Opera Philadelphia Gala Celebrating Their 42nd Season

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The Opera Philadelphia Gala was the perfect event to kick off the Philadelphia social season on Friday night. Nearly 350 guests converged at Dilworth Park by 5 p.m. to enjoy cocktails and light bites on the plaza. Dinner was served around 6:45 p.m. under a big tent beautifully decorated by An Affair to Remember to reflect the lavish production of Puccini’s Turandot, the opening production for Opera Philadelphia’s 42nd season. By 8 p.m., guests were taken to the Academy of Music by trolley to watch the rousing production lasting two hours and 35 minutes (starring Christine Goerke, Marco Berti and Joyce El-Khoury) before returning to Dilworth Park for dancing and dessert. On October 1st, at 7 p.m., Opera Philadelphia will host the 6th Annual Opera on the Mall (Independence Mall) and show a broadcast of Turandot. It’s free, but registration to attend is required at Opera Philadelphia.

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#LOL for ALZ at The Logan Hotel

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On Saturday, September 17th at the Logan Hotel, “#LOL for ALZ,” was held to raise money for Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter and Hilarity for Charity, founded by Seth and Lauren Rogen in partnership with the Alzheimer’s  Association.  The event started with a cocktail party and auction.  After the cocktail party, guests were led to the ballroom for dinner and short program emceed by Karen Rogers, 6ABC. Former NBC Saturday Night Live writer and comedian John Mulaney had the guests in stitches to close out the night in laughter. Olympic gold medalist Jeff Henderson, who won an Olympic gold medal in the long jump during the Rio Games this summer, joined for the evening. The Arkansas native dedicated his gold medal accomplishment to his mother, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease.

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​ Steppingstone Scholars, Inc. 2016 Step into Fall Gala at Dilworth Park

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Steppingstone Scholars, Inc. celebrated the new academic year with its annual Fall Gala under the bright lights at Dilworth Park on Saturday night, September 17th. During the gala, guests enjoyed Garces Group catering with hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner, delicious desserts and cocktails. Steppingstone honored PECO for their guidance and partnership with Steppingstone Scholars over the past 16 years.  The College of Education at Temple University was also honored with the Outstanding School Partner Award. There was also an informative live on-stage interview with students who participate in the scholars program. Funds raised from the gala helps Steppingstone Scholars broaden the sustainability of its programs and pursue other ways to impact underserved students and families across Philadelphia.

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Celebrating 35 Years of Style at Bloomingdale’s in KOP

Last night nearly 300 fashionistas celebrated King of Prussia Bloomingdale’s store’s 35th birthday while raising funds to support the Vetri Community Partnership. Guests enjoyed light bites by the Vetri Foundation and beverages from Kevin Sbraga’s Fat Ham (which opens next week at the King of Prussia Mall). There was a runway show starring Bloomindale’s newest designers and the biggest trends of the fall season with live commentary by fashion blogger Alisa Frederico, who curated the show.

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Einstein Healthcare Network’s Great Thinker Series

 

Einstein Healthcare Network continued its year-long celebration of its 150 years caring for the healthcare needs of Philadelphia at its Great Thinkers Series, a series of short, powerful talks Thursday, September 8th, at the National Museum of Jewish American History. New York Times best-selling author, award-winning entrepreneur, and contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America, Tory Johnson served as the moderator and keynote speaker.  Read more »

The Annual Battle of the Burger Winner Named Last Night

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The annual Battle of the Burger presented by Budweiser concluded last night with a party at Citizen Bank Park, where attendees voted for the winner of the last two choices from a field that started out with 20 restaurants’ burgers in July. The online competition started on July 5th and ended on July 25th. Readers of Philadelphia Magazine voted once a day for their favorite burger from restaurants located in the Philadelphia area, with the top two battling it out last night. Attendees at the event were able to sample both of the top burgers, enjoy a Budweiser, play fun bar games, meet the Clydesdale horses, pose in the photo booth and run the bases on the field and hang out in the Phillies dugout.

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Dîner en Blanc Celebrates 5 Years

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On Thursday night 5,000 people brought their own white tables, tablecloths, chairs and meals to take part in the 5th anniversary of Dîner en Blanc, a pop-up picnic and worldwide epicurean phenomenon. Local residents and friends Natanya DiBona and Kayli Moran saw the chic pop-up Dîner en Blanc take place in Paris and Montreal and, when it moved to New York in 2011, they wanted to be a part of it and thought it would be great in Philadelphia. Read more »

Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly Soiree

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The biggest party of the year — Philadelphia magazine’s Annual Best of Philly — took place last Thursday night under the stars at Dilworth Plaza. Guests enjoyed food from Philadelphia’s best restaurants, mingled with Philly Mag’s best personalities and talented winners, enjoyed live entertainment from DJ Adrian Hardy and the Brian LaPann Band in the Mercedes Benz VIP Tent, and were sketched by Best of Philly winner Denise Fike Designs. The party was hopping all night. During the last half-hour, guests started dancing in the fountain, which seems to have become a tradition since Philly Mag began having the party at Dilworth Park.

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Celebrity Golfers Participate in The First Tee

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The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia Celebrity Invitational Golf Outing took place on Monday at Aronimink Golf Club in Newton Square on Sunday night. The celebrity golfers — including Dr. J, Mike Quick, Gerald Henderson, Sr. and Jr., Beesley Reece — were paired with the young adults from The First Tee program at a reception in the historic club house. Billy Cunningham, Michael Vick, Ron Jaworski, Aaron McKie and Ukee Washington also joined the next day. The First Tee is a national organization which provides young people with character-building and life skills lessons using golf as the platform.

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The Congressional Black Caucus at Del Frisco’s

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The African American Chamber of Commerce of PA-NJ-DE, along with Mayor Jim Kenney and members of Philadelphia City Council, hosted a welcoming reception for members of the Congressional Black Caucus at Del Frisco’s Steakhouse last Tuesday. Many local politicians welcomed political officials to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, including the honorable Wilson Goode Sr., State Rep. Jordan Harris, Councilwomen Helen Gym, Jannie Blackwell and Cindy Bass, and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack. The event honored G.K. Butterfield, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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