An Evening in Franklin Square Thursday May 19, 2011 Above: Gov Ed Rendell, President and CEO. Amy Needle Historic Philadelphia, Inc and Chairman. Wayne S. Spilove Chairman, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Last year you’ll recall was the First Annual Governor’s Cup honoring the 2010 Gov Ed Rendell. There was much speculation that if Tom Corbett won the Governor’s race would he come to the Franklin Square Gala and participate in the event, well I’m here to tell you he won, but he won’t be coming to the Franklin Square Gala which is a real shame since it’s such a fun event in one of the most entertaining squares in the City. I think going forward we should just call it the Gov Ed Rendell Cup as I know that Ed will show up because he knows the vital role Franklin Square plays in our community, and well he’s knows a good time is to be had.
Corbett remains Honorary Chair along with Mayor Michael Nutter, who will probably show up. Chair for the evening is Randy Chapman. The Governor’s Cup starts at 4:30PM and is a separate ticket at $150, and the gala ticket is $150. 5:30PM Cocktails, and 7PM Dinner. It’s always a fun time with lots of political faces as well as the folks who make things happen in the City. Great auction items too. Presenting sponsor is one of my advertisers PARX Casino. Tickets for the evenings events can be purchased here For further information, call (215) 629-5801 or email

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau BRIGHT SPOTS:

Well the biggest event happening in Philadelphia is the Expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center is now open, and is booking up quickly. Now that it is open lots happening in the surrounding area including the building of a brand new parking garage across the street. I wish with the added lot the price of parking would go down in the area, but I don’t think that is the case. A new 10 level parking garage with retail on the bottom floor is set to be built right across from the newly expanded Convention Center on Arch Street near Broad.

May 7 is going to be a very busy day here in Philly as two big conventions will overlap on this day. The Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children’s Annual Conference (DVAEYC) with it’s estimated 3,000 attendees ending it’s stay on Saturday and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) 91st Annual Meeting brings nearly 5,000 attendees on May 7 to begin a five day stay. The best part, our hotels are going to be packed.

On May 10 at 9:30 AM, Mayor Nutter will be joined at Love Park by Ben Franklin and hundreds of hospitality industry workers to encourage people to open a door for someone else, offer to take a picture for a visitor in front of a Philadelphia landmark, or give directions to someone who looks lost.

From May 15-19, LIGHTFAIR INTERNATIONAL will hold its annual convention and tradeshow at the newly expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center

In less than two weeks, LIGHTFAIR International (LFI), the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, will swing open the doors to welcome the 2011 attendees in this year’s location in the newly expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center. With consistent record-breaking shows over the last five years, LFI is poised for the largest trade show and conference in its history and the debut of more innovation this year in Philadelphia.
Yesterday I ran into Susie Celek and her friend Allyson Burke who were out and about celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Tonight Susie and Julie Dorenbos along with Joe Gaglioti will be honored by Kisses for Kyle (remember I mentioned them yesterday as the children’s cancer charity organization that is working with Krispy Kreme doughnuts on a project.), well tonight at 879 Lounge (110 Chestnut), Celek, wife of Eagles tight end Brent Celek, who’s a partner in the bar along with teammate Todd Herremans, will be recognized along with Julie Dorenbos, wife of Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos, and hairstylist Joe Gaglioti, Joseph Anthony Retreat and Spa for their service to children.
Last night at the Grand Opening Party for Hugo Boss at their new location in the Cherry Hill Mall Flyers right wing Ian Laperriere, former Philadelphia Eagles greats Mike Quick, Vince Papale, Ron Jaworski were on hand to celebrate.