Opera Philadelphia’s Young Professionals Group VIVACE Attends The Elixir of Love

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Opera Philadelphia’s young professionals group VIVACE attended the final showing of The Elixir of Love, which closed out the season. During the intermission, VIVACE held a champagne reception upstairs in the ballroom at the Academy. After the show, the young friends and some of the cast members headed to the Logan Hotel’s Urban Farmer for a post-reception party. Friday, September 23, 2016 will be the next time VIVACE gathers. It’s also the opening night for Opera Philadelphia’s Turandot at the Academy of Music. Afterwards, there will be an opening night gala at Dilworth Park.

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Global Tastes: Nationalities Service Center 95th Anniversary Party

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Nationalities Service Center (NSC) hosted its annual Global Tastes celebration at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center on May 3rd. NSC is a non-profit organization that provides social, educational and legal services to immigrants and refugees in the Greater Philadelphia area. The evening began with a cocktail party where John Chou, executive vice president and general counsel of AmerisourceBergen, was honored with the 2016 Nationalities Service Award. The honor is given to a leader in the community who has demonstrated qualities that exemplify NSC’s mission, including a commitment to diversity and inclusion and support of immigration causes. Judge (Ret.) Renée Cardwell Hughes and the American Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania were honored with the 2016 Margaret Harris Award for their service and in-kind support of the NSC’s interpretation and translation efforts in training many individuals in medical interpretation skills at the Red Cross’ state of the art facility. Afterward, guests enjoyed food, where judges Mina “SayWhat” Llona, Drew Lazor, Ronnie Polaneczky, Juliana Reyes and Lari Robling chose their favorite dishes from local restaurants. Mayor Jim Kenney also stopped by to wish the NSC well as they celebrated their 95th year of helping immigrants in Philadelphia.

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“Blingo” at the Logan Hotel

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On Saturday night, The Logan Hotel was the scene of a lively bingo game. It wasn’t just an ordinary fire hall bingo-playing crowd, though. The 250 guests were playing for major bling; prizes included luxe jewelry, hotel stays and dinner at the finest Philadelphia restaurants. The night was called “Blingo,” and the proceeds from the evening went toward finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare and fatal disease that afflicts only young boys by the age of 5, most of whom die once they reach their 20s.

The mistress of ceremonies for the evening was Fox 29’s Jenn Frederick who assisted in the Blingo games with local celebrity John Bolaris, comedian Joe Conklin, Marisa Magnatta from the Preston & Steve Show on WMMR, and former Gov. Ed Rendell, who called out numbers. Jesse and Beka Rendell, along with Sonal and Manu Gambhir, were co-hosts of the gala. During the program, the Gambhir’s 15-year-old son, Yuva Gambhir, who has Duchenne and is in a wheelchair, spoke about how the disease affects his daily life.  Photos after the jump »

Bank & Bourbon’s Second Annual Bourbon Bash

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Bank & Bourbon at 1200 Market Street in the Loews Hotel celebrated its two-year anniversary by hosting another Bourbon Bash. The celebration was held on Tuesday, April 26th. Chef Tom Harkins was on hand, presenting the most popular dishes from Bank & Bourbon’s first two years in business, including appetizers, entrees and desserts by executive pastry chef Amanda Kaewvichien. You have to try her rhubarb ice cream sandwiches. Bourbon Master Paul Zuber was also on hand serving his favorite spirits. Not only did guests enjoy good food, spirits and fun, but it was all in the name of charity as well; Bourbon Bash proceeds benefit DonorsChoose.org, which supports educational needs and programs in the Tri-State area. Last year’s inaugural event raised over $35,000 for the organization.

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Boys’ Latin “Night of Fashion”

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The 3rd annual fundraiser benefiting Boys’ Latin was held at Neiman Marcus in King of Prussia on Wednesday, April 20th. “Night of Fashion,” formerly known as “Old Bags Night Out,” featured fashion designer Derek Lam who presented his latest collection with Neiman Marcus senior vice president and fashion director Ken Downing as emcee of the fashion show. This year’s event honored Susan Buckley and Susan Burch, supporters of Boys’ Latin since its inception in 2007. Both women became the 2016 recipients of the Ultimate Mentor Award for their dedication to providing educational opportunity to children in need. More than 300 guests, mostly fashionably dressed women (some wearing vintage Derek Lam) dined on Capital Grille fare and bid on fabulous silent auction items. In previous years, there was a designer bag silent auction, but this year featured different items. After the show, there was a meet-and-greet with Lam and Downing, as well as a pop-up Lam boutique where guests could buy his latest fashions with a percentage of the sales going to Boys’ Latin.

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Melmark’s Dream Maker’s Ball

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On Saturday, April 16, 2016, Melmark held its biennial black tie event at the Hyatt at The Bellevue in Philadelphia. The Dream Maker’s Ball, marks a major milestone – 50 years – in the organization’s history of supporting children and adults with intellectual disability. Over 500 family members, business leaders and friends, attended the evening which started with a cocktail party, featuring passed hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a wish table, where guests could donate directly to their favorite Melmark programs.

Ukee Washington was emcee and led the way as speakers shared the impact of Melmark’s mission and the goals for the organization’s future. During the evening, the founders’ family was recognized, including original Melmark resident Melissa, daughter of Paul and Mildred “Miggy” Krentel. Washington presented Melissa with an “Oscar” for being Melmark’s leading lady. The statue was crafted by the same company that produces the Oscars.

The Connelly Foundation received Melmark’s inaugural Golden Hero Award, which made its debut in honor of Melmark’s founders, Paul and Mildred Krentel. The award honors individuals or organizations that, through selfless acts of compassion, courage, leadership and commitment, transform lives and expand opportunities for people with special needs. The Melmark Humanitarian Award went to Bob and Kathy Trainor. Bob and Kathy are the parents of Katie Trainor, a young girl who was part of the Melmark family for many years before her passing. The night continued with a delicious dinner, and dancing.

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24th Annual Shut Up & Dance

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Dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Art Institute, BalletX and Brian Sanders Junk performed for a nearly sold out audience Saturday night at Forrest Theater for the 24th annual Shut Up & Dance. The event benefits the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA), which provides meals to clients battling life threatening illnesses. Ian Hussey, Pennsylvania Ballet principal dancer, returned as the producing director for his fifth year. Hussey has participated in Shut Up & Dance since 2004. Before the performance, Steve Korman, CEO of Korman Communities, hosted a VIP cocktail party at the theater. Guests enjoyed food prepared by MANNA and cocktails. At the start of the performance, recently retired WXPN DJ and 20-year host of Shut Up & Dance, Michaela Majoun, introduced this year’s new host Martha Graham Cracker with a ceremony on stage.

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No Dog Gets Left Behind Gala

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On Saturday night the 5th annual No Dog Gets Left Behind organization held its annual gala at Penns Landing Caterers. NDGLB is an amazing organization that rescues war dogs from overseas and unites them with the soldiers that bonded with them at war. The organization was founded by Trish Gohl, after her nephew, Chris, who was stationed overseas, bonded with a dog that he wanted to bring back to the states.

The night began with a cocktail hour, where guests posed for photos and bid on silent auction items, as well as bought raffle tickets for additional great items. Then a lite dinner was served as Trish talked about the organization and where the proceeds from the evenings event would go — to reunite Lucy and Daisy with their soldier daddies. Afterward, guests enjoyed dancing to the tunes of Spruce Street Harbor Park’s resident spinner, DJ Patty Pat. Photos after the jump »

The Mac Fund March-Macness

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On Thursday, March 31st, friends and fans gathered in support of Clare and Steve Morrison‘s charity The Mac Fund (at the Cat Shack), at Bank & Bourbon to celebrate “March Mac-ness.” Steve Morrison of WMMR and his wife rescue and foster cats and have done so for nearly 20 years. Their cat “Mac” was their first rescue and after losing him three years ago, they wanted to do something special in his memory.

The Mac Fund is used exclusively to assist in the spaying/neutering of feral cat colonies in an effort to reduce the cat overpopulation problem in Philadelphia and its surrounding areas. The Cat Shack, which helps the Mac Fund in its efforts, is a non-profit organization designed to help find homes for cats in need and aid in the fight to end pet overpopulation. During the event, sponsor Pet Plan (a pet insurance company) donated $700 to the Mac Fund.

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Susan G. Komen Philadelphia’s Survivor Love Campaign Hosts “Game Changer”

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On Monday night Komen Philadelphia and SugarHouse Casino hosted “Game Changer,” a program of the Komen P.I.N. Stripes young professionals network. (P.I.N. stands for Philanthropy. Insights. Networking.) Game Changer brought together survivors of breast cancer, their supporters and leaders in the medical community as part of the Survivor Love Campaign with SugarHouse Casino. Celebrating the power of Race for the Cure, which will be held on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8th, guests enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner by the Gibsons Restaurant Group (GRG) and watched the debut of the “Share The Love” music video. CBS3’s Natasha Brown and Stephanie Stahl honored numerous hospitals and medical programs in the Philadelphia area for their excellent patient care in the field of breast cancer treatment. Over $1 million was distributed to nearly 50 different programs in the area.

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