The 134th Philadelphia Charity Ball (PCB) took place at the Bellevue at the Hyatt Hotel in Philadelphia on Friday, November 29th. The Charity Ball’s mission is to raise funds for non-profit organizations focused on youth in Philadelphia (this year it raised money for the Gesu School) and to inspire the young people of Philadelphia to make philanthropy a central part of their lives.
On Saturday, November 16th, more than 600 leaders and members of the Philadelphia LGBT community gathered at the Crystal Tea Room for The Attic Youth Center (AYC) 20th Anniversary Gala. The AYC was founded by Dr. Carrie Jacobs (right) 20 years ago to create programming and a safe environment for youths experiencing issues regarding sense of self. The center’s services provide kids with a sense of community and access to programing aimed at reducing feelings of isolation, prejudice and oppression.
Philadelphia Hospitality, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes the region as a world-class business and leisure destination for corporate, cultural and professional groups, honored Dr. Keith Leaphart, owner of Replica Creative (a Philadelphia-based graphic design + print firm) and chairman of the Lenfest Foundation, with its prestigious 2013 Vision for Philadelphia Award. The award, which was presented at Philadelphia Hospitality’s Annual Gala on November 18th at the Union League, paid tribute to Dr. Leaphart’s exceptional achievements in building the city’s economy and mentoring the next generation of leaders.
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The 2013 Marian Anderson Award was held last night at the Kimmel Center. Motown founder Berry Gordy was this year’s recipient. Major performers such as Smokey Robinson, Boyz II Men, Kool & The Gang, Chris Tucker, Cody Wise, Brandon Victor Dixon (who portrays Gordy in Motown the Musical on Broadway) Philly producers/songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon A. Huff, as well as musical director Bill Jolly, paid tribute to the iconic philanthropist and music legend.
The Philadelphia Zoo hosted its fourth annual Global Conservation Gala honoring individuals, families and organizations for extraordinary contributions to wildlife and the natural world, on Thursday, November 14th, at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing. Since its inception in 2010, the Gala has been an important component of the Zoo’s mission to connect people with wildlife, create joyful discovery and inspire action for animals. This year’s gala was a platform to spotlight the issues facing big cats with an emphasis on one key threat — loss of habitat due to deforestation caused by expansion of non-sustainable palm oil plantations.
Wednesday night, the March of Dimes at the Please Touch Museum Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park held its 17th annual Signature Chefs Auction with delicious cuisine, fine wine, friends and supporters. 30 of Philadelphia’s top chefs including Mike Griffiths of Fork, Kevin Sbraga of Sbraga, chef Jon Cichon of Lacroix, and Ed Konrad and chef Nicholas Elmi of Laurel were on hand serving delicious dishes for the nearly 300 guests at a cocktail reception before the ceremony honoring several people this year. Chichon and Elmi were co-chair chefs. Honorary chair was Carolyn Jackson, CEO, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.
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Thursday night the PSPCA hosted its first annual Bark & Whine Gala at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center in Philadelphia. More than 300 people came out to advocate for animals. The generous support helps thousands of animals. In 2012, the PSPCA handled more than 10,000 reports of cruelty, found homes for more than 7,000 animals, treated more than 30,000 animals, and performed more than 12,000 spay/neuter surgeries.
The 37th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show opened yesterday, but held its preview party on November 6th. The show runs through Sunday, November 10th. The craft show is the largest single fundraiser for the Philadelphia Museum of art and has donated nearly $11 million dollars to the Museum. These funds provide financial support for educational programs, special exhibits, conservation projects, the acquisition of craft objects for exhibitions and many more programs. Nearly 700 exhibitors are taking part in this year’s show, including 25 visiting artists from the Baltic nation of Lithuania.