The Walnut Club Launch Party

Jess Chang, Giula Valtieri and Alina Alter

Tuesday night was the launch of The Walnut Club at Positano Coast in Old City where they served some of their most popular dishes, along with specialty cocktails and beer. The Walnut Club is a new networking club which introduces ambitious women to the best people, resources and events for advancing, connecting and playing in Philadelphia. Many of Philly’s movers and shakers, turned out to learn about the club from founder Marla McDermott, who you might know from her business “I Heart PHL.”, she certainly does and that’s why she wants to take the guess work out of who women should network with to create the business they want to have. Check out to see if it’s a fit for you.

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Blackness Isn’t Transferable

Dylann Roof, left. Rachel Dolezal, right. (Dolezal photo: AP)

Dylann Roof, left. Rachel Dolezal, right. (Dolezal photo: AP)

Today marks the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States — the day Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, with the news that slavery ended … some two-and-a-half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had legally, but not actually, freed slaves across the South.

On June 17, 2015, a terrorist named Dylann Roof walked into Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel AME Church, and opened fire, killing nine congregants he’d been praying with during the prior hour. Despite the end of the enslavement period and the current state of the Union, a Confederate flag still flies at full mast outside South Carolina’s state house, undisturbed.

All this, after two weeks of talking about an imposter. Read more »

Brick and Mortar Opening

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Last night Michael B. Welsh’s much anticipated Brick and Mortar (BAM) opened up at 12th and Pearl Streets in the Loft District of Philadelphia. The New American tavern seats up to 110 people and is located on the first floor of the Goldtex Building, which features large windows letting in a lot of light and banquet style tables as well as having a community table for large parties. Chef Brian Ricci’s menu will serve lunch and dinner, as well as late-night snacks, plus the best cocktails you could imagine.

Last night’s opening served as a fundraiser to support Friends of The Rail Park, attracting supporters including Inga Saffron, Connor Barwin, Sam Sherman and Paul Steinke, who enjoyed signature cocktails + hors d’oeuvres crafted by the BAM staff. Friends of The Rail Park had a lot to celebrate last night as the Philadelphia Art Commission had given final approval for the anticipated park’s design on Wednesday. During the event Philly’s favorite rapper, Chill Moody performed with Yufi Zewdu & DJ Ricochet.

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250th Celebration Gala for the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine

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This past Saturday, more than 1200 alumni, faculty, and dignitaries attended the 250th Celebration Gala for the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine — also known as Penn Med — held at the top of the Philadelphia Art Museum steps in the largest tent that’s ever been erected at that location.

It was an evening like no other filled with warm memories, reunions among faculty and alumni, and a concert by Harry Connick Jr., and grand fireworks display to cap-off the evening. The evening began with a cocktail party inside the Art Museum, where guests enjoyed pass hor d’oeuvres and cocktails. At 7:30pm, bagpipes made their way down the grand staircase guiding guests through the front doors and into the tent for dinner and the program, which included honoring a remarkable video called “The First”, which noted many of the remarkable achievements of the University of Pennsylvania’s school of medicine — including being the first medical school in the country. After the gala dinner, guests returned to the Grand Hall of the Art Museum for a dance party, and a VIP meet-and-greet with Connick.

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The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia 50th Anniversary

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The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia celebrated its 50th anniversary with a concert at Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall on Sunday May 10, 2015. After the performance a champagne toast reception was held at the Hamilton Garden where Garces Catering provided small plates of delicious food. Guests included music director Dirk Brossé; Geert Bourgeois, minister-president of the government of Flanders; former Governor Ed Rendell; as well as friends , supporters and members of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

There were toasts to the staying power of the orchestra and to the exciting future that lays ahead . Also on hand was Kenneth M. Jarin, board chair; who with Dirk Brossé, conductor; and Susan Schwartz McDonal,, president  of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Board of Directors. They honored Marc Mostovoy, founder of the chamber orchestra, and recognizing Conductor Laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn for his service.

The concert was conducted by Maestro Dirk Brossé conducted can be heard this Sunday, May 17, 5 to 6 pm on WRTI.

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The Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia

Howard and JoAnne Wurzak with Hilarie and Mitchell Morgan

The Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia celebrated it’s 17th Annual Evening in the Park on the grounds of their headquarters Thursday night, The Suzanne Morgan Center at Ridgeland in Fairmount Park. Guests enjoyed fabulous food and cocktails by Brulee Catering, a live auction led by Jeff Hammond who helped raise nearly $75,000 from the very generous crowd, and a silent auction, all to benefit CSCGP.

Event co-chairs Barbara Blair and Betsy Rubenstone greeted the guests and spoke about their lives which have been touched by cancer, and have benefited by the programs at CSCGP. Honorees last night included: Wendy H. Rosen, Dr. David M. Mintzer, The Stuetz Family, and  Susan Tressider. Kelly Harris, CEO gave an impassioned address sharing with the guests about all the wonderful, caring programs available at Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia (all free), especially the programs directed at children going through cancer, or a parent going through cancer. The programs connect them with others, as well as any counseling they need. We’re so lucky to have an organization like this in Philadelphia.

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Gala for NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

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The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund celebrated its 75th anniversary Thursday night with a dinner and tribute program. The honorees for the evening were four central forces in the fight for racial justice, William T. Coleman, Jr., Honorable William H. Hastie, Jr., Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., and Honorable Louis H. Pollak, whose families were on hand for the celebration, held at the Kimmel Center in the Hamilton Garden.

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Griesing Law’s Fifth Anniversary

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On Thursday night, Griesing Law celebrated its fifth anniversary with a party themed “fashion, food and spirits.” More than 200 of their friends, clients and supporters came to the firm’s offices to celebrate. Guests enjoyed specialty cocktails, a buffet which included treats from Zama, DiBrunos, and Federal Donuts. Denise Fike was on hand to personally sketch each guest. There was also a art exhibit called “City Bites”, It’s the ninth show at Griesing Law since 2010. The firm is dedicated to supporting the arts in Philadelphia with a rolling schedule of artist showcases all open to the public. Painter Mike Geno and photographer Michael Persico created art focused on Philadelphia chefs, restaurants and bakeries, The show runs from March 27th through August 31st- Monday Through Friday 9AM -5PM. 1717 Arch Street, Suite 3630. Anyone can attend for free.

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