“Blingo” at the Logan Hotel

Proceeds from the evening went toward finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.


On Saturday night, The Logan Hotel was the scene of a lively bingo game. It wasn’t just an ordinary fire hall bingo-playing crowd, though. The 250 guests were playing for major bling; prizes included luxe jewelry, hotel stays and dinner at the finest Philadelphia restaurants. The night was called “Blingo,” and the proceeds from the evening went toward finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare and fatal disease that afflicts only young boys by the age of 5, most of whom die once they reach their 20s.

The mistress of ceremonies for the evening was Fox 29’s Jenn Frederick who assisted in the Blingo games with local celebrity John Bolaris, comedian Joe Conklin, Marisa Magnatta from the Preston & Steve Show on WMMR, and former Gov. Ed Rendell, who called out numbers. Jesse and Beka Rendell, along with Sonal and Manu Gambhir, were co-hosts of the gala. During the program, the Gambhir’s 15-year-old son, Yuva Gambhir, who has Duchenne and is in a wheelchair, spoke about how the disease affects his daily life. 

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HughE Dillon covers parties, events and more for Philadelphia magazine’s The Scene. You can follow him on Twitter at @iPhillyChitChat and visit his daily online social diary PhillyChitChat.com.