Neiman Marcus’s “Old Bags — Night Out”

Last night at Neiman Marcus, the Boys Latin of Philadelphia Charter School hosted “Old Bags – Night Out” at the store. But it was not frumpy as the name might suggest, as a chic crowd of ladies came out to enjoy a unique “gently used and donated” handbag auction and a Neiman Marcus fashion presentation hosted by Neiman Marcus’s trendsetting and very funny fashion director Ken Downing. The event was held to benefit the charter school, which was co-founded in 2005 David P. Hardy and the evening’s honoree, Janine Yass.

Yass said her goal was to create an environment where underprivileged boys could receive the education that seemed to be failing in the school system. There are rules and standards the boys must live up to show their commitment, one being that they take Latin for four years.

The rigorous college preparatory school boasts a 99 percent four-year graduation rate and an 84 percent college enrollment rate. Next up for Yass is creating and funding the Girls’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School.

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“The Party”: Donors Are Heroes Gala 2014

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There’s a reason the Donors Are Heroes gala is called “The Party,” because as soon as DJ Eddie Tully puts the needle to the record, the dance floor fills up till the stroke of 11.

This year, songstress Jessy Kyle accompanied Eddie’s performance to really jazz up the night. Nearly 600 guests filled the ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia and enjoyed delicious food and spirits from 11 area restaurants and caterers.

The money raised from ticket sales goes toward public awareness programs, school summits, and teaching initiatives, all of which are geared to dispel myths surrounding becoming an organ donor and emphasize the need for life-saving, life-enhancing transplants.

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The United Way’s Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow

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“I’m an eagle flying high across your sky, watch me soar” sang the 60 young women who participated in “Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow” (GTLT), The United Way’s signature program for girls in grades 7 through 12 from Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Delaware counties.

Nearly 1,000 guests gathered at the Crystal Tea Room, for the annual celebration, which also honored Karen Dougherty Buchholz, senior vice president for Comcast Corporation who is the 2014 Women’s Initiative Award recipient. Buchholtz said it was society’s responsibility, as well as women’s, to ensure that all women have the opportunity to succeed in their lives.

More of HughE’s photos from Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow after the jump »

The Joel A. Gingras Jr. Memorial Foundation Annual Gala at the Union League

Joel-A-Gingras-Memorial-Gala-05-5562-Kate-Bieg-Jim-Bieg-Regina-McKenna-Chris-Philipps-400x400Saturday night at the Union League the Joel A. Gingras Jr. Memorial Foundation held its annual gala. The memorial fund has raised more than $1,400,000 for the American Brain Tumor Association since 1989.

Seventeen research fellowships have been awarded with funding provided by the Joel A. Gingras Jr. fund. These fellowships have increased research into brain tumors and have started the careers of talented and dedicated scientists. The evening began with a cocktail party and then a dinner program in the newly finished Lincoln Hall.

More of HughE Dillon’s photos from the Joel A. Gingras Jr. Memorial Foundation gala after the jump »

Zarwin Baum 12th Annual March Madness Watching Party

Zarwin-Baum-March-Madness-Party-08-5307-Brent-Celek-Todd-Herremans-400The annual Zarwin Baum March Madness watching party has blossomed into one of the largest networking events in the city. Over the past 12 years it’s moved from the firm’s office space to Top of the Tower and now to the Crystal Tea Room.

More than 2,000 people stopped by to catch up with friends, network and catch the NCAA games on wide-screen TVs throughout the rooms during the nine-hour party. The menu was pleasing to any sports fan and included cheesesteaks, hot dogs and hamburgers, fries, and wings. The free event has always benefited Philabundance but this year’s event specifically supports Chester nonprofit grocery store Fare & Square. There was an extensive silent auction, as well as a live auction to raise funds. There were also receptacles on hand to collect canned food donations.

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Stars for Stroke Gala and Silent Auction

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The 18th Annual Stars for Stroke Gala and Silent Auction to benefit the Delaware Valley Stroke Council was held Saturday evening, March 15th, in the ballroom of the Society Hill Sheraton. The Delaware Valley Stroke Council works to reduce the incidences and impact of stroke through public awareness, education and advocacy.

The annual black tie event paid tribute to individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the community, presenting The Lifetime Achievement Award to Congressman Chaka Fattah, senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. He established the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative, the first ever federal inter-agency collaboration focused on neuroscience. The Volunteer of the Year Award was given to John Roussis. The Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Award was presented to Roger and Peggy Myers for their relentless perseverance. A Special Recognition Award was presented to the Delaware Valley Stroke Council’s Medical Advisory Board chaired by Dr. Paul Katz. After the program, guests dined on beef and chicken, and danced the evening away to the tunes of Stu Weitz and his orchestra.

More of HughE’s photos from the Stars for Stroke Gala after the jump »

Only in America Gala and Kick-Off Party for the Chasing Dreams Exhibit

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Last night I attended The 2014 Only in America Gala and the kick-off of the new “Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American” exhibition at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Many notables were on the impressive guest list, including Edward G. Rendell, chair of the Only in America Gala, who noted, “Baseball is an all-American sport; the players are of all nationalities, as are the fans.”

The evening started with a cocktail party on the lower levels of the museums; the dinner was held upstairs in the ballroom adjacent to the exhibition. Throughout the evening, guests were encouraged to visit the exhibit, which is composed of objects representing players of all the many ethnic groups that have taken part in the game, as well as the many notable contributions of Jewish players. The exhibit officially opens on March 13th and continues through October 26th.

More of HughE Dillon’s photos from the Only in America Gala after the jump »

Second Annual United Negro College Fund Mayor’s Masked Ball

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The second annual United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Mayor’s Masked Ball in Philadelphia took place Saturday, March 8th, at the Marriott Downtown. Nearly 600 business owners, civic leaders, supporters and volunteers joined in the celebration.

Congratulations go to the 2014 Masked Award winners, so honored for assisting students in reaching their graduation goals: Sheldon M. Bonovitz, chairman emeritus, Duane Morris, LLP; Willie F. Johnson, founder and chairman, PRWT Services; and Michael A. Rashid, president and CEO of AmeriHealth.

The evening’s co-chairs were Daniel J. Hilferty, president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, and Julie Coker, senior vice president, convention division, for the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), Craig L. Adams, executive vice president of Exelon and president and CEO of PECO, and Albert P. Black Jr., COO for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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King of Prussia Container Store Grand Opening

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Last night I attended the opening of the Container Store in King of Prussia. The turnout was amazing, with about 500 people in the store at any given time perusing the “lifestyle” aisles packed with some of the best products for organizing your home or office.

Many of the people I talked to told me how excited they were that they would no longer have to drive to the Cherry Hill Container store for their purchases. Catering was provided by Feast Your Eyes and the Vincent James Band provided the entertainment.

Traditionally, I always go to the Container Store the first week in January in hopes that it will encourage me to organize my life. I found this great item to keep track of my keys and phone in my briefcase and bought it back in January (when I Instagrammed this photo).

During the King of Prussia Container Store’s grand opening weekend, 10% of your purchase will be donated to Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.

More of HughE’s photos from the grand opening of the King of Prussia Container Store after the jump »

Cheers for CHOP

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On the evening of Saturday, March 1st, Friends of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hosted Cheers for CHOP at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia.

The event began with guests walking the red carpet into a cocktail reception where there was an expansive silent auction underway as well as butlered hors d’oeuvre and carving stations. Guests had the opportunity to bid on gift certificates to nearly every notable area restaurant you could think of, as well as spa treatments and sporting experiences.

After the cocktail hour, guests were whisked into the two-level dance floor of Seven The Nightclub where DJ Bizz from CTO Soho entertained the crowd — with the exception of a surprise performance by Rob “It Takes Two” Base, who sang his biggest hits backed by Kyle Rifkin.

The proceeds from the evening went to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, and the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care.

More of HughE Dillon’s photos from Cheers for CHOP after the jump. »

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