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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?
 
Mayor John Street, along with co-chairs Bonnie Grant, Lana Felton-Ghee and executive director Karen Leslie-Garrison put on a big bash to celebrate City Hall's 100th Anniversary on Saturday, June 23rd. Philadelphia's City Hall is the largest in the nation, built in the style of the French Second Empire, with 88 million bricks! Fourteen of the nearly 700 rooms played host to as many radio stations who decorated the rooms with themes like "Sounds of the 80's", "76ers Tribute", and "Our Sinatra." As people traipsed from room to room and floor to floor, Party Central hosted a string of singers in the Mayor's Reception Room, as well as delicious desserts, including a giant cake shaped like City Hall.
 
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.
 
The Philadelphia Museum of Art's trustees, and the Women's Committee hosted a gala evening to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Museum on Thursday, May 10th , a balmy and clear spring night. Before the period costume show on the Great Staircase and cocktails, guests were greeted by trumpeteers at the West Door upon arrival. After smiling and kiss-kissing through the receiving line, the art-loving patrons proceeded to dinner, followed by dessert, dancing to the Hank Lane Orchestra, and fireworks later in the evening.
 
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