The Voice Foundation’s ‘Voices of Summer’ Honoring Bootsy Collins and Roberta Flack


The Voice Foundation “Voices of Summer” was held Friday night May 30th, at the Westin Hotel. The Voice Foundation (1721 Pine Street ) is a non profit organization that provides funding for research on voice disorders, new clinical techniques, technology, and educational outreach on voice care. After a weeklong symposium, doctors, scientists, voice coaches, and other voice professionals from around the world gathered at the gala to network, mingle, and dance.

During the dinner portion honors were bestowed on individuals who have made a difference in the world. This year the board honored Denyce Graves with the Voice Education Research Awareness (VERA) Award, while the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award went to Roberta Flack and Bootsy Collins.

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Wistar Institute Honors Allan ‘Bud’ Selig


The Wistar Institute honored Allan “Bud” Selig, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, as the 2014 recipient of Wistar’s President’s Award on Wednesday, May 28th, at a luncheon at the Diamond Club at Citizen Bank Park. The President’s Award recognizes a public figure who has been personally touched by cancer, and who advocates for improvements in cancer education and research.

In 2004 at the age of 70, Selig was diagnosed with level-4 melanoma when a skin legion was discovered as part of a routine yearly examination. After it was removed, he was given a clean bill of health. During his acceptance speech, he talked about how this life-changing event inspired him to become a cancer ambassador and spread the word about melanoma and getting regular dermatologist checkups.

He also spoke about how proud he was that the MLB has embraced his cause, as well as many charity causes where players and owners give back through their good works. No one does a better job than the Phillies, he said, and he listed many of the players’ charity organizations. He spoke about Phillies co-owner David Montgomery, who is dealing with his own cancer diagnosis right now. Selig went on to say that there was no better man you could meet than David Montgomery, whom he described as compassionate, kind, and honorable.

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International House’s Global Gala: Colors of Brazil


International House of Philadelphia held it’s 53rd annual Global Gala: Colors of Brazil, on Saturday, May 17th.

Guests enjoyed a lively and colorful cocktail party with Samba girls, an extensive silent auction, light bites by Modern Palate Catering Company and danced to the tunes of the much in-demand Afro-Brazilian Funk & Groove Dendê & Band. Guests were then ushered into the dining room with a drum corps and Brazilian dancers. Global cuisine inspired by Brazil was served during a short program with speeches by State Sen. Anthony Williams; Mr. Paul Thomas Johnson, honorary consul to Brazil, who discussed the asset the IHP is to students and to Philadelphia; co-chair Eileen Mijlin, who discussed her experiences in Brazil and it’s culture; and Tanya Steinberg, CEO/president of International House Philadelphia (IHP), who celebrated the long history of IHP and the services and housing it provides to the foreign students who call Philadelphia home during their attendance at universities in our area.

Proceeds from the event go to support IHP’s residential services and arts and humanities programming. After dinner there was dessert, then a lively dance party till 2 a.m.

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The 2014 Radnor Hunt Races


The Radnor Hunt Races were held Saturday in Willistown, Chester County. The first race kicked off at 1:30 p.m., but by then, the party had already started for the 1,000 or so people who attend each year to mingle and enjoy the elaborate tailgate parties that pop up along the rail of the race track.

The theme this year was “Garden Parties — Castles to Cottages,” and it was fun to see how each party tries to outdo one another. There was also a nice seating area for those who didn’t want to participate in the tailgate party, but instead wanted to go party hopping. Across the track were the the elaborate sponsor tents with catered parties. One of my favorite stops was the Bellevue tent which was catered by The Palm restaurant.

Although it was a bright sunny day, the day before the grounds were soaked with over an inch of rain, so many of the guests wore elaborate colored boots to go with their colorful clothes. If you didn’t remember to wear boots, there’s a good chance you’ve been shopping for new shoes this week, like I am.

The last race kicked off about 5 p.m., and then the Preakness was shown on several large TV screens near the racetrack. All proceeds from the Radnor Hunt Races benefit the land and water preservation programs of the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.


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Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation’s ‘Taste of the World: Bollywood Bash 2014′


Last night at the Union League the Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation held its fourth annual bash which always has an exciting city theme to it. In the past they created Havana Nights, Harlem Nights and A Night in Paris. Last night it was Taste of the World: Bollywood Bash 2014.

The Rollins event is always fun and lively; his teammates are good sports and always dress for the theme, and last night they didn’t disappoint, as you’ll see in the photos. As with all the Rollins events I’ve attended, it was a laid back fun evening for the players, supporters and fans.

The evening started with cocktail party held in the Lincoln Hall. There were food stations by various local restaurants including Sbraga, Dandelion and Davio’s, music was by CTO’s Tribeca band who had the dance floor packed all evening, and when they weren’t playing, CTO’s DJ Ravi Jackson was mixing up Michael Jackson and current favorites. Down the hall there was an entire room devoted to sweet desserts, including a gorgeous four-tied Bollywood inspired cake created by Cakes & Candies by MaryEllen. Proceeds from the event will benefit local charities dedicated to making healthy food available to children and families most in need including at risk youth in the Philadelphia area.

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Arts and Business Council Honors Lee Daniels


The Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia hosted its annual awards celebration last night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 10 awards were given out to notable individuals and business who have made a difference in arts and business in Philadelphia.

The honors included The PNC Arts Alive Award for Innovation in honor of Peggy Amsterdam which was given to InLiquid, Business & Arts Partnership Award: Large Business with an Arts & Cultural Organization, which acknowledged “Art at the Airport” for its expansive art exhibitions. Individual honorees included Andrea Wikerd of Ernst & Young (Business on Board Volunteer Leader of the Year), David Othmer, retired station manager at WHYY (Business Volunteer for the Arts Volunteer of the Year), James Holman, partner, Duane Morris LLP (Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Volunteers of the Year), and director Lee Daniels, who was recognized with the Anne d’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence.

After the awards ceremony was a cocktail party with a Stephen Starr buffet and entertainment by the West Philadelphia Orchestra.

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CHOP’s 58th Annual Daisy Day Luncheon and Fashion Show Raises More Than $1.6 Million


The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s 58th annual Daisy Day Luncheon and Fashion Show raised more than $1.6 million to support CHOP’s Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment.

Nearly 800 people attended the event, which started with a active cocktail party, as well as bidding on an extensive silent auction which included many of today’s hot fashion items like an Alexander McQueen clutch and scarf, a Zac Posen Eartha Bag, and a Judith Lieber Clutch. There were also trips, experiences and sports memorabilia to bid on. Then there were the live auction items: Jeff Hammond worked his magic and raised more than $50,000 helped by two winning bids on the “Eagles Insider” experience: $12,000 each. Four tickets to a game of your choice, free parking, and pre-game field passes. The winners also received 4 personalized replica jerseys.

This year’s fashion show, presented by Saks Fifth Avenue, featured Zac Posen’s Fall 2014 Collection. Nancy A. Wolfson celebrated her 16th consecutive year as chair of Daisy Day, raising over $17 million during this period. This year’s honorary co-chairs were Mary and Jed Kelly, parents of 7-year-old Addison Kelly, who underwent a rare lifesaving surgery before birth to remove a tumor from her chest.

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Covenant House Pennsylvania’s 15th Anniversary “A Night of Broadway Stars” Featuring Jon Bon Jovi


Last night the Pennsylvania Convention Center was bursting at the seams with music as Covenant House Pennsylvania presented its annual event “A Night of Broadway Stars.” It’s always a good time, but this year was their 15th Anniversary and they changed venues knowing that more people would want to be a part of the monumental celebration. They were right: Nearly 450 attended the night of song where the proceeds go to help kids get off the street of broken dreams, and onto a path where their dreams can become a reality.

Since Covenant House Pennsylvania (CHP) opened its doors 15 years ago, the non-profit agency has served more than 35,000 youth in crisis. Many of these young people are victims of violence, abandonment, and abuse, and have aged out of the foster care system. CHP gives the youth the skills to help them become self-sufficient and helps them achieve the goals for their lives.

Back for the ninth year, Broadway lyricist and composer Neil Berg hosted “A Night of Broadway Stars” featuring an array of talented performances including Capthia Jenkins (Dream Girls), Stephanie Block (The Boy from Oz), Danny Zolli (Jesus Christ Superstar), Craig Schulman (Les Miserables), Carter Calvert (Cats), John Treacy Egan (Nice Work If You Can Get It) and many more.

The event kicked off with a cocktail reception and buffet, then the guests headed into the ballroom, which was set up like a cabaret. Afterward there was a dessert reception where guests mingled with the Broadway stars. The event also honor Craig Spencer, vice chairman of the JBJ Soul Foundation and president and CEO of The Arden Group as well as the JBJ Soul Foundation for their dedication to fighting homelessness, which was accepted by Jon Bon Jovi. Bon Jovi also performed a private acoustic concert before the gala event started, for about 100 sponsors.

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Philadelphia Art Alliance’s ‘Spring at the Mansion’


Spring is in the air and it was very evident at the Philadelphia Art Alliance’s “Spring at the Mansion” party held Friday night in the jewel of Rittenhouse Square, The Wetherill Mansion across from the blooming park.

Black was out, and colorful dresses and dapper suits were in. Guests enjoyed a cocktail party under a tent on the closed Rittenhouse Street adjacent to the Wetherill before being led into the mansion for a delicious dinner prepared by the newly opened French bistro Le Chéri, whose rooms were decorated with springtime colors and flowers by Evantine Designs.

At 8 p.m. the Young Friends of The Art Alliance began their party under the tent. They enjoyed delicious treats from DiBruno’s and an open bar, and danced to the tunes of DJ Serop. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the preservation and restoration of The Wetherill Mansion, home of the Philadelphia Art Alliance and the oldest cultural institution on the Square. Co-chairs for the evening were Nicole Cashman and Nigel Richards.

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Fairmount Park Conservancy 7th Annual Centennial Celebration

From left: Chris Matthews, MSNBC, Kathryn Ott Lovell, Michael DiBerardinis, Deputy Mayor of the Department of Parks and Recreation, and Mayor Michael Nutter.

From left: Chris Matthews, MSNBC, Kathryn Ott Lovell, Michael DiBerardinis, Deputy Mayor of the Department of Parks and Recreation, and Mayor Michael Nutter.

Thursday night at the Horticultural Center, the Fairmount Park Conservancy hosted its 7th Annual Centennial Celebration, and it attracted a record number of guests (475) as well as raising 45% more money than last year. There was a lively cocktail hour in the greenhouse, where we all enjoyed bright sunshine after 48 hours of record-breaking rain. Then everyone was ushered into a large tent to begin the dinner and a program.

The Conservancy honored three people this year including the President & CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust, Gerald Sweeney, City Council President Darrell Clarke, and Patricia Kind who was named John K. Binswanger Park Champion. Mrs. Kind wasn’t in attendance so her oldest daughter, Laura Kind McKenna, accepted on her behalf. The emcee for the evening was MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who grew up in nearby Hunting Park and recalled childhood memories of playing in the park.

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