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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AIDS Fund Hosts 17th Annual Black-Tie GayBINGO

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The AIDS Fund held its fancy, fun and charitable 17th annual Black-Tie GayBINGO! event Saturday night at the Loews. The night opened with a cocktail party, where guests mingled and bid on great items in the silent auction. Guests headed into the ballroom for dinner and bingo games. The Bingo Verifying Divas (BVDs) dressed in glamorous drag and entertained the crowd while fund-raising for HIV and AIDS took place. At this year’s event the AIDS Fund honored several people, including their “Favorite Straight Person of the Year,” Judith Porter, “Volunteer of the Year” Robert Murray and the owners of the Woods Campground. The AIDS Fund is the producer of AIDS Walk Philly, GayBINGO and other fund-raising and awareness programs throughout the year.

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The 30th Annual Madam C.J. Walker Awards Luncheon

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The 30th Annual Madam C.J. Walker Awards Luncheon was held on Saturday, March 19th, at the Loews Hotel. After a morning of economic development seminars and networking, nearly 700 women attended the event. Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C.J. Walker, was an American entrepreneur and philanthropist, regarded as the first female self-made millionaire in America. Annual luncheons are held around the country to honor Walker’s business philosophy and award outstanding women, including students in the community, with scholarships. A’Lelia Bundles, the great-great-granddaughter of Madam Walker, honored the women at the event. Mistress of ceremonies Monique Braxton of NBC10 and Mayor Jim Kenney were on hand at the luncheon. Both celebrated their 15th year attending the luncheon.

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Valley Youth House’s 6th Annual “Always Bet on Youth” Casino night

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The Valley Youth House (VYH) hosted its 6th Annual “Always Bet on Youth” Casino night to benefit homeless and foster youth of Pennsylvania on March 11, 2016, at the Crystal Tea Room.

The night began with a cocktail party at which several people were honored, including Leidy Torres, 2016 Young Achiever Honoree. Torres told a moving story about how she navigated the foster care system and went on to college with the skills she obtained at VYH. Mark Aitken of Horizon Services was honored with the 2016 Individual Achiever award for his support of VYH, and Brian Cohen received the 2016 Corporate Achiever Honor on behalf of Liberty Property Trust, which has been a supporter of VYH.

Valley Youth House provides a first line of defense for troubled young people and their families. Protection from abuse, neglect, and family disintegration is achieved through a strategy involving prevention, crisis intervention, and long-term help.

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Red & White Ball

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The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hosted its 3rd Annual Red & White Ball held at the Marriott Downtown in Center City Saturday, March 5th. Guests enjoyed a cocktail party with light bites while bidding on exciting silent auction prizes including trips, gift certificates and sports memorabilia. There was also a raffle for a Mercedes-Benz generously donated by local Mercedes-Benz dealers. Some 1,200 raffle tickets at $100 a pop were sold, and one lucky anonymous winner is getting ready to drive an all-new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC (formerly GLK) SUV. Proceeds from the evening topped $575,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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“Dancing for Our Future Stars” — Independence Mission Schools Second-Annual Gala

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Friends, family and supporters of Independence Mission Schools (IMS) gathered on Saturday night for IMS’s 2nd annual gala, “Dancing for Our Future Stars.” The dance competition supports the students of Independence Mission Schools, and featured 11 dazzling performances from dancing pairs at the Crystal Tea Room, including six nuns who performed as IHM “Sister Act” — with the lead nun playing Whoopi Goldberg’s character.

Prizes were awarded to all the dance contestants, with the gigantic mirror globes going to the biggest fundraiser. People’s Choice went to construction consultant Carol Tamburino, who raised $40,000 in votes. The Best Dance Performance Mirror Ball Trophy went to Judge’s Choice winner Marcus Allen, CEO Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Southeast Pennsylvania, and his dance partner, Amber Rawls, a former dancer for the Sixers. The overall competition winner, which was a combination of judges’ votes and money raised ($28,000) was Peter Panageas and K.O. Delmarcelle. All gala proceeds go to support Independence Mission Schools, a 501c3 organization that manages a network of 15 independent Catholic schools that provide a high-quality education for 4,700 students in some of the most under-resourced communities of Philadelphia.

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PMA’s “A Pop Party”

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The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosted their annual winter fundraiser on Saturday, February 27th. This year’s event was called “A Pop Party” in celebration of the opening of the International Pop exhibition. Guests enjoyed international cuisine from Starr Catering, as well as an open bar and a silent auction with art-filled prizes and dining. DJ Gillian Sagansky kept the dance floor popping with hits of the era as well as modern tunes. She was accompanied by saxophonist Zem Audu. “A Pop Party” is sponsored by Neiman Marcus. This Young Friends benefit will support the Museum’s art acquisitions, conservation, and innovative youth arts education programs, such as elementary school field trips to the galleries.

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What It Was Like at Philly’s Homeless Pop-Up Restaurant

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Last Saturday afternoon, the outside of the 23rd Street Armory revealed few signs of the party going on inside. Faint strains of songs by the Stylistics and the Ebonys escaped the large hall, and a few buses were parked outside. But inside, no one was getting married, celebrating a sweet 16 or a bar mitzvah. Members of the city’s homeless community were at Pop-Up Philly, an event organized in just 20 days by South Philly resident Jason Pinardo.

Pop-Up Philly was a one-day event — part restaurant, part community outreach, part dance party. It drew criticism from some Philadelphians who felt that the $23,615 raised on a GoFundMe page could have been used more practically to help the city’s homeless population. The event’s organizers say it wasn’t wasteful, but necessary. They say it gave people a sense of hope. Read more »

DJ Jazzy Jeff Spins at Third Annual Cheers for CHOP

Co-chairs Jon and Jen Rodack and Allison and Jon Lubert with DJ Jazzy Jeff, the headline entertainment at the 3rd Annual Cheers for CHOP.

Co-chairs Jon and Jen Rodack and Allison and Jon Lubert with DJ Jazzy Jeff, the headline entertainment at the 3rd Annual Cheers for CHOP.

Saturday night the Third Annual Cheers for CHOP party took place at Valley Forge Casino Resort. Hosted by Friends of CHOP, over 600 of Philadelphia’s social and philanthropic young influencers gathered to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to advance its research, teaching and clinical priorities. The evening started out with a cocktail party and light buffet while guests mingled, bid on silent auction items, and enjoyed live music by ’90s cover bands Go Go Gadjet and Saved By The 90s. The party really kicked into gear when Philadelphia’s own DJ Jazzy Jeff got behind the turntable and spun his magic for nearly 90 minutes. Each year a different department at CHOP is earmarked to receive funds; this year’s event raised over $625,000 to benefit CHOP’s Emergency Department, one of the most active pediatric emergency centers in the nation.

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