The Mac Fund March-Macness

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On Thursday, March 31st, friends and fans gathered in support of Clare and Steve Morrison‘s charity The Mac Fund (at the Cat Shack), at Bank & Bourbon to celebrate “March Mac-ness.” Steve Morrison of WMMR and his wife rescue and foster cats and have done so for nearly 20 years. Their cat “Mac” was their first rescue and after losing him three years ago, they wanted to do something special in his memory.

The Mac Fund is used exclusively to assist in the spaying/neutering of feral cat colonies in an effort to reduce the cat overpopulation problem in Philadelphia and its surrounding areas. The Cat Shack, which helps the Mac Fund in its efforts, is a non-profit organization designed to help find homes for cats in need and aid in the fight to end pet overpopulation. During the event, sponsor Pet Plan (a pet insurance company) donated $700 to the Mac Fund.

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Commonwealth Proper Spring/Summer 2016 Preview Party

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Last week Commonwealth Proper held its spring/summer 2016 preview party at HOST, an Ardmore furnishings store. HOST opened a store in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia a few years ago, and recently added another location on the Main Line in Ardmore. Commonwealth Proper (CMMP), a custom suit company that focuses on the fit and quality of their suits, has locations in Center City and Atlanta, Georgia. Guests enjoyed light bites, cocktails and a fashion show of CMMP’s latest designs. Sharply dressed CMMP men mingled with the guests among the lamps, pillows, furniture and art that HOST offers.

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National Museum of American Jewish History Masquerade Ball

Sarah Hochberg, Myles Kaplan, Andrew Edelman and Victoria Karpman.

Sarah Hochberg, Myles Kaplan, Andrew Edelman and Victoria Karpman.

On Saturday, the National Museum of American Jewish History held its four annual Masquerade Ball in celebration of Purim. More than 350 members of the Young Friends of NMAJH gathered in the museum’s ballroom overlooking Independence Park. Many attendees dressed in their best costumes and masks to honor the Jewish holiday. Guests danced to the tunes by DJ Royale and enjoyed light bites, desserts by Magical Sweet Shop, and an open bar during the event.

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Susan G. Komen Philadelphia’s Survivor Love Campaign Hosts “Game Changer”

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On Monday night Komen Philadelphia and SugarHouse Casino hosted “Game Changer,” a program of the Komen P.I.N. Stripes young professionals network. (P.I.N. stands for Philanthropy. Insights. Networking.) Game Changer brought together survivors of breast cancer, their supporters and leaders in the medical community as part of the Survivor Love Campaign with SugarHouse Casino. Celebrating the power of Race for the Cure, which will be held on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8th, guests enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner by the Gibsons Restaurant Group (GRG) and watched the debut of the “Share The Love” music video. CBS3’s Natasha Brown and Stephanie Stahl honored numerous hospitals and medical programs in the Philadelphia area for their excellent patient care in the field of breast cancer treatment. Over $1 million was distributed to nearly 50 different programs in the area.

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AIDS Fund Hosts 17th Annual Black-Tie GayBINGO

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The AIDS Fund held its fancy, fun and charitable 17th annual Black-Tie GayBINGO! event Saturday night at the Loews. The night opened with a cocktail party, where guests mingled and bid on great items in the silent auction. Guests headed into the ballroom for dinner and bingo games. The Bingo Verifying Divas (BVDs) dressed in glamorous drag and entertained the crowd while fund-raising for HIV and AIDS took place. At this year’s event the AIDS Fund honored several people, including their “Favorite Straight Person of the Year,” Judith Porter, “Volunteer of the Year” Robert Murray and the owners of the Woods Campground. The AIDS Fund is the producer of AIDS Walk Philly, GayBINGO and other fund-raising and awareness programs throughout the year.

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The 30th Annual Madam C.J. Walker Awards Luncheon

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The 30th Annual Madam C.J. Walker Awards Luncheon was held on Saturday, March 19th, at the Loews Hotel. After a morning of economic development seminars and networking, nearly 700 women attended the event. Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C.J. Walker, was an American entrepreneur and philanthropist, regarded as the first female self-made millionaire in America. Annual luncheons are held around the country to honor Walker’s business philosophy and award outstanding women, including students in the community, with scholarships. A’Lelia Bundles, the great-great-granddaughter of Madam Walker, honored the women at the event. Mistress of ceremonies Monique Braxton of NBC10 and Mayor Jim Kenney were on hand at the luncheon. Both celebrated their 15th year attending the luncheon.

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14th Annual Zarwin March Madness Party

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The 14th annual Zarwin March Madness viewing party was held yesterday at the Crystal Tea Room. One of the largest networking events in the city — and certainly one of the longest — the event has grown from a tiny party held at the Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy, P.C. offices to a bash with more than 2,500 people stopping by throughout the day to network and watch the games in the ballroom. Guests enjoyed some of Philly’s favorite fare like cheesesteaks, pretzels, wings, hot dogs and pulled pork. This year there was also food from popular eateries like Little Lion, Vespers and Revolution Taco. The party also featured a beer garden with tastings from Bank and Bourbon, New Liberty Distillery/Millstone Spirits Group, New Liberty Distillery/Millstone Spirits Group and Golia vodka. The free event has always benefited Philabundance, but this year’s event also supported Chester nonprofit grocery store Fare & Square. There was an extensive silent auction and a live auction to raise funds, as well as a collection of canned food donations. To date, the event has raised close to $200,000 to support these efforts.

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Valley Youth House’s 6th Annual “Always Bet on Youth” Casino night

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The Valley Youth House (VYH) hosted its 6th Annual “Always Bet on Youth” Casino night to benefit homeless and foster youth of Pennsylvania on March 11, 2016, at the Crystal Tea Room.

The night began with a cocktail party at which several people were honored, including Leidy Torres, 2016 Young Achiever Honoree. Torres told a moving story about how she navigated the foster care system and went on to college with the skills she obtained at VYH. Mark Aitken of Horizon Services was honored with the 2016 Individual Achiever award for his support of VYH, and Brian Cohen received the 2016 Corporate Achiever Honor on behalf of Liberty Property Trust, which has been a supporter of VYH.

Valley Youth House provides a first line of defense for troubled young people and their families. Protection from abuse, neglect, and family disintegration is achieved through a strategy involving prevention, crisis intervention, and long-term help.

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Red & White Ball

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The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hosted its 3rd Annual Red & White Ball held at the Marriott Downtown in Center City Saturday, March 5th. Guests enjoyed a cocktail party with light bites while bidding on exciting silent auction prizes including trips, gift certificates and sports memorabilia. There was also a raffle for a Mercedes-Benz generously donated by local Mercedes-Benz dealers. Some 1,200 raffle tickets at $100 a pop were sold, and one lucky anonymous winner is getting ready to drive an all-new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC (formerly GLK) SUV. Proceeds from the evening topped $575,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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Nicole Miller Hosts Spring Collection Fashion Show

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Designer Nicole Miller brought her spring collection fashion show to Philadelphia for customers, tastemakers and the fashionable on Tuesday night at the Bellevue in the Rose Garden Ballroom. The 20-minute show was exactly as it was when it was first shown at New York Fashion Week, along with a fantastic break-dancing routine to open the show. Miller and Mary Dougherty, who owns the local Nicole Miller stores in Manayunk and at the Bellevue, co-hosted the event. It included a fancy VIP pre-show meet-and-greet with Miller, and an afterparty, both of which were held in the store. The event also celebrated the debut of the 2016 Nicole Miller tie and scarf, featuring local Philly partners like Di Bruno Brothers, Comcast, Jefferson Hospital, High Street, GPFO, Visit Philly and others. Ten percent of the sales will benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand, ESF Dream Camp Foundation and Vetri Foundation.

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