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.