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.
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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Thursday night, Philadelphia magazine hosted the 2013 Philadelphia Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival at Lincoln Financial Field. Guests at “whiskeyfest” enjoyed spirits from nearly 100 vendors, cuisine from local steakhouses and restaurants, and the annual Woodford Reserve Manhattan cocktail competition was held.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last night, Chef Jose Garces, and his wife Dr. Beatriz Garces (right), hosted their second annual Garces Family Foundation Gala at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts. The Garces Family Foundation was founded to provide access to healthcare and education for immigrant families in and around Philadelphia. Nearly 800 people attended the event which kicked off with a 6 p.m. VIP reception and dinner prepared by some of Philadelphia’s finest chefs in the Dorrance H. Hamilton rooftop garden. While this was happening upstairs, the general admission party started at 7 p.m. in the Kimmel Center lobby. MCing for the second year in a row was a very pregnant Alicia Vitarelli (left), 6ABC.
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On Monday night, the Fourth Annual XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia were honored at the restaurant XIX in the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The women (listed alphabetically) include Andrea Agnew, Angela Val, Dr. Beatriz Garces, Bele Shehu, Courtney Apple, Desiree Peterkin-Bell, Diane Dalto Woosnam, Dianne Semingson, Eden Kratchman, Elizabeth Wellington, Heather McDaniel, MPH, Heidi Hamels, Karen Daroff, Kate Wilhelm Chimicles, Kazumi Teune, Kristin Gavin, Patricia Coulter, Robert Gruber and Wendy Crawford. Also photographed are Babs Snyder, Mayor Michael Nutter, Janice Waitkus and Steven Lagos.