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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.
 
The Book and The Cook, an annual event in its seventeenth year, overtook Philadelphia for 10 days in late March. We attended a smattering of events, the best ones highlighted here for you on The Scene.
 
Members of The Opera Company of Philadelphia's Club Bravi enjoyed a short reception during the intermission of Porgy and Bess at The Academy of Music on Friday, April 27th. The performance was just spectacular and received a lengthy standing ovation. This is the 25th Anniversary Season of The Opera Company of Philadelphia.
 
The Main Ballroom at the Park Hyatt Bellevue was filled on April 25 with over 300 women, mostly, who were there for the annual Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Daisy Day Luncheon fundraiser. Then event raises money to help cover the financial gap between the amount that insurance companies will cover and what the children's families can afford to pay. Over the past 25 years, the annual campaign has raised more than five million dollars. CHOP provided more than fifty-eight million dollars in uncompensated care in 2000. A fashion show with designer Michael Kors' Fall 2001 collection was presented by Saks Fifth Avenue and featured supermodels Maggie Rizer, Missy Rayder, Karen Elson and Oluchi; all of whom came in from New York to support CHOP's humanitarian efforts.
 
The future of children's tennis was celebrated by over 900 guests, celebrities and at the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis Center in Manayunk on Saturday, April 21st. The Hawaiian-theme evening (you'll note the lovely array of flora and fauna worn by guests) was started with a rousing performance by several of the center's children whose lives have been bettered by tennis. The18th annual benefit featured its famous silent and live auctions, with some truly extravagant items; a $25,000 two-week deluxe trip to Australia from Swain Australia Tours); a private dinner for 12 at megachef George Perrier's house; and tickets to the French Open with hotel and airfare. Proceeds from the event benefit 6,000 youngsters throughout the Philadelphia Area.
 
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