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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.
 
Fox Chase Cancer Center held their 2001 Garden Party and Country Buffet at the Douglas Pearson's beautiful riverfront estate in Solebury on the 24th of June. The auction, which included items like Caribbean cruises, resort stays, a week at the shore, and four bottles of rare California wine, raised funds for research at the FCCC. Over 300 people strolled over the grounds by the swirling river on what was a truly perfect summer day – a few wispy clouds, 75 degrees, having an elegant lunch – what could be better?
 
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.
 
Rittenhouse Row's 5th annual festival was kicked off on Monday, May 7th at the Sofitel in a grand opening reception. Area notables showed up to pay tribute to Philadelphia and partake in goodies provided by participating restaurants. On the day of the festival, Saturday, May 12th, people from all over the tri-state area came to wander Walnut Street, enjoy the music, shop the stores and bask in the sun and the festive glow of the day.
 
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