HughE Dillon: United Way Leadership Event

Nonprofit supporters turn out at the Art Museum.

Last night, the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania hosted its Leadership Event at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Guests had a chance to check out the big Van Gogh exhibit (runs through May 6th) and nibble on treats from Starr Restaurants catering. The United Way’s Leadership Circle is a group of committed, caring citizens who strive to improve their communities. Below: Alexis de Tocqueville, Tim Buckley, Elizabeth Norris, and Paige and Colin Kelton. Attendees heard from Colin Kelton, a longtime United Way supporter who explained where generous donations to the organization were distributed.

Below: Jill M. Michal, president and CEO of the United Way of Southeastern PA, thanks guests.

Below: Dr. Richard Cohen, Ted and Penny Glackman, and Joanne Cohen. The Cohens are looking forward to son Aaron Z. Cohen’s wedding to Liana S. Yoo in September at St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University in New York City.

Below: Jeffrey Rotwitt and Dianne Rotwitt. Jeffrey tells me that the M. Night Shyamalan movie After Earth, starring Jaden Smith is in full swing filming at his Sun Center Studios in Aston. The 13-year-old Smith, son of Overbrook actor Will Smith, plays a military cadet of the future in the movie.

Below: Taylor Frome, executive director at Youth Empowerment Services (YESPhilly), and Velvet S. McNeil, media arts director. YESPhilly receives support from the United Way with their mission of developing opportunities for the many young people who drop out of Philadelphia schools. Taylor spoke to the guests and explained their mission, and introduced a few young people who turned their lives around after attending the program.

Below: Marty Friedman along with Molly Shepard and Peter Dean, authors of Breaking Into the Boys’ Club: 8 Ways for Women to Get Ahead in Business, and Richard Binswanger.

Below: A mother/daughter outing, as Sharon Kyriss makes a night of it with daughter Kristin Kyriss to celebrate Kristin’s birthday. First, the duo headed to the Waterworks Restaurant for dinner, then joined the party at the Art Museum. They loved the Van Gogh exhibit, and even bought a print of “Butterfly in the Field.”

Below: Lon Greenberg, United Way board member, and Bonnie Greenberg. In 2009, Lon received the United Way Citizen Volunteer of the Year Award.