Q&A: Samantha Giusti on DVLF’s New Look

DVLF's new logo.

DVLF’s new logo.

We’ve seen a new logo and have heard around the Gayborhood that DVLF is also making other noticeable changes. What’s sparked these decisions?
Our organization last April decided that we needed to do a “brand recharge.” This is different from a brand change, because we plan to continue to do the same great work in funding various LGBTQ causes, but we needed a new look. DVLF wanted people to view our relationship with the community as a partnership. DVLF is “our” community foundation. We are the only public foundation focused on the needs of LGBTQ people in our region. We exist to provide a bright future for our shared LGBTQ community. We collaborated with three great organizations – Brand Champs, JaySocial, and Here’s My Chance – to see how we can visually reflect our desire to impact the community. Read more »

Will Inky, WHYY Compete for Grant Money?

Is this town big enough for two large-scale, grant-funded reporting enterprises? We’re about to find out.

Tuesday’s announcement that the Philadelphia Media Network — owner of the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com — was converting to non-profit ownership in order to attract grant money raised eyebrows across town at public radio station WHYY, whose own non-profit reporting efforts are, of course, largely paid for by grants and donations.

We asked Tuesday if the philanthropic pie was big enough to support both news organizations. It seems that WHYY officials have the same question on their mind.

“There is real potential that we will have more competition for our own fundraising among the donor community,” WHYY CEO Bill Marazzo said in a Tuesday email to staff, adding: “I have no doubt that WHYY has the quality of staff and the depth of experience in news and information to fully meet the challenges ahead.” Read more »

Garrett Getlin Snider Is Not Your Average Teenager

Left: Garrett Getlin Snider (photography by Justin James Muir). Right: Lindy, Garrett, and Ed Snider, circa 1997 (courtesy of Garrett Getlin Snider)

Left: Garrett Getlin Snider (photography by Justin James Muir). Right: Lindy, Garrett, and Ed Snider, circa 1997 (courtesy of Garrett Getlin Snider)

Garrett Getlin Snider is fretting.

This really isn’t so unusual, as it turns out. Garrett Getlin Snider frets a lot. About his twin sisters, “16 and gorgeous,” who are now at an age where every horny teenage boy on the Main Line is taking notice. About his grandfather, Ed Snider, the legendary 82-year-old Philadelphia Flyers owner and chairman of Comcast Spectacor. About his grandmother, about his studies at Drexel, about the kids: the kids in Montgomery County, the kids around the country, the kids around the world. Who is going to help the kids? And so Garrett Getlin Snider frets, worry lines already beginning to form across his square, pale 19-year-old face. Read more »

TeamGraham’s Benefit for Little Smiles

Eagles' Darren Sproles, Michel Sproles with Carlyne (who is due in February) and Brandon Graham.

Darren and Michel Sproles with Carlyne (who is due in February) and Brandon Graham. | HughE Dillon

On Monday, December 7, Zarwin Baum and Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Brandon Graham and his foundation, TeamGraham, hosted a toy drive at Vesper, benefiting Little Smiles, a volunteer-driven nonprofit helping children in local hospitals, hospices, shelters and other similar facilities. They give them toys, and electronics, event tickets, VIP outings and fulfill wishes to bring joy to their lives.

Many of Gramham’s teammates came out to make donations, plus meet fans who brought toy donations or make monetary gifts during the event. On Friday Brandon Graham, Stacey Kracher, and staff from Little Smiles and Zarwin Baum will take the toys they collected and distributed them to kids at CHOP and Shriners.

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Fashion for All Event


Neiman Marcus hosted Our Closet’s “Fashion for All Event” on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 in the Neiman Marcus at The Plaza at King of Prussia.

The event, chaired by Kim Garno, Hope Haron, Connie Lees, Ami Lonner and Holly Stone, featured a cocktail party with specialty drinks and light bites were served near cosmetics. At the cocktail party guests participated in Le Métier de Beauté makeovers. The guests then headed to the third floor for a fashion presentation showcasing the top trends for Fall & Resort 2015 curated by Ana Maria Pimentel, fashion director for women’s accessories of Neiman Marcus Group.

Our Closet has partnered with Neiman Marcus and Le Métier de Beauté on a limited edition run of an exclusive Our Closet lipgloss ($36) and Kaleidoscope palette ($95) that will benefit the charity. Proceeds from the sales of Le Métier de Beauté cosmetics go to Our Closet. Our Closet was founded by Jill Aschkenasy, executive director, and is a volunteer-driven organization that provides clothing to vulnerable Philadelphians and their families free of charge by operating dignified and welcoming “pop up shops” throughout the city.

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“Only in America” Gala

Stephen and Toby Strogatz with Stephen Kerzner.

The National Museum of American Jewish History celebrated its fifth anniversary with a gala to honor the stories of Jews who have made their homes in this country. On November 18, more than 350 donors gathered as a community and connected to the stories of hope and courage, leadership and service at the 5th Anniversary “Only in America” Gala. The gala reflected on the successes of the last five years at their historic Market Street home and celebrated the next generation of leaders at the Museum. Gala chairs were Gennifer and Elijah Dornstreich. Decor was done by Pencora and event production was by Fred Stein.

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Cancer Support Community Fashion Show

Margie Honickman, Joanne Wurzak, Ellen Churchill and Liesa Steinberg

Cancer Support Community (CSC) Greater Philadelphia hosted their annual “In Fashion” luncheon and fashion show on Thursday, November 19 at Saks Fifth Avenue in Bala Cynwyd. Designers Scott Studenberg and John Targon from Baja East, showcased their fall and spring lines to the ladies who lunch.

The day started at 11 am. with cocktails, conversation, and a chance to browse through Baja East’s laid-back collection of designs. Saks donated 10 percent of the sales to CSC. There was also a live auction conducted by Jeff Hammond, which raised additional funds for the CSC programs including the Cancer Support Community’s Kid Support Camp, where teens and kids whose lives have been impacted by cancer attend a camp with kids in the same circumstance. The mission of the Cancer Support Community is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

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Please Touch Gets $3.25 Million Donation, CEO Stepping Down

Memorial Hall, the site of the Please Touch Museum. Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Memorial Hall, the site of the Please Touch Museum. Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Today, the Please Touch Museum took a big step toward getting out of debt and emerging from bankruptcy — but also announced that its CEO will be stepping down.

The popular children’s museum has received a $3.25 million donation from an anonymous donor. Combined with $1.25 million in gifts back in September and smaller donations, the facility has received $4.86 million in just the past two months. Read more »

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

Marta Adelson, Robert and Penny Fox with John Binswanger

Marta Adelson, Robert and Penny Fox with John Binswanger

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show kicked off its 39th year with a glitzy gala on Wednesday night. Ellen Caplan, chair of this year’s show, welcomed guests to the event before introducing Timothy Rub, the museum’s CEO. He presented the 2015 Craft Show Awards to 10 of the outstanding artists participating in the show, determined by a panel of judges. Each winner received $1,000 from the sponsor of each individual award, with the Best of Show winner — Agnieszka Winograd, a jewelry designer — receiving $1,500. Presented by The Women’s Committee and The Craft Show Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the craft show is the single largest fund-raiser for the museum. More 1,000 applicants apply to show at the annual event, but only 195 are chosen. Proceeds from the show support educational programs and exhibitions and fund purchases of art and contemporary crafts for the permanent collection. To date, the committee has raised over $10.9 million for the museum. The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is at the Pennsylvania Convention Center through Sunday.

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Career Wardrobe’s 5th Annual Tea & Fashion Show


Career Wardrobe’s 5th Annual Tea & Fashion Show was held Sunday afternoon at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The annual event welcomed women from across generations to support Career Wardrobe while enjoying an afternoon spent together enjoying tea, tea sandwiches, desserts and a fashion show featuring clothes from The Wardrobe Boutique (19th and Spring Garden streets) and Revivals Boutique (Narberth).

There was also bidding on fun items in the silent auction, raffles, empowering speeches and then shopping at a pop-up boutique for fabulous fashions as well as discounted designer shoes. The Career Wardrobe has outfitted nearly 70,000 women since December 1995. They provide dressing consults, resumé review and interview coaching, as well as lessons in beauty basics to women trying to get back into the workforce.

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