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The nation's oldest zoo, our very own and very well-loved Philadelphia Zoo, held its 27th annual Zoobilee on Thursday, June 14. This year, the Zoo was transformed into an Australian Wallaby Walkabout. A Philadelphia tradition, the Zoobilee is the Zoo's oldest and largest fundraiser. Over 3500 people attended what is one of the favorites of the social calendar year. This wild and wooly party looked as though it might be a damp one but the early and unwelcome shower blew right over. People headed out from down under and packed the walkways and tents, chatting and enjoying the wonderful food and drinks. One of the most festive events of the season, this party carried on until the workweek-wee hour of 11 pm or so, with revelers packing the dance floors.
The 14th annual Share Our Strength - Taste of the Nation was held at Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Tuesday, June 5th. People came to eat, drink and support local organizations that combat hunger and poverty, including: Philabundance, the Committee to End Homelessness and MANNA. Sixty local restaurants, wineries, micro-breweries and coffee houses supplied some fabulous eats and refreshing quaffs while guests enjoyed the sounds of the City Rhythm Orchestra. 100% of ticket proceeds will be used to fight hunger and poverty.
The Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphia presented its Torch of Liberty Award to Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Timoney on Tuesday, June, 5th at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building. The award is presented to those who, in the words of the ADL, " Faithful to the American heritage of humanitarian values, give of themselves in public service, nurturing the community and working to secure its future." Timoney has been Police Commissioner since March, 1998.
The 2001 PAL awards dinner, their largest event and largest fundraiser of the year, was held, May 17th at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel's ballroom. This year's dinner honored David L. Cohen, Esq., the former chief of staff to Mayor Ed Rendell and Current Chairman of the law firm of Ballard Spahr Andrews and Ingersoll. Co-chairs were J. William Mills and David Montgomery. Since 1947, the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia has helped children and teenagers overcome challenges and enhance their skills. The 23 centers provide a safe haven in which to meet, play and learn for more than 27,000 boys and girls, ages 6 to 18. The facilities and programs are supervised by Philadelphia Police Officers specially trained in youth activities and sports. Proceeds from the dinner keep PAL's centers in operations and also provide college scholarships to outstanding young people.
Some truly offensive and hideous dresses were worn by otherwise lovely young ladies at the ninth annual Bridesmaids' Ball on Saturday, May 12th to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The 30th Street Station was full of young professional types dressed to distress – there was a "Dress from Hell" contest with first prize going to the ugliest bridesmaid dress. The Elastic Wasteband put on a great show, as always, and people danced and nibbled and drank until about 1 am.
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