12th Annual Jefferson Gala


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.

Photos from the Jefferson Gala after the jump »

ThinkFest Preview: Amy Gutmann Discusses Penn’s Next Decade With Jim Gardner

University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann and 6 ABC anchor Jim Gardner.

University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann and 6 ABC anchor Jim Gardner.

Now in her 10th year as president of the University of Pennsylvania, Amy Gutmann has a decade of educational, institutional, and civic accomplishments behind her: the greater diversity of Penn’s student body through the expansion of financial aid, improved relations with the university’s West Philadelphia neighbors, the 2011 opening of Penn Park, and a record 2013 fundraising effort that brought $4.3 billion to the school. (She was even at Davos this year discussing women and leadership with U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.)

But as Gutmann once said to Philadelphia magazine, “people and places should never rest on their laurels” — so we’ve invited 6 ABC’s Jim Gardner to interview her about the next decade at Penn. Hear what’s on the drawing board at one of the city’s largest employers and economic engines, from a far-reaching Compact 2020 plan that seeks to increase the university’s local and global impact to the latest on Penn Connects, the university’s development and urban design vision.

Join us on November 14th at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business for a day of the city’s smartest people sharing their biggest ideas. Read all of our ThinkFest 2014 previews here, and watch the livestream, starting at 9 a.m. on Friday November 14th.

PHOTO: Jim Gardner Holds A Baby

Forgive us if we feel like freaking out, but today has seemed somewhat apocalyptic in Philadelphia, what with fires and floods surrounding us: The Four Horsemen are clearly stalking us. So how do we relax? How do we regain our optimism, our sense that everything is going to be OK?


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PHOTO: Awesome Jim Gardner Photobomb of Alicia Vitarelli and Husband


Gotta love Jim Gardner, who photobombed 6ABC colleague Alicia Vitarelli and her husband at Hotel Monaco. Vitarelli looks great six weeks after giving birth, a delivery that resulted in the prettiest post-giving-birth picture ever.

Stephen Starr, Jim Gardner and Other Smart Philadelphians Will Be at ThinkFest

Once upon a time, Philadelphia magazine existed only on paper. Then, a few years ago, we started publishing our articles on phillymag.com, and a few years after that, we started creating new daily content that only appeared on our website. Then we started sharing all that content on Twitter and Facebook; then we started having conversations with people on those platforms that sometimes had nothing to do with anything we’d written. Meanwhile, it’s become more and more common to hear and see our writers and editors all over radio and TV. Read more »

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