On Friday, December 13th, at the Curtis Center, the Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship held its fundraising gala. The gala is an annual event that raises money to support graduates of LEAP Academy University Charter School who are attending Rutgers University. The scholarship was established in 1999 by CLC Director Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago in loving memory of her husband Alfredo Santiago and with the goal of increasing the number of children in Camden who attend college. Each year the gala raises thousands of dollars for the scholarship through corporate and individual donations, ticket sales and proceeds from a silent auction.
As far as holiday parties go, no one throws a more eclectic one than Karen Daroff and James Rappoport. The couple’s bi-annual holiday party (Daroff is the president of Daroff Design, Rappoport is an architect at DDI Architects and VP of Daroff Design) is held at their beautiful home, “Parks Edge,” a unique house set in Wissahickon Park. Nestled on the side of a hill, Parks Edge was designed by James; Karen designed the interior.
With only 14 shopping days left until Christmas, my days are packed with attending joyous holiday parties. Last night I attended the DeMeco Ryans Foundation and The Honigman Group’s annual Holiday Happy Hour at Opa restaurant (1311 Sansom Street) benefiting The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia FIGHT held the 2013 FIGHT for Life Gala at the Union League on December 4, 2013, and honored former Governor Ed Rendell for his long-term commitment to the local AIDS/HIV community.
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.