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The 71st Radnor Hunt Races took place on Saturday, May 19th. The grounds were crowded with racing and horse enthusiasts tailgating and taking part of this steeplechasing spring tradition. Six exciting races featured horses galloping over hurdles and timber fences for purses totaling $160,000. All proceeds from the Radnor Hunt Races benefit the land and water preservation programs of the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford.
 
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.
 
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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