“Dancing for Our Future Stars” — Independence Mission Schools Second-Annual Gala

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Friends, family and supporters of Independence Mission Schools (IMS) gathered on Saturday night for IMS’s 2nd annual gala, “Dancing for Our Future Stars.” The dance competition supports the students of Independence Mission Schools, and featured 11 dazzling performances from dancing pairs at the Crystal Tea Room, including six nuns who performed as IHM “Sister Act” — with the lead nun playing Whoopi Goldberg’s character.

Prizes were awarded to all the dance contestants, with the gigantic mirror globes going to the biggest fundraiser. People’s Choice went to construction consultant Carol Tamburino, who raised $40,000 in votes. The Best Dance Performance Mirror Ball Trophy went to Judge’s Choice winner Marcus Allen, CEO Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Southeast Pennsylvania, and his dance partner, Amber Rawls, a former dancer for the Sixers. The overall competition winner, which was a combination of judges’ votes and money raised ($28,000) was Peter Panageas and K.O. Delmarcelle. All gala proceeds go to support Independence Mission Schools, a 501c3 organization that manages a network of 15 independent Catholic schools that provide a high-quality education for 4,700 students in some of the most under-resourced communities of Philadelphia.

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PHS Hosts 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show Opening Party

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The 2016 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show — which celebrates our country’s majestic landscapes, rich history, cherished monuments and vibrant culture — opened with a gala preview party on March 4th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This year’s show is also celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service.

The black-tie party attracted many friends and supporters of the annual event, including Governor Tom Wolf, Director of the United States National Park Service Jonathan Jarvis, Deputy Mayor Anne Fadullon, Chairman of the Board of Opera Philadelphia Dan Meyer, and Carl and Roberta Dranoff. Legend Bill Cunningham was spotted in his signature blue jacket taking photos for the New York Times. This year’s gala chair was Leslie Anne Miller, who worked with the gala’s previous party committee to create a fun evening for all. The Flower Show opened to the public on the following day, March 5th, and runs through March 13th.

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Wistar’s Sips, Schmooze & Science: Under the Microscope

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Nearly 100 guests attended the Sips, Schmooze & Science: Under the Microscope event with the ambassadors of the Wistar Institute at the Institute last night. The ambassadors are bright young leaders of the Philadelphia region who are working to support the Wistar Institute. Lynsie Solomon (chair of the ambassadors) welcomed the guests to the cocktail party held quarterly and introduced James E. Hayden, manager of Wistar’s microscopy facility. He led a discussion on the winning photos from the 2015 Nikon Small World exhibition — visually stunning photographs taken through the microscope on display at the cocktail party. Guests enjoyed small plates and spirits from Palladino’s on East Passyunk while mingling and bidding on silent-auction and raffle items.

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PMA’s “A Pop Party”

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The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosted their annual winter fundraiser on Saturday, February 27th. This year’s event was called “A Pop Party” in celebration of the opening of the International Pop exhibition. Guests enjoyed international cuisine from Starr Catering, as well as an open bar and a silent auction with art-filled prizes and dining. DJ Gillian Sagansky kept the dance floor popping with hits of the era as well as modern tunes. She was accompanied by saxophonist Zem Audu. “A Pop Party” is sponsored by Neiman Marcus. This Young Friends benefit will support the Museum’s art acquisitions, conservation, and innovative youth arts education programs, such as elementary school field trips to the galleries.

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DJ Jazzy Jeff Spins at Third Annual Cheers for CHOP

Co-chairs Jon and Jen Rodack and Allison and Jon Lubert with DJ Jazzy Jeff, the headline entertainment at the 3rd Annual Cheers for CHOP.

Co-chairs Jon and Jen Rodack and Allison and Jon Lubert with DJ Jazzy Jeff, the headline entertainment at the 3rd Annual Cheers for CHOP.

Saturday night the Third Annual Cheers for CHOP party took place at Valley Forge Casino Resort. Hosted by Friends of CHOP, over 600 of Philadelphia’s social and philanthropic young influencers gathered to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to advance its research, teaching and clinical priorities. The evening started out with a cocktail party and light buffet while guests mingled, bid on silent auction items, and enjoyed live music by ’90s cover bands Go Go Gadjet and Saved By The 90s. The party really kicked into gear when Philadelphia’s own DJ Jazzy Jeff got behind the turntable and spun his magic for nearly 90 minutes. Each year a different department at CHOP is earmarked to receive funds; this year’s event raised over $625,000 to benefit CHOP’s Emergency Department, one of the most active pediatric emergency centers in the nation.

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Palomar Hosts Glamsino Royale: London Calling

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The Kimpton hotel transformed their 24th and 25th floors into a glamorous casino last night for the Glamsino Royale: London Calling event benefiting ActionAIDS. This year the party took on a royal theme. Guests noshed on British bites from executive chef Caitlin Mateo of Square 1682 and sipped on beer from Yards Brewing Company, wine from J. Lohr Vineyards, and signature cocktails from Philadelphia Distilling while lounging on mod décor or hitting the casino table games from Tumbling Dice. Matt Beierschmitt, better known as DJ Sharyn Stone, spun UK favorites all night long. Last year Glamsino raised over $10,000, and was well on track to hit that number last night.

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Philly Cooks 2016

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Philadelphia magazine and Foobooz hosted another successful Philly Cooks on Tuesday, February 16th, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Guests at the annual event enjoyed delicious bites and spirits throughout the night with more than 40 participating restaurants, including many from Philly Mag’s most recent 50 Best Restaurants list. There was live music, beer, wine, a variety of desserts and a VIP Infiniti Lounge where guests could pose with Iron Chef Jose Garces. Proceeds from the evening’s event went to The Food Trust.

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Philadelphia Academies rED Fest at Saxbys

On Thursday, Lisa Nutter, president of Philadelphia Academies Inc. (PAI), hosted a coffee and cocktail reception dubbed “Academies rED Fest fundraiser” in honor of Valentine’s Day at Saxbys headquarters at 2300 Chestnut Street. The event was held to raise funds and awareness for the local academic nonprofit. Business leaders and civic-minded supporters enjoyed specialty drinks, coffee and delicious dishes from Whole Foods catering, while learning the latest on the programs supplemented through PAI. In attendance were career-academy ambassadors from Roxborough High School and Abraham Lincoln High School who engaged with the guests by sharing information on how the career academies model through PAI has shaped their high-school experience for the better. The model has teachers within a high school working together to plan industry-themed lessons, encouraging stronger real-world skill sets.

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Bacon Brothers Headline Friends of the Rail Park Fundraiser

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The Center City District and Friends of the Rail Park hosted a fundraiser in support of Phase I of the Viaduct Rail Park last night at Philly’s Union Transfer. The evening began with a VIP cocktail party offering hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, DJ Jersey Dan and a great networking crowd of Rail Park sponsors and supporters. At 8 p.m. the performances started with the evening’s emcee Pierre Robert talking about many of Philly’s treasures, how they began and where they are now, such as Project HOME and the Mural Arts Project. He then talked about the vision of the Friends of the Rail Park and where it could lead in a few years with the right support. Michael Garden, secretary for the Friends of the Rail Park, spoke more on the subject and then introduced the opening act, a solo acoustic performance by rising star Rob Grote of The Districts. The Bacon BrothersKevin and Michael Bacon, who grew up in the Rittenhouse Square area — headlined the concert.

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Simon’s Fund Annual Gala: Simon’s Soiree

Phyllis and Darren Sudman, founders of Simon’s Fund, with their children Jaden and Sally.

Phyllis and Darren Sudman, founders of Simon’s Fund, with their children Jaden and Sally.

Simon’s Fund held its annual gala, Simon’s Soiree, on Saturday at the Sheraton Hotel in Valley Forge in honor of Darren and Phyllis Sudman’s son Simon, who died suddenly of a heart defect in January 2005 at the age of 3. After Simon died, the family learned that children aren’t regularly checked for heart defects; that’s why they started Simon’s Fund with money raised from friends and Philadelphia-area businesses. The nonprofit goes to schools where it administers EKGs to students.

In the 11 years since the founding of Simon’s Fund, the organization has raised more than $1 million and provided free cardiac screenings to more than 11,000 kids. They have uncovered treatable, and in some cases potentially fatal, heart problems in nearly 100 kids. Saturday evening many of the organization’s friends and supporters came to the Sheraton Hotel to help raise more money toward their goals, as well as honor Dr. Brian Hainline, the Chief Medical Officer of the NCAA, with the Protect This Heart Award for his work recommending that NCAA sports require EKG exams.

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