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A Philly POPS Christmas: Spectacular Sounds of the Season opened last Friday with a celebration which kicked off the first of 10 performances which continues through December 18. Friday night’s concert was dedicated to military and the first responders from the Philadelphia area. The night started with a dinner for friends and supporters of the Philly Pops at The Prime Rib, hosted by Frank Giordano, Philly POPS President and CEO. Then at 7pm guests headed over to The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts for a short program honoring the military and first responders, where at the conclusion the children of the service people received bikes which were donated by Amazon and entertained by ACFD Sandpipers Pipes & Drums. At 8PM POPS Music Director Michael Krajewski lead the Philly Pops in entertaining the crowd of service people with songs of the holidays including O, Come All Ye Faithful, We Need a Little Christmas, Go Tell It on the Mountain, and many more seasonal favorites.
Sue and Chase McDaniel, Timothy Sharpe and Diane Jones
Admiral Gerry White and Bob Daniels, Bob Daniels, President and CEO at Brentwood Group
President and CEO at Brentwood Group
Peggy Christian ,Josie White and Admiral Gerry White , Grace Flannigan and Michelle Turak
Everett Gillison, Claire Miller, Liberty USO, Gloria Green, Liberty USO, Elaine Gillson, and Olivia Gillison
Debbie Webster and Andy Webster
General Ron Coleman, Reverend Bonnie Camarda, Salvation Army, Christine Brown, John Camarda and William Brown
Lieutenant Ray Evers and Aleksandra M. Berczynski
Walter and Alice Strine, Helen Washco and Alec Washco
Tom Muldoon, Suzanne Naples, Ron Naples and Eileen DeBenedictis
Salvatore M. DeBunda, Partner of Archer, P.C. and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Philly Pops and Shirl DeBunda
Dottie Giordano and Frank Giordano, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Philly Pops with Santa and Mrs Claus
Sheila Hess, City Representative, greets the guests and talks about the generosity of Philly Pops and Amazon's bike giveaway.
Amelia Heacock poses for a photo on her new bike donated by Amazon and The Philly Pops, for her dad.
POPS Music Director Michael Krajewski
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