On Saturday, The Young Friends of Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund held their second annual Black Tie Masquerade Ball at the Stotesbury Mansion. Nearly 300 young friends dressed in evening wear and wore masks while enjoying a top-shelf open bar with Tito’s as the main vodka sponsor and Philadelphia-inspired hors d’oeuvres catered by Feastivities Events.
Last night Scott Hartnell held a dinner to raise money for his charity, the #Hartnell Down Foundation, at Spasso Italian Grill in Old City. The event included dinner and drinks at his favorite spot for his pregame meal of chicken parmesan and penne alla vodka. At the event, Scott signed autographs and posed for photos with fans and fellow teammates Steve
Downie Mason and Wayne Simmonds. The #Hartnell Down Foundation was created in 2012 to support charities involving youth through physical activity and sport in communities across the U.S. and Canada. The foundation has provided all-expense scholarships to players from the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation to attend the highly respected Minnesota Hockey Camps, and in helping build Jake’s Place, a “boundless” playground in Cherry Hill, N.J. With Scott are Eric Walker and Kris Zapata, who were among 11 kids awarded scholarships to the Minnesota Hockey Camp this year.
After the jump, Hartnell reads from his new children’s book, Hartnell Down.
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.
Richard Gere films a scene from Franny this afternoon on Broad Street in front of the Bellevue Hyatt. Those cars are real people (not extras) just driving by on the other side. They probably had no idea that was Richard Gere. The production is based out of Sun Center Studios, which was profiled in Philadelphia magazine this month.
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.