THE RED BALL – HOW YOU CAN HELP JAPAN BY Donating to the Red Cross

With a heavy heart I said prayers this weekend for Japan, it’s people and the hardship they are going through after the devastating earthquake and tsunami last Friday. If want to help in the recovering please donate contact The Red Cross of Philadelphia here or text REDCROSS to 90999 — to add $10 towards their disaster relief efforts in Japan… ever dollar helps. Last week I attended the Red Ball at the Please Touch Museum, but before we get to that I want to also extend my condolences to council-man-at-large candidate Malcom Lazin whose mother died last week.

Congratulations to Carrie Nork Minelli and Dino Minelli on the birth of their son Dino Jr.

Congratulations to the newly engaged Sam Katz’s son Phil Katz, and Leah Greenberg. Also Victoria Holdofsky has beautiful ring gracing her left hand thanks to Kyle. Who knew that all that green beer & Irish Potatoes could invoke such romance.

Also check out my Anne Hathaway sighting. Thanks to my initial tipster, then the 4 who gave me additional info. I couldn’t do what I love the most without you:)

The Red Ball was attended by more than 1,100 people and was held March 5 at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. Presented by ModSpace, the event featured dishes by area restaurants with prizes awarded to the best featured foods. This is the 3rd year the Ball has been held at the Please Touch Museum, and I think one of the best years. Everything ran smoothly, and every one I talked to had a great time. I know everyone appreciated the Modspace
Music for the ball was provided by CTO World Entertainment Productions. Tonight they had a band in the main room, and a DJ with a man on the mike in the VIP room.
Patty Kelly, Sara Wamsley, Kristin DuBois, Erica Patrick, Steve Carbone, Carol Drumstas
Always fashion foward Kharisma McIlwaine from the CW Philly Crew and Jericka Duncan
I can’t remember who this is but he played with Papale and the Eagles, but I do know my girl Valerie Knight and her hubby Frank Sestito, Janet and Vince Papale. Do you remember how Janet told me how to remember to spell her last name. I mentioned it that night to her and I think she died, pap for smear and ale for beer. Swear that’s what she said. So clever.
Damian Muziani and Adriana Alveario. Damian is the host for WPHL17’s Better Philly. They are both actors and met while performing in Tony & Tina’s Wedding. Check out Damian’s page to book him for your next commercial or show.
David Anthony and Jillian Pirtle, Miss Black Pennsylvania 2011

Guests at the annual “red tie gala” sampled culinary delights prepared by Philadelphia’s hottest chefs and for the second year got the chance to vote for their favorite restaurant. This year’s restaurant winner is The Bistro at Our Town in Exton, PA. Dana Herbert of Desserts by Dana and winner of TLC’s Next Great Baker, presented the glass award to Bistro CEO/Founder Ashley Melillo and Managing Partner Jillian Godfry.
Ilana Waber, Gloss PR and Justin Fishman
Thanks to Mod Space there were comfy chairs to lounge on
Everyone had a great time on the carousel
Megan Heaton
Magee Rehabilitation will celebrate its Eleventh Annual Night of Champions fundraiser on Friday, May 6 at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall on 1301 South Columbus Blvd., in Philadelphia, Pa. Magee’s Night of Champions includes dinner, raffle prizes, music from local band 61 North and auctions of autographed sports memorabilia, exclusive gifts, restaurant certificates, getaway weekends, and travel packages. All funds benefit the Hospital’s Patient Programs. As always, local sports celebrities such as Eagles head coach Andy Reid, NBA Hall-of-Famer Billy Cunningham, Temple University men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy, Phillies Director of Public Affairs Scott Palmer, former Eagle Mike Mamula, former Eagle John Spagnola, sports radio personality Howard Eskin, former Magee patient Adam Taliaferro, former IBF Cruiserweight Champion of the World Steve “USS” Cunningham, and more will be in attendance. please call (215) 587-3090. tickets $125
Side saddle

sometimes the fun was found near the carousel
Grace Flanagan and friends. With a name like Flanagan I wonder what she’ll be doing on Thursday?
The man behind the scenes for CTO Entertainment Carmen Tomassetti and his lovely girlfriend and PhillyChitChat reader Dr. Erin Pusz

Tom Bentley and Leslie Padilla

Marilyn Sukonick-Zeff always gives a good Tarot Card reading, with a happy customer
Ashley B. Cook, PHLARE MAGAZINE, Monica Boyle and Justin Fulton, the fashion consultant at Phlare Magazine
All good things must come to an end and it did near midnight…See you next year Michael & Rinko Hames who are driving off into the sunset.
The Red Ball raised $285,000, the most ever for any SEPA Chapter single day event. All proceeds from The Red Ball directly benefit Red Cross House – The Center for Disaster Recovery, 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.