More than 1,200 guests attended the 11th annual Red Ball, hosted by the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) Chapter on Saturday, March 6 from 8pm – 12am at the Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall.
All proceeds from The Red Ball directly benefit Red Cross House, the SEPA Chapter’s one-of-a-kind short-term housing facility in West Philadelphia where hundreds of local families every year begin their recovery from fires, floods, and other disasters affecting their lives

Eleni Belfsonzi and Bill Fritzie. Eleni and I are workout pals at Fusion Cross Training. Eleni won tickets tickets to the Ball from a raffle that Terra restaurant held; Terra was a proud sponsor of this year’s Red Ball and a little later in this entry you will meet Terra’s Chef.
Andrew Boyle and Miss Phillies Nutritionist Katie Cuvato Boyle. You’ll recall last week that Michael Klein’s Inqlings broke the story that Katie would be the Phillies nutrionalist at Spring Training in Clearwater, Fl. She tells me that during the regular season she will be feeding the boys in their clubhouse.
Caitlin Joyce and Michael Kondriok

A highlight of the evening was a special performance by Top 10 singer/songwriter Adam Crossley. He sang his hit “Beautiful World,” and “Hope,” a new song dedicated to the work of the Red Cross. While he performed, images of the Red Cross’s disaster relief operations at home and in Haiti scrolled on TV monitors.
Ashley Cook, Phlare Magazine, Isabella Sparmao, and Katie Joyce
DA Seth Williams cuts a dashing look in his tux, as does his dress alike daughters Taylor, 10 and Hope 6 have no problem.
Victoria Woodrill, Kharisma McIlwaine and CBS3 Marketing
Congratulations are in order for Dr. Adriana Torres with the debonair Kerry O’Connor, Director of PR for the Magee Rehabilitation, they just got engaged on February 19 at the very romantic XIX restaurant at the Hyatt Park at Bellevue. Also Look out for the upcoming event: Night Of Champions for Magee into your shooting schedule. It’ll be May 7 and Andy Reid, Howard Eskin, Fran Dunphy, Scott Palmer Joe Conklin are already signed up to attend and there will be more sports celebs to come.
David G. Orphanides (photos), Jessica Matthews (photos), Hadas Kuznits (photos), Mike Rosenberg (photos) (Thanks to my friend Hadas Kuznit’s for this shot which I took off her blog. I missed a lot of these shots focusing on the red carpet waiting for Heather Graham who fell ill and never made it.) David Orphanide’s is co-owner of Fare, a restaurant scheduled to open in Philly’s Fairmount section some time in late spring.
Erin and Kevin Hexstall. He is the Chairman of the RAWLE & HENDERSON’s Criminal Defense section. It’s our year anniversary as I met them both at last years Red Cross Ball.
Guests at the “red tie” gala will sample culinary delights prepared by Philadelphia’s hottest chefs and for the first time ever, get to vote on which is the best. VIP ticket holders enjoyed an all-access evening, including Max & Me Catering in the exclusive VIP lounge.

This was one of the best improvements over last year, as you recall last year this was nothing but a thruway to the VIP Carousel Room. This year the party planners created a beautiful room where the Max & Me caterers were set up, as well as a sea of tables & chairs for guests to enjoy.
Parc ster Leah Kaithern and John Patterson had a great time.
“friends” Richard Penn and Mission Grill’s Jamie Reibenbach. Jamie is always executing some exciting event at Mission Grill. Support it, she’s a lot of fun and friendly to everyone.
Richard, who I hardly ever see anymore, is working with a brand new marketing grouping. Looking for bright, articulate, very attractive, personable and outgoing promotional models from 21 – 30 yrs old for full time positions in the Philadelphia area. If interested, please drop me a note or e-mail them at rittenhousemarketing@ gmail (dot) com with photos and a resume. 2 full-time positions available and 1 part-time.
Susan Helfrich and Richard Wolff. Talk about two busy folks, we never see them anymore. Susan is busy with her “celebrity” cruises and Richard is distributing like crazy with his movie distribution company, Breaking Glass Pictures. The last time I checked Breaking Glass Pictures was looking for a few interns to earn class credit. Tel: 267-324-3934

They also dance the night away with entertainment provided by CTO World Entertainment Productions, which is hands down one of the great Philly bands.
There was also a band in the VIP that kept the crowd cheek to cheek
Philly Mag’s Photo Editor Jessica Hawkes and world traveling beau Scott Webster
Laura, Chef Eric Paraskevas and Ralph from the delicious Terra Restaurant 243 South Camac Street (lower level)
Jackie Hein, Chef Krzysztal Block and Michelle Mane O’Brian Snooki
My heart be still think Jamyra Perry. I need a cigar to complete my night.

Grace Flanagan, Debbie Jaye and Janna Challenger
Frank Sestito and WOGL’s Valerie Knight. Frank who was successful in orchestrating 2 Second Story reunion’s, is now working on a Catacomb reunion with DJ Robert Drake, Philly’s original original new wave guy.
Kharisma McIlwaine, Philadelphia Tribune’s long time photographer Robert Mendelson, GPTMC’s Rachal Ferguson, and CBS3’s Rob Williams
OMG OMG Kristen and Eddie Alderson. I’m a huge fan of One Life To Live and I was drooling all over them like a fan boy. They both were so great, and accommodating to other guests. Here’s Eddie greeting Philly born rapper Schoolly D, who was so cool and friendly to everyone who approached him. I love when these shots materialize, I’ve always been a fan of capturing the moment. Vatche Manoukian, VP/Parx Casino and ABC6 Reporter Kristie Gonzales. Unlike last year there weren’t as many Philebrities, as you’ll recall almost every single news anchor was mingling last year. This year Chris May stayed home as I chatted with him and Monica Malpass enjoyed a pizza with Where Magazine Publisher Laura Burkhardt at Zavino’s.
My It Girl was there though, Sabrina Tamburino and Kristen Foote. The girls made it an early night as they were partying Friday night at Atlantic City One, the new party venue on Caesar’s Pier in AC. Sabrina is working hard at perfecting her dance step to compete in the upcoming Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars, a charity dance off that benefits Sickle Cell Anemia. Kristen Foote, she’s looking smokin’ in red, one of the few who dressed in the hue.

I have nothing nice to say about Tony Danza cause he had nothing nice to say to anyone who was at the party. He refused to pose for photos, and if someone asked him a question he referred them to read his book. Yo Tony, when you are a guest at a Charity Event, it’s called working or at least karma.
From Michael Klein’s column: Three dozen chefs catered Saturday’s Red Ball fund-raiser at the Please Touch Museum, and the 1,200 attendees were asked to vote for their favorite dish by depositing a wooden token in a box on each table. The evening’s winner was not some fancy joint, but chef instructor Charlie Schmidt and his students at the North Philly vocational school OIC, who prepared scallops bellini with truffle cream. Among the crowd were actors Tony Danza, Kevin Navayne (who I chatted about when I met him at the Hair of the Dog Party in Jan), and Bucks County-raised soap-star siblings Eddie Alderson and Kristen Alderson. Heather Graham, who’d been on the VIP list, was a no-show. The organizer, the Red Cross, relayed word that she was “feeling under the weather as she was suffering from a stomach ailment, which she assumes was food poisoning. She thought she could troop it out but was unable to.” The ball raised $216,900.