Project HOME 25th Anniversary Gala and Jon Bon Jovi Soul Homes Grand Opening

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Last night, Project HOME celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a gala event at the Marriott Downtown Philadelphia. Co-chairs Dorothy and David Binswanger, Pam Estadt and Ira Lubert, and Frannie and James Maguire were on hand to honor Leigh and John Middleton with the 2014 Golden Heart for their eight years of philanthropic work with Project HOME. (They have given more than $30 million to Project H.O.M.E. to fight homelessness.)

Earlier in the day, the Middletons were on hand for the grand opening of the JBJ Soul Homes with namesake Jon Bon Jovi. The 55-unit building, which will also have offices and retail spaces, opened in the Francisville neighborhood after about 18 months of construction. Bon Jovi’s Soul Foundation provided the lead gift for the $20 million project in a partnership with Project H.O.M.E. When you enter the building there’s a quote from a Bon Jovi song — “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” — welcoming homeless and low-income residents.

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The First Annual Philly Sports Roast Featuring Terrell Owens

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Last night Philly’s funny man and impressionist extraordinaire Joe Conklin and WIP on-air sports savant and Wing Bowl creator Al Morganti presented the “The First Annual Philly Sports Roast” at the Crystal Tea Room. More than 600 people filled the room to see former Eagle and NFL bad boy Terrell Owens roasted by media personalities, politicians, former and current Eagle players, and Damon Feldman.

In a no-holds-barred night, everything was on the table: marriages, baby mamas (four), salaries, tights, his big ego and even, shockingly, suicide attempts. Proceeds from the evening went to firefighters support organization All Hands Working.

A couple of the zingers at the event: “Former Eagles defensive tackle Hollis Thomas is here tonight. Look at that guy. Hollis, are you OK? You’re sweating profusely. I haven’t seen someone sweat this much since Freddie Mitchell’s tax audit.” And: “Joe Conklin, Man of 1,000 voices, and he can’t get laid in any of them.”

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2013 Marian Anderson Award Given to Berry Gordy at the Kimmel Center

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The 2013 Marian Anderson Award was held last night at the Kimmel Center. Motown founder Berry Gordy was this year’s recipient. Major performers such as Smokey Robinson, Boyz II Men, Kool & The Gang, Chris Tucker, Cody Wise, Brandon Victor Dixon (who portrays Gordy in Motown the Musical on Broadway) Philly producers/songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon A. Huff, as well as musical director Bill Jolly, paid tribute to the iconic philanthropist and music legend.

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Young Friends of the Academy of Music’s Monster’s Ball

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The Young Friends of the Academy of Music held their annual Monster’s Ball on Wednesday night at Pennsylvania Six (114 South 12th Street). Proceeds from the event go to the Academy of Music Restoration Fund. This year the Academy’s 157th Anniversary Ball and concert will be held on Saturday, January 25th, 2014, with the Philadelphia Orchestra and special guest singer Jill Scott.
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Pennsylvania Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Gala

Pennsylvania Ballet opened its 50th anniversary season with a celebration of pure, luxurious beauty with the company premiere of George Balanchine's Jewels last week at the Academy of Music, and on Saturday they celebrated with their 50th anniversary gala at the Crystal Tea Room.

The Pennsylvania Ballet opened its 50th anniversary season with a celebration of pure, luxurious beauty with the company premiere of George Balanchine’s Jewels last week at the Academy of Music. On Saturday they celebrated with their 50th anniversary gala at the Crystal Tea Room.

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Grand Reopening of Historic Strawberry Mansion

Philadelphia VIPs celebrated the official Grand Reopening of Historic Strawberry Mansion in Fairmount Park. The four-year restoration and preservation efforts of the largest historic house in Fairmount Park, including its collection of antiques, fine art and collectible treasures from the 18th and 19th century, were on display. A cocktail reception was provided by Brûlée Catering.

Philadelphia VIPs celebrated the official Grand Reopening of Historic Strawberry Mansion in Fairmount Park. The four-year restoration and preservation efforts of the largest historic house in Fairmount Park, including its collection of antiques, fine art and collectible treasures from the 18th and 19th century, were on display. A cocktail reception was provided by Brûlée Catering.

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Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “The City of Lights” Léger Party

On October 10, 2013, the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Timothy Rub, Chief Executive Officer, (with guest Pia RoyChowdhury) hosted nearly 700 guests to celebrate the opening of Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis, which runs through January 5, 2014. Guests enjoyed "The City of Lights" themed evening, with cabaret music, light fare from STARR catering, cocktails including the Raspberry Beret as the museum was stylishly transformed to evoike the streets of Paris and the Metro.

On October 10th, 2013, the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and CEO Timothy Rub (above with guest Pia RoyChowdhury) hosted nearly 700 guests to celebrate the opening of Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis, which runs through January 5th, 2014. Guests enjoyed a “City of Lights”-themed evening, with cabaret music, light fare from STARR catering and cocktails (including the raspberry beret) as the museum was stylishly transformed to evoke the streets of Paris.

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Second Annual Celebrity Casino Night at the Crystal Tea Room

Wednesday night Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C. partnered with Citrin Cooperman for the second annual Celebrity Casino Night at the Crystal Tea Room. Co-host of the evening, <strong>Mark S. Carrow</strong>, managing partner of Citrin Cooperman, greets the guests as co-host Mitchell S. Kaplan, managing shareholder of Zarwin Baum, looks on. The event drew nearly 400 people to mingle with local celebrities while playing poker, blackjack, roulette and craps.

Wednesday night Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C. partnered with Citrin Cooperman for the second annual Celebrity Casino Night at the Crystal Tea Room. Co-host of the evening, Mark S. Carrow, managing partner of Citrin Cooperman, greets the guests as co-host Mitchell S. Kaplan, managing shareholder of Zarwin Baum, looks on. The event drew nearly 400 people to mingle with local celebrities while playing poker, blackjack, roulette and craps.

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The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America stopped in Philadelphia this past weekend. The five-weekend traveling national food festival will visit nine other cities from September 20 through October 19, 2013, including Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Phoenix and Washington D.C. Co- hosted by chef Patrick Feury, Nectar Berwyn, PA , 6ABC's The Chew's Carla Hall, and David Katz, Creekstone Farms Philadelphia (not pictured), the event consisted of a Legacy Chef VIP Dinner as well as a general admission food festival featuring local chefs.

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America stopped in Philadelphia this past weekend. The five-weekend traveling national food festival will visit nine other cities from September 20th through October 19th. Co- hosted by chef Patrick Feury (above, left) of Berwyn’s Nectar, Carla Hall of ABC’s The Chew (above, right) and David Katz of Creekstone Farms Philadelphia (not pictured), the event consisted of a legacy chef VIP dinner as well as a general admission food festival featuring local chefs.

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