12th Annual Jefferson Gala

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Paul Anka was a surprise guest last night at the 12th Annual Jefferson Gala at the Marriott Downtown, which honored Sidney Kimmel. At one point, Anka brought Kimmel on stage, and they sang a duet to the tune of “My Way,” but with the words changed to reflect Kimmel’s generosity and his love for his wife, Caroline.

The evening started off with a cocktail party, where smartly dressed guests enjoyed catching up with old friends and thanking the Kimmels for their generous $110 million donation to Thomas Jefferson University, which will rename its medical school the Sidney Kimmel Medical College. A record 950 guests — who raised a record $1.2 million — dined on autumn salad and mushroom stuffed chicken before the program started with 6ABC’s Jim Gardner acting as master of ceremonies.

Caroline Kimmel, who looked stunning in Alexander McQueen, spoke about her husband, calling him a renaissance man who would always consider Philadelphia his home: It’s where he grew up, where they met, and where many of their good friends live.

Dr. Stephen K. Klasko welcomed the guests and thanked the Kimmels for their largesse; Klasko promised to deliver maximum return on the investment with the same class and integrity that the donation was given. He said it would allow them to continue to re-imagine the possibilities for Jefferson, and make a difference in many people’s lives.

Finally Sidney Kimmel spoke to the crowd, telling them how his grandparents were the first in his family to seek care at Jefferson Hospital, and even then it was the best care, with a lot of consideration. He thanked them for the honor, and said this honor really belongs to his wife, his great love, Caroline Kimmel, who gives him joy with her unending positive outlook on life, it was she who encourages him to spread joy all around.

Photos from the Jefferson Gala after the jump »

Young Friends of Kelly Anne Dolan Foundation’s Masquerade and Casino Night

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The Young Friends of the Kelly Anne Dolan Foundation held their third annual Masquerade and Casino Night Friday, November 14th, at the newly renovated Union Trust. Guests enjoyed delicious butlered hors d’oeuvres, food stations, and open bar by Finley Catering.

There was dancing on the main floor with music by DJ Silva; on the second floor guests joined in the fun and tested their luck at roulette, black jack, and poker games. At the end of the night, guests traded in their casino chips for raffle tickets and a chance to win some great prizes, including tickets to Flyers games, spa excursions and sports memorabilia.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit families across the Delaware Valley who are caring for children with serious illnesses, injuries, or disabilities. These benefits include direct financial assistance for critical needs not covered by insurance, non-cash donations for grocery, pharmacy and family fun days, and during these months they have a holiday Adopt-a-Family program that matches generous sponsors with families in need to share the spirit of the holidays.

Photos from the Young Friends of Kelly Anne Dolan Masquerade and Casino Night after the jump »

PAFA’s 16th Annual Bacchanal Wine Gala

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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) hosted its 16th annual Bacchanal Wine Gala and Auction on Saturday, November 8, 2014, to honor the passion and joie de vivre of Jean-Charles Boisset (JCB). Boisset was born in the village of Vougeot, France. His lifelong passion for wine began as a child growing up within view of the centuries-old vineyards of Château du clos de Vougeot. His family founded their winery in 1961.

Leading up to the gala, Boisset was wined and dined at private dinners throughout the week, and participated in two public events. Friday it was Baubles, Bubbly & Boisset at Joan Shepp, where guests were able to sip JCB’s favorite vintages while shopping and viewing Cameron Silver’s favorite vintage designer clothing. Saturday it was Boisset Bubbly Brunch Crawl with Rouge, a.kitchen and Library Bar at the Rittenhouse Hotel; guests enjoyed brunch and pairings at each stop.

Saturday night was the gala at PAFA. Kicking off the evening was a well-attended cocktail party where guests could enjoy tasty delights by Stephen Starr Events, and could bid on vintage bottles of spirits ranging from a signed Hennessey Cognac signed by Shepard Fairey ($40) to a One double Magnum Staglin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 at $1,600. Dinner was prepared by Aimee Olexy of Talula’s Table who served Roasted Pheasant for the main course. After dinner, Jean-Charles Boisset was presented the Thomas Jefferson Award and a delicious array of desserts were served.

Photos from PAFA’s 16th Annual Bacchanal Wine Gala after the jump »

Fuel the Cure’s 2014 Winter Gala

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On Saturday night the Hyatt at the Bellevue was hopping with a lot of well-dressed young professionals in attendance for Fuel the Cure‘s seventh annual Winter Gala.

The charity was founded by Mirza Cavalic, whose father died of leukemia when he was 11. After graduating from college in 2004, he wanted to find a way to raise money for those suffering from the disease so he recruited a few like-minded Dickinson alums to help out. They formed a committee for Fuel the Cure to encourage young professionals to be more philanthropic.

Since that first gala, they’ve changed the mission a little bit to include other charities that would benefit from their efforts. In the beginning, the money raised would go to the leukemia foundation, but now the proceeds are shared with different charities. Proceeds from this year’s gala will go to KIPP Philadelphia, Vetri Foundation, and The Mann Center.

Photos from Fuel the Cure’s Winter Gala after the jump »

The Roots Create Foundation to Help Students at Philly’s High School of Creative and Performing Arts

A recent $1.1-million budget cut at the Philadelphia High School of Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) left the school void of 19 teachers and staff members since it was instated in 2012, plus the loss of a handful of clubs and extracurricular activities and, sadly, the school’s annual theater production.

So what’s a creative arts high school without all that?

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Young Friends of the Academy of Music’s Fourth Annual Monsters Ball

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The Young Friends of the Academy of Music held their fourth annual Monsters Ball on Thursday night at Delfrisco’s. Proceeds from the event go to the Academy of Music Restoration Fund. This year the Academy’s 158th Anniversary Ball and concert will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 , with the Philadelphia Orchestra and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

The Young Friends’ co-chairs Christie Honigman and Brian Lipstein welcomed nearly 100 guests who were encouraged to wear masks for the annual soiree. Guests dined on lite bites and enjoyed specialty cocktails, and danced the night away to the tunes of Eddie Tully and songstress Jessy Kyle.

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73rd Annual Liberty USO Gala

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The 73rd Annual Liberty USO Gala was held at the Marriott Downtown Saturday night, as the hotel filled with uniformed military personnel, guests, and supporters of the USO. Outside in the street were military vehicles, including a tank which attracted a lot of people wanting to take photos with it.

The USO makes sure help goes to those who need it the most: troops serving in combat, their families, wounded warriors and their families, and families of the fallen.

The evening began with a cocktail party, where service people “warriors” from various military branches enjoyed a small-plates buffet while bidding on the silent auction. The dinner program recognized several military members including Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Jessica L. Garfola Wright (recipient of the Liberty Award), who told heartwarming stories of how the USO is always there, doing all they can for the soldiers and their families.

Photos from the USO Gala after the jump »

Philadelphia History Museum’s First City Social

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A beautiful Indian Summer evening greeted guests Tuesday at the Philadelphia History Museum’s (PHM) first City Social fundraiser which was held in their garden.

Formerly the Atwater Kent Museum, the PHM opened two years ago after a renovation and a name change for the museum that holds the city’s treasures and history. Since that time more than 40,000 people have visited, including 3,000 school children, to learn about Philadelphia history through the art, objects and artifacts in the collection.

At the first City Social, the board of trustees honored Mayor Michael Nutter and First Lady Lisa Nutter for their contributions to the city. During the evening’s program, the museum gave the couple a beautifully framed copy of the Lenape Wampum Belt (the original is on display in the museum). Philadelphia’s first couple gifted the museum with the signed Taney Dragons t-shirt and cap that the mayor wore this summer during the Little League World Series, as well as his 2008 Phillies World Series Ring. Funds raised from the event will help maintain and acquire more artifacts for the museum, as well as support the new interactive exhibits which will be installed this year.

Photos from the Philadelphia History Museum’s City Social after the jump »

Second Annual Wigs and Wishes Gala With Paula Abdul

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The 2nd Annual Wigs and Wishes Gala was held at Lucien’s Manor in Berlin, New Jersey, on Sunday, October 5th. It was created by celebrity stylist and salon owner Martino Cartier to raise awareness and funds for the non-profit organization Friends Are By Your Side (FABYS). Proceeds will help provide wigs and hair enhancement solutions for women and children battling cancer and hair loss, as well as grant wishes for children battling cancer.

The evening began with a silent auction of the most amazing gift baskets filled with fun items and experiences created by Susan Liberta, Great Gifts and Promo. Guests also enjoyed a meet and greet with Paula Abdul, then with Tracy Dimarco-Epstein and Gayle Giacomo from Jerseylicious.

At 7 p.m., 600 guests entered the beautifully decorated ballroom for dinner and the program. A fire dancer kicked off the night, followed by a beautifully choreographed number showcasing the many wigs created by FABYS, all made with real human hair.

Martino thanked the guests and explained how the organization, since its inception four years ago, has, with 73 volunteers and offices in eight countries, recruited than 600 salons to participate.

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Mike Jerrick’s Ya Gotta Try It

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Last week at Fox 29 personality Mike Jerrick’s inaugural “Ya Gotta Try It” at the Independence Visitor Center, nearly 600 people enjoyed unique dishes like “Cracker Jack Sundae” from Bridget Foy’s to “Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf” by Sugarhouse.

“Ya Gotta Try It” was created by Jerrick as a segment on Fox 29’s Good Day Philadelphia. In the segment, Jerrick visits some of the region’s best restaurants and tries their most outrageous dishes. He thought his viewers would enjoy these dishes and came up with the idea to celebrate them with the viewers while raising money for The Second Chance Foundation, which provides financial assistance and resources to vital community-based organizations that serve “at-risk” children, young adults and families. Jerrick serves on the board of the organization.

The evening featured an extended cocktail party, a fun silent auction, and lots of meet-and-greets with Fox 29 personalities, including favorites Jennaphr Frederick, Sue Serio, and Alex Holley, who posed for photos with guests.

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