Art Alliance Spring at the Mansion

Philly VIPs turn out to support the preservation of Rittenhouse Square's Wetherill Mansion.

The Philadelphia Art Alliance debuted its reimagined annual gala, “Spring at the Mansion,” formerly known as the Wetherill Ball, last Friday night, May 3, with music and merriment. Proceeds benefit the preservation and restoration of the historic Wetherill Mansion, the oldest cultural institution on the Square, and the home of the Philadelphia Art Alliance and Rittenhouse Tavern. Pictured: Nicole Cashman, event chair, Sabrina Tamburino Thorne, Carol Tamburino, Alisa Frederico and Ed Rendell.

Below: The Shanis family, Dana, Joe, Carol, Donald and Bonnie.

Below: Frankie Mancuso, Kristin Foote, and Beka and Jesse Rendell.

Below: Sharon Pinkenson (who wants everyone to call their elected officials as the budget is coming up and it would be great for the state if there was no cap on the film tax credit), Joe Weiss and Hope Cohen. Hope’s new book Fast, Fresh + Simple is out, and she tells me it makes a wonderful Mother’s Day present as it has delicious, fresh recipes.

Below: David Benton, Sandy Marshall and David Marshall.

Below: Kate Scutzlas, Randyl Case, Sam Weiner, Leza Garber and Nicole Marquis. Nicole, who owns Hip City Veg, tells me her new place on 13th Street will not be the same, as some people have written. Instead it will be a new concept, but definitely something vegan. Stay tuned.

Below: Matt and Noel Noone just returned from St. Barts—their first vacation since their baby was born about a year ago. I’m sure they needed it.

Below: Richard Woosnam and Diane Dalto Woosnam.

Below: Tara Chupka, Courtney Leicht and Michelle Kirsch enjoyed the outdoor garden where dinner is served for Rittenhouse Tavern.

Below: Tracie Steely, Susan Asher and Christina Smith.

Below: Dennis and Joan Hummel were ready for spring, and looking forward to the Rittenhouse Square Flower Market, which is May 8-9.

Below: Tamar and Steve Olitsky.

Below: Candice Kochenour and Kelly Short.

Below: I found A.D. Amorosi, Michael McCue, Peter Dello Buono, and Nigel Richards near the band, listening to the smooth sounds of jazz/soul singer Jessy Kyle, who played during the cocktail hour; during the dance hours, DJ Eddie Tully was spinning.

Below: Robert D. ColeMarie Moughan and William Carr, the pianist who played during dinner.

Below: Brendan and Nicole McGann make their way to the second floor where dinner was served.

Below: Rittenhouse Tavern Chef Nicholas Elmi. (The next day, Michael Klein at published that Elmi’s leaving the restaurant.)

Below: Charles and Diana Toll and David and Lorraine Popowich sit down to enjoy a delicious meal in the Evantine Design-decorated room.