SKCC Next Launch Reception

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The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) at Thomas Jefferson University hosted its SKCC Next launch reception at the Ritz Residences for members of the next generation of supporters, as well as potential members. SKCC Next is not a “young friends” organization, but the next generation of supporters of any age, business leaders and philanthropists interested in getting involved with SKCC through funding, volunteering and collaborating in innovative ways to support the Center and its goal of finding a cure for cancer.

Guests enjoyed two hours of networking with their peers, as well as with Dr. Karen E. Knudsen, Ph.D. (director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center); Paul Gunther (director of development, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center); Joseph Weiss, (chair of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center advisory board); and the leaders of SKCC Next. They enjoyed complimentary cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres and music by Fishtown Beats. For more information on this organization, contact the office of protocol and special events by phone at 215-955-9100 or via email at events@jefferson.edu.

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Career Wardrobe “A Perfect Fit” Gala and Fashion Show

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Last night the Career Wardrobe hosted its annual gala, “A Perfect Fit: Change Your Suit. Change Your Perspective. Change Your Life,” at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City.

The evening started with a cocktail party, where guests enjoyed buffet stations lined with delicious appetizers and dinner. During the cocktail party, guests were able to participate in an extensive silent auction. At around 7 p.m., guests were ushered into the grand ballroom for dessert, coffee and the program, which included the very popular fashion show with local news reporters, notable Philly businesswomen, and former clients of the Career Wardrobe. The proceeds from the event go toward helping ease the transition of women from welfare to work and education, empowerment programs to assist women back into the work force, and guidance about what to wear for job interviews.

Did you know you can pick up decent second-hand clothing from the Wardrobe Boutique store at 1822 Spring Garden Street? Goals for the Career Wardrobe this year include moving their office from inside Center City to the Spring Garden location, and accepting men’s clothing at the boutique to help men make the transition into the workplace.

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Opera Philadelphia’s Yardbird Opens to a Standing Ovation

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Friday night was opening night for Opera Philadelphia’s much-anticipated Charlie Parker’s Yardbird at the Kimmel Center. Tenor Lawrence Brownlee stars as Charlie Parker with soprano Angela Brown, who mesmerizes as his mother, Addie Parker. Baritone Will Liverman makes his debut as jazz icon Dizzy Gillespie. The opera is set in the famed NYC jazz club Birdland. About 100 Opera Philadelphia theatergoers attended the opening night party on the second tier of the Kimmel Center, including Ann Ziff from the Metropolitan Opera in NYC, Mayor Michael Nutter, First Lady Lisa Nutter and several people from the Apollo Theater in NYC, where Yardbird will appear later this year. Guests dined on cuisine from Jose Garces Catering, walked the red carpet, posed for photos and relished in the evening’s show, which concluded with a standing ovation. I wish I could say go see it, but it’s completely sold out.
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Living Beyond Breast Cancer Supporter Party

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Last week, Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) held its sponsor and supporter party at the home of Nivedita and Shruti Singhal (2 of the 8 co-chairs of the gala)in Bryn Mawr. The rain held off long enough for the party to take place on their deck overlooking their well-maintained, beautifully landscaped backyard, where an intimate invite list of 75 enjoyed delicious Indian food and scrumptious drinks while discussing the upcoming gala, “The Black and White Butterfly Ball,” to be held Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

Many of the honorees were in attendance, including this year’s Going Beyond Award recipients Jewel Ajibade, Lynn Folkman Auspitz and Dana Donofree, all women who have used their personal experience with breast cancer to help and inspire others.Donna Noce Colaco, president of White House | Black Market, will receive the Founder’s Award for her longstanding and incredible support to LBBC. Greatly missed was Debra Strauss, who was at home recovering, but her husband Ed was on hand. Our thoughts are with Debra at this time.
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Voices of Summer Gala 2015

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Last week The Voice Foundation held its annual gala, the Voices Gala of Summer 2015 Awards Dinner, at the Westin Hotel. The gala fundraiser was part of the foundation’s 44th annual symposium held at the hotel over the weekend. The event draws doctors, voice teachers and students from all over the world to discuss the latest treatments, knowledge and expertise in the care of the professional voice user.

The evening began with a jazz reception and cocktails, followed by a concert by scientists and doctors. Afterward, Dr. Robert T. Sataloff, board chairman of the Voice Foundation, presented the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award to two award-winning stars of stage and screen: Joel Grey and Stacy Keach. (Keach accepted the award via a pretaped speech.) The international and Metropolitan opera star Dolora Zajick was honored with the The Voice Education Research Awareness (VERA) Award. Special recognition went to the Voice Foundation’s new board president, Dr. Stuart Orsher.

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Salon Vanity 10th Anniversary Party

 

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Edmondo Blando last night celebrated his 10th year operating Salon Vanity with a party at the 1701 Walnut Street establishment. Many well-coiffed guests came out to celebrate Blando’s achievement, including Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick, who has his hair done by Edmondo, and was just chosen by Get Good Head as the best head of hair on a newsman in Pennsylvania. He heard about the salon through Kacie McDonnell, who still flies in monthly to get her hair done at the salon. Other notable clients include Sheena Parveen, Dawn Timmeney, Jillian Mele and Eva Pilgrim.

Guests dined on a spread by Whole Foods, enjoyed Andrea Blando‘s (Edmondo’s dad) homemade limoncello, and enjoyed a specially designed chocolate chip cake from Sophisticakes Bakery in Drexel Hill. In his speech last night, Edmondo thanked his wife, Santi, for her support, his parents for letting him pursue his dreams — which started in their garage — and his staff, who uphold his motto: ”We help people feel better about themselves, especially if they’ve had a bad day.”

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85th Annual Radnor Hunt Races

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The Radnor Hunt Races celebrated its 85th Anniversary on May 16th during the spring tradition of steeplechasing at the Radnor Hunt. Six exciting races featured horses vying for purses totaling $180,000. Guests dressed in fashionable derby party outfits, with many of the ladies wearing hats of elegance and style. They enjoyed tailgate picnics, buffet luncheons in the sponsored tents and just took in the fresh air while watching the races along the fence with friends and family. All proceeds from the Radnor Hunt Races benefit the land and water preservation programs of the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. BNY Mellon celebrated 31 years as lead sponsor of the Radnor Hunt Races.

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International House 54th Annual Global Gala

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Saturday night the International House of Philadelphia held its 54th annual Global Gala: Celebration of Korea at the student housing facility. The black tie/traditional dress event started with a cocktail hour in the beautifully decorated courtyard, with delicious traditional Korean favorites prepared by Catering by Design, as well as having an open bar and silent auction with lots of Korean inspired items including art work and furniture.

Afterward there was a sit-down dinner with traditional Korean foods served family style. There was a short program with mistress of ceremonies Alex Holley, Fox 29’s morning host, doing a great job of moving the night along. The honoree for the evening was Councilman David Oh, who was grateful for the honor and discussed the American dream. Oh presented Tanya Steinberg, president and CEO of International House Philadelphia with a City Council citation honoring the International House for all the work it does. After dinner there was an afterparty with performances and dancing to the tunes of DJ CHOPS till 2 a.m.

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Fairmount Park Conservancy 8th Annual Centennial Celebration

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More than 500 park supporters attended the Fairmount Park Conservancy’s 8th Annual Centennial Celebration held at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center last night. This year’s honorees included John Crowe, president and CEO of, Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed Corporations, for corporate leadership; Kathleen McGinty, chief of staff to Governor Tom Wolf and a longtime environmentalist, for civic leadership; and Chris Matthews, host of Hardball on MSNBC (which includes a tree planted in his honor at Belmont Plateau), as the John Binswanger Park Champion. Crowe’s Saint-Gobain is one of the main sponsors of The Oval; it will kick off the summer season and commemorate the company’s 350th anniversary with a never-before-seen global exhibition, “Future Sensations,” which will make its only U.S. tour stop at The Oval from May 30th through June 6th.

Kristen Welker, NBC News White House Correspondent, was a great master of ceremonies, filling in for Andrea Mitchell, who was on the Hillary Clinton trail. Welker was grateful to be back in her hometown with her mother and among friends in the park where she played softball as a kid.

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Bank and Bourbon Donors Choose Benefit

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Last night Bank and Bourbon hosted their inaugural Bourbon Bash at the restaurant. Over 300 people came out to Chef Thomas Harkin’s delicious fare, and enjoy spirits generously sponsored by Southern Wine & Spirits and curated by their own bourbon master Brian Bevilacqua. Bank and Bourbon has gotten rave reviews for their menu since the Loews Hotel eatery opened a year ago, which is probably why the place was so packed last night. It was a ticketed, all-you-can-eat steak-and-bourbon party for $49, which benefited Donors Choose — a charity through which teachers request classroom materials and donors choose who to donate to. Bank and Bourbon’s GM Sean Glancy hopes to make this an annual event, attracting more people and raising more money for charity.
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