The First Annual Rad Girl Rad Awards

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Last year Leah Kaufman founded Rad-Girls.com, a digital platform that celebrates innovative and inspiring women making a difference in Philly. This year they hosted their first ever awards ceremony and celebration to honor local inspiring female leaders in the fields of technology, media, culture and business.

The Rad Awards were held at The Dreaming Building in Northern Liberties, an innovative co-working space for artists and young entrepreneurs. The venue was “rad” itself as the building filled with many of the nominees and supporters, allowing just a sliver of a stage for the awards to be given out.

The focus of the evening was on networking and celebration. The spirits flowed with speciality cocktails from Bluecoat American Dry Gin and light fare from Rouge (who knew they catered?). Music from DJ Diamond Girl kept the crowd grooving before and after the ceremony.

Photos and the full list of Rad Award winners after the jump »

Red & White Ball for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Philadelphia

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On Saturday night, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Eastern Pennsylvania held their 2nd annual Red & White Ball at the Westin Hotel in Center City. More than 500 well-dressed attendees wearing the colors of the night — red and white — walked the red carpet and posed for photos, before joining the cocktail party and checking out the silent auction items ranging from trips, to experiences to sports outings. There was also a raffle to win a brand new 2015 Mercedes-Benz SUV.

At 8 p.m. guests headed into the dinner in the Grand Ballroom to honor a courageous young woman, 15-year-old Karlee Hofmann, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) as a child and lost the use of her legs, but with treatment beat cancer. She attends Council Rock High School, has lots of friends, participates in many activities and is a remarkable cheerleader. (You can make a donation in her honor here).

Photos from the Red & White Ball after the jump »

Philadelphia Flower Show Black-Tie Gala and Afterparty

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The 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show opened on Friday, February 27, 2015, with a black-tie gala. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail party under a marquee of beautiful flowers while surrounded by Caribbean pirates, playful rats, princesses, and chickens in the barnyard. This year’s theme is “Celebrate the Movies,” and as you may have guessed, there’s a large contingent of displays inspired by Disney movies as well as Hollywood classics. After the cocktail hour, dinner took place among the floral displays. As dinner ended at 10 p.m., guests joined the afterparty where DJ Montone and DJ Jason Weiss kicked off dance party which continued well after midnight. The Flower Show runs through March 8, with a schedule full of special events, celebrity appearances, and lots and lots of beautiful flowers and shopping.

More photos from the Flower Show Gala after the jump »

Philly Cooks: The Ultimate Philly Eating Experience

From left: Sandy Mullen, Open Table, Nick Elmi, Laurel, Stacey Lyons, GM at  Ela, author/chef Jeremy Nolen, executive chef of Brauhaus Schmitz, Jason Cichonski, Ela and Gaslight.

From left: Sandy Mullen, Open Table, Nick Elmi, Laurel, Stacey Lyons, GM at Ela, author/chef Jeremy Nolen, executive chef of Brauhaus Schmitz, Jason Cichonski, Ela and Gaslight.

Philadelphia magazine and Foobooz hosted another successful Philly Cooks (more photos from the event here) on Wednesday, February 18th. Guests at the annual event enjoyed delicious bites and spirits throughout the night with more than 40 participating restaurants, live music by East Coast Entertainment, beer, wine and a VIP Infiniti Lounge where Luke Palladino served saba-glazed braised beef shanks. As for spirits, imbibing took place at the Crown Royal Corral, where guests enjoyed banjo music by Greg Wright and specialty drinks from the whiskey company, and the Foobooz Speakeasy, which was located in the center of the ballroom at the Marriott Downtown Hotel, where guests enjoyed drinks from Franky Bradley’s, The Olde Bar and The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co.

More photos from Philly Cooks after the jump »

Hair O’ the Dog 2015

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The 21st Annual Hair O’ the Dog gala took place Saturday night, January 17th, at the Crystal Tea Room in the John Wanamaker Building. Hair O’ the Dog was started in 1995 by friends and business partners Dan Cronin and Robert Molinaro (of Chorus Communications) as a small party of friends and has grown into a must-attend 1,000-strong charitable event.

This year, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Philadelphia chapter of UNICO, which provides clothing to the homeless. Often described as an adult prom, the glamorous event attracts guests who really dress in their gala best, from black tie to gowns, cocktail dresses to your best dark suit.

I’ve gone to about five Hair O’ the Dogs, and this was by far the best: The crowd was beautiful, the event was well-organized, and the space was perfect. I’ve never seen the Crystal Tea Room used so well.

The lounge outside of the ballroom was dubbed Ibiza, and there guests could lounge on sofas, hang at cocktail tables, be entertained by feathered dancers, and dance to the tunes of DJ Montone, all while enjoying gourmet hors d’oeuvres and a light buffet.

The main ballroom was dubbed “Sin City,” a Vegas-inspired area with reserved tables, an extensive silent auction of sports memorabilia, and rotating musical acts — The Rockets, DJ Dan Cronin, Maxim Model, DJ Paola Shea of CBS’s Big Brother and, at midnight, Natalie Guercio of VH1’s Mob Wives debuted her new song, “Throttle” — with a light buffet served all night.

The final room was the super exclusive Miami bottle service room; entertainment included DJ Bizz, Mr. Robot, lighted dancers, and the Jewelz dancers. The standout of the night was definitely the dresses. I’m running a few of my favorites, which ones do you like?

Photos from Hair O’ the Dog after the jump »

2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show

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The 38th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show opens today but held its preview party on November 5th. The show runs through Sunday, November 9th.

The craft show is the largest single fundraiser for the Philadelphia Museum of Art and has donated more than $11 million dollars to the Museum. These funds provide financial support for educational programs, special exhibits, conservation projects, the acquisition of craft objects for exhibitions, and more.

Nearly 700 exhibitors are taking part in this year’s show, with nearly 100 new exhibiting artists. The preview party started with a cocktail hour, where awards were handed out to 10 outstanding artists who received a blue ribbon and $1,000. Highlighting the craft show is the daily demonstrations from various artists showing how you can create art on your own, whether it’s jewelry, center pieces or an interactive demonstration on using color and material in scarves.

More photos from the PMA Craft Show after the jump »

Malala Yousafzai Receives Liberty Medal

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Tuesday night at the National Constitution Center, nearly 1,500 people gathered to honor a young girl, Malala Yousafzai, with the Liberty Medal. Yousafzai stood up to the Taliban and spoke out about the inequality in education for girls in her native Swat Valley in Pakistan.

Malala wrote an anonymous blog for the BBC website in 2009 that detailed life under Taliban occupation. The following year, the New York Times made a documentary on her life. For her efforts, the Taliban attempted to assassinate her. That, Malala, said was a big mistake, as it buried any weakness and fear she had, and her strength and power were born. Her message on the Taliban was then broadcast around the world, and she spoke in front of the UN in 2013.

Today Malala and her family live in England where she attends school and experiences the more normal student dread of upcoming exams. Earlier in October, Malala was announced as the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her message for the right of all children to education. Even though she’s receiving many accolades, her teachers do not excuse her from her school work. The Emcee for the evening was Martha Raddatz, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent, ABC News.

Photos from Malala Yousafzai’s Liberty Medal ceremony after the jump »

Fifth Annual XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia

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Nicole Miller Philadelphia celebrated the XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia on Monday with a fancy shindig at the Hyatt at the Bellevue at the XIX restaurant. Created five years ago to be the signature event of the Philadelphia Collection, the annual event recognizes extraordinary women who are not only fashionable, but philanthropic.

Monday’s event kicked off with a cocktail party at the restaurant on top of the storied Bellevue with passed hors d’oeuvres, including highlights from the menu of XIX by Chef Richard Hebben. There were specialty drinks including “The Most Fashionable Tini” with Purus Vokda, which was very popular with the ladies.

The program began promptly at 6 p.m., and no one can quiet a room of 100 people more quickly than the mayor’s communications director, Desiree Peterkin Bell; it’s extraordinary to see. Each of the honored ladies received a beautiful tribute, and a special “Lagos Key,” which was donated by internationally renowned jeweler Steven Lagos. The 2014 recipient of the “Visionary Award” was the legendary Joan Myers Brown, founder of PHILADANCO and The Philadelphia School of Dance Arts, who also received a check from Mark K. Dougherty & Associates for $2,500 for her organizations. I saw several past honorees in the room including Sabrina Tamburino Thorne, Sharon Pinkenson, Linda Swain, Bela Shehu and Kate Wilhelm Chimicles.

Photos from XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia after the jump »

2014 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards

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On Saturday, September 20th, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Mid-Atlantic Chapter held its annual Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards at the Philadelphia Hilton Hotel on City Avenue. More than 500 members of the chapter attended the sold-out black-tie event to honor the professional accomplishments of their peers.

The evening began with a cocktail party before the guests were seated in the main ballroom where dinner was served. The ballroom also hosted the program during which 76 Emmys were handed out in categories ranging from on-air talent to videography. The nominees came from across the state and Delaware. There were also college awards handed out: Penn State’s Matthew Strohmier won for The Centre County Report, April 19th, 2013.

David Solomon, NATAS Mid-Atlantic Chapter president, opened the show by thanking everyone for coming, and for all their hard work, noting that 791 Emmy entries were received, marking yet another increase and the highest number of entries in three years.

More photos from the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards after the jump »

Opening Night at the New Joan Shepp

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Wednesday night Joan Shepp officially opened her new store at 1811 Chestnut Street. The trailblazing Shepp’s flagship store was on Walnut Street for nearly two decades before it was chased from Philadelphia’s Rodeo Drive by rising rents. Joan Shepp then headed for the posh Shops at Liberty Place; although it was very lovely, she yearned for a storefront with the glorious window displays that we’d all grown to love. She’s found that in the beautiful new 9,000-square-foot showroom she now calls home.

Joan and daughter Ellen Shepp attract a fashionable crowd to their store, which carries both men’s and women’s clothing, and houses an array of designer labels including Moschino, Balenciaga, Jil Sander,  Rick Owens and Phillip Lim. The crowd at the opening night party was just as eclectic and fabulous.  There were live models in the window facing Chestnut Street, and earlier in the night Mike Jerrick, and new co-host Alex Holley from Fox 29 modeled.

Food was provided by all the Starr restaurants, and over a 1,000 macarons were made by Parc restaurant’s pastry chef. Denise Fike created a mural of guests who attended the soiree, as models roamed the store’s three rooms and outdoor space with the latest fall collections.

Photos from Joan Shepp’s Opening Night after the jump »

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