Little Smiles 7th Annual Stars Ball

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Little Smiles lit up the lives of 12 children living with life-altering diseases at the Seventh Annual Stars Ball on Saturday night, November 22nd, at the Please Touch Museum, the perfect spot to host an event that celebrates children.

The evening began with a VIP dinner for the little stars in the carousel room, where they dined on dishes by Brulee Catering, and enjoyed a ride on the carousel. Then it was lights, camera, action as they made their way down the red carpet, signing autographs and posing for fans.

Fox 29’s Alex Holley and Matt Paterson, president of Little Smiles, handed out mini Oscars along with gift bags to the celebrated gifts. A buffet dinner was served, as guests checked out and bid on the extensive silent auction items available. Afterward, the guests danced till closing to Funktion 11 before heading home with memories that will last a lifetime. Since 2011, the Stars Ball has raised $350,000, and is the main source of revenue for Little Smiles. Proceeds help the organization put smiles on the faces of local children battling chronic or acute illnesses or experiencing other life-altering situations. For more information, visit www.littlesmiles.org.

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NMAJH’s Only in America Gala

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The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) held its annual Only in America Gala on November 20th, and this year the theme was The Roaring Twenties. The stylish crowd enjoyed cocktails, dinner, and dancing; it was nice to see many of the guests get gussied up in styles of the era: flapper girls, G-men and jazz. Gala chairs Beth and David Blum and their committee did an excellent job evoking a speakeasy feel for the ballroom, which event producer Fred Stein produced with stunning atmosphere, lighting, and table settings from Pencora Productions.

Ivy L. Barsky, CEO, and Gwen Goodman, director of the NMAJH welcomed the guests and discussed some of the important Jewish moments that occurred in the 1920s, the first talkie made it’s debut — The Jazz Singer, based on a screen play by Alfred A. Cohn — was released, and Hank Greenberg signed with the Detroit Tigers. Proceeds from the evening go to the educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore and celebrate the history of Jews in America.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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