Simon’s Fund held its annual gala, Simon’s Soiree, on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel in honor of Darren and Phyllis Sudman’s son Simon, who died suddenly of a heart defect in January 2005 at the age of 3 months. The family later learned that children aren’t regularly checked for heart defects, and began the nonprofit to provide EKG tests for students in schools. Simon’s Fund has raised more than $1 million and provided free cardiac screenings to more than 11,000 kids. Read more »
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for children with cancer, hosted the 11th Annual Lemon Ball on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. More than 900 guests attended the gala, which this year raised more than $840,000. The evening started off with cocktails while guests bid on silent auction items, then moved to the ballroom for a program, live auction, and dinner. ALSF honored Penn Wynne Elementary School, the school that Alex attended, with the Alex Scott Crystal Cup. The Carpino family, of Swedesboro, N.J., was honored as Stand Host of the Year. Longtime ALSF supporters Mary and Molly Hollway, of Bloomington, Minn., were honored as Volunteers of the Year. To honor Alex’s milestone 21st birthday on January 18th, guests who donated more than $5,000 during the live auction received a plate of Liz Scott’s famous lemon cookies (which are featured in the new ALSF cookbook, Alex’s Table) and bottle of champagne to toast Alex.
It was a glamorous night at the Fillmore on Saturday, January 7, 2017, as the 23rd-annual Hair of the Dog took over the enormous entertainment complex. The popular gala, founded in 1995 by Dan Cronin and Rob Molinaro (who co-own Chorus Communications, a major sponsor of Hair of the Dog) as a gathering of friends to celebrate the New Year, has grown into one of the must-attend events for people of all ages in the winter social season. Guests enjoyed an open bar, food by Wolfgang Puck Catering, and performances by Grammy Award–winner Lil Jon, Mr. Hollywood DJ with guest Lrry Live, VASSY, Rozes, Clef & Canberra, and DJ Freezie. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Bianca’s Kids, a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that focuses on granting wishes to foster and needy children in New Jersey and around the U.S. Read more »
More than 1,500 revelers rang in the New Year at the Hyatt Bellevue on Saturday night at the Glitter City Gala. Guests walked the red carpet in shimmering sequin dresses, itty-bitty minis, black-tie, suits, and velvet jackets. Afterward the revelers headed into the ballroom to enjoy an evening of dining and dancing to The Rockets as well as Philly’s best DJs (DJ Sojo and DJ Joe Broscoe) on multiple party floors. At midnight a “Liberty Bell” dropped and confetti cannons showered the room to bring in 2017. A portion of the proceeds went to PAWS, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House . Read more »
Chef Brian Duffy of Spike TV’s Bar Rescue, partnered with local brewing company, Flying Fish Brewing Co opens Flying Fish Crafthouse in the Brewerytown neighborhood in Philadelphia. Formerly the Acme Markets warehouse, the new eatery is located on the first floor of the newly opened luxurious apartments The Fairmount at Brewerytown developed by McSpain Properties (Dana Spain and Sean McGovern.) On Sunday night there was a VIP celebration to mark the opening. Guests enjoyed delicious selections from the menu which compromises of comfort food like handcrafted burgers, mac & cheese, specialty fries and sandwiches; a curated menu of only the best American craft beers, and top-shelf liquors and wines. The restaurant serves dinner and a late night menu, and eventually will serve lunch and brunch. Chef Duffy is also a big military supporter, so active military, reserve and veterans, as well as first responders with ID will receive a 15% discount every day at The Flying Fish Crafthouse. At the VIP party donations were collected which were going directly to Philadelphia Veteran’s Comfort House, a local non-profit.
Our Closet held their 3rd annual “Fashion for All” at Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia, on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. The event was a benefit for Our Closet, powered by JFCS. Executive Director Jill Aschkenasy founded the organization in 2011, and it provides clothing free of charge to people in need through “pop-up shops” around town. Each pop up store is set up like a real store with different departments, dressing rooms and volunteers to assist in finding just the right outfit for each person. They can choose up to five articles of clothing . At the event on Wednesday, the lunchtime benefit started with a cocktail party, with passed hors d’oeuvres, before guests headed to the 3rd floor to enjoy a Nieman Marcus fashion show curated by Ana Maria Pimental, Neiman Marcus’ Accessories Fashion Director. Co-chairs of the event were Janice Blumenthal, Jamea Campbell, Haley Lesser, Sandi Slap and Shannon Zeller.
Last week “Jurassic World: The Exhibition” opened at the Franklin Institute. Based on the blockbuster movie, the exhibition immerses its audience in scenes inspired by the beloved film. Last night the Franklin Institute held a party to celebrate the United States debut of the exhibit. Attendees had a chance to explore the Isla Nublar park, complete with informational exhibits, guides and life-size animatronic dinosaurs. There’s even a room where you can watch dinosaurs eggs being incubated and hatch. The exhibit runs through April 23, 2017.
The Philadelphia Chapter of Little Smiles hosted their 10th Annual Little Smiles Gala at the Crystal Tea Room on Saturday night November 19, 2016. Little Smiles partners with local hospitals, shelters and other like facilities, and works directly with nurses, social workers and caregivers to fulfill personalized requests that create smiles on the faces of children in need as well as suffering from a debilitating illness. The Little Smiles organization grants the special requests and then in most situations, has the caregiver deliver the surprise whether it be an iPod, computer or monthly candy runs delivered by volunteers and sports players. Saturday night several of the children escaped from their situations and were treated like stars on the red carpet. First they were primped and pampered like stars at Strands 25, then whisked to the event in Secrets Limousine to walk the red carpet, sign autographs, and receive their own cute little golden statues. After a cocktail hour, guests adjourned to the ball room for a short program during dinner, as well as a lively auction by Jeff Hammond. During the program a former “star” Raquel Baskin, told the guests how much it meant to her when 10 years earlier she was battling cancer and picked as a “star” at the very first Little Smiles Gala. Now in remission, she spends her time giving back to the organization that meant so much to her in her time of need. Her dad, Glen Baskin, is even a board member.