Franklin Institute’s Vatican Splendors Opening Gala


The Franklin Institute held a gala opening for Vatican Splendors, a new exhibit to coincide with Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia. Art patrons and supporters of the science center walked the red carpet and into the museum where trumpeters guided them toward the exhibit on the upper floors where over 200 works of art and historically significant objects depicting the history of the Church and its impact on art, history and culture will be housed until February 15, 2016. Guests then dined in the Grand Hall with music by The Herreras and danced and enjoyed dessert to Blues Junior band (Mole Street Productions) in the Atrium. At 9 p.m. the museum welcomed the Franklin Institute Young Friends to the party, which continued until nearly midnight. Photos after the jump »

Moyer Foundation Champions for Children Luncheon


The Moyer Foundation’s Champions for Children Luncheon was held Tuesday at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City. The room was packed with Phillies fans, friends and supporters of former Phillies player Jamie Moyer and David Montgomery the chairman, minority-owner, and former President of the Philadelphia Phillies.

The well-liked Montgomery looked great after battling cancer in recent years; he and his wife Lyn greeted old friends and family, some who had traveled cross-country to be there with them for the event. Jamie and Karen Moyer founded the Moyer Foundation which funds Camp Erin Philadelphia, a camp serving grieving children and teens, in partnership with UPENN’s Wissahickon Hospice, and Camp Mariposa Pennsylvania, a partnership with the Penn Foundation, for kids of addicted parents.

Champions for Children Honorary Committee co-chairs were Dan Hilferty, Independence Blue Cross, Denis P. O’Brien, Exelon Utilities, Judith M. von Seldeneck, Diversified Search and Edward G. Rendell. Rendell said that he wishes there was a camp like Camp Erin when he was a young boy, as his father died when he was 14 and it was a very difficult period for his family. To have a place to go and be with other kids going through the same grieving process would have made life much easier.

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Mural Arts Salon Dinner

Samantha Styles, Ed Rendell and Caryn Kunkle
On Friday, September 11th the Mural Arts Advisory Council hosted its second Salon this year at at local artist Caryn Kunkle’s Philadelphia studio. The event attracted more than 100 guests including Ed Rendell, Jane Golden and Mural Arts Advisory Council Co-chairs Teresa C. Nino and Rachel Luber-Cevera.

Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner provided by Zavino’s as well as local artist curator Frederick Calalang ,who makes a delicious mac and cheese and empanadas. Cocktails were provided by Yards Brewery. There was live painting from Gabe Tiburino, screen printing by Hope Rovelto, and live music performed by Chelsea Reed & The Fairweather Five. Guests also had an opportunity to take home a piece of original artwork and other gifts, donated by local businesses.

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Philadelphia Montessori Charter School’s “Anything Is Possible” Garden Party


Philadelphia Montessori Charter School hosted its inaugural “Anything Is Possible” Garden Party Wednesday night to celebrate the completion of the school’s garden and playground. The playground, which is adjacent to the elementary school in Southwest Philadelphia, was a community project where students, teachers, volunteers and many partners worked on the competition including KaBoom!, the CarMax Foundation, The Philadelphia Water Department, Spor Chargers, metal sculptors Steve Webb and Alex Morgan and the Philadelphia Orchard Project. There’s a jungle gym, a garden surrounded by a mosaic wall, and a beautiful metal sculpture that lights up at night.

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Feastival Patron Party


On Monday night at Twenty Manning, a sponsor party was held to announce the details of the 2015 Audi FEASTIVAL, which will take place on September 17th, 2015. On that night, the FringeArts Headquarters on 140 N. Columbus Boulevard will host an exclusive, chic party for the hottest movers and shakers in Philadelphia’s business, culinary and arts scenes — but most importantly, a fundraiser for FringeArts, whose Philadelphia Fringe Festival runs from September 3rd through 19th. The co-chairs for FEASTIVAL this year are Jesse & Beka Rendell, David & Susan Lipson, Tony Forte and Ryan Hummel. Guests at the patron party enjoyed samples of dishes that will be served at the gala, as well as an open bar. The purpose of a patron party is to thank the sponsors for their support and to preview what they can expect at the gala on the 17th. Tickets are still available and can be bought here. Photos after the jump

Best of Philly Soirée

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Philadelphia magazine held its annual Best of Philly Soirée at Dilworth Park, and this year was unequivocally their best “Best of Philly” party yet. Nearly 1,000 fashionable, fun, scenesters and business folks filled the park and enjoyed hor d’oeuvres by Brulee Catering and small plates by Jose Garces’ Rosa Blanca cafe. Many of the “Best of” restaurants served their winning dishes, like the delicious crab fries from Varga Bar and The Olde Bar’s version of shrimp cocktail. There was a whole table of Philly soft pretzels from the Philly Pretzel Factory, and there were open bars with beverages provided by Stella Artois. Sip-and-Glo Juicery was on hand with their healthy juices. It was a great night, and an innovative event space. Congrats to Philly Mag for putting on a successful party.

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Young Friends of NMAJH “Midsummer’s Eve” Dance

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HughE Dillon

The Young Friends of the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) presented A Midsummer’s Eve at the museum on July 30th. Guests wore white in the spirit of the holiday tradition while enjoying a kosher dessert reception by Betty the Caterer and an open bar. The event — a celebration of Tu B’Av, the Jewish holiday of love — was held in the ballroom at the NMAJH, which overlooks Independence Park. Guest mingled with other young friends, posed for photos in front of the step-and-repeat, enjoyed views from the expansive fifth floor terrace, danced to the tunes of DJ Adrian Hardy and checked out the Richard Avedon: Family Affairs portraiture exhibit, which ended its run on August 2nd.

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Citizen Diplomacy International of Philadelphia’s American Summer Experience


Citizen Diplomacy International of Philadelphia held its annual fundraiser, American Summer Experience, at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, attracting international guests, students and notables from our area. Attendees enjoyed French and Italian wines, domestic and imported beer and a buffet dinner by Catering by Design. Funds raised from the event benefited CDI’s “Today I Met” Education Program and their State Department & Sister Cities Exchange Programs for the country and region. CDI is Citizen Diplomacy International, formerly the International Visitors Council of Philadelphia. More photos after the jump!

Post Brothers’ Presidential City Renovation Party


In 2013, the Post Brothers bought the prestigious Presidential City and are underway with a $100 million renovation of the highly visible complex on the edge of Fairmount Park and the drives. Last week they held a party to celebrate the first of the four buildings renovated, which already has tenants moved in. The Presidential was built in the 1950s, and maintained that style of living all the way down to the window air conditioning units that dotted the building’s exterior.  Since the renovation, the Post Brothers installed central air in the units, expanded some of the windows to create a floor-to-ceiling effect, replaced the wiring, upgraded the piping and completely gutted each unit, installing top-of-the-line appliances. The Presidential offers studios to two-bedroom penthouses with wrap-around views of Fairmount Park, soaking tubs and showers. There are plenty of amenities that make the Presidential apartments very attractive as a new home, including the Sora Pool Club with its pool, saunas, massage rooms and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

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Vertical Block Party at Avenir


Last night I went to a Vertical Block Party in the new building on Chestnut and 15th – the Avenir. The building features sleek apartments — ranging from “flats” (just 300 square feet) and studios to one- and two-bedroom (835 square feet) units — as well as amenities like a screening room, a community room and a state-of-the-art exercise facility, as well as several “Think Rooms” for studying or for zen moments I imagine.

The party was open to influencers, and business leaders who enjoyed local bites and spirits. Avenir promotes itself as “micro living” at it’s best, but it didn’t feel claustrophobic, and 300 square feet didn’t seem as small as that number. (Be forewarned, micro living doesn’t mean micro rents.)

The location of Avenir is sweet, across from City Hall and Dilworth Park, near public transportation and a few blocks from the mega chic shopping on Walnut Street as well as a stones throw from the Shops of Liberty, where it was just announced the new Bloomingdale’s Outlet will be opening.

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