Zarwin Baum March Madness Party

Philly VIPs catch NCAA tournament basketball action at the Crystal Tea Room while raising money for Philabundance.

With the start of March Madness, there were at least a half dozen big parties in Philadelphia, and one of the biggest was hosted by the Zarwin Baum law firm and HUB International Parties at the Crystal Tea Room. This year, more than 2,000 people attended the annual event, an eight-hour extravaganza, where guests dined on burgers, wings and chicken, enjoyed an open bar, had their favorite cigars rolled in the cigar room, and watched the NCAA games on projection screens. Pictured: Firm founder Norman Zarwin, Sheriff Jewell Williams, Councilwoman Cindy Bass, and Mitchell Kaplan, partner at Zarwin Baum.

The annual bash is also a fund-raiser for Philabundance. Below: Roslyn V. Pilla, president/CEO of Eightegrity, drops off a few cans to help feed needy people in our area.

Below: Mia and Nina Tinari.

Below: Brian Haddad and Joe Conklin, both of WIP.

Below: Larry Segal, with Zarwin Baum partners Lionel Prince and Harris Baum.

Below: American contemporary pop artist Perry Milou was on hand to create a masterpiece to sell in the live auction at the end of the night.

Below: Aida Strata, Christie Honigman, and Stacey Kracher, marketing director of Zarwin Baum. “Bigger and better than ever” is how I would describe this event. One of the best set-ups I’ve ever seen for the Crystal Tea Room, and I cover a lot of events in that storied room.

Below: Mitchell Kaplan, partner at Zarwin Baum, former Mayor John Street, Sharif Street, Zarwin Baum, and Dennis B. LeVasseur, HUB International.

Below: Joseph C. Meade, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Carol McHugh, Smiths Restaurant, and Jermaine Washington, PNC Bank.

Below: Jerry Ehrlich, author and entrepreneur, attempts to sink one in the party’s game room, as Jordan Yuter, Liberty Valuation Group, looks on.

Below: Gary A. DeVito and Domenic Gallelli.

Not only is it a great March Madness viewing party, it’s a great networking event, and you never know who you’re going to see there. Below: Danielle Krupta, Dan Gross, Stephanie Rybczyk and Monique Crawford.

Below: Randyl Case and David Reed.

Below: At 8 p.m., the party headed over to Del Frisco’s for more fun. Spinning for the evening was Dan Cronin, Chorus Communications, here with Sabrina Tamburino Thorne and Carol Tamburino.

Below: Also enjoying the fun was Jerry Mauro, Wilmington Trust, Ray Pennacchia, NovaCare Rehabilitation, Councilman James Kenney, and State Senator Larry Farnese. Then I put the camera down and hit the dance floor. I can’t wait till next year.