Our Closet held their 3rd annual “Fashion for All” at Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia, on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. The event was a benefit for Our Closet, powered by JFCS. Executive Director Jill Aschkenasy founded the organization in 2011, and it provides clothing free of charge to people in need through “pop-up shops” around town. Each pop up store is set up like a real store with different departments, dressing rooms and volunteers to assist in finding just the right outfit for each person. They can choose up to five articles of clothing . At the event on Wednesday, the lunchtime benefit started with a cocktail party, with passed hors d’oeuvres, before guests headed to the 3rd floor to enjoy a Nieman Marcus fashion show curated by Ana Maria Pimental, Neiman Marcus’ Accessories Fashion Director. Co-chairs of the event were Janice Blumenthal, Jamea Campbell, Haley Lesser, Sandi Slap and Shannon Zeller.
Last week “Jurassic World: The Exhibition” opened at the Franklin Institute. Based on the blockbuster movie, the exhibition immerses its audience in scenes inspired by the beloved film. Last night the Franklin Institute held a party to celebrate the United States debut of the exhibit. Attendees had a chance to explore the Isla Nublar park, complete with informational exhibits, guides and life-size animatronic dinosaurs. There’s even a room where you can watch dinosaurs eggs being incubated and hatch. The exhibit runs through April 23, 2017.
The Philadelphia Chapter of Little Smiles hosted their 10th Annual Little Smiles Gala at the Crystal Tea Room on Saturday night November 19, 2016. Little Smiles partners with local hospitals, shelters and other like facilities, and works directly with nurses, social workers and caregivers to fulfill personalized requests that create smiles on the faces of children in need as well as suffering from a debilitating illness. The Little Smiles organization grants the special requests and then in most situations, has the caregiver deliver the surprise whether it be an iPod, computer or monthly candy runs delivered by volunteers and sports players. Saturday night several of the children escaped from their situations and were treated like stars on the red carpet. First they were primped and pampered like stars at Strands 25, then whisked to the event in Secrets Limousine to walk the red carpet, sign autographs, and receive their own cute little golden statues. After a cocktail hour, guests adjourned to the ball room for a short program during dinner, as well as a lively auction by Jeff Hammond. During the program a former “star” Raquel Baskin, told the guests how much it meant to her when 10 years earlier she was battling cancer and picked as a “star” at the very first Little Smiles Gala. Now in remission, she spends her time giving back to the organization that meant so much to her in her time of need. Her dad, Glen Baskin, is even a board member.
Saturday afternoon the Linda Creed Foundation held their annual fundraiser luncheon at City Ave Hilton. Proceeds from the “Life is a Song Worth Singing” go to the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation, which provides more than 325 mammograms, more than 200 diagnostic tests and breast health information to more than 5,000 women to help women and their families survive the financial crunch that often comes with cancer treatment. The afternoon began with friends, family and supporters of Philadelphia songwriter Linda Creed, who died of breast cancer in 1986, mingling, shopping at the various pop-up shops, bidding on silent auction items, and participating in a live auction during the luncheon with prizes ranging from trips to a dinner for 12 in New York City with Mario Batali. During the luncheon Paula Johns sang two of Linda Creed’s biggest hits — one being “The Greatest Love of All.” Both song were arranged by Emmy Award winning producer Bill Jolly, playing the piano.
White House Black Market presented Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s 25th Anniversary Butterfly Ball at 801 Market Street on November 12. Nearly 700 guests attended to support the organization, which honored several notable people. This year’s Going Beyond Award was presented to cancer survivors Jenny Burkholder, Ayanna Z. Kalasunas and Judy Weinstein, three women who have used their personal experience with breast cancer to help and inspire others. Honored with the Founders Award was Jennifer Simmons, MD for her work in the field and with LBBC. Andrea and Abraham Morris were recognized with the Impact Award for their support which has played a critical role in LBBC’s evolution. The night started out with a cocktail party, before guests adjourned to the ballroom for a sit-down dinner catered by Jose Garces Events. After dinner it was desserts and dancing with CTO Midtown Express. Co-chairs for the gala were Donna Noce Colaco and Frank Colaco, Emily and Greg Dodge, Lisa and Michael Goldenberg and Joan Martin.
The 40th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, presented by the Museum’s Women’s Committee, kicked off their annual event Wednesday night with a preview party at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where the show is being held through Sunday, November 13th. The money raised at the event is used to purchase works of art and craft for the permanent collections, fund conservation projects and support exhibitions and programs for the museum. The Craft Show presents the work of approximately 195 of the most dynamic craft artists in the United States and is considered one of the premier exhibitions in the field.
The annual Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Hope Gala was held Saturday November 5, 2016 at Vie. The event raises money to benefit more than 3,500 children and adults with emotional, behavioral, and cognitive differences served by Devereux in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Robert Q. Kreider, President and CEO of Devereux, welcomed nearly 500 guests to “A Night in Havana” which featured live and silent auctions, dancing to the popular band London Bridge, and a mojito and cigar patio. There was also an after party with New York City based DJ, Jasmine Chess where the young friends danced well past midnight.
The Philadelphia Art Alliance (PAA) hosted a dinner on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 “Fall at the Mansion” to honor two Philadelphians whose work as civic and cultural leaders and have made a difference for artists and cultural institutions across the city: Elisabeth Agro and Betsy Hummel. PAA celebrates its 101st year on Rittenhouse Square, serving the arts and artists in Philadelphia. The evening began with a cocktail party where guests enjoyed lite bites by Chef Pierre Calmels, who has a French bistro Le Chéri, inside the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and their new exhibit A Curious Nature which runs through December 4. There was a short program extolling the virtues of the two honorees, followed by a special live auction MC’d by Nicole Cashman. Then guests enjoyed a delicious dinner by Chef Calmels.
The Young Friends of the Academy of Music held their annual Halloween party at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Center City on Friday, October 28th. Co-chairs Lynsie Solomon and Scott Johnson welcomed nearly 200 fashionably dressed guests — some wearing fancy masks — to the event in the Petite Ballroom. The attendees enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and delicious Insomnia Cookies during the party. There was also dancing and a deejay. Proceeds from the event benefit the Academy of Music Restoration Fund. The Academy of Music’s 160th Anniversary Ball and Concert will be held on Saturday, January 28th, 2017.