#LOL for ALZ at The Logan Hotel

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On Saturday, September 17th at the Logan Hotel, “#LOL for ALZ,” was held to raise money for Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter and Hilarity for Charity, founded by Seth and Lauren Rogen in partnership with the Alzheimer’s  Association.  The event started with a cocktail party and auction.  After the cocktail party, guests were led to the ballroom for dinner and short program emceed by Karen Rogers, 6ABC. Former NBC Saturday Night Live writer and comedian John Mulaney had the guests in stitches to close out the night in laughter. Olympic gold medalist Jeff Henderson, who won an Olympic gold medal in the long jump during the Rio Games this summer, joined for the evening. The Arkansas native dedicated his gold medal accomplishment to his mother, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Celebrity Golfers Participate in The First Tee

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The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia Celebrity Invitational Golf Outing took place on Monday at Aronimink Golf Club in Newton Square on Sunday night. The celebrity golfers — including Dr. J, Mike Quick, Gerald Henderson, Sr. and Jr., Beesley Reece — were paired with the young adults from The First Tee program at a reception in the historic club house. Billy Cunningham, Michael Vick, Ron Jaworski, Aaron McKie and Ukee Washington also joined the next day. The First Tee is a national organization which provides young people with character-building and life skills lessons using golf as the platform.

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Bartram’s Gardens Newly Restored Ann Bartram Carr Garden Opens

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Under the sweltering summer sun, officials from Bartram’s Gardens, dignitaries from the city and kids from the neighborhood helped “cut the vine” on Thursday to the newly restored Ann Bartram Carr Garden. The Garden is located in front of the newly renovated historic Bartram house and named after John Bartram’s granddaughter who took over the nursery in the early 19th century. The transformative $2.7-million project marks the first major garden restoration at Bartram’s Garden in nearly a century.

“To me, Ann Bartram Carr remains important because she opened Bartram’s Garden up to the general public and spread the  importance of horticulture and open spaces—ideals that are still dear to us 200 years later,” Bartram’s Garden Executive Director Maitreyi Roy said. Bartram’s Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark, operated by the John Bartram  Association in cooperation with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. Guided tours of the house and garden are offered Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. until December.

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The First Annual Bastille Day Fireman’s Ball

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On Tuesday night lifestyle tourism and fashion entrepreneur Chloe Johnston hosted the Bastille Day Fireman’s Ball at Local 22 Philadelphia Firefighters Union (415 N. 5th Street) to celebrate the French national day. Guests danced to tunes by DJ Mr. Hollywood while enjoying French-inspire fare, including crepes from Philly’s popular food truck, The Smooth Cow, and desserts from Bruleé Bakery. There was also a Best Dressed contest: Tyler Magura took home the honor for the men and Meredith West for the ladies. Fifteen percent of the proceeds from the raffle auction went to the Local 22 Fireman’s Widows Fund.

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USO’s “Operation That’s My Dress” Comes to Philly Area

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The USO’s “Operation That’s My Dress” came to the Philadelphia area. A day of pampering for military daughters, spouses of military service people, as well as women in the military, the event took place at The Hotel ML Hotel and Conference Center in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, last week. The USO sponsors this day as a thank-you to the daughters and spouses of military service people for the sacrifices they make when their loved ones serve. The event was conceptualized and is co-sponsored with help from international fashion designer Sherri Hill, who provides thousands of new gowns and dresses to the ladies just in time for the fall social season, holiday parties and proms. The event began with a fashion show where winners of the Miss USA pageants modeled the dresses the girls would be able to choose from. After the show, the girls headed into the dress expo where there were thousands of dresses to review and pick from. Then it was onto the beauty bar, where they chose jewelry and fashion accessories. Finally, stylists provided hair and makeup demonstrations to give participants additional resources.

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Chestnut Hill Celebrates the Woodward Family

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Chestnut Hill is a neighborhood noted for its history, design, and preservation. The Woodward and Houston families have been a big part of all three. They created the first planned residential developments in the neighborhood and helped start some of its most important institutions – Chestnut Hill Academy, the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Last week, Chestnut Hill celebrated the Woodward family with “The Woodward Celebration 2016.” Events began on Wednesday, June 8, and ran through Sunday, June 12, featuring more than a dozen events in Chestnut Hill honoring the contributions the Woodward family has made to the neighborhood. On Saturday, the Chestnut Hill Community Association renamed the Chestnut Hill Community Centre at 8419 Germantown Ave in honor of Gertrude Woodward, who had given the building to the community in 1916; the center will now be known as “The Woodward Community Centre.” After the dedication, a community picnic was held behind the centre complete with a delicious BBQ, entertainment by The Original Hobo Band, and trolley tours of Chestnut Hill. Even the Phillies Phanatic stopped by to say hello.

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Bring Philly HOME 2016 Young Leaders Event at PAFA

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On June 2, 2016 over 400 young professionals from the Philadelphia area attended Project HOME’s annual fundraising “Bring Philly HOME” 2016 Young Leaders Event at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Historic Landmark Building. In its ninth year, the Young Leaders Event was co-chaired by Ursula Henwood Keating, Comcast and Kate Hagedorn, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

Last year, over $100,000 was raised at the event, which helps support Project HOME’s mission to end and prevent homelessness in Philadelphia. Brian Taff, 6ABC anchor, was the emcee of the evening’s events and talked about why the issue was near to his and his wife Mara’s hearts. Every person is important, and we all matter. Kate Hagedorn spoke on behalf of Ursula Keating and herself, as Ursula was hosting another big event in her life — the birth of her child. Kate spoke about making a difference and working towards ending homelessness, as well as treating the homeless that we come across every day in Philly with respect; buy them a coffee or something to eat when asked, if you can. We don’t know really know their back-story, but we can make their day a little easier. Then a young man, Joseph Hills Cole, spoke about his homelessness, living in foster care and how Covenant House and then Project HOME helped put him on the right path, connecting him with helpful programs. Now, he lives in one of Project HOME’s residences and attends college. It was a very uplifting evening, filled with a lot of hope.

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Mural Arts 2016 Wall Ball

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The Mural Arts Program’s 2016 Wall Ball was held Thursday night at the Fillmore Philadelphia. Presented by Citizens Bank, Wall Ball drew nearly 500 art patrons to the fundraiser, which helps support the Mural Arts’ mission: to create powerful and engaging public art projects that transform our spaces, communities, institutions and individual lives. The highlight of the evening was Dawan Williams discussing the Philadelphia Restorative Justice Mural Arts Program. Inmates in the prison system participate in Mural Arts projects, which helps them pass their time in prison in a meaningful way. Dawan worked on a mural alongside his son; he spoke about how he was able to reconnect with him as they worked on the project together. Jane Golden, executive director and founder of Mural Arts Program, always stresses that it isn’t just about paint and paint brushes — it’s about building a community.

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The Arts & Business Council Annual Awards Celebration

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The Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia hosted its annual awards celebration Tuesday night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ten awards were given out to notable individuals and business that have made a difference in Philadelphia.

Institutional honors included the PNC Arts Alive Award for Innovation in honor of Peggy Amsterdam which was given to Blackstar Film Festival and the Business & Arts Partnership Award: Large Business with an Arts & Cultural Organization awarded to Century 21 Department Store and Moore College of Art & Design.

Individual honorees included Frances Sperling Feldbaum, CPA Principal, St. Clair CPA Solutions (Business on Board Volunteer Leader of the Year), Edward P. Pazicky, principal of E*P*P Consulting (Business Volunteers for the Arts Volunteer of the Year Award ), former governor Edward G. Rendell and Honorable Marjorie Rendell (G. Fred DiBona Jr. Individual Leadership Award), and The Roots’ Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter (Anne d’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence). During Trotter’s acceptance speech, he thanked the bullies that picked on him in South Philly when he used to walk to the subway to attend the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, stating that they helped motivate him become the artist he is today.

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Cancer Support Community’s Evening in the Park

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The Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia celebrated it’s 18th annual Evening in the Park on the grounds of its headquarters last night, The Suzanne Morgan Center at Ridgeland in Fairmount Park. Guests enjoyed fabulous food and cocktails by Joshua’s Catering, a live auction led by Jeff Hammond who helped raise nearly $100,000 from the very generous crowd, and a silent auction, all to benefit CSCGP.

Event co-chairs  Susie Sargent and Sharon Bozentka were on hand to greet guests and make sure everything ran smoothly. Honorees last night included: the Ann Silverman Award: Corey J. Langer, MD, director of thoracic oncology and professor of medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; the Gilda Radner Award: The Chavez-Theiss Family; the Courage Award: Joseph W. Robbins, the Inspiration Award: Iliana Strauss; the Community Impact Award: BP Business Solutions, Inc. During the dinner program, CEO Kelly Harris shared stories about the caring programs available at Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia (all free), especially the programs for children going through cancer or with a parent going through cancer, including the popular summer camp. The programs connect the children with others, as well as any counseling they need. The emcee for the evening was Stephanie Stahl, CBS 3 health reporter and longtime supporter of CSCGP.

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