#LOL for ALZ at The Logan Hotel

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On Saturday, September 17th at the Logan Hotel, “#LOL for ALZ,” was held to raise money for Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter and Hilarity for Charity, founded by Seth and Lauren Rogen in partnership with the Alzheimer’s  Association.  The event started with a cocktail party and auction.  After the cocktail party, guests were led to the ballroom for dinner and short program emceed by Karen Rogers, 6ABC. Former NBC Saturday Night Live writer and comedian John Mulaney had the guests in stitches to close out the night in laughter. Olympic gold medalist Jeff Henderson, who won an Olympic gold medal in the long jump during the Rio Games this summer, joined for the evening. The Arkansas native dedicated his gold medal accomplishment to his mother, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease.

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The Annual Battle of the Burger Winner Named Last Night

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The annual Battle of the Burger presented by Budweiser concluded last night with a party at Citizen Bank Park, where attendees voted for the winner of the last two choices from a field that started out with 20 restaurants’ burgers in July. The online competition started on July 5th and ended on July 25th. Readers of Philadelphia Magazine voted once a day for their favorite burger from restaurants located in the Philadelphia area, with the top two battling it out last night. Attendees at the event were able to sample both of the top burgers, enjoy a Budweiser, play fun bar games, meet the Clydesdale horses, pose in the photo booth and run the bases on the field and hang out in the Phillies dugout.

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Dîner en Blanc Celebrates 5 Years

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On Thursday night 5,000 people brought their own white tables, tablecloths, chairs and meals to take part in the 5th anniversary of Dîner en Blanc, a pop-up picnic and worldwide epicurean phenomenon. Local residents and friends Natanya DiBona and Kayli Moran saw the chic pop-up Dîner en Blanc take place in Paris and Montreal and, when it moved to New York in 2011, they wanted to be a part of it and thought it would be great in Philadelphia. Read more »

Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly Soiree

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The biggest party of the year — Philadelphia magazine’s Annual Best of Philly — took place last Thursday night under the stars at Dilworth Plaza. Guests enjoyed food from Philadelphia’s best restaurants, mingled with Philly Mag’s best personalities and talented winners, enjoyed live entertainment from DJ Adrian Hardy and the Brian LaPann Band in the Mercedes Benz VIP Tent, and were sketched by Best of Philly winner Denise Fike Designs. The party was hopping all night. During the last half-hour, guests started dancing in the fountain, which seems to have become a tradition since Philly Mag began having the party at Dilworth Park.

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Celebrity Golfers Participate in The First Tee

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The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia Celebrity Invitational Golf Outing took place on Monday at Aronimink Golf Club in Newton Square on Sunday night. The celebrity golfers — including Dr. J, Mike Quick, Gerald Henderson, Sr. and Jr., Beesley Reece — were paired with the young adults from The First Tee program at a reception in the historic club house. Billy Cunningham, Michael Vick, Ron Jaworski, Aaron McKie and Ukee Washington also joined the next day. The First Tee is a national organization which provides young people with character-building and life skills lessons using golf as the platform.

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The Congressional Black Caucus at Del Frisco’s

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The African American Chamber of Commerce of PA-NJ-DE, along with Mayor Jim Kenney and members of Philadelphia City Council, hosted a welcoming reception for members of the Congressional Black Caucus at Del Frisco’s Steakhouse last Tuesday. Many local politicians welcomed political officials to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, including the honorable Wilson Goode Sr., State Rep. Jordan Harris, Councilwomen Helen Gym, Jannie Blackwell and Cindy Bass, and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack. The event honored G.K. Butterfield, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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The First Annual Bastille Day Fireman’s Ball

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On Tuesday night lifestyle tourism and fashion entrepreneur Chloe Johnston hosted the Bastille Day Fireman’s Ball at Local 22 Philadelphia Firefighters Union (415 N. 5th Street) to celebrate the French national day. Guests danced to tunes by DJ Mr. Hollywood while enjoying French-inspire fare, including crepes from Philly’s popular food truck, The Smooth Cow, and desserts from Bruleé Bakery. There was also a Best Dressed contest: Tyler Magura took home the honor for the men and Meredith West for the ladies. Fifteen percent of the proceeds from the raffle auction went to the Local 22 Fireman’s Widows Fund.

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USO’s “Operation That’s My Dress” Comes to Philly Area

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The USO’s “Operation That’s My Dress” came to the Philadelphia area. A day of pampering for military daughters, spouses of military service people, as well as women in the military, the event took place at The Hotel ML Hotel and Conference Center in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, last week. The USO sponsors this day as a thank-you to the daughters and spouses of military service people for the sacrifices they make when their loved ones serve. The event was conceptualized and is co-sponsored with help from international fashion designer Sherri Hill, who provides thousands of new gowns and dresses to the ladies just in time for the fall social season, holiday parties and proms. The event began with a fashion show where winners of the Miss USA pageants modeled the dresses the girls would be able to choose from. After the show, the girls headed into the dress expo where there were thousands of dresses to review and pick from. Then it was onto the beauty bar, where they chose jewelry and fashion accessories. Finally, stylists provided hair and makeup demonstrations to give participants additional resources.

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Ritz-Carlton Hotel Celebrates Grand Opening of Aqimero

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On June 23rd, guests gathered at the newly renovated Ritz-Carlton Hotel for the grand opening of celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s Latin-seafood restaurant, Aqimero. The 206-seat restaurant is located in the landmark property’s marble lobby, which is modeled after the Pantheon in Rome. Nearly 400 well-dressed guests including Richel D’Ambra, Jacqueline London (who stopped in before heading back to NBC Philadelphia to anchor the 11 p.m. news), and Councilman Mark Squilla filled the newly renovated lobby and restaurant to taste Sandoval’s signature dishes. Guests enjoyed cocktails at the newly designed bar, which used to be flush against the back wall, but now sits about 10 feet from the back wall creating an intimate lounge setting. Aqimero will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Franklin Square Gala

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On May 26th, Parx Casino joined Historic Philadelphia Inc. in presenting the 7th annual “An Evening in Franklin Square” to benefit efforts to sustain the celebrated park. Guests dressed in garden-party attire, participated in the silent auction and enjoyed cocktails. One of the highlights of the cocktail hour was when guests participated in the Parx Square Derby, a carousel race, that was narrated by racing announcer Keith Jones. The race was followed by a dinner, live auction, and plenty of dancing.

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