2014 Marian Anderson Awards Gala Honoring Jon Bon Jovi

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On Tuesday night, a who’s-who of Philadelphia turned out to honor rock star Jon Bon Jovi for his charity and philanthropic work. The Marian Anderson Award honors critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way, either through their work or their support for an important cause.

The evening began with a VIP reception attended by Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea. Then the party moved downstairs where a Jose Garces-catered dinner was served. While in the Hamilton Garden, the friends cocktail party began. It was co-chaired by Michelle Miller-DeMarco and Mia Tinari, Esq.

At 8:30, all the guests entered Verizon Hall for the program. The entertainment for the evening included master of ceremonies Wanda Sykes and musical acts Estelle, The All American Rejects, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, with Senator Cory Booker and Sister Mary Scullion paying tribute to the rock star.

Congratulations are in order for Nina Tinari, who recently took over as the chair of the Marian Anderson Foundation, for breathing new life into the 15th annual event. During the program, the entertainment made a big effort to include the audience, which really gave the night a sense of celebration. Gone this year was the long, kinda-dark video biography of Marian Anderson; in its place was a video in which people spoke of the spirit of Marian Anderson and how she’s inspired them — something we can all relate too. It was a great evening, and a great tribute to two amazing artists.

Photos from the Marian Anderson Awards Gala after the jump »

12th Annual Jefferson Gala

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Paul Anka was a surprise guest last night at the 12th Annual Jefferson Gala at the Marriott Downtown, which honored Sidney Kimmel. At one point, Anka brought Kimmel on stage, and they sang a duet to the tune of “My Way,” but with the words changed to reflect Kimmel’s generosity and his love for his wife, Caroline.

The evening started off with a cocktail party, where smartly dressed guests enjoyed catching up with old friends and thanking the Kimmels for their generous $110 million donation to Thomas Jefferson University, which will rename its medical school the Sidney Kimmel Medical College. A record 950 guests — who raised a record $1.2 million — dined on autumn salad and mushroom stuffed chicken before the program started with 6ABC’s Jim Gardner acting as master of ceremonies.

Caroline Kimmel, who looked stunning in Alexander McQueen, spoke about her husband, calling him a renaissance man who would always consider Philadelphia his home: It’s where he grew up, where they met, and where many of their good friends live.

Dr. Stephen K. Klasko welcomed the guests and thanked the Kimmels for their largesse; Klasko promised to deliver maximum return on the investment with the same class and integrity that the donation was given. He said it would allow them to continue to re-imagine the possibilities for Jefferson, and make a difference in many people’s lives.

Finally Sidney Kimmel spoke to the crowd, telling them how his grandparents were the first in his family to seek care at Jefferson Hospital, and even then it was the best care, with a lot of consideration. He thanked them for the honor, and said this honor really belongs to his wife, his great love, Caroline Kimmel, who gives him joy with her unending positive outlook on life, it was she who encourages him to spread joy all around.

Photos from the Jefferson Gala after the jump »

Young Friends of Kelly Anne Dolan Foundation’s Masquerade and Casino Night

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The Young Friends of the Kelly Anne Dolan Foundation held their third annual Masquerade and Casino Night Friday, November 14th, at the newly renovated Union Trust. Guests enjoyed delicious butlered hors d’oeuvres, food stations, and open bar by Finley Catering.

There was dancing on the main floor with music by DJ Silva; on the second floor guests joined in the fun and tested their luck at roulette, black jack, and poker games. At the end of the night, guests traded in their casino chips for raffle tickets and a chance to win some great prizes, including tickets to Flyers games, spa excursions and sports memorabilia.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit families across the Delaware Valley who are caring for children with serious illnesses, injuries, or disabilities. These benefits include direct financial assistance for critical needs not covered by insurance, non-cash donations for grocery, pharmacy and family fun days, and during these months they have a holiday Adopt-a-Family program that matches generous sponsors with families in need to share the spirit of the holidays.

Photos from the Young Friends of Kelly Anne Dolan Masquerade and Casino Night after the jump »

PAFA’s 16th Annual Bacchanal Wine Gala

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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) hosted its 16th annual Bacchanal Wine Gala and Auction on Saturday, November 8, 2014, to honor the passion and joie de vivre of Jean-Charles Boisset (JCB). Boisset was born in the village of Vougeot, France. His lifelong passion for wine began as a child growing up within view of the centuries-old vineyards of Château du clos de Vougeot. His family founded their winery in 1961.

Leading up to the gala, Boisset was wined and dined at private dinners throughout the week, and participated in two public events. Friday it was Baubles, Bubbly & Boisset at Joan Shepp, where guests were able to sip JCB’s favorite vintages while shopping and viewing Cameron Silver’s favorite vintage designer clothing. Saturday it was Boisset Bubbly Brunch Crawl with Rouge, a.kitchen and Library Bar at the Rittenhouse Hotel; guests enjoyed brunch and pairings at each stop.

Saturday night was the gala at PAFA. Kicking off the evening was a well-attended cocktail party where guests could enjoy tasty delights by Stephen Starr Events, and could bid on vintage bottles of spirits ranging from a signed Hennessey Cognac signed by Shepard Fairey ($40) to a One double Magnum Staglin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 at $1,600. Dinner was prepared by Aimee Olexy of Talula’s Table who served Roasted Pheasant for the main course. After dinner, Jean-Charles Boisset was presented the Thomas Jefferson Award and a delicious array of desserts were served.

Photos from PAFA’s 16th Annual Bacchanal Wine Gala after the jump »

Fuel the Cure’s 2014 Winter Gala

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On Saturday night the Hyatt at the Bellevue was hopping with a lot of well-dressed young professionals in attendance for Fuel the Cure‘s seventh annual Winter Gala.

The charity was founded by Mirza Cavalic, whose father died of leukemia when he was 11. After graduating from college in 2004, he wanted to find a way to raise money for those suffering from the disease so he recruited a few like-minded Dickinson alums to help out. They formed a committee for Fuel the Cure to encourage young professionals to be more philanthropic.

Since that first gala, they’ve changed the mission a little bit to include other charities that would benefit from their efforts. In the beginning, the money raised would go to the leukemia foundation, but now the proceeds are shared with different charities. Proceeds from this year’s gala will go to KIPP Philadelphia, Vetri Foundation, and The Mann Center.

Photos from Fuel the Cure’s Winter Gala after the jump »

Cella Luxuria Grand Opening

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On Thursday night, Cella Luxuria Furniture + Accessories celebrated the opening of their new super-chic showroom, ‎Domus‬, with a cocktail party where stylish guests enjoyed delish savories by Brulee Catering, Zavino Wine Bar & Pizzeria & decadent sweets by ‪Abbey Biery Cake Design‬.

Many of the guests were interior design professionals, real estate agents and Center City dwellers looking for home solutions to complete their apartments. Cella Luxuria has five floors of furniture, with the Domus showroom featuring more sleek modern stylized furniture — including the much-desired Calvin Klein furniture line. The Cella Luxuria showroom features reclaimed furniture and accessories, including an oversized chess set made of wood and elements of tools which I hope to find under my Christmas tree this year.

Cella Luxuria is featuring photo artwork by Philadelphia’s Kory Zuccarelli this month. Really talented guy. It was a nice party, they had a full band playing easy listening music while guests looked around and mingled, it was a nice touch.

photos from the Cella Luxuria opening 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 »

Young Friends of the Academy of Music’s Fourth Annual Monsters Ball

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The Young Friends of the Academy of Music held their fourth annual Monsters Ball on Thursday night at Delfrisco’s. Proceeds from the event go to the Academy of Music Restoration Fund. This year the Academy’s 158th Anniversary Ball and concert will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 , with the Philadelphia Orchestra and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

The Young Friends’ co-chairs Christie Honigman and Brian Lipstein welcomed nearly 100 guests who were encouraged to wear masks for the annual soiree. Guests dined on lite bites and enjoyed specialty cocktails, and danced the night away to the tunes of Eddie Tully and songstress Jessy Kyle.

More photos from Monsters Ball after the jump »

Timberland Opening Party in Philadelphia

From left: Elizabeth Wellington of the Philadelphia Inquirer, with Cherri Greg, Kirk Wardy and Melony Roy, all from CBS.

The fashionable set was on hand Wednesday night to celebrate the opening of Timberland, 1709 Walnut Street. Before I stepped into the showroom, I thought: “How is Timberland going to survive by only selling those yellow boots?” But I was pleasantly surprised to find Timberland now has a complete lifestyle line: The popular yellow boots were still available, but now they had dress boots, shoes, clothing and outer wear for men and women. The store itself — formerly Alfa American Tavern — is appealing, too, with its exposed brick, wood beams and skylight. It’s not your parents Timberland anymore

I especially loved that customers can custom-make your own shoes, with the color of leather you want to use, the stitching, shoelaces and you can have them monogrammed. I can see that will be a big hit, especially for the holidays. Timberland is perfect for Walnut Street, as it goes under its latest transformation with high-end chain stores moving into the tony Rittenhouse Square area. (The next stores to open are Vans, which opens by Friday across the street, and nearby Michael Kors by the end of the year.)

Photos from the Timberland opening party after the jump »

73rd Annual Liberty USO Gala

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The 73rd Annual Liberty USO Gala was held at the Marriott Downtown Saturday night, as the hotel filled with uniformed military personnel, guests, and supporters of the USO. Outside in the street were military vehicles, including a tank which attracted a lot of people wanting to take photos with it.

The USO makes sure help goes to those who need it the most: troops serving in combat, their families, wounded warriors and their families, and families of the fallen.

The evening began with a cocktail party, where service people “warriors” from various military branches enjoyed a small-plates buffet while bidding on the silent auction. The dinner program recognized several military members including Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Jessica L. Garfola Wright (recipient of the Liberty Award), who told heartwarming stories of how the USO is always there, doing all they can for the soldiers and their families.

Photos from the USO Gala after the jump »

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