjoyed tailgate picnics, buffet luncheons in the sponsored tents and just took in the fresh air while watching the races along the fence with friends and family. All proceeds from the Radnor Hunt Races benefit the land and water preservation programs of the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. BNY Mellon celebrated 31 years as lead sponsor of the Radnor Hunt Races.
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This past Saturday, more than 1200 alumni, faculty, and dignitaries attended the 250th Celebration Gala for the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine — also known as Penn Med — held at the top of the Philadelphia Art Museum steps in the largest tent that’s ever been erected at that location.
It was an evening like no other filled with warm memories, reunions among faculty and alumni, and a concert by Harry Connick Jr., and grand fireworks display to cap-off the evening. The evening began with a cocktail party inside the Art Museum, where guests enjoyed pass hor d’oeuvres and cocktails. At 7:30pm, bagpipes made their way down the grand staircase guiding guests through the front doors and into the tent for dinner and the program, which included honoring a remarkable video called “The First”, which noted many of the remarkable achievements of the University of Pennsylvania’s school of medicine — including being the first medical school in the country. After the gala dinner, guests returned to the Grand Hall of the Art Museum for a dance party, and a VIP meet-and-greet with Connick.
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It was a gorgeous night to celebrate Mazzoni Center‘s 5th annual Elixir: Cure for the Common Gala, which took place at the Mill House Deck of the Fairmount Water Works Restaurant. The event featured live dance music by EBE, food and dessert, an open bar, a silent auction and special live performances by Rainere Martin as Donna Summer and Philadelphia Voices of Pride.
CBS3’s Jim Donovan was master of ceremonies, announcing this year’s honorees: Franny Price, executive director of Philly Pride Presents and longtime community activist and advocate, who was honored with the Gloria Casarez Activist Award; and Michael Tambón, aka drag queen “Cherry Pop,” was honored for his advocacy work for people living with HIV. Check out photos of the evening below:
Elad Strohmayer, Oren Ben-Yosef, Mazzoni Center Executive Director Nurit Shein, and Philly Pride Presents' Franny Price.
Elaine Tambón with son Michael Tambón aka “Cherry Pop.” (Photobomb by sister Erika.)
Jim Donovan, CBS3, and Mandy Blumenthal
Kenneth Hu and Christopher Stanley stand in front of a Perry Milou work of Tina Turner, which was part of the silent auction.
Wayne, Tony, Mark and Scott
Rudy Raya and Albert Watson
Juan Baez, Will Lee, Josh Moore and Sean Patrick Doan
Anh Dang, Judge Dan Anders, Nellie Fitzpatrick, Director of the Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs, and Tracie Palmer.
Philly AIDS Thrift's Bob Koptcho and John Cote
Kory Olson, Lorin Martin and Matt Bald
Diane W, Yuel Geraldo, Jeff Shablin and Dana S.
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia celebrated its 50th anniversary with a concert at Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall on Sunday May 10, 2015. After the performance a champagne toast reception was held at the Hamilton Garden where Garces Catering provided small plates of delicious food. Guests included music director Dirk Brossé; Geert Bourgeois, minister-president of the government of Flanders; former Governor Ed Rendell; as well as friends , supporters and members of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
There were toasts to the staying power of the orchestra and to the exciting future that lays ahead . Also on hand was Kenneth M. Jarin, board chair; who with Dirk Brossé, conductor; and Susan Schwartz McDonal,, president of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Board of Directors. They honored Marc Mostovoy, founder of the chamber orchestra, and recognizing Conductor Laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn for his service.
The concert was conducted by Maestro Dirk Brossé conducted can be heard this Sunday, May 17, 5 to 6 pm on WRTI.
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Saturday night the International House of Philadelphia held its 54th annual Global Gala: Celebration of Korea at the student housing facility. The black tie/traditional dress event started with a cocktail hour in the beautifully decorated courtyard, with delicious traditional Korean favorites prepared by Catering by Design, as well as having an open bar and silent auction with lots of Korean inspired items including art work and furniture.
Afterward there was a sit-down dinner with traditional Korean foods served family style. There was a short program with mistress of ceremonies Alex Holley, Fox 29’s morning host, doing a great job of moving the night along. The honoree for the evening was Councilman David Oh, who was grateful for the honor and discussed the American dream. Oh presented Tanya Steinberg, president and CEO of International House Philadelphia with a City Council citation honoring the International House for all the work it does. After dinner there was an afterparty with performances and dancing to the tunes of DJ CHOPS till 2 a.m.
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The Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia celebrated it’s 17th Annual Evening in the Park on the grounds of their headquarters Thursday night, The Suzanne Morgan Center at Ridgeland in Fairmount Park. Guests enjoyed fabulous food and cocktails by Brulee Catering, a live auction led by Jeff Hammond who helped raise nearly $75,000 from the very generous crowd, and a silent auction, all to benefit CSCGP.
Event co-chairs Barbara Blair and Betsy Rubenstone greeted the guests and spoke about their lives which have been touched by cancer, and have benefited by the programs at CSCGP. Honorees last night included: Wendy H. Rosen, Dr. David M. Mintzer, The Stuetz Family, and Susan Tressider. Kelly Harris, CEO gave an impassioned address sharing with the guests about all the wonderful, caring programs available at Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia (all free), especially the programs directed at children going through cancer, or a parent going through cancer. The programs connect them with others, as well as any counseling they need. We’re so lucky to have an organization like this in Philadelphia.
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More than 500 park supporters attended the Fairmount Park Conservancy’s 8th Annual Centennial Celebration held at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center last night. This year’s honorees included John Crowe, president and CEO of, Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed Corporations, for corporate leadership; Kathleen McGinty, chief of staff to Governor Tom Wolf and a longtime environmentalist, for civic leadership; and Chris Matthews, host of Hardball on MSNBC (which includes a tree planted in his honor at Belmont Plateau), as the John Binswanger Park Champion. Crowe’s Saint-Gobain is one of the main sponsors of The Oval; it will kick off the summer season and commemorate the company’s 350th anniversary with a never-before-seen global exhibition, “Future Sensations,” which will make its only U.S. tour stop at The Oval from May 30th through June 6th.
Kristen Welker, NBC News White House Correspondent, was a great master of ceremonies, filling in for Andrea Mitchell, who was on the Hillary Clinton trail. Welker was grateful to be back in her hometown with her mother and among friends in the park where she played softball as a kid.
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On Saturday, Rittenhouse Row hosted their annual Spring Festival on what just so happened to be one of the most beautiful spring days of the year so far. Thousands showed up to the event, which took place along Walnut Street from Broad to Rittenhouse Square. There were DJs and bands; musicians from The Curtis Institute entertaining the crowd; family-friendly activities keeping kids entertained; and a couple beer gardens for the grownups. On the food front, the 1800 block of Walnut Street was rife with nibbles from Rittenhouse Row’s STARR restaurants, including Alma de Cuba, Barclay Prime, Butcher and Singer, Continental Midtown, The Dandelion, El Rey and Parc.
I snapped some photos of the afternoon; enjoy them below:
Sam, Michael, Zen and Sam at the Continental Beer Garden.
Liam Geoghegan, Caitlin Welge with Gordo Lobo of The Dandelion.
Jessica and Nicolas Costabile
A violinist from Curtis Institute plays for festival goers.
Jason Donnelly celebrating spring in quite the seasonal get-up.
Alison Young, Zoe Maser and David Maser.
Greg Goessner, Bryan Buttler and Jt Christensen (Christensen designed the VIP area.)
Donna Krimstock and Maxine Cohen at the VIP Tent.
Rouge, Devon and Parc restaurants along 18th Street across from Rittenhouse Square extended their dining rooms into the street.
Brandon Famous, Steve Gartner, Jackie Balin, Christina Zipf and Larry Steinberg.
Dru Marx, Richard and Ariel Bronstein
Tamar, Jacob, Steve and Bailey Olitsky
Lauren Bushby, Jamie Gershkow, and Joelle Underwood
Jaclyn Rhoads and Caroline Foley
I also stopped by the South Street Spring Festival. See those photos here.
The second annual Old Bags-Night Out, hosted by Boys Latin of Philadelphia Charter School, was at Neiman Marcus in King of Prussia, PA on Wednesday April 29, 2015.
The event attracted over 200 fashionably dressed women, who enjoyed light bites from 12th Street Catering and bid on gently used, donated bags. They also enjoyed a fashion show curated by Ken Downing, fashion director and senior vice president of Neiman Marcus stores. He pulled together looks from various designers to showcase the latest styles and trends that will be gracing the social events and outings for the summer and fall. Proceeds from the event went to the Boys Latin of Philadelphia, which gives a college prep education to underprivileged boys in the Philadelphia area. Angela Hudson, Helene Van Beuren, Mellen Vogt, and Janine Yass, a founder of Boys’ Latin Charter School, were the evening’s co-chairs, they, along with an impressive list of committee member,=ps honored philanthropist Anne Hamilton with the 2015 recipient of the Ultimate Mentor Award.
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