Philadelphia Auto Show 2014 Black Tie Gala


Nearly 4,000 people came out to enjoy the 2014 Philadelphia Auto Show’s annual Black Tie Gala. Guests got a first look at nearly 700 cars while dining on Garces Catering delights, desserts and dancing to the sounds of Jellyroll. The event beneficiary is the neonatology division of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The Auto Show runs from February 8th to February 16th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on 1101 Arch Street.

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Benjamin’s Desk Opens The 8th Floor


Benjamin’s Desk celebrated innovation last week with a cocktail party on “The 8th Floor,” its new work and party space at 1701 Walnut Street. Benjamin’s Desk is a coworking space for mobile professionals, entrepreneurs and startups on Rittenhouse Row.

Individuals and companies can rent space at the Desk  from $99 a month to $1,100 plus for full-size companies. The atmosphere is similar to a think tank, with lots of people from different companies working alongside each other. At any given time conversations and ideas can flow from one work station to another, and a new innovative idea is born.

The newly-acquired eighth floor will welcome the first “smart-space” in Philadelphia, featuring Nest thermostats, seven flat-screens, Philips Hue lighting and streaming video, all of which can be controlled by an iPad. The space can be rented for events to outside vendors. Eventually it will have a roof deck.

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Young Professionals: Global Glam! at the Barnes Foundation


On Friday night, January 31st, young professionals gathered for Global Glam! to celebrate the Barnes Foundation’s newly commissioned works by contemporary artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. The evening started with an intimate cocktail party with the members of the Contemporaries in one of the private rooms. The Contemporaries are a dynamic group of young patrons and art enthusiasts that promote The Barnes Foundation’s educational mission through a wide variety of programs and social events (membership starts at $500). Then the party really got started in the main hall with DJ Royale spinning tunes from the ’80s and ’90s that packed the dance floor. The guests enjoyed the colorful Shonibare exhibit, some items which will be available for sale in the future, as well as global fashion ensembles on loan from Moore College of Art and Design.

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Super Bowl Party at Pat Burrell’s Penthouse


Yesterday, Tommy Domalski (pictured above) and Amber-Joi Watkins hosted their second annual Super Bowl party. Domalski owns the penthouse that was the former pad of Pat Burrell. Attendees included the suddenly ubiquitous Kate Beaver, Miss Pennsylvania Intercontinental  Julia Pauline and chef Jason Cichonski, who served vegan burgers, a new addition to the menu of his forthcoming bar/eatery, Gaslight, which had a soft opening on Saturday.

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The Academy of Music’s 157th Anniversary Concert and Ball with Jill Scott and the Bacon Brothers


The 157th Anniversary Concert and Ball, Philadelphia’s annual white-tie gala, celebrated the Academy of Music’s 157th birthday on Saturday, January 25th.

Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra along with host stars the Bacon Brothers and special guest artist Jill Scott entertained attendees during the concert. Nézet-Séguin told the audience that he had been a long-time fan of Scott’s and when he found himself in his dream job of conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, he just had to perform with the home-town girl. He called it a dream come true.

The night began with an open house reception before the anniversary concert at the Academy of Music where guests dined on delights by chef Jose Garces. During the concert portion, newly installed Adele Schaeffer, chair of the board of trustees of the Academy of Music, told the audience that the evening’s funds would be used to restore the building’s HVAC system, which dates back to 1966. After the concert, guests made the annual trek up Broad Street to the Hyatt at the Bellevue Hotel. The ball included dinner and dancing to the music of six bands, including The Eddie Bruce Band, in the Grand Ballroom.

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Hair o’ the Dog 2014


Philadelphia’s swanky Hair o’ the Dog celebrated its 20th year on Saturday, January 18th, at the Sheraton Center City. The festivities kicked off with a VIP preview party with gourmet hors d’oeuvres in the Scarlett Lounge sponsored by Cheerleaders. Nearly 1,800 people packed the grand ballroom after primping all day for what some people call Philadelphia’s adult prom. Each lovely lady dresses to the nines in an attempt to outdo the competition.

This year’s gala benefited The Claddagh Fund, which supports community-based non-profits, with a focus on children and veterans organizations and programs that support alcohol and drug rehabilitation in cities across the country and around the world. The party ended at about 1 a.m., and then headed over to G Lounge for dancing till dawn.

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Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s 2014 Lemon Ball


Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer, hosted the Eighth Annual Lemon Ball, presented by Northwestern Mutual, Toys R Us and Volvo on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

The event, took place nearly 10 years after Alex Scott set a goal to raise $1 million through her front-yard lemonade stand, and every year in just one night raises nearly a $1 million for the fight against childhood cancer.

The evening started  with a cocktail party and a very extensive silent auction covering sports, restaurant meals and experiences.Then the party moved upstairs for dinner, an awards ceremony and dancing. Liz and Jay Scott, the parents of the late Alex,  co-chaired the gala with longtime foundation supporters Susie and John McCaughey. The evening also featured the presentation of the Alex Scott Crystal Cup to Jocelyn Hillman, who has supported the foundation since its inception and first learned of the foundation’s mission when her daughter, Carly, fought cancer alongside Alex . Jocelyn has served on the Foundation’s Board for several years and currently holds the position of Vice Chair.

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The 2013 Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Gala

From left: Chef Michele Pastorello, Quinton Aaron, actor from The Blind Side, Sara Manzano-Díaz, director of the U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau, Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, LEAP founder and board chair, and the honorable Nelson Diaz.

From left: Chef Michele Pastorello, Quinton Aaron, actor from The Blind Side, Sara Manzano-Díaz, director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau, Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, LEAP founder and board chair, and the honorable Nelson Diaz.

On Friday, December 13th, at the Curtis Center, the Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship held its fundraising gala. The gala is an annual event that raises money to support graduates of LEAP Academy University Charter School who are attending Rutgers University. The scholarship was established in 1999 by CLC Director Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago in loving memory of her husband Alfredo Santiago and with the goal of increasing the number of children in Camden who attend college. Each year the gala raises thousands of dollars for the scholarship through corporate and individual donations, ticket sales and proceeds from a silent auction.

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The Inaugural Pattison Leader Ball


On Saturday, December 14th, the region’s up-and-coming leaders and rising stars gathered at the inaugural Pattison Leader Ball in the Red and Clover Rooms at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The Pattison Leader Ball brought together civically engaged young professionals to network and engage in conversations about the state of Pennsylvania policy and politics. It was held on the same night that Pennsylvania’s elected and selected officials and power brokers shared their visions of the future at the Pennsylvania Society Annual Dinner in New York City at the Waldorf Hotel.

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