On Saturday, March 7th the 9th annual Friends of the Red Cross’s Red Ball raised over $120,000 this year for the Red Cross organization. A new venue for the popular young friends’ ball – the new Please Touch Museum. Surprisingly, as Julie Thorne noted on her FB page, The Red Ball…where no one wore red!!! (Sponsor Exelon’s Employees on the Carousel) Thanks to all the Sponsors

There was also the obligatory silent auction. I always love to see what’s on sale. (Off Topic [OT] I am watching Oprah right now, seems she uses Skype for some of her guests, I guess even the economy is effecting her as she doesn’t have to fly them in. OK now back to our regularly scheduled blog)

Let’s just start out with my favorite photo of the night. The camera loves Sabrina and I love shooting her. Like my niece Kelsey, when the camera sees Sabrina magical things happen and she’s not afraid of stepping out of the shadows to give us what we need. In the background is Julie Thorne who came down from Connecticut to enjoy in the festivities. The main room was where the dance floor was located as well as the many restaurants that provided the food.
The Ketel One Martini Ice Bar
The Ketel One Martini Ice Bar will return for another year. Enjoy tasty cocktails freshly mixed on their 6 ft customized ice bar.

There were two levels of ticket prices, General Admission and VIP Admission.
VIP Ticket – $275
($200 is tax-deductible)
All of the benefits included with Main Event ticket PLUS:
Exclusive access to the VIP Lounge featuring cuisine from Gigi Restaurant + Lounge
VIP Express Entrance
Complimentary Tommy Bahama Rum bar*
Private top-shelf open bar*
Private cigar bar provided by Maduro Cigar Club*
Separate VIP coat check
VIP gift and more! – The VIP Room held the Carosel which was very popular that night.

Here are peeps from CBS3 and it’s sister station the CW; Included in this photo is:
Jamyra Perry, Brandis Smith, Vittoria Woodill, Kharisma McIilwaine, Rachel Ferguson, Hadas Kuznit, Marlo Polonsky and HAPPY BIRTHDAY MELONY ROY
Vp, Suburu Sales Bill Cyphers and Martha Cyphers
ABC6 news team Mara Webb, Kristie Gonzales, Monica Malpass, Ali Gorman
Philly Chit Chat reader David Dixs, with Robert Williams, State Rep Tony Payton (Who believes that eating breakfast is the first step toward a productive school day and a healthy lifestyle. I’ve introduced a bill to invest $6.5 million in the health of Pennsylvania’s children by ensuring that more students have access to school breakfast and lunch.) and Uche Ojeh
MAIN EVENT Ticket – $175 ($110 is tax-deductible)
Enjoy tastings from 40 of Greater Philadelphia’s hottest restaurants.
Complimentary Ketel One Martini Bar*
Complimentary beer and wine bars (non-alcoholic refreshments will also be available)*
Live music and dancing by CTO Big Walt & the Groove and CTO Tribeca
Bid on great items in our Silent Auction and test your luck in our raffle
Play in the museum’s exhibits

This looks like fun
WOW in heels girl you are crazy!!Red Cross Manager Lynda Connelly and Kristin Alexander
Mary Patel and Thom Cardwell. This Friday is a public screening of Mark Webber’s Explicit Ill’s at the Bourse at 7:30PM, tixs $9. A scene from the movie was filmed at Mary’s house in Old City. Check out Thom Cardwell’s column in the Legal Intelligencer tomorrow and every Thursday, he writes about food, culture and the arts.
Media Babes G-N Kang and Aditi Roy
The beauty behind Philadelphia Magazine includes Jessica Hawkes, Tracy Seng and Nataliya Browarek
Sheila Wilson and Stephen Malloy (who is not related to the Malloy’s that had a house down the street from our shore house in Stone Harbor, NJ where my little sister married their cousin Michael)
The river room which has a big tree growing in the middle. It reminds me of the Tree of Life in Walt Disney World.
The beautiful and smart Dr. Adriana Torres with the debonair Kerry O’Connor. Director of PR for the Magee Rehabilitation would like you to Join Billy Cunningham, Bernie Parent, Mike Mamula and Adam Taliaferro at The Night of Champions on May 8 in Philadelphia Join local sports, entertainment and media champions in an event the supports Magee Rehabilitation Hospitals wheelchair sports programs. Please contact Suzanne Smalley, Ron Siggs or Mark Chilutti at (215) 587-3090.
Clayre Brown and Jamie Reibenbach. Both girls are affiliated with Mission Grill in Center City strongly encourages all to make resvs 4 Mission’s $40, Three course Wine Dinner hosted every Wednesday. It’s an incredible deal plus first round’s on me:). Tell her you saw her on PhillyChitChat
Erin and Kevin Hexstall. He is the Chairman of the RAWLE & HENDERSON’s Criminal Defense section. He caught my attention by saying “You forgot to take a picture of the most beautiful girl in the room.” and he may be right about that.
Arthur Kade, Julie Thorne, Sabrina Tamburino (who’s mom returns to Philly today hopefully bringing with her some Florida sunshine) and Steve Thorne.
Geoffrey and Angela Delany
Some of my favorite news people. Some of them had never met each other before, and had really genuine conversations that I was privy to. A lot of compliments and sincere well wishes. After I took this shot most of them sat down and continued conversing into the night. I hope they do have a news reunion another time like we spoke of, maybe a quarterly happy hour or dinner at one of our fab restaurants in town. (BTW I was at Union Trust Tuesday night, YUMMY. Seriously very good, and fairly crowded for a school night.)
Keki R Balsara, NBC 10 Aditi Roy, David Fineman, CBS3 Pat Ciarrocchi, FOX29 Shenielle Jones, Uche Ojeh, CBS3 Susan Barnett, CBS3 Chris May (I still don’t recognize Chris May in person, and he is always so gracious. If Philly Mag had a category of “Which newsperson would you leave your spouse for?”, no doubt it would be a double date with Susan Barnett and Chris May, those two are breathtaking and nice to boot, who wouldn’t want to watch their newscast?)