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Each spring, more than 10,000 individuals come together in more than 70 cities across the United States for Taste of the Nation food and wine tastings and dinners. In all, 60,000 attendees feast to help end hunger annually. Since 1988, Taste of the Nation events have raised $46 million which have supported more than 450 organizations working to end hunger and poverty in the United States and abroad. Last year's events raised more than $4.3 million. In Philadelphia, Loew's Hotel was the site of this year's 15th annual tasting on Wednesday, June fifth. Highlights included food by Figs, Capitol Grill, Blue Ox, Fork and DiBruno Brothers. 100 percent of the ticket price is to benefit the anti-hunger fight.
The Avenue of Dreams Gala at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Saturday, June first, drew a crowd of about 400 people. The gala benefited the American Diabetes Association. The Rich Posmontier Orchestra stirred everyone up after dinner with classic tunes and some dance music. People seemed to need to let loose after holding their collective breath through the live auction. One particularly hot item was a wine tasting dinner for fifty people – valued at $2,000, it went for over $6,000.
Rain did not triumph at this year's Ball on the Square in Rittenhouse Park. People watched from benches and grassy seats with their dogs, while the $600 per couple guests made their way into the large white tent, clad in black tie for summer. While the dinner was underway, the Young Friends of Rittenhouse held a separate cocktail party nearby at Marathon on the Square, under a ceiling of burgundy and gold balloons. When the grownups had finished eating, the children were permitted to join them for dancing before bedtime. The funniest part is that the Young Friends (actually, ages 21 – 35) were outdanced by the older guests, and it happens that way every year.
This year's Zoobilee, themed "Party With the Giants," drew over 3,000 guests and raised $600,000. The star giants were Naga the Indonesian Komodo dragon measuring in at a staggering horizontal 91/2 feet, 200 pounds, and the other giant was Sixers player Dikembe Mutumbo, who was vertically as impressive. Despite a little rain, guests were ZOObilant sampling the tasty treats and open bars donated by 80 area restaurants and bars. The Zoobilee remains one of the best parties of the year in Philadelphia.
This summer, on Sunday June 9th, the Young Philadelphians, (Young Friends of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts) aged 21 to 40, gathered for mingling and music at the Mann. During the summer, when many other social groups are less active, the Young Philadelphians club comes alive, providing events all season long at The Mann—the region's only outdoor cultural arts center. The kickoff event featured a concert by Harry Connick Jr. The next event, to be held on July 31st, will showcase Art Garfunkel. Then, on September fifth, the popular Broadway show, Rent!, is the next Young Philadelphians attraction.
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