Boys’ Latin “Night of Fashion”

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The 3rd annual fundraiser benefiting Boys’ Latin was held at Neiman Marcus in King of Prussia on Wednesday, April 20th. “Night of Fashion,” formerly known as “Old Bags Night Out,” featured fashion designer Derek Lam who presented his latest collection with Neiman Marcus senior vice president and fashion director Ken Downing as emcee of the fashion show. This year’s event honored Susan Buckley and Susan Burch, supporters of Boys’ Latin since its inception in 2007. Both women became the 2016 recipients of the Ultimate Mentor Award for their dedication to providing educational opportunity to children in need. More than 300 guests, mostly fashionably dressed women (some wearing vintage Derek Lam) dined on Capital Grille fare and bid on fabulous silent auction items. In previous years, there was a designer bag silent auction, but this year featured different items. After the show, there was a meet-and-greet with Lam and Downing, as well as a pop-up Lam boutique where guests could buy his latest fashions with a percentage of the sales going to Boys’ Latin.

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Melmark’s Dream Maker’s Ball

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On Saturday, April 16, 2016, Melmark held its biennial black tie event at the Hyatt at The Bellevue in Philadelphia. The Dream Maker’s Ball, marks a major milestone – 50 years – in the organization’s history of supporting children and adults with intellectual disability. Over 500 family members, business leaders and friends, attended the evening which started with a cocktail party, featuring passed hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a wish table, where guests could donate directly to their favorite Melmark programs.

Ukee Washington was emcee and led the way as speakers shared the impact of Melmark’s mission and the goals for the organization’s future. During the evening, the founders’ family was recognized, including original Melmark resident Melissa, daughter of Paul and Mildred “Miggy” Krentel. Washington presented Melissa with an “Oscar” for being Melmark’s leading lady. The statue was crafted by the same company that produces the Oscars.

The Connelly Foundation received Melmark’s inaugural Golden Hero Award, which made its debut in honor of Melmark’s founders, Paul and Mildred Krentel. The award honors individuals or organizations that, through selfless acts of compassion, courage, leadership and commitment, transform lives and expand opportunities for people with special needs. The Melmark Humanitarian Award went to Bob and Kathy Trainor. Bob and Kathy are the parents of Katie Trainor, a young girl who was part of the Melmark family for many years before her passing. The night continued with a delicious dinner, and dancing.

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24th Annual Shut Up & Dance

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Dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Art Institute, BalletX and Brian Sanders Junk performed for a nearly sold out audience Saturday night at Forrest Theater for the 24th annual Shut Up & Dance. The event benefits the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA), which provides meals to clients battling life threatening illnesses. Ian Hussey, Pennsylvania Ballet principal dancer, returned as the producing director for his fifth year. Hussey has participated in Shut Up & Dance since 2004. Before the performance, Steve Korman, CEO of Korman Communities, hosted a VIP cocktail party at the theater. Guests enjoyed food prepared by MANNA and cocktails. At the start of the performance, recently retired WXPN DJ and 20-year host of Shut Up & Dance, Michaela Majoun, introduced this year’s new host Martha Graham Cracker with a ceremony on stage.

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No Dog Gets Left Behind Gala

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On Saturday night the 5th annual No Dog Gets Left Behind organization held its annual gala at Penns Landing Caterers. NDGLB is an amazing organization that rescues war dogs from overseas and unites them with the soldiers that bonded with them at war. The organization was founded by Trish Gohl, after her nephew, Chris, who was stationed overseas, bonded with a dog that he wanted to bring back to the states.

The night began with a cocktail hour, where guests posed for photos and bid on silent auction items, as well as bought raffle tickets for additional great items. Then a lite dinner was served as Trish talked about the organization and where the proceeds from the evenings event would go — to reunite Lucy and Daisy with their soldier daddies. Afterward, guests enjoyed dancing to the tunes of Spruce Street Harbor Park’s resident spinner, DJ Patty Pat. Photos after the jump »

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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Commonwealth Proper Spring/Summer 2016 Preview Party

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Last week Commonwealth Proper held its spring/summer 2016 preview party at HOST, an Ardmore furnishings store. HOST opened a store in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia a few years ago, and recently added another location on the Main Line in Ardmore. Commonwealth Proper (CMMP), a custom suit company that focuses on the fit and quality of their suits, has locations in Center City and Atlanta, Georgia. Guests enjoyed light bites, cocktails and a fashion show of CMMP’s latest designs. Sharply dressed CMMP men mingled with the guests among the lamps, pillows, furniture and art that HOST offers.

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National Museum of American Jewish History Masquerade Ball

Sarah Hochberg, Myles Kaplan, Andrew Edelman and Victoria Karpman.

Sarah Hochberg, Myles Kaplan, Andrew Edelman and Victoria Karpman.

On Saturday, the National Museum of American Jewish History held its four annual Masquerade Ball in celebration of Purim. More than 350 members of the Young Friends of NMAJH gathered in the museum’s ballroom overlooking Independence Park. Many attendees dressed in their best costumes and masks to honor the Jewish holiday. Guests danced to the tunes by DJ Royale and enjoyed light bites, desserts by Magical Sweet Shop, and an open bar during the event.

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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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