Vertical Block Party at Avenir

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Last night I went to a Vertical Block Party in the new building on Chestnut and 15th – the Avenir. The building features sleek apartments — ranging from “flats” (just 300 square feet) and studios to one- and two-bedroom (835 square feet) units — as well as amenities like a screening room, a community room and a state-of-the-art exercise facility, as well as several “Think Rooms” for studying or for zen moments I imagine.

The party was open to influencers, and business leaders who enjoyed local bites and spirits. Avenir promotes itself as “micro living” at it’s best, but it didn’t feel claustrophobic, and 300 square feet didn’t seem as small as that number. (Be forewarned, micro living doesn’t mean micro rents.)

The location of Avenir is sweet, across from City Hall and Dilworth Park, near public transportation and a few blocks from the mega chic shopping on Walnut Street as well as a stones throw from the Shops of Liberty, where it was just announced the new Bloomingdale’s Outlet will be opening.

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95.7 Ben FM Woman of the Week Luncheon

On Wednesday, 95.7 Ben FM with Marilyn Russell hosted a “Woman of the Week” Networking Luncheon at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, with special guest Alex Holley from FOX29’s “Good Day.” “Woman of the Week” is a weekly program on 95.7 Ben FM hosted by Russell — the morning DJ — and highlights women in the Delaware Valley who are making an impact in the community. After a short networking period, guests sat down to enjoy a delicious Jose Garces Catering buffet luncheon and enjoyed the program, which featured speakers including Holley, who talked about her career path and how she’s adopted Philadelphia as her second home. Check out the interview with the Woman of the Week here. More photos after the jump

PHOTO: Mayor Nutter Poses With Jimmy Carter at the Free Library

Jimmy Carter and Mayor Michael Nutter

Jimmy Carter poses with Mayor Michael Nutter, just back from a diplomacy trip to Mexico. The Mayor stopped by the Free Library to welcome the former president, who was on hand to sign his new book, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninetyfor hundreds of people who waited in line to meet him.

Carter’s faith and spirituality are heavily talked about in the memoir. One such belief that made headlines this week came from Huffington Post interview in which the former president revealed that even though he believes Jesus Christ would approve of same-sex marriage, we should respect churches that don’t share the same belief. He said the couple should just find a church that did agree or get married at the court house.

The Walnut Club Launch Party

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Tuesday night was the launch of The Walnut Club at Positano Coast in Old City where they served some of their most popular dishes, along with specialty cocktails and beer. The Walnut Club is a new networking club which introduces ambitious women to the best people, resources and events for advancing, connecting and playing in Philadelphia. Many of Philly’s movers and shakers, turned out to learn about the club from founder Marla McDermott, who you might know from her business “I Heart PHL.”, she certainly does and that’s why she wants to take the guess work out of who women should network with to create the business they want to have. Check out to see if it’s a fit for you.

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L’Hermione Reception and Recreation at Tall Ships Exhibition

A replica of the 18th-century ship L’Hermione visited Penn’s Landing this past weekend as part of the Tall Ships traveling exhibition. The ship, a 216-foot-long, 1,260-ton replica of the French frigate that took the Marquis de Lafayette on his second journey to the United States during the Revolutionary War. Yann Cariou, captain of the French tall ship L’Hermione, welcomed Councilman Mark Squilla on board on Friday night for a cocktail party to celebrate the arrival of the ship in Philadelphia. Afterwards, there was a reception — including a small program — hosted by Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne in the courtyard of City Tavern. Then it was inside for a re-enactment of a dinner that occurred on the voyage when it was docked in Philadelphia. The dinner was prepared by Chef Walter Staib. Staib is culinary ambassador to the voyage, and he had filmed a PBS special onboard the ship in June 2014 in Rochefort, France, in anticipation of this voyage. He is preparing a similar re-enactment dinner in Boston on July 11. More Photos after the jump

Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Discovering the Impressionists” Opening Gala

From left: Jennifer Thompson, Curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Hannah Henderson, Trustee Emeritus, Board of Trustees, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Sally Sharkey; H. F. "Gerry" Lenfest, Chair Trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Gail Harrity, appointed President and COO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosted a party celebrating the museum’s new exhibit: “Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting” The opening gala was held on Saturday, June 20, 2015. The exhibit features works by world-famous painters such as Mary Cassatt (a Pa. native), Cézanne, Degas, Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, and others. The event began with champagne toasts on the East Terrace, followed by hors d’oeuvres in the Great Stair Hall, where guests could enter the exhibition halls to see the great artworks. Guests also enjoyed live entertainment and festive summer fare by Stephen Starr Catering. They then ascended the grand staircase to enjoy dinner in the balcony overlooking the Grand Hall. After dinner, there was a dance party with a DJ and desserts served in the Grand Hall. The exhibit opens to the public on Wednesday,
June 24 and runs through September 13. More Photos after the jump

The 32nd Annual Ball On The Square

Credit: HughE Dillon

Credit: HughE Dillon

Last night, The Friends of Rittenhouse Square and Arthur Wolk (The Wolk Law Firm) & Boo (the law firm’s house pooch) hosted the 32nd annual Ball on The Square. A record number of people attended the soiree, which sold out by June 1.  Over 400 well-dressed guests attended, dining on Starr Events Catering and listening to the Eddie Bruce Orchestra while surrounded by the beautiful decor of Evantine Design, all to raise funds for the popular park.

The annual celebration brings much-needed funds for the maintenance of the well-liked square; last night was especially sweet as the Friends of Rittenhouse Square announced that they have raised $1.6 million in the past 3 years from the galas. The evening’s gala was held around one of the benefits of these galas — The Duck Lady Fountain — which has been restored and was flowing freely last night.  Other improvements included increased lighting, security cameras, the restored and cleaned balustrade, and the illuminated guardhouse and lion.

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SKCC Next Launch Reception

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The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) at Thomas Jefferson University hosted its SKCC Next launch reception at the Ritz Residences for members of the next generation of supporters, as well as potential members. SKCC Next is not a “young friends” organization, but the next generation of supporters of any age, business leaders and philanthropists interested in getting involved with SKCC through funding, volunteering and collaborating in innovative ways to support the Center and its goal of finding a cure for cancer.

Guests enjoyed two hours of networking with their peers, as well as with Dr. Karen E. Knudsen, Ph.D. (director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center); Paul Gunther (director of development, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center); Joseph Weiss, (chair of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center advisory board); and the leaders of SKCC Next. They enjoyed complimentary cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres and music by Fishtown Beats. For more information on this organization, contact the office of protocol and special events by phone at 215-955-9100 or via email at events@jefferson.edu.

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Career Wardrobe “A Perfect Fit” Gala and Fashion Show

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Last night the Career Wardrobe hosted its annual gala, “A Perfect Fit: Change Your Suit. Change Your Perspective. Change Your Life,” at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City.

The evening started with a cocktail party, where guests enjoyed buffet stations lined with delicious appetizers and dinner. During the cocktail party, guests were able to participate in an extensive silent auction. At around 7 p.m., guests were ushered into the grand ballroom for dessert, coffee and the program, which included the very popular fashion show with local news reporters, notable Philly businesswomen, and former clients of the Career Wardrobe. The proceeds from the event go toward helping ease the transition of women from welfare to work and education, empowerment programs to assist women back into the work force, and guidance about what to wear for job interviews.

Did you know you can pick up decent second-hand clothing from the Wardrobe Boutique store at 1822 Spring Garden Street? Goals for the Career Wardrobe this year include moving their office from inside Center City to the Spring Garden location, and accepting men’s clothing at the boutique to help men make the transition into the workplace.

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Marc Vetri Hosts Annual Great Chefs Event at Navy Yard

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More than 1,200 guests attended the 10th annual Great Chefs Event on Tuesday, June 9th. The yearly eating party thrown by Philadelphia super-chef Marc Vetri was held at Urban Outfitters in the Navy Yard, with proceeds going to help Alex’s Lemonade Stand fight childhood cancer, and to the Vetri Foundation for Children. Neuroblastoma took Alex Scott’s life when she was eight, and her parents, Jay and Liz Scott, carry on her goal of helping doctors find a cure for the disease.

The event attracts four dozen top chefs from the U.S. and Italy who created delicious dishes and desserts, and features both a live and a silent auction — which included clothing, lavish trips, sports tickets and experiences — that raises nearly $100,000 every year.

This year the after-party was held just a few blocks away, under a white tent in front of Vetri’s restaurant Lo Spiedo, with Questlove spinning at the bash again. 

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