Where Philadelphia Magazine and LAGOS once again joined together to celebrate the City’s frontline tourism ambassadors. On Tuesday, October 5th they presented the 3rd Annual Key to the City Award. The winner of this prestigious award was presented with LAGOS’ signature piece, the LAGOS Key (I have one, love it, although I was never an ambassador the American Cancer Society gave it to me.)

On hand where Bruce Yelk, GPTMC &, Jennie Hatton Profile PR, Mike Sheriden, GPTMC, Al Lee Indep Visitor Center and Tony Geistwite, Sofitel
Joann Bongart, Holiday Inn Express, and the crew from Phila Sheraton City Center: Paul Schwartz, GM, Susan Carney, Dir of Rooms, Mary Mastrobuoni, Cincierge, Sharon Pinto, Dir of HR. (OK I knew who the winner would be when I shot this before it was announced)
Mark Beyerle, SpecialtyUSA and Jill Scarlett, Shops at Liberty Place.
Kate Wilhelm with Philadelphia Horticultural Society (PHS), Randal Mrazik, Sampan and Drew Becher, President of PHS
A lotta Steven Lagos love: Emily Norris, Melani Tull, Isabelle Searchilli, Janice Waitkus, Joelle Gordon, and Jenna Coleman(not in any particular order) (Thanks to Lagos for supporting this wonderful events, as well as the generous donation to my silent auction for Gilda’s Club of SJ benefit Tuesday night. G-N Kang is ecstatic with her new bracelet after an intense bidding war for it.)

Newly engaged Mike Kates, Philly Trolley Works and blingafied Keren Ini (Thanks to Philly Trolley Works for their generous donation.)
Lauren Quick and Indep Visitor Centers “Mr Philadelphia” Al Lee and Lauren Tosti.

Kurt, Margaret Hughes, Deputy City Rep and the great jeweler John Wind. (Thank you John Wind for your donation to my silent auction.)
Sean, Anna Schneider, Nick Gregory, GM of Hotel Palomar and SaVa’s Sarah Van Aken. (Thanks to the Palomar and SaVa for their donation to my silent auction.)
Steven Lagos and Laura Burkhardt congratulate Silver Whistle Winner Joseph Broderick of the Latham Hotel. The Silver Whistle is a new award this year given to an outstanding doorman. Joe has been the doorman at the Latham Hotel for over 25 years.

This year’s candidates for the Key to the City Award are concierges from top Philadelphia hotels. Contenders include Mary Mastrobuoni of the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center, Chris Matlack of the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing, Brian Brazina of Sofitel Hotel and Richard Hoffman of the Westin Philadelphia. This year’s winner was Mary Mastrobuoni. Laura Burkardt and Steven Lagos are bookending the happy group.