The Young Friends of the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) presented A Midsummer’s Eve at the museum on July 30th. Guests wore white in the spirit of the holiday tradition while enjoying a kosher dessert reception by Betty the Caterer and an open bar. The event — a celebration of Tu B’Av, the Jewish holiday of love — was held in the ballroom at the NMAJH, which overlooks Independence Park. Guest mingled with other young friends, posed for photos in front of the step-and-repeat, enjoyed views from the expansive fifth floor terrace, danced to the tunes of DJ Adrian Hardy and checked out the Richard Avedon: Family Affairs portraiture exhibit, which ended its run on August 2nd.
Citizen Diplomacy International of Philadelphia held its annual fundraiser, American Summer Experience, at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, attracting international guests, students and notables from our area. Attendees enjoyed French and Italian wines, domestic and imported beer and a buffet dinner by Catering by Design. Funds raised from the event benefited CDI’s “Today I Met” Education Program and their State Department & Sister Cities Exchange Programs for the country and region. CDI is Citizen Diplomacy International, formerly the International Visitors Council of Philadelphia. More photos after the jump!
In 2013, the Post Brothers bought the prestigious Presidential City and are underway with a $100 million renovation of the highly visible complex on the edge of Fairmount Park and the drives. Last week they held a party to celebrate the first of the four buildings renovated, which already has tenants moved in. The Presidential was built in the 1950s, and maintained that style of living all the way down to the window air conditioning units that dotted the building’s exterior. Since the renovation, the Post Brothers installed central air in the units, expanded some of the windows to create a floor-to-ceiling effect, replaced the wiring, upgraded the piping and completely gutted each unit, installing top-of-the-line appliances. The Presidential offers studios to two-bedroom penthouses with wrap-around views of Fairmount Park, soaking tubs and showers. There are plenty of amenities that make the Presidential apartments very attractive as a new home, including the Sora Pool Club with its pool, saunas, massage rooms and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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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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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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.
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.”
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.