Cescaphe and Diner En Blanc Present New Year’s Eve at the Water Works


Cescaphe Event Group (CEG) and the hosts of Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia partnered for the second year to host a memorable New Year’s Eve party at CEG’s newest venue, the historic Water Works (640 Water Works Drive, Philadelphia). Revelers were invited to ring in the New Year with an evening of dinner, drinks and dancing to the Bill Handy Orchestra. This year’s theme was the Golden Age of Hollywood, complete with a red carpet, director chairs, and life-size cutouts of some of Hollywood’s glamour couples including Jimmy Stewart and Katherine Hepburn from The Philadelphia Story. At the countdown to midnight there was a champagne toast, with confetti and balloons filling the room. Dancing and desserts continued till 2 a.m.

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Darren Sproles Empowered Youth Fundraiser


Darren Sproles, running back for the Philadelphia Eagles, and his wife, Michel, co-founders of Sproles Empowered Youth hosted a fundraiser for their foundation at the new Center City eatery Fine Palate at 231 S. 15th Street. The foundation helps teens learn essential life skills: resume building, managing money, applying for jobs and essentials to become responsible and successful adults.

There are also football camps and fitness classes for girls. The Sproles are hands-on in these activities, guiding and educating the teens along with trained professionals. The event was consisted of a cocktail party, with lite bites prepared by executive chef Vince Joseph. In addition to the ticket sales to the sold out event, there was a silent auction with trips to the Grammy’s, The Espy Awards and even the MTV Music Awards, auctioned off to raise more funds for the charity. A short video was shown depicting the activities the foundation funds, and the Sproles thanked their guests for coming and supporting a noble cause. Supporting their teammate at the event were Brandon Graham, Eagles Running Back Kenjon Barner and Seyi Ajirotutu.

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13th Annual Jefferson Gala


On December 8th, Thomas Jefferson Hospital leaders and Bernie Marcus cut the ribbon on the Brind-Marcus Center of Integrative Medicine at Jefferson ( 789 Lancaster Ave, Villanova, PA), made possible with a $14 million donation by the co-founder of The Home Depot and the chairman of the Marcus Foundation, Inc. Later in the evening guests gathered at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown for the 13th Annual Jefferson Gala to celebrate. The night started off with a cocktail party, where guests could meet and hear about the latest technologies being used in integrative medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. During dinner, Dr. Stephen Klasko, president and CEO Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, honored Bernie and Billi Marcus and Dr. Leonard G. Gomella for their contributions to healthcare and medicine at Thomas Jefferson Hospital.
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TeamGraham’s Benefit for Little Smiles

Eagles' Darren Sproles, Michel Sproles with Carlyne (who is due in February) and Brandon Graham.

Darren and Michel Sproles with Carlyne (who is due in February) and Brandon Graham. | HughE Dillon

On Monday, December 7, Zarwin Baum and Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Brandon Graham and his foundation, TeamGraham, hosted a toy drive at Vesper, benefiting Little Smiles, a volunteer-driven nonprofit helping children in local hospitals, hospices, shelters and other similar facilities. They give them toys, and electronics, event tickets, VIP outings and fulfill wishes to bring joy to their lives.

Many of Gramham’s teammates came out to make donations, plus meet fans who brought toy donations or make monetary gifts during the event. On Friday Brandon Graham, Stacey Kracher, and staff from Little Smiles and Zarwin Baum will take the toys they collected and distributed them to kids at CHOP and Shriners.

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ab+c Creative Intelligence Opens Center City Office


On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, ab+c Creative Intelligence celebrated its new Center City office with a ribbon cutting and cocktail party. ab+c is the largest marketing agency in Delaware and is making a huge commitment to Philadelphia, taking over a whole floor at 1429 Walnut Street which will serve as its Philly headquarters. Guests at the party included local business people and clients; even Michael Nutter stopped by. The mayor thanked John Hawkins, president/CEO of ab+c Creative Intelligence, for making a commitment to Philadelphia, and wished Philadelphia office leaders Steve Rosen and Steve Merino much success, and looks forward to them taking over the whole building.
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Philadelphia FIGHT 25th Anniversary

Rep. Dwight Evans, Greg Louganis, Olympic diver, LGBT-rights activist and author, Jane Shullm Philadelphia FIGHT's Executive Director and Mayor elect Jim Kenney.

Rep. Dwight Evans, Greg Louganis, Olympic diver, LGBT-rights activist and author, Jane Shullm Philadelphia FIGHT’s Executive Director and Mayor elect Jim Kenney.

Philadelphia FIGHT’s 25th anniversary celebration was held Thursday night at the Loews Hotel. Founded in 1990 as a small HIV research project, FIGHT is now the largest and most comprehensive AIDS Service Organization in Philadelphia. The evening marked a quarter-century of providing vital programs and services to members of the community at need.

Lifetime Achievement Honoree Greg Louganis was on hand to greet the guests and pose for photos. Mayor-elect Jim Kenney stopped by to honor the organization for being a trailblazer in the field. Cherri Gregg, CBSRadio, emceed the event.

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Fashion for All Event


Neiman Marcus hosted Our Closet’s “Fashion for All Event” on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 in the Neiman Marcus at The Plaza at King of Prussia.

The event, chaired by Kim Garno, Hope Haron, Connie Lees, Ami Lonner and Holly Stone, featured a cocktail party with specialty drinks and light bites were served near cosmetics. At the cocktail party guests participated in Le Métier de Beauté makeovers. The guests then headed to the third floor for a fashion presentation showcasing the top trends for Fall & Resort 2015 curated by Ana Maria Pimentel, fashion director for women’s accessories of Neiman Marcus Group.

Our Closet has partnered with Neiman Marcus and Le Métier de Beauté on a limited edition run of an exclusive Our Closet lipgloss ($36) and Kaleidoscope palette ($95) that will benefit the charity. Proceeds from the sales of Le Métier de Beauté cosmetics go to Our Closet. Our Closet was founded by Jill Aschkenasy, executive director, and is a volunteer-driven organization that provides clothing to vulnerable Philadelphians and their families free of charge by operating dignified and welcoming “pop up shops” throughout the city.

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Ebony2015: The Black Celebration


Billed as “The Black Celebration,” Philadelphia’s premier black-attire-mandatory event EBONY2015 took place Friday, November 27th — “Black Friday” — at the African American Museum on Arch Street. Guests were strongly encouraged to wear upscale black casual attire and enjoyed a two-hour Hennessy open bar with complimentary food. DJ Ayeboogie, DJ Hvnlee, DJ Hbk kept the party going until 2 a.m.

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“Only in America” Gala

Stephen and Toby Strogatz with Stephen Kerzner.

The National Museum of American Jewish History celebrated its fifth anniversary with a gala to honor the stories of Jews who have made their homes in this country. On November 18, more than 350 donors gathered as a community and connected to the stories of hope and courage, leadership and service at the 5th Anniversary “Only in America” Gala. The gala reflected on the successes of the last five years at their historic Market Street home and celebrated the next generation of leaders at the Museum. Gala chairs were Gennifer and Elijah Dornstreich. Decor was done by Pencora and event production was by Fred Stein.

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Cancer Support Community Fashion Show

Margie Honickman, Joanne Wurzak, Ellen Churchill and Liesa Steinberg

Cancer Support Community (CSC) Greater Philadelphia hosted their annual “In Fashion” luncheon and fashion show on Thursday, November 19 at Saks Fifth Avenue in Bala Cynwyd. Designers Scott Studenberg and John Targon from Baja East, showcased their fall and spring lines to the ladies who lunch.

The day started at 11 am. with cocktails, conversation, and a chance to browse through Baja East’s laid-back collection of designs. Saks donated 10 percent of the sales to CSC. There was also a live auction conducted by Jeff Hammond, which raised additional funds for the CSC programs including the Cancer Support Community’s Kid Support Camp, where teens and kids whose lives have been impacted by cancer attend a camp with kids in the same circumstance. The mission of the Cancer Support Community is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

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