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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Check out my photos of the evening below:
Despite the poorly timed rain, 4,500 game Philadelphians dressed in white scurried to the Navy Yard for the fourth annual Diner en Blanc. If one thing can be said about the drizzle, it at least gave participants an excuse to add a whimsical touch to their monochromatic ensembles: the white umbrella.
Society snapper HughE Dillon was there to capture the experience, which, besides dinner, included live music, a performance by Martha Graham Cracker (who was decked out in a slinky white number à la Marilyn Monroe in Seven Year Itch) and dancing. Check out his photos below:
Last evening, State Representative Brian Sims hosted a group of his supporters at Tavern on Camac for a “Summer Cocktails with Brian Sims” happy hour to benefit his political campaign. There were plenty of familiar faces on hand, including the fabulous Dena Underwood, Chris Bartlett, Senator Larry Farnese, Jr., Paul Steinke, Jim Kenney, and more. We were there to capture the crowd at this Gayborhood hotspot.
On Monday night at Twenty Manning, a sponsor party was held to announce the details of the 2015 Audi FEASTIVAL, which will take place on September 17th, 2015. On that night, the FringeArts Headquarters on 140 N. Columbus Boulevard will host an exclusive, chic party for the hottest movers and shakers in Philadelphia’s business, culinary and arts scenes — but most importantly, a fundraiser for FringeArts, whose Philadelphia Fringe Festival runs from September 3rd through 19th. The co-chairs for FEASTIVAL this year are Jesse & Beka Rendell, David & Susan Lipson, Tony Forte and Ryan Hummel. Guests at the patron party enjoyed samples of dishes that will be served at the gala, as well as an open bar. The purpose of a patron party is to thank the sponsors for their support and to preview what they can expect at the gala on the 17th. Tickets are still available and can be bought here. Photos after the jump
Philadelphia magazine held its annual Best of Philly Soirée at Dilworth Park, and this year was unequivocally their best “Best of Philly” party yet. Nearly 1,000 fashionable, fun, scenesters and business folks filled the park and enjoyed hor d’oeuvres by Brulee Catering and small plates by Jose Garces’ Rosa Blanca cafe. Many of the “Best of” restaurants served their winning dishes, like the delicious crab fries from Varga Bar and The Olde Bar’s version of shrimp cocktail. There was a whole table of Philly soft pretzels from the Philly Pretzel Factory, and there were open bars with beverages provided by Stella Artois. Sip-and-Glo Juicery was on hand with their healthy juices. It was a great night, and an innovative event space. Congrats to Philly Mag for putting on a successful party.