25th Philadelphia Film Festival Celebrates M. Night Shyamalan

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The Philadelphia Film Society celebrated the opening night of the 25th Philadelphia Film Festival last night with a party at the AKA Washington Square, where they honored M. Night Shyamalan with the inaugural Lumiere Award. After the party, the guests headed to the Prince Theater for the opening night film, LA LA LAND. The Philadelphia Film Festival runs from October 20th through October 30th.

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Design Philadelphia Celebrates at Millésimé & Ligne Roset

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DesignPhiladelphia took place over a 10 day period (10/6 – 10/16) with hundreds of events, exhibitions, lectures, workshops and programs that demonstrated how design can strengthen our connections to places, to ourselves, to the environment. As part of DesignPhiladelphia, Millésimé & Ligne Roset & Arclinea Kitchens celebrated its one year anniversary Friday night, October 14th, at 33 North 2nd Street Old City. Guests enjoyed libations, AG Catering delights and music as they browsed the 2016 Best of Philly winner’s collection of modern and contemporary furniture, lighting and home accessories. DesignPhiladelphia’s goal is to celebrate and promote Philadelphia as a design capital and destination. The event is always held in October, so mark your calendar for next year.

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The Abramson Cancer Center: Philly Fights Cancer Round 2

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1,300 people attended the 2nd Annual Philly Fights Cancer on October 15th at Legacy Youth Tennis. The celebration raised over $3 million to support translational research and clinical trials at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center. Guests enjoyed a cocktail party, a photo-booth, and a seated dinner in the  beautifully transformed tennis hall, by Evantine Designs, lighting by Eventions. During the Brûlée catered dinner there was plenty of entertainment, including a program by comedian Tig Notaro, who shared with the audience that she was a four-year cancer survivor. Also on the bill was Oscar-winning songstress Jennifer Hudson and legendary singer-songwriter Lionel RichieNancy Abramson Wolfson and Madlyn Abramson were co-chairs of the gala, which honored renowned oncologist Dr. John H. Glick and philanthropist Sharyn Berman.

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Gaudenzia Honors The Decker Family In Their Fight Against Addiction

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On Thursday, October 6, 2016 Gaudenzia, a drug and alcohol treatment program for men and women in the Philadelphia area, held their 2016 Gaudenzia/Gustave G. Amsterdam Community Champion Award Dinner at the Crystal Tea Room. This year’s recipients is a family you might have heard of, The Decker Family, Tad, Candy and Samantha from Gladwyne, Pa; while their individual contributions to the community at large are extensive and impressive, their commitment to serving the greater good was evident when they decided to publicly expose the tragic loss of their son and brother, John Decker, to addiction in his obituary in January 2016. Many friends, family and community leaders attended the event to support the Decker family, which included a cocktail party, a sit down dinner with a program highlighting the services Gaudenzia provides and the award program. Honorary Co-Chairs of the event were The Honorable Patrick Meehan, U.S. Representative, The Honorable Edward G. Rendell, Former Governor of Pennsylvania; event chairs Craig L. Adams, Executive Vice President, Exelon President and CEO, PECO, Daniel J. Hilferty, President and CEO, Independence Blue Cross and Tom Spann, Founder and Vice Chairman, Accolade.  The committee was made up of the who’s who of business people and thought leaders of the City including the Honorable Ronald D. Castille, Former Chief Justice, Pennsylvania Supreme Court , Stephen A. Cozen, Chairman, Cozen O’Connor,  Jody McNeil Lewis, Vice Chair at Large, Board of Directors, Philadelphia Zoo, David Montgomery, Chairman, Philadelphia Phillies  and Bruce W. Ficken, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP, and Anita Ficken

 

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Estia Celebrates Greek Wine Week With Benefit Party

A rare night out for the new parents Elizabeth and Todd Herremans with Heather Mitts and AJ Feeley, both couples just had baby girls 6 months ago.

A rare night out for the new parents Elizabeth and Todd Herremans with Heather Mitts and AJ Feeley, both couples just had baby girls 6 months ago.

On October 1, 2016 Estia celebrated Philadelphia’s inaugural Greek Wine Week (10/17 – 10/21) at their restaurant at 1405-1407 Locust Street.  Nearly 250 people attended the event which benefited the newly launched Hellenic Hearts charity.

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The Wistar Institute Discovery Gala

Evan Solomon, Lynsie Solomon, co-chair of the Discovery Gala, and Ian Stockman

Evan Solomon, Lynsie Solomon, co-chair of the Discovery Gala, and Ian Stockman

The Wistar Institute Discovery Gala was held Friday night at The Logan Hotel. The fun-filled science event highlighted past and future Wistar discoveries while raising funds for cutting-edge biomedical research. Where else could you bid on paintings of collagen and cancer cells, as well as check out what’s under the microscopes at discovery tables nearby, or enjoy fresh air at the Oxygen Bar. The fundraiser was co-hosted by Wistar’s Leadership Council and Ambassadors committees and featured dinner stations, open bar, dancing to the tunes of  The Kyle-Tully Experience. Funds raised by this gala support impactful research discoveries to advance cures for cancer, HIV and infectious disease.

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James Opens with a Party

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James, a new eatery at 1835 Arch Street, celebrated its opening with a party last Wednesday with friends and family. The restaurant is named after James Logan, the Irish-born colonial American statesman who served as the fourteenth mayor of Philadelphia. James serves a modern American cuisine including dishes such as steak, lamb, double cut pork chop, and lobster ravioli. There’s a separate bar menu as well, which serves food until midnight and includes favorites BBQ beef shortrib tacos and The James Burger. Chef Michael Suminski, formerly of Mac’s Tavern, runs the kitchen. James owners Eric Vesotsky, Ben Haney, and Ronald Donatucci Jr. are also part owners of Mac’s Tavern.

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Les Dames d’Escoffier Honors Culinary Pioneer Chef Esther McManus

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Les Dames d’Escoffier honored Philadelphia culinary pioneer Chef Esther McManus on Sunday, September 25th at the inaugural “Outstanding in Her Field” dinner party, a new annual event to recognize talented women making a difference in the region’s culinary field. The locally sourced harvest farm dinner was set amidst the vines of the Inn of Grace Winery in Glen Mills and paired with its fine wines. Guests sat at a long table beautifully set with white tablecloths and were served dinner prepared by Esther’s friends, colleagues and students. Outstanding in Her Field not only honored McManus, but also raised funds for a Les Dames’ educational scholarship and Green Tables initiative. A few notable chefs were on hand for the honorary dinner including George Perrier,  Claire Boasi, Susanna Foo, Aliza Green, and Geno Vento.

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Opera Philadelphia Gala Celebrating Their 42nd Season

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The Opera Philadelphia Gala was the perfect event to kick off the Philadelphia social season on Friday night. Nearly 350 guests converged at Dilworth Park by 5 p.m. to enjoy cocktails and light bites on the plaza. Dinner was served around 6:45 p.m. under a big tent beautifully decorated by An Affair to Remember to reflect the lavish production of Puccini’s Turandot, the opening production for Opera Philadelphia’s 42nd season. By 8 p.m., guests were taken to the Academy of Music by trolley to watch the rousing production lasting two hours and 35 minutes (starring Christine Goerke, Marco Berti and Joyce El-Khoury) before returning to Dilworth Park for dancing and dessert. On October 1st, at 7 p.m., Opera Philadelphia will host the 6th Annual Opera on the Mall (Independence Mall) and show a broadcast of Turandot. It’s free, but registration to attend is required at Opera Philadelphia.

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#LOL for ALZ at The Logan Hotel

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On Saturday, September 17th at the Logan Hotel, “#LOL for ALZ,” was held to raise money for Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter and Hilarity for Charity, founded by Seth and Lauren Rogen in partnership with the Alzheimer’s  Association.  The event started with a cocktail party and auction.  After the cocktail party, guests were led to the ballroom for dinner and short program emceed by Karen Rogers, 6ABC. Former NBC Saturday Night Live writer and comedian John Mulaney had the guests in stitches to close out the night in laughter. Olympic gold medalist Jeff Henderson, who won an Olympic gold medal in the long jump during the Rio Games this summer, joined for the evening. The Arkansas native dedicated his gold medal accomplishment to his mother, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease.

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