Only in America Gala and Kick-Off Party for the Chasing Dreams Exhibit


Last night I attended The 2014 Only in America Gala and the kick-off of the new “Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American” exhibition at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Many notables were on the impressive guest list, including Edward G. Rendell, chair of the Only in America Gala, who noted, “Baseball is an all-American sport; the players are of all nationalities, as are the fans.”

The evening started with a cocktail party on the lower levels of the museums; the dinner was held upstairs in the ballroom adjacent to the exhibition. Throughout the evening, guests were encouraged to visit the exhibit, which is composed of objects representing players of all the many ethnic groups that have taken part in the game, as well as the many notable contributions of Jewish players. The exhibit officially opens on March 13th and continues through October 26th.

More of HughE Dillon’s photos from the Only in America Gala after the jump »

Second Annual United Negro College Fund Mayor’s Masked Ball


The second annual United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Mayor’s Masked Ball in Philadelphia took place Saturday, March 8th, at the Marriott Downtown. Nearly 600 business owners, civic leaders, supporters and volunteers joined in the celebration.

Congratulations go to the 2014 Masked Award winners, so honored for assisting students in reaching their graduation goals: Sheldon M. Bonovitz, chairman emeritus, Duane Morris, LLP; Willie F. Johnson, founder and chairman, PRWT Services; and Michael A. Rashid, president and CEO of AmeriHealth.

The evening’s co-chairs were Daniel J. Hilferty, president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, and Julie Coker, senior vice president, convention division, for the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), Craig L. Adams, executive vice president of Exelon and president and CEO of PECO, and Albert P. Black Jr., COO for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

More of HughE’s photos from the Mayor’s Masked Ball after the jump »

King of Prussia Container Store Grand Opening


Last night I attended the opening of the Container Store in King of Prussia. The turnout was amazing, with about 500 people in the store at any given time perusing the “lifestyle” aisles packed with some of the best products for organizing your home or office.

Many of the people I talked to told me how excited they were that they would no longer have to drive to the Cherry Hill Container store for their purchases. Catering was provided by Feast Your Eyes and the Vincent James Band provided the entertainment.

Traditionally, I always go to the Container Store the first week in January in hopes that it will encourage me to organize my life. I found this great item to keep track of my keys and phone in my briefcase and bought it back in January (when I Instagrammed this photo).

During the King of Prussia Container Store’s grand opening weekend, 10% of your purchase will be donated to Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.

More of HughE’s photos from the grand opening of the King of Prussia Container Store after the jump »

Cheers for CHOP


On the evening of Saturday, March 1st, Friends of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hosted Cheers for CHOP at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia.

The event began with guests walking the red carpet into a cocktail reception where there was an expansive silent auction underway as well as butlered hors d’oeuvre and carving stations. Guests had the opportunity to bid on gift certificates to nearly every notable area restaurant you could think of, as well as spa treatments and sporting experiences.

After the cocktail hour, guests were whisked into the two-level dance floor of Seven The Nightclub where DJ Bizz from CTO Soho entertained the crowd — with the exception of a surprise performance by Rob “It Takes Two” Base, who sang his biggest hits backed by Kyle Rifkin.

The proceeds from the evening went to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, and the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care.

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The Second Annual Bubby’s Cook-Off


Lubavitch of Bucks County held Bubby’s Cook-Off at Vie Wednesday night where Philly’s best chefs competed for the title of Best Kosher Dish. Proceeds from the event went to The Friendship Circle Foundation and Lubavich of Bucks County. The Friendship Circle serves families of children with special needs.

The chefs included:

  • Laura Frangiosa, co-owner and proprietress of the Avenue Delicatessen, who made a delicious chopped liver arancini with hearts of palm, celery and schmalz-aioli;
  • Patrick Szoke, executive chef of Alla Spina, a Vetri family restaurant, who created a brisket stuffed cabbage;
  • Sonny Pache, executive chef of Ocean Prime who made his veal and porcini mushroom kreplach;
  • Rich Berardi, chef de cuisine of Rat’s Restaurant, a Stephen Starr property, who made a lamb shoulder with white bean puree, pickled beet salad and pistachio pistou;
  • Jae Shin and Sterling Reitzel of Citron & Rose who made their pomegranate braised lamb shank.

Two top chefs competed in the Best Jewish Dessert, which took place on stage and was judged by the area’s most influential Bubbies, Rebbetzin Meriam Shemtov, Sharon Pinkenson co-chair (along with Joe Weiss), Hope Cohen and Marciarose Shestack. Master of ceremonies was’s Michael Klein.

More of HughE Dillon’s photos from Bubby’s Cook-Off after the jump »

The Red and White Ball


On Saturday night, February 22nd, more than 400 guests attended the inaugural Red & White Ball benefitting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The evening began with a festive cocktail reception and an extensive silent auction, featuring items ranging from trips to Africa, personal stylist consultations and a Terrell Owens signed football.

At 8 p.m., guests headed to the Millennium Ballroom for dinner and the program, which was hosted by Erin O’Hearn from 6ABC. The evening’s honoree was Bob Levis, who shared his incredible story of survival after being diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2002. During the past 12 years, Bob had undergone various treatments and trials, including a trial involving modified t-cells in 2013. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society helped fund the cutting-edge research by Dr. Carl June and his team. Today Bob Levis’s blood work is normal, and Saturday night was a celebration for everyone.

More of HughE Dillon’s photos from the inaugural Red and White Ball after the jump »

The First Annual Philly Sports Roast Featuring Terrell Owens


Last night Philly’s funny man and impressionist extraordinaire Joe Conklin and WIP on-air sports savant and Wing Bowl creator Al Morganti presented the “The First Annual Philly Sports Roast” at the Crystal Tea Room. More than 600 people filled the room to see former Eagle and NFL bad boy Terrell Owens roasted by media personalities, politicians, former and current Eagle players, and Damon Feldman.

In a no-holds-barred night, everything was on the table: marriages, baby mamas (four), salaries, tights, his big ego and even, shockingly, suicide attempts. Proceeds from the evening went to firefighters support organization All Hands Working.

A couple of the zingers at the event: “Former Eagles defensive tackle Hollis Thomas is here tonight. Look at that guy. Hollis, are you OK? You’re sweating profusely. I haven’t seen someone sweat this much since Freddie Mitchell’s tax audit.” And: “Joe Conklin, Man of 1,000 voices, and he can’t get laid in any of them.”

More of Hughe’s photos and account from the First Annual Philly Sports Roast after the jump »

Comcast Olympic Viewing Party


Tuesday night, Comcast Corporation and EVP David L. Cohen hosted an Olympics viewing reception in the Comcast Center lobby. Comcast and NBCUniversal demonstrated to hundreds of guests how they are delivering the most comprehensive and technologically advanced viewing experience for any Winter Games — and recording number of people watching over the air as well as live streaming on the Internet. In addition to watching Olympics content on The Comcast Experience video wall, attendees interacted with the company’s newest technologies, including the X1 entertainment operating system, 4K ultra high-definition content, SEEiT (Comcast’s new partnership with Twitter), and cloud DVR.

Several former Olympians were in attendance along with members of the Philadelphia Curling Club, and guests got to have their pictures taken in a real bobsleigh. It was a very spirited party, and everyone was given Sochi Olympics pins to wear and American flags to wave. Guests were also treated to samplings of Russian cuisine and drinks throughout the evening.

More of HughE Dillon’s photos of the Comcast Olympic Viewing Party after the jump »

GIRL TALK: A Conversation with Factory Girls Creator Katie K Rex

Photo by Mario Manzoni.

Photo by Mario Manzoni.

The Stones and Warhol both had their factory girls, and now the Gayborhood does, too. The all-girl, gender-queer party Factory Girls has evolved over the years to become a staple of the Philadelphia nightlife scene. The next party is the femme-licious Galentine’s Day rager starring rapper Kid Sister.

In anticipation of the evening, I had a chat with Factory Girls “madam” Katie K Rex. We chatted Factory Girls history, favorite headliners and about her rumored plans to take the party to New York City.

Take me back. How did Factory Girls get started?
At one point it was just a weird idea about how to play music. I had just started DJing, and obviously no one would book me because I had nothing to show for myself. So I decided to make my own gigs. My girlfriends and I were able to create a space for us to dress-up, drink champagne, act a fool, and play music in a city that is dominated by the male gaze and musical “boys clubs.” I hit up Xavier B. of FNGR BNGR, who forwarded me to Oronde of South Street’s late, great Fluid Nightclub, where we were graciously given a Thursday night in October of 2011.

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Ready For Hillary Super PAC Party at G Lounge


On January 30 the Ready For Hillary Super PAC had its first fundraiser — despite the fact that Hillary Clinton has not yet announced a run for the White House in 2016. Nearly 200 eager young friends gathered at G Lounge, paying $20.16 each (get it?), to organize and rally for the former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State. The evening was a one-two punch for Hillary as bigger donors first gathered at 5:30 p.m. at the Morris Cafe for a soiree hosted by Duane Morris partner Alan Kessler and Ballard Spahr partner Ken Jarin with tickets ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Then the party moved down the block to G Lounge at 7 p.m. for a party hosted by Dan Kessler and a committee of 30. The supporters were fired up, and plan many more parties to help get Ready for Hillary.

See more of HughE’s photos from the Ready for Hillary party after the jump »

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