White Christmas at Sweetwater Farm and Grace Winery

Monika Brass, The Bryn Mawr Trust Company and FJ Leto, Inbound Marketing.

Vicki and Chris Le Vine, along with The Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF), hosted the Fifth Annual White Christmas at Sweetwater Farm and Grace Winery (50 Sweetwater Road, Glen Mills, PA) on Sunday, December 14, 2014. The festive old fashioned piano party and cabaret featured performances by Broadway’s brightest stars (some of who took the night off from Broadway to be there.) and talented Philadelphia area BDF students (who have dreams of reaching Broadway one day.) Each year hundreds of students received valuable musical theatre training through BDF programs offered in partnership with Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The BDF program is also offered in other cities around the country, but the Philadelphia program is the largest.

The evening was directed by Craig D’Amico (Fiddler on the Roof), with musical direction by Dave Barrus (Les Miserables), and choreography by Greg Graham (Billy Elliot). Featured performers included Leslie Odom, Jr. (Smash), Quentin Earl Darrington (Ragtime), Luke Hawkins (West Side Story), Donnie Kehr (Jersey Boys), Ginna Le Vine, Jen Perry (Kinky Boots), Ryann Redmond (If/Then), and Noah Rickettes (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical).

The Broadway Dreams Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to training, mentoring and providing career opportunities to the next generation of musical theater performers. Intensive programs are offered nationally throughout the year, led by an exceptional faculty of high-profile Broadway professionals. BDF offers significant scholarships to hundreds of participants each year, ensuring that all qualified students are able to realize their Broadway dreams regardless of their financial status.

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Should You Sign a Prenup? This Guide Will Help You Decide

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Prenups are (obviously) not one of the more romantic topics we discuss here on the blog, but they are nonetheless an important aspect of tying the knot. Whether you and your to-be plan to sign one is completely up to the two of you, but either way, it’s beneficial to at least have an understanding of what these pre-marriage agreements entail.

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Palladino’s Restaurant Opening

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Last night Chef Luke Palladino celebrated the opening of his new restaurant, Palladino’s, on Philly’s latest restaurant row — East Passyunk Avenue — with a VIP Party including Mike Jerrick, Pat Ciarrocchi, Barbara Rittenhouse, Deputy Mayor Richard Negrin and his wife Karen, Councilman Mark Squilla and wife Brigid, and Cory Wade (America’s Next Top Model) in attendance.

Guests were greeted by a 50-foot-long red carpet, where they posed for photos before entering the upscale Italian restaurant with bar, open kitchen and a dining room with 80. They enjoyed tastes from his extensive menu as well as specialty drinks by Punzone Vodka. The kitchen features a wood-fired grill where they prepare steaks, fish, and chops, as well as an Italian oven that will be used exclusively to bake focaccia. The official opening of the restaurant is tonight, but is sold out. Palladino’s is located a stone’s throw from Broad Street, at 1934 E. Passyunk Avenue.

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“Toys for Tots” Party at Chima

Kristin Pultro, Nick Albater and Amanda Giddings,

Last night the law firm of Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C. and Philadelphia Eagle Jeremy Maclin – along with his foundation JMac Gives Back – teamed up to collect more than 600 toys for Little Smiles Pa. In an evening filled with holiday cheer, city leaders and business executives from across the region gathered at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse in Center City. During the evening the Eagles’ “Green Magic” bus arrived with a donation of 300 toys, which Zarwin Baum and Maclin will deliver to Shriners Hospital for Children on Thursday. The remaining toys will be distributed by Little Smiles Pa. to other area hospitals.

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Malcolm Jenkins’ Blitz, Bow-Ties and Bourbon

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Philadelphia Eagles player Malcolm Jenkins hosted Blitz, Bow-Ties & Bourbon on Monday night at Union Trust Finley Catering, a fundraiser for his non-profit, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation (TMJF). Many of Jenkins teammates came out to support his first area fundraiser, including Jeremy Maclin, Connor Barwin and Brandon Boykin. Many of the guests attending adhered to the dress code and wore bow ties, including some from Jenkins own line, Rock Avenue Bow Ties.

The evening began with a VIP cocktail party in the mezzanine where guests enjoyed food tastings from Treemont, and Bank and Bourbon as well as treats from Chip Roman’s candy line Tradestone Confections where the artisan chocolates were paired with various bourbons.

Brian Bevilacqua, a bourbon master at Bank & Bourbon, chatted about the various bourbons on the market with the guests. At 6:30, more guests arrived to enjoy the festivities, bid on the silent auction, enjoy a delicious spread by Finley Catering as well as small plates from Sbraga, and The Farm and the Fisherman. Comedian/magician Darrell Fisher was on hand as entertainment as well as auctioneer, successfully selling a trip to Mexico for $6,000, a Tiger Woods signed golf club and original paintings.

Malcolm Jenkins and his mom, Gwendolyn V. Jenkins, President, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, thanked the guests for coming, and told them the money raised at the event would go to expand the foundation’s programming to support youth in the Great Philadelphia area. The foundation has existing programs in New Jersey, Columbus, Ohio, and New Orleans. After the program, guests enjoyed the sounds of Valarie Adams & the Dimensions and packed the dance floor as dessert and coffee were served.

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Children’s Crisis Treatment Center’s 14th Annual Roundup

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You might have thought the rodeo was in town had you passed the Franklin Institute on Friday night. The Children’s Crisis Treatment Center held its 14th annual Roundup to raise much needed funds for CCTC’s efforts to assist Philadelphia children and their families who are coping with the impact of behavioral health issues, traumatic events and other challenges that affect childhood development.

This year’s event chairs for the western-themed event were Lavinia and Michael Smerconish, who honored Andrea and Warren Kantor. Guests were asked to leave their tuxedos and gowns at home, and instead encouraged to wear their their best cowboy and cowgirl apparel (which many of them did) for a night of cocktails, delicious cuisine from Frog Commissary, and dancing to the tunes of EBE Entertainment. There was also an extensive silent auction with sports tickets, vacations and theater outings.

Did I mention the mechanical bull? That was a very popular spot all evening.

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12th Annual In Fashion! Luncheon and Fashion Show

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Norisol Ferrari and Tony Alcindor.

Last week, the Cancer Support Community (CSC) hosted the 12th Annual “In Fashion!” Luncheon & Fashion Show at Saks Fifth Avenue on City Avenue. Nearly 100 ladies lunched, mingled and checked out fashions featuring special guest designer Norisol Ferrari.

New York-raised Ferrari popped onto the NY fashion scene about three years ago, and draws on her Venezuelan roots to bring a world culture experience to all of her cutting-edge designs, many of which were inspired by icons Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth.

The day started with cocktails and conversations at 11 a.m. At noon, guests sat down for lunch and enjoyed a fashion show featuring Norisol’s designs modeled by local cancer survivors and professional models. There was a silent auction, and there was shopping, as Saks generously donated a portion of all sales during the event to the Cancer Support Community and local families living with cancer. Co-chairs for the luncheon were Lydie Szabo Brown and Wendy H. Rosen.

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Little Smiles 7th Annual Stars Ball

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Little Smiles lit up the lives of 12 children living with life-altering diseases at the Seventh Annual Stars Ball on Saturday night, November 22nd, at the Please Touch Museum, the perfect spot to host an event that celebrates children.

The evening began with a VIP dinner for the little stars in the carousel room, where they dined on dishes by Brulee Catering, and enjoyed a ride on the carousel. Then it was lights, camera, action as they made their way down the red carpet, signing autographs and posing for fans.

Fox 29’s Alex Holley and Matt Paterson, president of Little Smiles, handed out mini Oscars along with gift bags to the celebrated gifts. A buffet dinner was served, as guests checked out and bid on the extensive silent auction items available. Afterward, the guests danced till closing to Funktion 11 before heading home with memories that will last a lifetime. Since 2011, the Stars Ball has raised $350,000, and is the main source of revenue for Little Smiles. Proceeds help the organization put smiles on the faces of local children battling chronic or acute illnesses or experiencing other life-altering situations. For more information, visit www.littlesmiles.org.

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NMAJH’s Only in America Gala

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The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) held its annual Only in America Gala on November 20th, and this year the theme was The Roaring Twenties. The stylish crowd enjoyed cocktails, dinner, and dancing; it was nice to see many of the guests get gussied up in styles of the era: flapper girls, G-men and jazz. Gala chairs Beth and David Blum and their committee did an excellent job evoking a speakeasy feel for the ballroom, which event producer Fred Stein produced with stunning atmosphere, lighting, and table settings from Pencora Productions.

Ivy L. Barsky, CEO, and Gwen Goodman, director of the NMAJH welcomed the guests and discussed some of the important Jewish moments that occurred in the 1920s, the first talkie made it’s debut — The Jazz Singer, based on a screen play by Alfred A. Cohn — was released, and Hank Greenberg signed with the Detroit Tigers. Proceeds from the evening go to the educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore and celebrate the history of Jews in America.

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Fifth Annual Global Conservation Gala

The Philadelphia Zoo hosted its 5th Annual Global Conservation Gala, November 13, 2014 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue.

The Philadelphia Zoo hosted its 5th Annual Global Conservation Gala, on Thursday at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The gala honors individuals, families and organizations for extraordinary contributions to wildlife and the natural world.

This year’s gala spotlighted the issues facing gorillas in the wild, addressing the impact of climate change and palm oil on endangered species. The gala also officially launched 2015 as the “Year of the Gorilla”, a zoo-wide commitment of resources designed to mobilize action on behalf of gorillas.

Joanna McNeil Lewis was recognized for her contributions and 27 years of volunteer work with the zoo, and was honored with the Conservation Impact Award. Gerry Ellis was recognized with the Global Conservation Prize.

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