Art After Dark: All That Glitters Gala
Saturday night was more than just alright as the city shined with at least five charitable galas, including Coaches vs. Cancer BasketBall Gala, the 5th Annual Little Smiles Monte Carlo Night, the 2013 PA Lung Cancer Partnership Crystal Ball and Cooper University Hospital’s Cooper Foundation Red Hot Gala, but none was as sparkly as the Art After Dark: All That Glitters gala benefiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s education and public programs. During the gala, “Fear No Ice” created an ice sculpture of Saint Gaudens’ Diana in the Great Stair Hall.
Below: Anne Hamilton, gala co-chair, and husband Matt Hamilton. The Hamiltons tell me the Philadelphia Zoo’s new KidZooU, Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo & Faris Family Education Center, which opened this week, is magnificent, and will be enjoyed for years to come by everyone. I can’t wait to go myself. I bet I visit it by the end of the week.
Below: Peter and Elisabeth Cooke, with Vicki Le Vine, event committee member. I had never been to this event before, and was impressed by the decor and surprises. From the creative dance troupe and the balloon drop to the glitter bomb, I never knew what to expect from this high-energy party.
Below: Tim Rabe and Olivia Rabe, event committee member, with Marta and Bob Adelson. The Rabes spent most of the evening on the dance floor. Olivia tells me that even though she’s five months pregnant, this time around she’s not having twins and instead can really kick up her heels.
Below: James Vander, Janice Gault, and Andrew and Leanne Kress.
Below: Karen Tarte, gala co-chair, and Tracey Specter, and Linda Soukup, event committee members.
Below: Angela Hudson, Sotheby’s, and Pia Roy Chowdhury, Museum trustee.
Below: Timothy Rub, director and chief executive of Philadelphia Museum of Art, greets the guests gathered for the party. He also thanked Anne Hamilton, and her committee for the work they put in to create such a magnificent event.
Below: Benjamin Grant, Suzanne Reiss and Graham Quinn, assistant managing director at the city’s Philly 311.
Below: Jeffrey Miller and Laura Krebs, Cashman & Associates.
Below: Georgie Noll, Kirstin Engelman, and Julia Fleischner, were all members of the event committee.
Below: Claudia Librett, David Schwartz, of Sophy Curson, and Jim Miller.
Below: Melissa Kaiser, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Roy Kaiser, Pennsylvania Ballet, had an incredible time, especially at this moment as the confetti began to float down from above.
Below: Pia Halloran, committee member, and Shelly Brown. Shelly and her husband, Larry Brown, were generous in their live-auction bid of $7,000 for the “Live From New York!” package, which included four passes to a studio taping of Saturday Night Live, a two-night stay at the Four Seasons with breakfast, and a private tour for four at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Below: Jennifer Francis, who started at the Art Museum last year as the executive director of marketing, after serving as head of press and marketing at the Royal Academy of Arts, and Christopher Spangler, director of donor engagement and communications at the Museum.
Below: Lisa Popwich, Jonathan Stein, Hope Cohen and Ed Fischer. Chef, restaurant consultant, and media personality Hope Cohen’s first book, Fast Fresh + Simple: Over 100 Delicious Recipes for Entertaining and Every Day, was just published on April 3rd and can be picked up at Amazon.com.