Here’s one of the biggest reasons #WhyILovePhilly: On a Valentine’s Day when when folks had to navigate puddles, ice, and snow, a guy from Belarus dressed up as a heart and holding a sign that says “Free Hugs” got a warm response from everyone he came in contact with — including Avance chef Chris Scarduzio and even the guard at the Apple Store. How perfect.
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Jack Ferguson, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, joined Mayor Michael Nutter and regional sales, marketing, business, and economic development leaders on Wednesday to launch “PHL: Here for the Making,” the city’s first joint attraction campaign. The campaign celebrates the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in Philadelphia, a city with a long history of people who make and do.
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On January 30 the Ready For Hillary Super PAC had its first fundraiser — despite the fact that Hillary Clinton has not yet announced a run for the White House in 2016. Nearly 200 eager young friends gathered at G Lounge, paying $20.16 each (get it?), to organize and rally for the former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State. The evening was a one-two punch for Hillary as bigger donors first gathered at 5:30 p.m. at the Morris Cafe for a soiree hosted by Duane Morris partner Alan Kessler and Ballard Spahr partner Ken Jarin with tickets ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Then the party moved down the block to G Lounge at 7 p.m. for a party hosted by Dan Kessler and a committee of 30. The supporters were fired up, and plan many more parties to help get Ready for Hillary.
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Nearly 4,000 people came out to enjoy the 2014 Philadelphia Auto Show’s annual Black Tie Gala. Guests got a first look at nearly 700 cars while dining on Garces Catering delights, desserts and dancing to the sounds of Jellyroll. The event beneficiary is the neonatology division of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The Auto Show runs from February 8th to February 16th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on 1101 Arch Street.
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Benjamin’s Desk celebrated innovation last week with a cocktail party on “The 8th Floor,” its new work and party space at 1701 Walnut Street. Benjamin’s Desk is a coworking space for mobile professionals, entrepreneurs and startups on Rittenhouse Row.
Individuals and companies can rent space at the Desk from $99 a month to $1,100 plus for full-size companies. The atmosphere is similar to a think tank, with lots of people from different companies working alongside each other. At any given time conversations and ideas can flow from one work station to another, and a new innovative idea is born.
The newly-acquired eighth floor will welcome the first “smart-space” in Philadelphia, featuring Nest thermostats, seven flat-screens, Philips Hue lighting and streaming video, all of which can be controlled by an iPad. The space can be rented for events to outside vendors. Eventually it will have a roof deck.
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On Friday night, January 31st, young professionals gathered for Global Glam! to celebrate the Barnes Foundation’s newly commissioned works by contemporary artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. The evening started with an intimate cocktail party with the members of the Contemporaries in one of the private rooms. The Contemporaries are a dynamic group of young patrons and art enthusiasts that promote The Barnes Foundation’s educational mission through a wide variety of programs and social events (membership starts at $500). Then the party really got started in the main hall with DJ Royale spinning tunes from the ’80s and ’90s that packed the dance floor. The guests enjoyed the colorful Shonibare exhibit, some items which will be available for sale in the future, as well as global fashion ensembles on loan from Moore College of Art and Design.
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Yesterday, Tommy Domalski (pictured above) and Amber-Joi Watkins hosted their second annual Super Bowl party. Domalski owns the penthouse that was the former pad of Pat Burrell. Attendees included the suddenly ubiquitous Kate Beaver, Miss Pennsylvania Intercontinental Julia Pauline and chef Jason Cichonski, who served vegan burgers, a new addition to the menu of his forthcoming bar/eatery, Gaslight, which had a soft opening on Saturday.
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Wing Bowl 22 went down this morning. Dan McQuade was on hand live tweeting. And HughE Dillon was snapping like a mad man as former Phillie Matt Stairs (above) pounded beers, The Scene fav Kate Beaver made an appearance, and 120-pound Molly Schuyler won by inhaling a record 363 wings.
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The 157th Anniversary Concert and Ball, Philadelphia’s annual white-tie gala, celebrated the Academy of Music’s 157th birthday on Saturday, January 25th.
Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra along with host stars the Bacon Brothers and special guest artist Jill Scott entertained attendees during the concert. Nézet-Séguin told the audience that he had been a long-time fan of Scott’s and when he found himself in his dream job of conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, he just had to perform with the home-town girl. He called it a dream come true.
The night began with an open house reception before the anniversary concert at the Academy of Music where guests dined on delights by chef Jose Garces. During the concert portion, newly installed Adele Schaeffer, chair of the board of trustees of the Academy of Music, told the audience that the evening’s funds would be used to restore the building’s HVAC system, which dates back to 1966. After the concert, guests made the annual trek up Broad Street to the Hyatt at the Bellevue Hotel. The ball included dinner and dancing to the music of six bands, including The Eddie Bruce Band, in the Grand Ballroom.
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Philadelphia’s swanky Hair o’ the Dog celebrated its 20th year on Saturday, January 18th, at the Sheraton Center City. The festivities kicked off with a VIP preview party with gourmet hors d’oeuvres in the Scarlett Lounge sponsored by Cheerleaders. Nearly 1,800 people packed the grand ballroom after primping all day for what some people call Philadelphia’s adult prom. Each lovely lady dresses to the nines in an attempt to outdo the competition.
This year’s gala benefited The Claddagh Fund, which supports community-based non-profits, with a focus on children and veterans organizations and programs that support alcohol and drug rehabilitation in cities across the country and around the world. The party ended at about 1 a.m., and then headed over to G Lounge for dancing till dawn.
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