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The 40th annual Philadelphia Antique Show opened its doors on Friday, April 6, 2001 with the Opening Night Preview Gala. Over 1,500 dealers, collectors, antiques lovers and volunteers gathered at this oh-so-genteel party in support of The University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. This year's special loan exhibit commemorated the 125th anniversary of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and featured American and European needlework, such as embroidery, samplers, quilts, costumes and accessories.
 
Look out art world! We heard that Moore College of Art & Design was holding their 2001 Honors Convocation on April 6th. To get a sneak peek at Philly's up and comers we went to the reception and got some of these young talents on film. And don't miss their Senior Exhibition on April 25th, or the Fashion Show May 9th.
 
Anchors away! The Community Coalition, a grass-roots organization made up of four volunteer programs, hopped aboard the Forbes' family yacht, the Highlander, on Saturday, April 28th. The boat cruised around Philadelphia while members and guests perused the auction items and had a lovely supper. The Young Friends faction was in attendance as well, taking over the master bedroom at one point for a mini-meeting. For more information about the Community Coalition, call 1-610-827-9232, or go to www.thecommunitycoalition.org.
 
Patti LaBelle and Delilah Winder, owner of Bluezette restaurant, teamed up April fourth to host a two-seating dinner, part of which will benefit Project H.O.M.E., a charity that helps people break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Down home cookin' included; chicken and dumplings, pan fried catfish filets and "fierce" fried corn. As Ms. LaBelle says, "I was born to do two things – sing and cook." And how!
 
On Saturday, April 28th the Philadelphia Big Brothers/Big Sisters threw its 7th Big City Ball at the spacious and swank-ified 30th Street Station. Oz and the Emerald City was the theme and several technicolor costumes were spotted throughout the evening. Over 1,200 people came to support Big Brothers/Big Sisters by bidding on auction items and buying raffle tickets. Bistro St. Tropez provided a sumptuous buffet, followed by desserts from Denise's Delicacies. To find out more about Big Brothers/Big Sisters, call 215-557-8600.
 
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