Philadelphia

Michael Vick Team Vick Foundation Party at aloft PHL hotel

Tuesday was a big day for Michael Vick and his newly created “Team Vick Foundation”. First he attended the dedication of a rundown football field in Philadelphia’s Hunting Park section, where he contributed $200,000 as part of a multi-million
dollar project, led by the city’s Fairmount Park Conservancy, to
transform Hunting Park, a blighted crime haven, into a safe, positive place to play, Vick told me. The new field will be called Team Vick Football Field. Afterwards he headed over to aloft hotel at the Philadelphia Airport  to celebrate with fans.

Who started to arrive hours earlier for the festive all day long party.

There was delicious food by Sarcone’s Deli, The Jughandle Inn and The Fresh Works to name a few

Q102 and Power 99 Hosted a “Battle of the Bands”

 There were lots and lots of fans eager to meet their hometown sports hero

 Michael Vick, here with  Nina Timani, Director of Sales and Marketing, aloft PHL.  I have to hand it to Timani, the first charity fundraiser for the Team Vick Foundation could have been held anywhere, but Vick and she became fast friends 3 years ago when he first came to Philly. He stayed at aloft while negotiating his contract and the rest is history. (You recall I shot the first photo of him when he was in town at that time too.)  This is the 3rd large Eagles player charity event that aloft has hosted, all arranged by Timani; first was DeSean Jackson in 2010, then last year Vince Young and now this year Michael Vick.

 
The new Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Trent Edwards can be seen in the background, as Vick signs for a fan.

These folks drove up from Dover, De to meet Michael Vick

Kathryn Ott Lovell (center), executive director of the conservancy, heard Vick speak last year to a high school audience. “I was completely blown away by this guy,” she said. “Hunting Park is
his story. This is the story of second chances. This about the
redemption and rebirth of a park and an entire community.”
Francesca Gunning, Meg Holscher, Anna Stormer, Meghan Mallouk – The crew is holding Michael Vick’s new autobiography “Finally Free”

Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos wows the crowd with his magic tricks
Matt Minichino, Director of Operations HQ at Revel Resorts, Gina Gasparre, Alp Aktan, Director of Nightlife at Royal Jelly Burlesque at Revel Resorts, and Jon Dorenbos

Eric Parker, Two Affix, LLC and Christine Krzyzanowski  Senior Partner at Two Affix, LLC

There was a table at the event with Michael Vick signed memorabilia.  $200 for a jersey. i thought that was pretty good and picked up one for my charity auction.So new is Team Vick foundation, the website is just being perfected and soon you will be able to buy memorabilia from the site yourself.

Durrell Bottoms, co-owner of Sigma Sound, Aveci Smith, Thomas Weir, Stephen Sirochman, Chriss Boyle and Colin Hicke, make up the band “Modern Colour

 DeSean Jackson keeping it shady. The night after his victory against the Ravens, he headed to DelFrisco’s for a feast fit for a king. He tweeted out a photo and I’ve been hankering for a steak ever since.  
Brandon Graham

Vick is being interviewed by Mike Missanelli from 97.5 The Fanatic along with Nina Tiami, PR Director of Aloft Hotel, who co-hosted the event. (Here’s the interview)

Kurt Coleman signs Gregory “Fitz” arm

 but in a twist on the norm “Fitz” isn’t getting it tattooed, instead he’ll take a photo of the signatures and post in on his FB page for permanency.

 Kijafa Vick and Mike’s mom, Brenda Vick. Kijafa, wearing her PNK Elephant jewelery, left in the middle of the day to go pick up the kids from school and brought them back. They were cute and adorable, but they’re kids so I didn’t take their photos.

 Brenda Vick drove up from Virgina with her kids Courtney Vick, and Christine Vick, and nephew Terrance Vick.

And the battle of the bands begin, first in the tent adjacent to aloft, but then that torrential storm blew in and quick thinking and a little bit of organization brought the whole outfit inside.


 Beautiful songstress Angela Dipersia killed it with Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” She later went on to win the whole competition which included a weekend of free recording time at Sigma Sound Studios, and a weekend stay at aloft hotel. Angela manager Wanda Mora/Mora Management tells me that Angela will be performing tomorrow at the 2012 PhiladelphiaHero Thrill Show ( THE
MISSION OF THE HERO THRILL SHOW IS TO RAISE MONEY TO PAY FOR THE
COLLEGE TUITION FOR CHILDREN OF PHILADELPHIA POLICE OFFICERS AND/OR
FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY.)

 The whole gang who participated in the Q102 and Power 99 “Battle of the Bands”, hosted by Andre The Giant (with the Vick 7 on) and Grouchy Greg Watkins (making the moves down front). 2nd place winner with 12hrs of Signma Sound Studio time, and a weekend stay at aloft hotel, was the cool Dinosaur Jr/Greg Allman inspired “Still Moon”, which performed last. After calculating the scores all day it’s nice to know that if you perform last you can still be a contender.  What an epic day at aloft. The party started at 2PM and I rolled out of there about 8:30PM, fun times. Can’t wait to see what Nina Tiami has in store for us next year.



Team Vick – Michael Vick announces his first major donation from his foundation Team Vick. The $200,000 donation will help revitalize a Hunting Park Recreation field says Kathryn Ott Lovell, Executive Director, The Fairmount Park Conservancy.  Team Vick field joins the Ryan Howard Baseball Field, which is in the same park. Sounds like a win win.