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May 2012


Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer, and Toddy Celebrates New Partner Marc Neff

Prestigious Law Firm Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer, and Toddy 
held a Happy Hour at their offices on Wednesday May 23rd. Guest of Honor Marc Neff gets introduced by Zarwin Managing Partner
Mitchell Kaplan.
Jim Pearl, Brielle Bandola, and Neil Rubin.
Lovely ladies; Amber Goins, Stacey Kracher,  Anne Nikolaus, and
Aida Sparta.
Norman Zarwin, Darrel German of TD Bank, Timothy Roseboro of Concordis
Key Advisors, Ron Matthew of TD Bank.
Guest of Honor Marc Neff with his wife Michele Neff.
Executives Gary Devito of Zarwin and Tony Tutoni with Marsh.
Judge Joan Brown with daughter Antoinette.
Darwin Beauvais of Zarwin and John Dunfee of GreenTree Brokerage.
Zarwin founder Norman Zarwin and Michael Winheld.
Brian Taylor and Zack Burgess from the City of Philadelphia, City
Council.  (Thanks to Mike Hirata for shooting this event for PhillyChitChat.)

Beyoncé #BeyHive Fashion #Beyutiful Shoes a plenty

As you know I spent the whole weekend at my new favorite place Revel in Atlantic City, NJ This weekend was The Premiere and they kicked off their universe with a Beyoncé  “Back to Business” concert, or 4 as it were.  The last night was the best night, and even the Queen B said so, because we were the group/fans that almost didn’t get to see her as the final night was an add on and we were grateful and excited. The following are photos from every night, but Friday of the fashion. The BEY’s turned it out with fabulous style and SHOES. I wish I could have asked them all where did they get those shoes?

Moise. She was the winner of a Good Morning America Beyhive Costume
Party in Times Square, which gave two “Beyhive” tickets to the show
(right in front of the stage), an overnight stay at Revel, spa therapy
at Bask, dinner at one of Revel’s restaurants and a dress from House of
Deréon International Collection, a kick-off the summer beach towel  and a
beach bag from the House of Deréon Collection to the winner. There were
also three runners up who won just tickets. More than 300 people
competed for the grand prize.

A few fans heading into the #BeeHive VIP Party. The folks who attended the party were all staying in the hotel, and paid a special premium price to attend the party, and concerts. Beyoncé left them each a present of her lotion, perfume and a handwritten note thanking them for coming to her #BEYWeekend and being part of the #BeyHive.
Sasha Fierce would be proud!!
Orange is in

Are they fierce?

Looking hot mama, and on vacation this week: Christine Maddela – NBC10’s evening traffic reporter, now moving on up to reporter. Christine was a reporter from the last station she came from, but there were no openings when she came aboard, now a few people having left and I see she’s movin on up.

Near the #BeyHive

 AmberJoi Watkins and Tommy Domalski

I came across this couple just after he had popped the question to her; She said YES!!Congratulations Maureen Bekheet and Robert Girgis over Outerbridge, NJ

Margaritaville ie Jose Garces – Distrito Cantina

I know I worked for them this past week (for one night), but I have to say I do love the place. Lots of eateries, seating, sights sounds, can’t wait for the club to open in August and I really can’t wait to stay there. So many amenities when you are a hotel guest. You get the 10,000 gallon pool, the 2 acres of by the beach sitting among the NJ wild greenery, pool, air hockey and a vacation inside a vacation. The casino is nice too – NO SMOKING, lots of games, great energy. If I’m going to be in Atlantic City, my choice is always going to be Revel
Saturday night it was like Mardi Gras at Revel. Lots of craziness going on.
Revel PR team which also includes partner agencies Weber Shandwick, Lisa Johnson Communications and Outthink
So wonder to see my sister (orange top) last weekend. She and her friends, their husbands had dinner at Amada. They raved. Later in the evening their was a Flamingo dancer which was quite enjoyable.


Angela Ferguson, GPTMC and Robert Williams

Brother Beys
What the hell, the poor zebra’d abominable snowman wants his boots back.

Simple, elegant, green
Nice, Kristen Insalaco is currently reading “Freedom”

Super bass
John and Amy Dunfee,
This guy was funny. He is hawking Oui black stretch pants with Beyonce on the cover of the box. I said has she sued you yet. He said “I’m hoping she would, I could use the publicity.” And there you have it.  Maybe he could looking into “Shark Tank.”

Oh why couldn’t I shoot her direct n her face with that aqua blue green lip stick. “Born this Way” baby.

Spikes on those shoes.
SASHA DAMN FIERCE!! – but who’d want to undo all those buckles if you were a little tipsy or tired.

Thank you Revel, The Revel PR team which also includes partner agencies Weber Shandwick, Lisa Johnson Communications and Outthink and everyone I met this weekend. What a great place to work or play.


Pennsylvania Innocence Project 3rd Anniversary Party – Helix Dancing

Pennsylvania Innocence Project’s (PIP) 3rd Anniversary Celebration was celebrated with a cocktail reception last week at the Power Plant in Old City.

The innocence movement and the Pennsylvania Project have enjoyed a busy, productive year; they have exonerated or have been awarded reduced sentences for over 290 wrongly convicted people based on the advance development of DNA science.
James Giles, Samantha Southal, Denis Lawler and Howard Scher; The Project works to exonerate those convicted of crimes they did not commit and to prevent innocent people from being convicted. Based at Temple University’s Law
School, the Project is working with a small dedicated staff as well as partnering with several prestigious law firms in Pennsylvania; they do not limit themselves to cases in which biological evidence
exists for DNA testing, but they also look at cases in which
questionable forensic evidence or other investigatory issues are

Chermei Wong, Chris Hanson, Mary Creamer and Dan Berman
Joseph Nullmeyer, Ryan Hancock, Jen Sperling, Mike Lee and Jennifer Tobi; PIP is a Pennsylvania non-profit
corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Law
students from Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova Law
School, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, and the
University of Pennsylvania, earn credit while working for the Project
investigating applicants’ cases.
If the facts that are uncovered through investigation reveal new facts
that support an innocence claim, the next step is to prepare a petition
for a new trial; most often, this is in Pennsylvania state court using
the Post-Conviction Relief Act (PCRA). Generally, law students will
write the first draft, with either the legal director or the staff
attorney working with them to perfect the filing. Before we file the
PCRA petition in court, we invite a firm to co-counsel with us, pro
bono. If co-counsel has particular concerns or suggestions for the
petition before it is filed, then we all work together to have the
petition in perfect order before filing in court. Once the PCRA
petition is filed, Project lawyers and pro bono counsel share in the
work and responsibility of moving the case forward as quickly as
possible, including meeting with prosecutors to discuss the merits of
the case and a possible disposition.

Doubles Helix was a special aerialist performance by AirPlay Entertainment

At the event they honored Pepper Hamilton LLP (Pepper Executive Partner receiving it is Bob Heideck) with the “Hero of Justice Award” which was presented by Richard Glazer, Esq. Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project,

Lacey Soslow, Rob Whitmore and Jen Sperling

Theresa and Jim Figorski , Dechert LLP

Another “Hero of Justice Award” given was given to John Thompson (r), who was saved 
from execution at the hands of the state of Louisiana by Morgan
Lewis& Bockius lawyers J. Gordon Cooney (L) and Michael Banks (who wasn’t present), who
represented him for 23 years. Check out the The Pennsylvania Innocence Project.  
Thanks to event sponsors: 

Hamilton, LLP; Frank and Denise Quattrone Foundation; Kairys, Rudovsky,
Messing & Feinberg LLP; Ballard Spahr LLP; Buchanan Ingersoll &
Rooney PC; Glazer Family Foundation; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP;
David Richman and Janet Perry; Anthony B. Creamer and Navigant
Consulting, Inc.; Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller;
Greenberg Traurig LLP; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Joan C.
Mazzotti and Michael C. Kelley; Raynes McCarty; Cornerstone Legal
Consultants; Fox Rothschild LLP; Montgomery McCracken Walker &
Rhoads LLP; DLA Piper US LLP; Glickman-Pivnick Family Foundation;
Kenneth and Susan Kaiserman; Cozen O’Connor; Anne Poulin; Sam Silver;
Joseph A. Sullivan; Rich Myers; Jeff Lindy.


5th Anniversary Post: Philly Style Mag’s White Party 2008

Oh boy’s 5th Anniversary is coming up on July 7 (07/07/07). I had been planning since the begining of the year to do a few special 5th Anniversary Posts, but the time has escaped me. So I give you one now, and throughout June I will pop a few more up. On twitter I will highlight a notable party or two, and the occasional random entry from my nearly 3,000. I haven’t missed a day in 4 years. Sorry I  may be rambling cause that’s what I do best, it’s a conversation, I don’t have an editor, I never took formal writing or even photography courses, but I’ve always been curious. That’s how these pages started, I’m curious and then I like to share the results with youse. Thank you for that.
For the first three and a half years of PCC I was a paralegal, and the blog was my hobby. Since January 2011 it’s been my full time job. Before 7/7/07 I didn’t know anyone I covered on these pages, sure I knew of some of the more notable people like
 Sharon Pinkenson, Mary Patel or Mayor Nutter, and by knowing them, I mean from reading about them in the newspaper, never met them. My anniversary is in a month, I had planned all year long to revisit some of my favorite parties every month but I ran out of time as I was keeping a busy schedule. Now here at 2AM on the eve of a holiday weekend I was thinking now is as good as time as ever, even though I do have at least a half dozen current events I need to get to.

Although I started in 2007, this party – The Philadelphia Style Magazine White Party – which was held in August 2008, was really the beginning of my foray into covering social Philly life, the previous entries were really chitchat about anything, especially the celebrities I covered on my trips to NYC. Plus I had covered the Phila Film Festival and followed Thom Cardwell around, but a lot of that I’ll save for my book called “Off The Record”, which I definitely won’t be writing for at least 20 years, I’d like to still eat lunch in this town again. (Does anyone remember that book?). Actually I’m only kidding, it was great having him as my mentor and chronicling his life. It’s how I got my first photo published in a Philly Newspaper, in Dan Gross’ column. It was at one of the film festival parties I met the biggest mentor of my career, Michael Klein, and then we subsequently worked together for 4 years.

guest, Thom Cardwell, Farley Granger and James Dugan at the PIGLTF 2008

On occasion I would cover charity events, but I really didn’t know how to get invited to them, or even what a PR person did or that they were the key to to accessibility.  Over the years the blog has been our teacher to the elements that go in throwing a party, (what does PR do, who created the environment?) events, or getting publicity for a client. Above Sarah Doheny and John Soden. Over the top and stylish, I named her the Style PR Diva after seeing her in this Bjork inspired outfit, and the name stuck as I believe she uses it in her moniker.

This was the time in my life where I hadn’t yet adopted my trademark of wearing black. In the first 2 years when I started PCC, once or twice a week after working 8 – 3PM (no lunch) at the law firm, I would hop a train to NYC and cover a red carpet or three, hop back on the train at 11PM or sometimes at 3AM. (Sometimes I would go straight into work w/o sleep.)

I remember for this party I had to buy white clothes. I don’t look good in white. In this picture we have Nathan Lerner (with black jacket on). He’s a writer and the king of movie ticket giveaways. i realized I made it in this Philadelphia Social World when I made it on his VIP movie list for tickets. I’ve never had the time to use any of his tickets. After years of harassment  I gave a pair of Mann Music tickets to Mike to take his mom. Nathan has been a tremendous mentor to me, especially in the beginning when I was completely clueless. On the right, David Wagaman, Capriccio Cafe Cret and and Dennis Fee, Co-owner of Tavern on Camac & Uncles.

Jill Rizen (3rd from left) – 5 years later she’s in love and planning a wedding to Andy Henning, Elaine Grabar (2nd from right) and Michelle Ranieri. This was the first time I photographed these girls.
Sheryl Raskin and Meredith Trotter – two PR peeps you don’t see on the social scene as much anymore, but still working in their fields and raising their families in the burbs. 

Carrie Nork, now Minelli and hubby Dino Minelli. Carrie at the time was VP for Cashman & Associates and is not the Marketing Director at Parx Casino. I’ll see her tonight when I photograph the Mob Diva’s at 7PM, stop by. Dino represents Devotion Vodka.

Nicole Cashman, President and founder of Cashman & Associates Public Relations Firm.  In 2008, Cashman was the Queen of PR. She set a standard that PR peeps today still look to for promoting clients, whether it’s creating a buzz or throwing fabulous parties that will have people talking about them for days, months or even today. Once I heard she sent invitations to a party for a client and it came in a block of ice.  Now that’s memorable.

Michelle Miller. I didn’t know her back then. When I was reviewing my shots I saw her in them. I remember shooting this photo thinking a delicious tall glass of something beautiful.
Matt Vlahos, he had only been in town about 8 months by the time of the White Party, and really hit the ground running making his mark. A former reporter he is meticulous, organized and has a creative mind, all of which makes for a good PR. Once he included a cantaloupe in everyone’s gift bag at the James restaurant opening.

Susan Helfrich and Rich Wolff, They were heavily on the social scene, but have now taken a back seat to their thriving film studio. Right now they’re at the Cannes International Film Festival selling their products.

I think this is the party I where I met Donna Coghlan. Sweet, engaged now.

Man of Mystery: The guy on the left was always at all the right parties, but I don’t know what he did or what his name is but he is always with the beautiful ladies.

Mary Patel, was a political writer for the City Paper, plus appeared weekly on the news show hosted by Monica Malpass. She was probably the “biggest” name that I photographed in that first year.  She had a brilliant command of the political social scene, and no one has ever replaced her. She lives in LA now with her fiance. 
Carly Walko, John Colabelli and Lauren O’Dorisio. This was the first photo of them together taken. They had gone out on about one date and a lot of people didn’t know they were dating. There was no Sabrina Tamburino on the scene yet, that was to come as I met her in the fall of 2008. Have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. I’ll have a special entry on Monday, and coverage of Beyonce next week. I think these two look exactly the same since August 2008.


Andre Richard Salon 5th Anniversary Blow-Out Party

Last week Andre Richard Salon celebrated their 5th anniversary at their Center City location.

Andre Richard Baldini and his team prepare to greet party guests.
Andre Richard Salon has won Best Salon, #1 Hair Color, Best Stylist for
him and accolades from Philly Style, Vogue, and Lucky magazines.
The always stylish CW Philly’s Kharisma Mcilwaine and Aja Chavis.

Gabriella Esser (So much fun following this next generartion of tastemaker @gabbyesser on Twitter), Linda Esser, and Valerie Evans.

Guests will enjoyed hors d’oeuvres compliments of Opa restaurant-bar (www.opaphiladelphia) as well as refreshing wine and cocktails.  

Christopher Hill, Morgan Fitzpatrick, Christina Kelly, Katie Corrigan,
Morgan McLaughlin.

opening its doors in 2007, Andre Richard Salon, beloved by its loyal
clientele, has experienced growth and success. “We are thrilled to
announce consistent growth these past five years,” Baldini said.  “I credit my stylists, who create a beautiful experience for clients time and again, to our success.”

Amanda Sendzik, Alyssa Tablonsky, and Gabriella Esser.

South Philly Fashionista blogger Michelle Boyles, writer Barry Eichner, Marketing & Social Media Specialist. Food Blogger
Andre Richard and Garden Wellington, Garden is due in June. (Congratulations to you both!!)

Kelly Martin, Kaitlyn Newman, and Christopher Hill.

Congratulations Andre
Richard Salon which is located at 1218 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pa.,
19107. Open seven days a week, appointments can be made online atwww.andrerichardsalon.comor by calling
(Thanks to Mike Hirata who photographed this for PCC)

Jimmy and Johari Rollins Big Night with Chase Utley and Laynce Nix; Plus “Seth in the City” Fundraiser

Earlier this year in a chance meeting through Greta Russo, Lotus Events and Antoine Johnson, House of Talent at Yahitori Boy (211 N. 11th) the idea for a special charity idea was launched “Legends & Locals” Celebrity Inspired Sushi for A Local Cause”. The first sushi roll would be named after the Rollins’ and it would be called J-Roll.

Kei Kurimoto, Owner of Yakitori Boy & Japas Lounge welcomes the guests to the nights event.
Spicy Tuna, Tempura Shrimp, with a Lobster Salad on top and Jimmy Rollins favorite Eel Sauce. It’s delicious!!

Jimmy Rollins on WhoSay

Right before the J-Roll was dedicated Jimmy Rollins ran out as his wife Johari had gone into labor; Which I tweeted Sunday night at 7:30PM after it was announced that he had to leave. I was wondering why he ran by me so fast.

The next morning on Fox 29 Mike Jerrick and I discussed what had happened at Yakitori Boy with Jimmy Rollins rushing out, what I failed to say is what a great guy that Jimmy kept his commitment to attend the event, although friends of theirs tell me that Johari was not in labor when Jimmy left just a few hours before, in fact she wasn’t due for two more weeks.  (I probably should have written this on Monday, but it was epic Radnor Hunt Day. None the less follow me on twitter @iPhillyChitChat to hear breaking news first, then keep up with PCC, and/or when I appear on Fox 29’s Good Day Philly to hear the rest of the story. Thanks to the masses that retweeted my original tweet on Sunday and this guy…

It’s always interested to see social media jump on a hot story. It’s always hard for me to write about such a personal story like this too, but since it was announced from the stage I felt it was out there.  By the end of the night we had heard that the baby was born and it was a girl, which we reported on Fox 29 and tweeted Monday. Congratulations to Jimmy and Johari Rollins  on their new baby girl, the beautiful: Camryn Drew Rollins – Ck out video at the bottom of Jimmy Rollins interview with Arthur Kade. The moment he got done is when Jimmy got the texts saying Johari was on her way to the hospital.

The Party raged on to a packed house, with good music and lots of fun people.
Great entertainment too. Here Ginger Coyle belts out a tune. She included a CD in everyone’s gift bag.
There was another live performance, the beautiful GoGo Morrow belted out a song with equally beautiful back up dancers.
Jenea Robinson, Skai Blue Media, Keith Radford and Rakia Reynolds, Skia Blue Media
Ryan Barrie, Kei Kurimoto, Phillies outfielder Laynce Nix and wife Brooke. Earlier in the evening Chase and Jen Utley stopped by to support the J-Roll.

 Now where did I put that notebook, yes right I left it at Fox 29 dang? What’s your names? I know these peeps are from the

 Alba Gonzalez, DA Seth Williams and Lisette Williams. On June 6th, the Campaign for Set Williams will be holding their 3rd Annual “Seth in The City” event high above the streets at the 57th floor of Liberty Place. Tickets start at $50

Antonio Johnson looking fresh for his reality show now being filmed for the Bounce Network, with Fame Appeal’s Mohammed Irfan Shariff

Josh DeMarco, recently left Giovanni & Pileggi (which is moving to 11th & Locust at the end of May) and can now be found at Jason Matthew Salon (1735 Chestnut), which recently relocated from Walnut Street to 18th & Chestnut (got it?) (PS: Josh reminds me of Warren Beatty in the movie Shampoo, hot, straight,
but JD doesn’t sleep around. Watch it on Netfliks, it’s a classic.), his fiance Michelle Miller of The Nouveau Image, Mia Tinari, Esq and Dave Fisher.

Mike Jerrick, Greta Russo, Antoine Johnson and Shelton Mercer

The J-Roll is now available to the public on our menu. Each J-Roll that is purchased will give a donation of $3 to the Jimmy Rollins
Family Foundation that raises awareness and offers assistance in the
fight against arthritis (in young adults) and families who are
struggling financially with extracurricular activities for children. 

Check out and the interview Jimmy Rollins was giving right as he got the messages that said yo dude your wifes about to have a baby.


Party People: Who’s Who in Technology Event at Xfinity Live

Last week I headed to Xfinity Live to check out the “Who’s Who in Technology Event” cocktail party. The first part of the cocktail party consisted of a seminar on various products that you will learn about here, then they had a networking event which I photographed.

The Chorus Communications Team: Justin Joy, Buffy Morgan, Ryann O’Donnell, Rob Molinaro, Amy Servis and Dan Cronin
one of the nation’s leading Technology Consulting Firms, hosted
their annual Who’s Who In Technology event at the all-new Victory Beer
Hall located within XFINITY Live Philadelphia.  Appropriately named,
“XFINITY AND BEYOND”, this prestigious event featured two
innovative presentations by local leading technology providers; Line Systems,
and Alteva Unified Communications.  

Who’s Who in
Technology “XFINITY AND BEYOND” was hosted by iMeet, the video
collaboration tool, by PGI. Video
for iMeet

Following the
presentations guests were treated to a networking reception that included
complimentary light fare, a live DJ Set by Chorus founder Dan Cronin and of
course Beer!

Debbie Rody, Jackie and Danielle Z enjoyed the seminar on the latest technology communications.

Michael Messina, Aida Sparta, Stacey Kracher and Dan Cronin. (Catch Dan at Reserve at 123 Chestnut Street, every Thursday night spinning the music that gets you moving)

The movers
and shakers of Technology experienced the unrivaled social experience that
XFINITY Live and Victory Beer Hall has to offer. This is comprised of
elongated, beer hall style tables, an outdoor patio and fire pit with unique
panoramic views of the Philadelphia skyline and makes for good photo ops. There’s a dozen other different options
all under one roof, and one large room with a 30 foot TV screen, a raw oyster bar all in the shadow of the stadiums.  

cloud-based Unified Communications solutions that were designed for the
Enterprise market space comprised of hosted VoIP integrated with hosted
Microsoft Communication Services, and complementary products including Fixed
Mobile Convergence, Advanced Applications for PCs and Data Backup Solutions.
Alteva has won myriad awards over the years, including a 2010 Stevie Award for
Customer Service, 2010 TMC Unified Communications Product of the Year, and most
recently a 2012 Channel Chiefs Award for Alteva Chief Sales Officer Louis

Greg Skala, Grace Flannigan and Darrin Suder

Calvin Purnell and Kristy Purnell
Warren, Laurel, Mike and Chris, Line Systems, Inc. (LSI) is a full-service, integrated
communications provider. With a complete line of data and voice services as
well as national and international networking capabilities, LSI helps companies
in the Mid-Atlantic region expand their presence and leverage their
communications technologies as a competitive advantage. For more information,

Sean Clark, Meredith Barr with Kevin Calvey and Lisa Kunicki.

Michael Messina, Darrell Redman and Tim Rosebono  

Stacey Kracher, Buffy Morgan, Sean Edwards and Aida Strata

on Chorus: Chorus Communications was founded in 1995 and has been ranked among
Philadelphia’s Top 100 fastest growing companies, increasing sales by more than
1000% during its existence. 

The management team of Chorus has a collective 45
years of experience in evaluating technology services and products. Chorus
representatives are known to be the best in the business
. For more information on Chorus
Communications contact Buffy Morgan, Director of Marketing at 215-600-0009

(Promotional Consideration)