Career Wardrobe’s 5th Annual Tea & Fashion Show


Career Wardrobe’s 5th Annual Tea & Fashion Show was held Sunday afternoon at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The annual event welcomed women from across generations to support Career Wardrobe while enjoying an afternoon spent together enjoying tea, tea sandwiches, desserts and a fashion show featuring clothes from The Wardrobe Boutique (19th and Spring Garden streets) and Revivals Boutique (Narberth).

There was also bidding on fun items in the silent auction, raffles, empowering speeches and then shopping at a pop-up boutique for fabulous fashions as well as discounted designer shoes. The Career Wardrobe has outfitted nearly 70,000 women since December 1995. They provide dressing consults, resumé review and interview coaching, as well as lessons in beauty basics to women trying to get back into the workforce.

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Hope Gala at the Crystal Tea Room

Shawn Standen, Stephanie Lee, Thomas McCann and Megan Yarnall

Shawn Standen, Stephanie Lee, Thomas McCann and Megan Yarnall.

On Saturday, Devereux — a leading national nonprofit behavioral healthcare organization — hosted its annual Hope Gala at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia with the theme “Into the Woods,” making a mystical Halloween evening.

The event was a masquerade black tie ball, but if you didn’t have a mask you could have it painted on by Cait’s Faces, and many people did. Proceeds from the Hope Gala benefits Devereux’s programs which serve more than 3,500 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges in southeastern Pennsylvania. The black-tie event included a cocktail reception and a sit-down, buffet dinner by the Finley Catering. After dinner the young friends of Devereux enjoyed an “Enchanted Forrest” afterparty with DJ Jasmine Chess. The gala’s decorations were amazing, with trees, weeping willows and the most magnificent table decorations by Hoffman Design Group, Inc.

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Eat, Drink, Dance and Cure Cancer

Peter Dilsheimer and Madison Alig with Jaclyn Osterstock and Derek Jameson

Peter Dilsheimer and Madison Alig, with Jaclyn Osterstock and Derek Jameson.

The Wistar Ambassadors hosted Eat, Drink, Dance and Cure Cancer last Friday night at Loews Hotel on the 33rd floor. The Wistar Ambassadors are a group of young residents of the Philadelphia region, between the ages of 25 and 40 years old, who want to learn more about the bold new advances in cancer research at The Wistar Institute — and find new ways of raising local and national awareness of these efforts.

There were several scientists on hand, easily recognized in their lab coats, to chat about the latest research Wistar. Guests enjoyed light bites, bid on silent auction items such as trips, clothing and other experiences, and danced to the tunes of Dj Adrian Hardy. This Friday, Wistar Institute honors Dr. Russel E. Kaufman for his contributions as President and CEO of The Wistar Institute for the last 12 years.

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Susan Komen Breast Cancer Pink Tide Ball

Bill Culp, Karen Lynch and Allyson Lynch. The Lynch's are mother daughter breast cancer survivors and were thrilled to be able to attend the Pink Tide Gala together.

Bill Culp, Karen Lynch and Allyson Lynch. The Lynch’s are mother daughter breast cancer survivors and were thrilled to be able to attend the Pink Tide Gala together.

Susan G. Komen Philadelphia presented its 14th annual Pink Tie Ball, this year at Vie. The theme was Pink Tide Ball, and the event space was magnificently decorated by Scott Rothenberger’s PLACE with lots of sea creatures, trees, and jelly fish at every corner to the delight of guests. The event attracted nearly 650 of the community’s most avid breast cancer supporters to further help Komen Philadelphia save lives and advance research.

The evening started out with a cocktail party, where guests dined on all the delicious Cescaphe delights including seafood, pasta and salad. Then they headed into the main event space for dinner and the program. There were two award winners: ShopRite Supermarkets, which received the “Friend in the Fight” award for supporting Komen events and the company’s employee-friendly medical benefits package; American Association for Cancer Research, which received the “Beacon of Hope” award.

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Philadelphia Orchestra’s Yannick Nézet-Séguin on Piano Virtuoso Daniil Trifonov

Photo by Jan Reagan

Photo by Jan Reagan

Sure, last week was busy for Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the maestro of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He opened the Metropolitan Opera’s season in New York City on Monday, conducting Verdi’s Otello (read our review here). He also conducted the Fabulous Philadelphians for the World Meeting of Families’ concert and mass with Pope Francis. But that was last week. 

This week has a whole new focus. Tomorrow night kicks off the Orchestra season with a gala concert with selections from Disney’s Fantasia. But, the first program of the season — running Thursday through Sunday — features virtuosic 24-year-old Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, performing “Piano Concerto No. 4” by one of his musical idols, fellow countryman Sergei Rachmaninoff. 

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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


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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