Marc Vetri’s 9th Annual Great Chefs at Urban Outfitters


More than 1,200 guests attended the 9th Annual Great Chefs Event on Tuesday, June 10th. The yearly eating party thrown by Philadelphia superchef Marc Vetri was held at Urban Outfitters in the Navy Yard, with proceeds going to help Alex’s Lemonade Stand eradicate childhood cancer, and to the Vetri Foundation for Children. Neuroblastoma took Alex Scott’s life when she was eight, and her parents, Jay and Liz Scott, carry on her goal of helping doctors find a cure for the disease.

The event attracts four dozen top chefs from the U.S. and Italy who created delicious dishes that people raved over all night long. The event featured a live auction that brought in $80,000 and a silent auction — which included clothing, lavish trips, sports tickets and experiences — that raised nearly $100,000.

Later that evening I headed over to Vetri’s restaurant on North Broad, Alla Spina, for the after-party. There I found many of the volunteer chefs, sponsors and ticketed guests enjoying a delicious spread by the Vetri Family, and friends including Sweet Box Bakery, Debragga meat, Nomad Pizza to name a few. Behind the turntables was The Roots’ Questlove, who appears at the after-party annually and packs the dance floor from start to finish. It’s always a highlight of the evening.

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Philadelphia Public School Notebook’s 20th Anniversary Gala


Tuesday as the weather raged outside, inside the University of the Arts the Philadelphia Public School Notebook celebrated its 20th anniversary with a party. The Notebook started out as a handout at supermarkets and community meetings, one chock-full of information on what was going on in the city’s public schools, how the school board was dealing with issues, and what concerned parents and community members could do.

These days it’s grown into a full-blown, highly respected journal which the public relies on for information on the education of children in Philadelphia. Even though schools superintendent William Hite has been the target of criticism in some of the articles written in The Notebook, he still took time out of his schedule to make an appearance at the party, and wish them well on their continued success.

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Career Wardrobe’s 18th Annual Gala: “A Perfect Fit: Empowering 18″


Last week the Career Wardrobe hosted its 28th Annual gala, “A Perfect Fit: Empowering 18,” at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City.

The evening started with a cocktail party where guests enjoyed buffet stations of delicious appetizers and dinner. During the cocktail party guests were able to participate in an extensive silent auction. This year there were many more items, as they no longer do the signed pocketbook live auctions during the dessert portion of the evening. I did spot one purse on a table signed by Colin Farrell which was left over from last year.

At around 7 p.m., guests were ushered into the grand ballroom for dessert, coffee and the program, which included the very popular fashion show with local news reporters, notable Philly businesswomen, and former clients if the Career Wardrobe. The proceeds from the event go toward helping ease the transition of women from welfare to work via education, empowerment programs and what to wear to make entering the workforce as easy as possible.

Did you know you can pick up decent second-hand clothing from the Wardrobe Boutique store at 1822 Spring Garden Street?

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Philadelphia FIGHT Honors Françoise Barré-Sinoussi


Last night at the Independence Visitor Center Philadelphia FIGHT hosted its kickoff party for AIDS Education Month, a series of  classes, awareness events, and parties throughout the month, featuring a free hip-hop performance by Wale at the Trocadero on National HIV Testing Day, Friday, June 27th.

At last night’s event, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Ph.D., a French virologist and director of the Regulation of Retroviral Infections Division at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, was presented with the 2014 Kiyoshi Kuromiya award. Dr. Barré-Sinoussi, who also serves as president of the International AIDS Society, received the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the co-discovery of HIV.

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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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