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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.
 
As if helping abused children weren't a good enough cause, The Children's Crisis Treatment Center held a fundraiser with a Cowboy theme. People came dressed Western-Style, wearing straw hats and turquoise, cowboy boots and chaps. The CCTC is committed to providing high quality, comprehensive mental health services to Philadelphia's neediest children and their families. These services address the effects of abuse, neglect, traumatic events, and other challenges to early childhood development and assist children in reaching their full potential within their homes, community and society.
 
Finally, a place for La Colombe denizens to retire to after the coffeehouse closes. L'Hexagone, a new addition to the "French Quarter" in Center City, threw an opening bash on Thursday, June 6th. Owners Jean Wilfrid Thibault and Raphael Perrier had case upon case of champagne to lubricate the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd. As with any French hangout, the bar was thick with smoke and suggestive looks. 1718 Sansom Street has become one of the main places to go before heading to your favorite after-hours space.
 
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.
 
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