Philly Mag’s social scene photographer HughE Dillon selects 2013′s best snaps
Ever wonder what it’s like to be on the receiving end of the Cole Hamels stare? You know the one — that withering look he’s known to give on occasion when the home plate umpire’s being stingy with strike calls, or an outfielder makes a bonehead play. I felt that same chill as Cole looked me in the eyes and said, “I’m not talking about the kids.”
Heidi Hamels will hate the way this story begins.
But this is where her story must begin, because without it, the farm girl never becomes a celebrity, which is how she meets a handsome young man with a wicked changeup who asks her to marry him, and that handsome man doesn’t win a World Series, or tell his wife that her passion is his passion and yes, to take briefcases full of his money and create a foundation that will, without exaggeration, save the lives of children in a far-away country he’s never stepped foot in, and to adopt an orphan from another far-away country, and while she’s at it, to give a little hope to the rundown public schools in the city they now call home.
So the story starts here: Heidi Strobel, as she was known then, standing on a wooden perch in the middle of a blackwater river in the Amazon, hungry and exhausted in the way that makes you do strange things, preparing to take her clothes off for Oreo cookies and peanut butter and a soda in front of what would later be a national television audience. To everyone watching—maybe even herself—it seemed as though she’d traded her dignity for a snack and a morsel of fame, without knowing she was actually about to take her first step toward something much bigger. Naked and unafraid, Heidi jumped.
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If you passed by Vie on N. Broad St. last night, you might have caught a glimpse a Phillies player dressed in his favorite denim attending The Hamels Foundation’s fourth annual Diamonds and Denim event. Diamonds and Denim mixes casual with formal, providing a unique atmosphere for guests to dress up their favorite denim with as much “bling” as they want! Attendees enjoyed an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a three-course dinner, participated in a silent auction and live auction (with some pretty creative items), and took in a private concert by Lifehouse.
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Cole and Heidi Hamels have always been one of Philadelphia’s most beautiful couples—but it turns out they’re beautiful on the inside, too. We’ll get the details tonight on 6 ABC:
— Jeff Skversky (@JeffSkversky) February 7, 2013
Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels plans a sitdown with School Supt. William Hite soon; The Notebook reports he’s angry that the list of Philadelphia public schools slated for closure includes three schools to which he’s donated playground and library equipment.
Hamels Foundation operations officer G-N Kang said she and other officials were “shocked and surprised” to find that three Hamels-supported schools were on the District’s list of 37 proposed closures. The schools include Bayard Taylor Elementary, whose new $317,000 playground opened last summer; Wilson Elementary, which received a $50,000 playground in 2010; and Shaw Middle School, which received a $50,000 “family resource and professional development center” for its library in 2011.
Kang said that the foundation would lobby to keep the three schools open, as well as Fairhill Elementary, which has received foundation support for adult literacy programs.
Hamels sits down with Hite before the end of this month, but he may not have any leverage by virtue of his donations: “Legally it was a donation,” Kang said. ”So at the end of the day, they have the final say.” [The Notebook]
Cole Hamels doesn’t feel so hot. The Phils ace will miss his Wednesday start against the Mets due to gastrointestinal illness. Yum. Instead of spending anytime worrying about the details of that, we’ll focus on the fact that the Phillies have called up Tyler Cloyd to make his Major League debut in Hamels’ place. Cloyd is a 25-year-old RHP who has posted a 12-1 record with Lehigh Valley this season.
Last night at the Crystal Tea Room, Heidi and Cole Hamels hosted their third annual Diamonds and Denim gala to raise money for the Hamels Foundation, which supports inner-city schools in the U.S., as well as Malawi’s one million orphans and victims of the AIDS/HIV virus. Here with the Hamels is model, actress, and choreographer Tammy Jean (second from right), wearing “body art” by Kerry Ann Smith (left) from About Face II.
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Yesterday in Hunting Park, Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, wife Heidi Hamels, board members and sponsors cut the ribbon on Bayard Taylor Elementary’s newly renovated playground. Where there was once a bleak blacktop more conducive to a parking lot, there are now jungle gyms, spinning chairs, basketball and soccer courts, a gorgeous greenhouse, an area to play board games, and an iPad station. It’s not your mother’s playground. All this was made possible by a $300,000 grant from the Hamels Foundation, as well as support from several generous sponsors. Check out PhillyChitChat.com for more photos of the event and playground. Below: G-N Kang (director of operations of Hamels Foundation), Debra Drossner (principal at Bayard Taylor Elementary), Heidi Hamels, Cole Hamels, David Montgomery (Phillies president), James Sheehan and Justin Wineburgh.
The day Cole Hamels announced he’d signed the contract of a lifetime, I said goodbye to the biggest Phillies fan I know. Bianca Lombardo was 86 years old when she died this past Sunday. She was the last survivor of her six siblings, and since her sister, Elsie—my grandmother—passed away nearly two decades ago, she was my link to my father’s extended family, the connection to my Italian heritage. She was my dad’s aunt, but to me, my cousins and many others, she was Aunt Babs. Read more »