PHOTOS: MANNA’s Shut Up and Dance 2014

On Saturday, local hunger-fighting org MANNA hosted Shut Up and Dance, its stylish, one-night-only benefit performance by the Pennsylvania Ballet. Check out photos from the evening, and the after-party at Pennsylvania 6, below.

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Zarwin Baum 12th Annual March Madness Watching Party

Zarwin-Baum-March-Madness-Party-08-5307-Brent-Celek-Todd-Herremans-400The annual Zarwin Baum March Madness watching party has blossomed into one of the largest networking events in the city. Over the past 12 years it’s moved from the firm’s office space to Top of the Tower and now to the Crystal Tea Room.

More than 2,000 people stopped by to catch up with friends, network and catch the NCAA games on wide-screen TVs throughout the rooms during the nine-hour party. The menu was pleasing to any sports fan and included cheesesteaks, hot dogs and hamburgers, fries, and wings. The free event has always benefited Philabundance but this year’s event specifically supports Chester nonprofit grocery store Fare & Square. There was an extensive silent auction, as well as a live auction to raise funds. There were also receptacles on hand to collect canned food donations.

More of HughE Dillon’s photos from the Zarwin Baum March Madness party after the jump »

Stars for Stroke Gala and Silent Auction


The 18th Annual Stars for Stroke Gala and Silent Auction to benefit the Delaware Valley Stroke Council was held Saturday evening, March 15th, in the ballroom of the Society Hill Sheraton. The Delaware Valley Stroke Council works to reduce the incidences and impact of stroke through public awareness, education and advocacy.

The annual black tie event paid tribute to individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the community, presenting The Lifetime Achievement Award to Congressman Chaka Fattah, senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. He established the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative, the first ever federal inter-agency collaboration focused on neuroscience. The Volunteer of the Year Award was given to John Roussis. The Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Award was presented to Roger and Peggy Myers for their relentless perseverance. A Special Recognition Award was presented to the Delaware Valley Stroke Council’s Medical Advisory Board chaired by Dr. Paul Katz. After the program, guests dined on beef and chicken, and danced the evening away to the tunes of Stu Weitz and his orchestra.

More of HughE’s photos from the Stars for Stroke Gala after the jump »

PHOTOS: Philly POPS Pays Tribute to Composer Marvin Hamlisch

Shortly before his death in August of 2012, legendary American conductor and composer Marvin Hamlisch was supposed to take over The Philly POPS. That never came to be, but this past weekend the POPS paid homage to his legacy in a show featuring three of his favorite singers: Donna McKechnie, Jodi Benson, and Doug LaBrecque. The trio summoned his memory by singing some of his most memorable tunes from The Way We Were, They’re Playing Our Song, A Chorus Line, and other shows. Guest conductor Lawrence Blank was in charge of all the songs except the final number, “One,” from A Chorus Line. That was conducted by Don Pippin, who led the original cast in the 1975 A Chorus Line on Broadway.


PHOTOS: bi at Sundown Debuts at Lit UltraBar

The much anticipated new bi-weekly party “bi at Sundown,” produced by Nightlife Gay‘s Bruce Yelk and George Lopez — kicked off last night at, you guessed it, sundown, at Lit Ultrabar. Philly DJ Robbie Tronco and L.A.’s The Perry Twins manned the turntables as the crowd jammed the dancefloor. Guests who arrived at 7:04PM were treated to an open bar for the first hour. Spotted in the crowd was Brittany Lynn, Atlantic City Alliance‘s Jeff Guaracino and boyfriend Todd McKee, and Wayne Bowman, Penn 6‘s Tim Adams and PhillyGayCalendar‘s Matt O’Neill. Yelk is going for the metrosexual crowd, and I spotted a few of them in the mix, as well as some lovely ladies. The next “bi at Sundown” party is on March 30th, with one of Madonna’s favorite spinsters’ Tracy Young. Check out some photos from the evening below.

PHOTOS: Director and COO of Art Museum Does Rocky Pose on Art Museum Steps

On Monday, March 10th, Rocky Director John G. Avildsen received the City of Philadelphia Special Citation in celebration of the release of “The Rocky Heavyweight Collection” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Here are a few snapshots — including the Director of Rocky and the President of the Art Museum doing the Rocky Pose on the Art Museum Steps. Unprecedented!

EXTRA READING: The People Want Rocky: Why Did it Take the Art Museum and the City’s Tourism Folks So Long to Understand That?

Only in America Gala and Kick-Off Party for the Chasing Dreams Exhibit


Last night I attended The 2014 Only in America Gala and the kick-off of the new “Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American” exhibition at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Many notables were on the impressive guest list, including Edward G. Rendell, chair of the Only in America Gala, who noted, “Baseball is an all-American sport; the players are of all nationalities, as are the fans.”

The evening started with a cocktail party on the lower levels of the museums; the dinner was held upstairs in the ballroom adjacent to the exhibition. Throughout the evening, guests were encouraged to visit the exhibit, which is composed of objects representing players of all the many ethnic groups that have taken part in the game, as well as the many notable contributions of Jewish players. The exhibit officially opens on March 13th and continues through October 26th.

More of HughE Dillon’s photos from the Only in America Gala after the jump »

Second Annual United Negro College Fund Mayor’s Masked Ball


The second annual United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Mayor’s Masked Ball in Philadelphia took place Saturday, March 8th, at the Marriott Downtown. Nearly 600 business owners, civic leaders, supporters and volunteers joined in the celebration.

Congratulations go to the 2014 Masked Award winners, so honored for assisting students in reaching their graduation goals: Sheldon M. Bonovitz, chairman emeritus, Duane Morris, LLP; Willie F. Johnson, founder and chairman, PRWT Services; and Michael A. Rashid, president and CEO of AmeriHealth.

The evening’s co-chairs were Daniel J. Hilferty, president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, and Julie Coker, senior vice president, convention division, for the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), Craig L. Adams, executive vice president of Exelon and president and CEO of PECO, and Albert P. Black Jr., COO for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

More of HughE’s photos from the Mayor’s Masked Ball after the jump »

PHOTOS: HRC Philadelphia Region Gala Dinner

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) held it’s annual Philadelphia Region Gala Dinner on Saturday. Philly native and HRC Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs Tom O’Donnell served as the speaker for the evening, welcoming Philly State Rep. Brian Sims as special guest. Other notable honorees and performers that evening included 30 Rock star Maulik Pancholy, who received the 2014 Visibility Award, out country singer Steve Grand, and ’90s pop diva Crystal Waters. The evening began with a cocktail party, and an impressive silent auction featuring everything from dinner at a Stephen Star restaurant to signed footballs and trips abroad. Then guests enjoyed dinner and the program in Millennium Hall, followed by an after-party at Voyeur.

King of Prussia Container Store Grand Opening


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.

More of HughE’s photos from the grand opening of the King of Prussia Container Store after the jump »

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