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The Rittenhouse Hotel was the place to be on Thursday, October 25th, if you love French food. The March of Dimes held a delicious fundraiser called An Evening in Lyon, complete with four of the world's master French chefs. The gracious and lovely Honorable Daniele Thomas-Easton was the emcee and charmed everyone with her melodic French accent. A reverential hush came over the room when the food was served as people tried to maintain decorum while devouring the sinful fare.
 
On Monday, October 22nd The Marian Anderson Award was presented to musical genius Quincy Jones. Marian Anderson was one of the most celebrated African-American contraltos of the twentieth century. She was born in Philadelphia in 1897, and became a beloved symbol of the triumph of talent over prejudice and bigotry. Eleanor Roosevelt herself was a high-profile supporter of Marian Anderson and engaged her to sing at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939. The award presented to Quincy Jones was preceded by tributes at the Academy of Music by the Philadelphia Orchestra, opera singer Grace Bumbry, legendary trumpeter John Faddis and a blow-out, sing-along with Stevie Wonder.
 
The Print Center of Philadelphia held an open house auction called Beatnik Bash, with staff and guests dressed in black berets and turtlenecks. The crowd was enthusiastic (not a Beatnik trait, but hey, this is Nouveau Beat) and pre-bid on such items as an original Robert Asman Print.
 
On October 12th, the Red Cross threw its Summer Soiree and packed the Rittenhouse Sheraton. The party, which started at 8 with appetizers and open bar, was really going by 9:30, and by 10, to give you an indication of the spirits of the partygoers, the open bar had run out. All proceeds benefited the Red Cross – even more generous were those attending who added donations to the price of their admission ticket.
 
The Breast Health Institute and Fashion Group International teamed up to raise money to aid in the fight against breast cancer. On Friday, October 12th, nearly 250 people arrived at the Hyatt Regency to take part in the effort, themed "Give The Shirt Off Your Back". Cocktail hour was drawn out a full hour and a half later than expected as people were having such a marvelous time. When we did enter the ballroom at the Hyatt, it was jaw-dropping – colored lights flashing everywhere for the pre-dinner dancing in a gauzy tent in the middle of the room. Not the least of the scenery were the delectable male dancers who had, indeed, already given the shirts off of their backs.
 
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