The Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates hosted their annual WALL BALL fundraiser in support of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program at the Piazza at Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties. and the weather gods were looking over us as there was a change in the air as a cold front swept through at the beginning of the event (which resulted in those terrible tornadoes in Massachusetts) I love the Beautiful Blooms layout of the tables and the centerpieces. They were paint brushes with flowers attached to them, very clever. It was a really beautiful set up, the tents function was mostly for the Silent Auction items as well as a bar, so if it rained it would have been a tight squeeze. On the other side of the tent was more tables and the stage. This is where the majority of the people hung out and where the action was. On stage were various performers from poetry to comics punctuated by a several DJ sets from Nigel Richards. Cashman & Associates were the PR on the event. Food stations from Cescaphe, I love them, but had to refrain cause I’m trying to diet. But you go ahead and enjoy it’s delish.
Thomas C. Woodward is the Market President for Bank of America with Jane Golden, Executive Director of Mural Arts
The Cashman & Assoc Girls: Laura Krebs, Alexa Darrow, Kaitlyn McCrea, Alex Gort, Jacklin Rhoads
Beautiful Blooms Donna O’Brien, Mary Dougherty, Nicole Miller Shops and Sara Fernandez, Beautiful Blooms.
Krisy Plourde Golden and Tom Golden (no relation to Jane) are the lovely couple that were married this past February 14 on the Mural Arts Love Train by Mayor Nutter.
Amy Holdman, Jamie Klein, Sherry Effron, Amy Brownstein and Margelle Liss, Co-Chair of tonight’s event.
The Brownsteins: Amy and Marc, Beverly and Berny with daughter Toni. Berny and Marc were the nights Wall Ball Honoree’s for their tireless work with Mural Arts.If you haven’t seen Ryan Derfler grace these pages in a long time you can blame Whitney Miller his main squeeze, and do you blame him?
Darien Parker, Erica Atwood, Yolanda Wisher, MAP Director of Art Education, Sonia Sanchez (it’s always an honor to photograph her), Desiree Henshaw, Noni Clemens, Louise Radochonski and TJai Abdullah
John Pesolar, Sue Heckrotte, Alan Sandman and David Dubbeldam
Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison and wife Elaine with Kevin Dav, COO Commerce Department were hanging around the auction table looking for a good buy.
Cari Feiler Bender, PR Mural Arts, Erica Atwood, External Affairs at City of Philadelphia, Michael Harris, Director, Marketing and Special Projects with the Phillies and wife Joy
Marc Brownstein, Eric Sussman and Philadelphia Magazine President David Lipson
Kate Wilhelm, Senior Vice President of Business Development at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Mark Focht, Executive Director Fairmount Park Commission
Over 650 attended the nights events, which raised a record $335,000 for the program which has created over 3,000 murals throughout our City.
Laura Burkhardt, Director of Business Development at PHS and Thor Steingraber, Vice President of Institutional Strategy and Planning at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Thor had been directing operas for fifteen years, and his work has been seen in cities across America, from New York’s Lincoln Center to the San Francisco Opera.
Chris McCreary, Thom McGrath, Editor of Philadelphia Magazine and Kate McGrath
Phil and Essie Goldsmith. We don’t get to see Phil too much since he was Mayor John Street’s Managing Director. These days he’s Principal of GoldsmithKahnAdvisors and a columnist for
Steve Gartner and Bart Blatstein
Marc Brownstein and his dad, Berny, thank Mural Arts and guests for the Wall Ball 2011 honor. DJ Nigel Richards looks on.
It was a terrific night at a new venue and a sweet ending. Til next year.