Philadelphia

Zarwin, Baum, and HUB International 9th Annual March Madness Party

Last Thursday I covered the Zarwin Baum and Hub International’s annual NCAA kickoff bash at the Top of the Tower (Bell Atlantic Building). The firm invites many of their clients, vendors and friends to attend an all day party to enjoy the NCAA Basketball games on large TV screens set up in the two big meeting rooms.
And for the first time in years the games kicked off with two Pennsylvania teams playing each other Penn State v Temple and it was St. Patrick’s Day to boot.
The party was packed with over 1000 people at any given time filling out the floor with the never ending views of Philadelphia. Above Peter Madden and Dara Tye Goldstein from AgileCat who were one of the sponsors of the event.
Paul Smith and Susan Aldworth of Document Technologies, Inc.
Rachel Medmich and Kayla Gillin were there representing The Sporting Club at the Bellevue.
This year’s event was also a fund raiser for Philabundance
and manager Tina Rothfuss was there manning the table. Recently she did a blog posting on a day in the life of Philabundance that you should read.
Nancy Trzuskowski and Sharon Bowers represent HUB International a major sponsor of today’s event. HUB International Limited is a leading North American insurance brokerage that provides a broad array of property and casualty, life and health, employee benefits, reinsurance, investment and risk management products and services throughout offices located in the United States and Canada. Robb Lanham Chief Sales Officer at Hub International was busy running around making sure everything was running smoothly.
Harriet Lessey, Buzz Communications and her son Bob Shaw
Jay Scott and Zarwin Baum attorney’s Lionel Prince and Harris Baum
Part of the Zarwin Baum team: Norman P Zarwin, Mitchell Kaplan, Alan Casnoff, and Marvin Block

along with the cute “professional” dancers that entertained in the afternoon.
Some who wandered away and found my favorite table
The 2011 March Madness event raised 507 pounds of food at the event and raised nearly $12,000 through the silent auction for Philabundence. Here are a few guys participating in the super shot basketball game set up in the game room.
Tim Kelly and Mark O’Neill. Mark swears to me that he only wears these pants on St Paddy’s Day, but I think I’ve seen them out and about in Stone Harbor.
Silent auction items include golf with Mike Quick and Merrill Reese; Michael Vick signed authentic jersey, a designer handbag, a designer ring, ring by local, tickets to, sporting events, hotel stays and many restaurant gift certificates. Brendan Smith tries to bid on a Flyers Jersey as wife Stephanie looks on. Brendan’s catering company B*Smith Catering provided the food as well as the Irish dancers.
I didn’t win, but it would have been great zooming around town as I gather stories for PhillyChitChat.com, then everyone would know how I could be everywhere.
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown (Vote for Blondell in November), Mitchell Kaplan, Zarwin Baum, District Attorney Seth Williams, David Oh, who is running for Republican City Councilman at Large and Jewell Williams who is running for sheriff.
Jonathan Saidel was also in the house. He tells me he reads PhillyChitChat.com to see what’s going on and who’s been where. Smart man. Laying low since running for Lt Gov last year, Mr Saidel has let his twitter account lapse. I suggest you get it up and going to lay the ground work for your next campaign. Social Media is the new grassroots campaign. With him is Maria McLaughlin
Lynn Fox and Erin Young
Danielle MaGuire. Dianne Reddington, Monica Slavin and John Rowley
Hmm B*Smith Catering. A few weeks ago I mentioned that B*Smith would be serving a free Sunday Brunch where you can make your own Bloddy Mary’s. It’s in honor of the Phillies winning the 2011 World Series, Brendan is an optimist if anything, which is good.
Herb Reid, Reggie Berry, Stacey Kracher, Jackim Wright and Philadelphia Eagles broadcaster Mike Quick
Zarwin Baum has offices in Philadelphia and Bethlehem, PA and Jersey City and Marlton, NJ was founded in 1960. The firm’s 53 attorneys practice in diverse areas including real estate, corporate, commercial litigation, environmental, banking, immigration, estate, tax, custodial abuse and neglect, employment law, causality defense and personal injury.
Erin Young, Mitchell Kaplan, Councilman James Kenny, and friends

Tanya Teece and Carol Tamburino
Audrey Morah and Michael Morah
Anne Nikolaus and Amber Goins. Did you see Amber modeling on NBC10’s The Ten Show earlier this week. She’s promoting The Jr League’s Green Fashion Show next Saturday. Check out the PhillyChitChat calendar, click on the button above.
After the party a few of us headed over to 10 Arts at the Ritz-Carlton to extend our night a bit. We ran into comedian Sheryl Underwood and shared a few laughs. Here she is with Zarwin Baum attorney Gary DeVito.