Philadelphia

FRANKLIN SQUARE 3RD ANNUAL GALA IN THE PARK; Absolute Abstract is Shrinking

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. hosted An Evening in Franklin Square presented by Parx Casino. (Above the crew from Parx Casino. Carrie Nork Minelli, Director of PR, Gary Luderitz, COO Bob Green, Chairman Darlene Monzo, VP of Marketing. Andy Green, VP of HR, John Martinelli, Director of Player Services and sitting is John Kirk, VP of Player Development )The third annual fundraiser event benefited a regional treasure and will build upon the success that Franklin Square has experienced since opening to the public in July 2006.
The event was held on what was now the very muddy grounds of the park after 5 days of rain. The organizers did a great job at adapting to the in-climate weather by moving the cocktail party inside a tent and creating a great ambiance using lighting from the Lights of Liberty, as well as fancy footwear, coat racks, umbrella stands and providing umbrellas for the brave souls who wanted to venture around the park to see the sights.
Historic Philadelphia, Inc. President and CEO Amy Needle with Gov Ed Rendell. Who I chatted with at the Radnor Hunt and mentioned the first rate job Amy always does in everything.
Michael Williams, Hill International, Scott Stevenson, American Revolution Museum, ZeeAnn Mason Senior Vice President for Marketing and Development for the American Revolution Museum, Kim Carty, Tom Sperring, President Hill International, Peggy Duckett, Boardd Member of the American Revolution, Mike Lusiani, HillWinner of the Governors’ Cup which was played on the miniature golf course between rain drops,
Jaclyn Bharucha (holding trophy), with Brian Monahan, Susan Panagos and Mike Chapman.
James McManaman & David White. Co-owners/Absolute Abstract and Joan Rivera. Absolute Abstract is downsizing. They currently have 3 store fronts on 13th Street and are shrinking to two. Stop by as some of their art work is 50% off in order to make room.
Bill and Jan Eisenberg with Wayne Spilove, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) – Chairman
Carol Tamburino with newly elected 1st district in Philadelphia City Council Mark Squilla and wife Bridget Squilla . Greg and Nicole Hallquist
Center City District President Paul Levy and film maven Carrie Rickey.
PR for Mural Arts, Historic Philadelphia and Gay Bingo Cari Feiler Bender. Doing an excellent job as usual.
Mike Sheridan and Jim Werner. Congratulations to Mike who has left his long time job at GPTMC, where he met Jim, and is now hanging his hat at the Sofitel.
James Zeleniak and Laura Burkhardt. James’ client Franklin Mortgage & Co was recently praised by Esquire Magazine.
Maryann Gettis and Jocelyn Brown are standing on bricks that have been purchased in honor of loved ones and engraved. Build a legacy in the community by donating a Franklin for the Fountain engraved brick, “naming” a bench, or contributing a picnic table or other element to the historic park. Click here Donate to Franklin Square.
Caryn Kunkle, Jordan Griska and Samantha Marzullo. You may not be familiar with Jordan Griska currently, but come next year you will be very aware of this talented artist as works.

Amy Needles and her team really had to think quick on their toes to deal with the muddy ground and downpours throughout the evening.
One of the nicest touches was the flip flops that were bought for the women to wear instead of their heels that would sink into the “rug” covering the wet ground.
Mayor Nutter waves hi to the crowd.
Chris Mullins and Bill Gehrman right before they left the country for Russia.
This lady takes advantage of the flip flops purchased at the last minutes to make it easier for the ladies with the heals to navigate the under the rug and dance floor muddy ground.
AJ Williams, GM Omni Hotel and Jami Gordon, PR
Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and Commerce Director and Greta Greenberger, City Hall Tour Director. My tour training is coming along well and I should be on my own by the end of this month, er June. I think I will be giving the Wednesday City Hall Tour at 12:30PM.
Did you know that Historic Philadelphia is responsible for the ONCE UPON A NATION STORYTELLING BENCHES that are located throughout the Historic District? The Holiday Inn GM JoAnn Bongart and Bill Gehrman get down tonight.
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily: Hear fascinating tales from our nation’s past at these charming benches scattered throughout the Historic District.
Mickey Rowley and Mark Beyerle
Kristen Murray and Brendon Shank Kristen and Brendon had a successful run earlier this month when they participated in the Broad Street Run.
Anna Schneider GM from Square 1682 in the Hotel Palomar, rides the beast which will be named by the crew from Hotel Monaco who won the naming rights in the live auction at the affair last week. Also spotted Bonnie Grant, Palomar Hotel & Hotel Monoco’s GM Nick Gregory, Kelly Coulom, Jorge Gonzalez, Deb and Dan Bosin, and many other charitable folks that help keep Historic Philadelphia running smoothly. Thanks!Tuesday I taped my NBC Philadelphia Non-Stop Show, The Scene, at Franklin Square with Justin Pizzi. Watch it tonight at 9:30PM on Ch 248. Above Justin does a live shot with Amy Needle for the Ten Show, which aired that day. I finally had a Square Burger and it was delicious.