Black-Tie Tailgate for 2013 Philadelphia Auto Show

Cecily Tynan, Miss Pennsylvania USA, the Rendells and more get a sneak peek at new Lamborghinis, Jeeps.

The Black-Tie Tailgate Preview Gala of the 2013 Philadelphia Auto Show was held Friday; benefitted the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Celebrating another successful event, which benefitted the division of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at CHOP, through the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation, were Kevin Mazzucola, exec director of the Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia, David A. Piccoli, division chief at CHOP, Steven Altschuler, CEO of CHOP, and Michael Chapman, chairman of the 2013 Philadelphia Auto Show.
 

 
Below: The annual gala drew many of Philadelphia’s beautiful people, including 6 ABC meteorologist Cecily Tynan and husband Greg Watson.
 

 
Below: Another beautiful couple, Dean Cafiero and Patricia Benitez; it’s been wonderful to watch these two find each other in the past year, fall in love, and now get engaged. Congratulations!
 

 
Every night, I meet so many wonderful people and hear fun stories that I share with you, but none compares to Mya Longacre (left) and her positive, upbeat attitude. Mya’s here with 6 ABC meteorologist Adam Joseph, Ava Longacre, and Ellie Rand. Mya tells me she’s been on a waiting list for a liver transplant for a while, but things are looking up as she is finally moving up the list and is sixth on the list as of October. Mya feels great most of the time, but can no longer physically attend school. She really misses experiencing her eighth grade and all the fun traditions that go along with it before she and her friends enter high school. She does video conference into the classroom for a few of her classes, so she is able to keep up with her school work. Shortly after I took this pic, the girls ran off to be in a photograph for the Fred and Suzanne Biesecker Pediatric Liver Center at CHOP. Fred and Suzanne Biesecker are the Longacres’ grandparents, and the center is a world leader in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic pediatric liver diseases. I look forward to seeing Mya next year, especially to hear about what she thought of The Bachelor this year; it’s her favorite show.
 

 
Below: Angela Perfetto, hair stylist and middle linebacker for the Philadelphia Passion of the Legend Football League (formerly the Lingerie Football League; they just re-branded earlier this month, and the new season begins in April at their home field PPL Park in Chester), Lauren Harris, WMMR Philly Auto Show winners Ken Nitroy and girlfriend Sarah Elphick, with Marisa Magnatta, WMMR’s Preston & Steve Show.
 

 
Below: Katie Iovine is ready for her close-up as friend Justin Gelzhiser takes her photo next to this unassuming Lamborghini.
 

 
Below: Fashion-forward Tracey Chestnut wearing a gorgeous Vera Wang, with husband Tyrone Chestnut.
 

 
Below: I found Jesse Rendell checking out the Jeeps. He says they are roomier for his growing family, as he and wife Beka Rendell welcomed a son, Dean Thompson Rendell, over the summer. Also: Susan Rafetto, membership sales at The Sporting Club at The Bellevue, and Ed Rendell.
 

 
Below: Mike Miska, Wolk Law Firm, and Jared Kerr, Philadelphia Pet Hotel & Villas. Kerr celebrated his birthday over the weekend, He was hoping to receive the sporty Jaguar F-type he saw at the Philly Auto Show, in his driveway as a surprise, but it didn’t happen. Maybe for his 30th birthday next year.
 

 
Below: Joe Rego, Jenna Collier, Ashley Baptiste and Gus Calabrese.
 

 
Below: Miss Pennsylvania USA Jessica Billings and boyfriend Adam Blitzer, founder and CEO of Blue Claw Co. The 25-year-old Billings is from Berwyn, and was named Miss Pennsylvania USA 2013 during the pageant on December 2, 2012, in Pittsburgh.
 

 
Below: Danielle Jeter, Affairs of Isis Events, and Roi Ligon, legislative assistant and job development liaison for City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.
 

 
Below: David Maser, Allison Young, Annie McCormick and A.J. Marisco. I like how David’s cufflinks match Allison’s dress.
 

 
Below: Garrett Snider just celebrated his 17th birthday he told me, so he’s in the market for a car and was heading over toward the Land Rover area. Hoping for some guidance, he stopped Maggie Henry Corcoran, Main Line Times, for her thoughts. Head on over to the Pennsylvania Convention Center to check out what the show might have for you, it continues through Sunday.
 

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