PHOTOS: Henri David Ball 2015

This weekend saw the 42nd edition of Henri David’s Halloween Ball. The always-over-the-top costume parade drew 1,500 guests to the Sheraton Center City dressed as everything from Donald Trump’s Mexican border wall to the fortune teller from Big and some other crazy get-ups that ran the gamut from scary to precious to just plain outlandish. Some of the bigger names to attend this year included former Governor Ed Rendell, “condo king” Allan Domb, and Mayor Nutter’s LGBT liaison Nellie Fitzpatrick. Check out photos from the night below, mostly taken during the costume contest.

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XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia


Last Monday night, the Sixth Annual XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia were honored at the restaurant XIX in the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Created six years ago as the signature event of the Philadelphia Collection, the annual event recognizes extraordinary women who are not only fashionable, but philanthropic.

The women (listed alphabetically):

  • Alice Bast, President & CEO, National Foundation of Celiac Awareness
  • Emily Bittenbender, Managing Partner, Bittenbender Construction, LP
  • Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Council’s Majority Whip, Committee Chair on the Environment, Vice Chair of the Committee on Education
  • Wendy Clark, Lady B, The Voice of Hip Hop
  • Rosemary Connors, Journalist, NBC 10
  • Doreen Creede, Creator, Style Maniac, Editor-at-Large, Founder Magazine
  • Anne Ewers, President & CEO, The Kimmel Center Inc.
  • Varsovia Fernandez, President & CEO, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Valerie Gay, Executive Director, Art Sanctuary
  • Caryn Gubin, Director, Patient Care Services Medical Rehabilitation Centers of PA
  • Ursula Henwood Keating, Director, Workforce Diversity & Inclusion, Comcast
  • Stacy Holland, Executive Director, The Lenfest Foundation Doreen Holmgren, Philanthropist
  • Doreen Holmgren, Flyers Wives Charity
  • Mary Pat Kessler, Director, Member Relations Business Clubs of America
  • Karen Knudsen, Director, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Chair Department of Cancer Biology
  • Tiffany Newmuis, Director, Democratic National Convention
  • Lori Nicoletti Peruto, General Counsel, Philadelphia Suburban Development Corporation
  • Nicole Paloux, Owner, Red Balloon Public Relations, Theatre
  • Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Council’s Majority Whip, Committee Chair on the Environment, Vice Chair of the Committee on Education
  • Cecilia Torres, Owner-Founder, Casa Papel
  • Ellen Yin, Co-Founder and Co-Owner of High Street Hospitality

They were joined by

  • Mary Dougherty, owner of Nicole Miller Philadelphia,
  • First Lady Lisa Nutter 
  • Janice Waitkus of Lagos

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Opening of Theatre Exile’s Rizzo


Last night was the long-anticipated opening of the play Rizzo from Theatre Exile [Read David Fox’s review of the play here]. The event drew lots of political powerhouses from years gone by like Frank Rizzo strategist Marty Weinberg as well as the current the Democratic contender for mayor, Jim Kenney. There were also family members in the audience, friends and people who weren’t fond of Rizzo on hand to see the show. Before the performance, there was a cocktail party down the street at the home of long-time theater supporters Pam and Gresham Riley, where author Sal Paolantonio, who wrote the book the play is based on, appeared. Also there was Joe Canuso, founding partner of Theatre Exile, and director of Rizzo.

Following the play, there was an after party held at The Plough & the Stars. Rizzo is running at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St. through November I was glad to catch it last night; Scott Greer and the cast were amazing. Everyone I talked to really enjoyed it, and said it really captured the angry and morose Rizzo as he tried to change his personality, and run for a third term as Mayor of Philadelphia in the early ’90s before his untimely death.
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Eat, Drink, Dance and Cure Cancer

Peter Dilsheimer and Madison Alig with Jaclyn Osterstock and Derek Jameson

Peter Dilsheimer and Madison Alig, with Jaclyn Osterstock and Derek Jameson.

The Wistar Ambassadors hosted Eat, Drink, Dance and Cure Cancer last Friday night at Loews Hotel on the 33rd floor. The Wistar Ambassadors are a group of young residents of the Philadelphia region, between the ages of 25 and 40 years old, who want to learn more about the bold new advances in cancer research at The Wistar Institute — and find new ways of raising local and national awareness of these efforts.

There were several scientists on hand, easily recognized in their lab coats, to chat about the latest research Wistar. Guests enjoyed light bites, bid on silent auction items such as trips, clothing and other experiences, and danced to the tunes of Dj Adrian Hardy. This Friday, Wistar Institute honors Dr. Russel E. Kaufman for his contributions as President and CEO of The Wistar Institute for the last 12 years.

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Susan Komen Breast Cancer Pink Tide Ball

Bill Culp, Karen Lynch and Allyson Lynch. The Lynch's are mother daughter breast cancer survivors and were thrilled to be able to attend the Pink Tide Gala together.

Bill Culp, Karen Lynch and Allyson Lynch. The Lynch’s are mother daughter breast cancer survivors and were thrilled to be able to attend the Pink Tide Gala together.

Susan G. Komen Philadelphia presented its 14th annual Pink Tie Ball, this year at Vie. The theme was Pink Tide Ball, and the event space was magnificently decorated by Scott Rothenberger’s PLACE with lots of sea creatures, trees, and jelly fish at every corner to the delight of guests. The event attracted nearly 650 of the community’s most avid breast cancer supporters to further help Komen Philadelphia save lives and advance research.

The evening started out with a cocktail party, where guests dined on all the delicious Cescaphe delights including seafood, pasta and salad. Then they headed into the main event space for dinner and the program. There were two award winners: ShopRite Supermarkets, which received the “Friend in the Fight” award for supporting Komen events and the company’s employee-friendly medical benefits package; American Association for Cancer Research, which received the “Beacon of Hope” award.

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Fashion Under the Shambles

The Second Annual Fashion Under the Shambles took place Wedesday night and the weather was delightfully cool, encouraging fashionistas to break out their stylish fall clothing. The evening started with a cocktail party, with sponsors Bridget Foy’s, Bistro Romano, Cavanaugh’s Headhouse and His and Hers Restaurant. By 7 pm, guests filled the rows of seats along the runway; Cory Wade, master of ceremonies, took the stage and chatted about the impressive fashion scene happening in Philadelphia before introducing the 21 South Street district businesses that would be showcased during the 60-minute show. At the conclusion of the show Corey encouraged folks to come to Fabric Row’s monthly shopping stroll on October 23.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters 100th Anniversary Gala


The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania held their 100th anniversary gala last night.

Guests walked the purple carpet and posed for a handful of paparazzi, then continued into the purple-themed Kimmel Center where they enjoyed several cocktail parties. Upstairs on tier two, guest performers Vanessa Williams, Macy Gray, Stephan Jenkins, Marlon Wayans and Shontelle mingled with VIPs. Meanwhile, downstairs in Commonwealth Plaza another cocktail party was going strong in the beautifully designed area decorated on a grand scale by Petah Bashano Event Décor and Design and food by Garces Catering.

Since its inception in 1915, the Big Brothers Big Sisters has offered mentoring to thousands of boys and girls by reaching out and believing positive adult role models make a difference. And they do, many of the speakers during the program said.

Several people and organizations were honored during a program in Verizon Hall, including Comcast, The Bentley Family, Dr. Wilson Goode, Fox Rothschild, and two long time volunteers, Tom McElvogue and Joan Tishgart. The goal for the evening was to raise $1 million dollars; that goal was exceeded, but there is still an opportunity to raise even more funds to help mentor a child.
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The Opening of LP Steak

Luke Palladino, Chef/Owner LP Steaks and finace Kristine Kurilko

Luke Palladino, Chef/Owner LP Steaks and fiance Kristine Kurilko.

Monday night Chef Luke Palladino held a sneak preview party for friends, family and guests at his new eatery, LP Steak at ValleyForge Casino Resort. The upscale steakhouse passed around samples of classic cuts of prime beef, chops, and seafood. The full service bar served local spirits and craft beers, poured California and Italian wines, and created classic cocktails with the Palladino twist. The 4,400-square-foot space officially opens on Friday night and was designed in a rustic steakhouse feel by Gruber Design Associates. LP Steak joins the Luke Palladino Hospitality Group, with restaurants in Philly and Atlantic City, NJ.

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PHLDiversity Annual Luncheon


Last week PHLDiversity, a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, (PHLCVB) hosted its 2015 Annual Luncheon at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Emceed by Emmy award-winning journalist Cynthia Gouw, the luncheon celebrated “The Impact of Diversity.” Celebrating Philly’s spirit of cooperation and inclusion, industry and community leaders were honored for their continued impact on the community’s diverse hospitality and tourism industry. Honors included the Community Recognition Award, given to Dr. Stephen S. Tang, president and CEO of the University City Science Center; the Industry Appreciation Award, given to Jay H. Shah, CEO of Hersha Hospitality Trust; and the Bring it Home Award given to Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Congressman Bob Brady, and Former Governor Ed Rendell for their efforts in bringing the 2016 Democratic National Convention to Philadelphia.

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The View Co-Host Raven-Symoné Surprises Whoopi Goldberg at Valley Forge Casino Show

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg on stage at Valley Forge Casino

Whoopi Goldberg came to Valley Forge Casino Resort this Saturday night as part of their ongoing Valley Forge Music Fair. She played to a packed house — and for the last hour of the show she took questions from the audience. Attendees grilled her about The View, reminisced about favorite movie moments, talked about what an inspiration she was to them, and even brought gifts for Bear (her shelter dog that is deaf and blind). She adopted him locally from Main Line Animal Rescue in Chester Springs. (She visited there Saturday afternoon before her show.)

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