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May 2013



So many great people born in May. Last week we covered the Stacey Kracher, Charlie Pasquale and Kory Aversa birthday’s. This Week..

VASILIKI TSIOURIS, co-owner Opa restaurant – baday 5/30 (l) SHEENA PARVEEN, NBC10 Meteorologist – bday 5/29 (c) and CHRISTIE HONIGMAN, The Honigman Group pr/publicist – bday 5/29 (r) Also in shot is Marisa Magnatta, WMMR, Stacey Kracher, Zarwin Baum and moi. We were all at the new restaurant Pennsylvania 6 for a little Christie Celebration on Wednesday.

 Laura Coates (the funniest chick in Philly), Christie Honigman, Marilyn Kellmer, owner of sunmyst (where I went to get my teeth whitened) and Jamie Reibenbach
 Jillian Mele, Sheena Parveen and Vasiliki Tsiouris. Sheena tells me that she’s taken up golfing. She’s about to do her 5th lesson, and LOVES IT. So for all you golf charity outings, get her a shout out, but after the photo opp prepare to play a serious game cause she’s out to win.She’s cover the US Open all next week, let’s watch and see if she has the lingo down. I bet she does. She’s a smart cookie.
 Three of the sweetest gals: Kristin Detterline, editor Philly Style Magazine, Adrienne Diaz and Kristyn Aldrich, Focused Studios.  (Kristin and Kristyn are both member’s of the incHUGHbator, and each of them tell me that they’ve been collaborating with many of the other ladies they met at my PR/News networking event. So excited for some of the events you’ll be hearing about soon.)
 Kerry English, and Katie English, Kathleen English Publicity. Yes all their siblings have K’s to begin their names.
 Gary Cardi, co-owner of Pa6, Regional Partner at Public House Investments, with Laura Coates and Puri Garzone, co-owner of Pa6, Regional Partner at Public House Investments
 Christie Honigman, The Honigman Group (Last year Christie saw me overwhelmed in my business. She said i can help you. And in no time flat she was able to get my business under control, helping me create a business plan, hooking me up with an accountant, money manager, attorney the works. I’m in good hands now.) and Laura Powers. They met when they both worked for Kelly Boyd. Laura lives in England now.
 Ian M Crumm and Marilyn. Still mentoring Ian. He’s doing great things, I’m so excited to see where he is in 5 years. I’m also mentoring a couple ladies too, which I will be writing about soon. The incHUGHbator, was sorta like a mentoring event for a large group. I’m getting so much great feedback from it lately, as many of the collaborations are taking place. I’m definitely going to plan another one in 6 months or so.
  CJ Honigman and Caitlin Fasano
 Jeff Kellmer, Jeff Kellmer Jewelery , Colleen Honigman, Chris Honigman and Marilyn Kellmer

  Katie English and Phil Balderston, Principal at PT Real Estate Capital, LLC
 Christie, Stacey and Marilyn toast to another successful year [of looking hot – lol]. Stacey wants you to be a sponsor at the Philaympics in July.
Sheena, V and some of the party headed out to celebrate Sheena’s Bday meeting up with friends, while about 12 of us retired to the upstairs dining room for dinner and 
the most delicious birthday cake

Then on Thursday night, we all headed to Morgan’s Pier to celebrate’ Vasiliki’s birthday. What a great time. Love that outdoor space. They’re open 7 days a week, rain or shine. They have a tented area. Chef George Sabatino has a delicious menu too. On Sundae, at 8PM Questlove takes over the turntables. Hit it up after you go to Sunday Funday at Stratus Lounge with Eddie Tully.

Event: Inaugural Philalympics 7/10/13 Benefits Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House

On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 4-8pm at the
Wells Fargo Center, corporations from across the region will join Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy, P.C.,
The Fun Department, Exude, and Comcast-Spectacor as they host the inaugural Philalympics – a 4-hour competition
in which companies across the city will battle wits, athleticism, and general
Philadelphia knowledge, all for the title of ‘Philadelphia’s
Phunnest Company’! Focused on fun, teambuilding and key networking, all
dollars raised from the event will go to benefit the Philadelphia Ronald
McDonald House.
Approximately 25 companies – consisting
of 15-member teams – will participate in fun games to test their physical and
mental abilities. The activities include: The Fun Department Adult-Tricycle
Races at the Ballpark, Pretzels and Cheesesteaks’ Foam Fingers Relay, The
Philly Skyline Inflatable Tower Build, Team Philly Themed Trivia Challenges,
The “Yo Adrian” Boxing Gloves Tug of War, Famous Philadelphians
Challenge, and lastly The 4, 5, 6 Legged Eagle End-zone Race. The winning
company will receive a trophy to commemorate the experience.
With ‘celebrity’ guests to
include 610 WIP host and former Philadelphia Eagle Mike Quick, comedian Joe
, FOX29’s Good Day Philadelphia co-anchor Mike Jerrick, and District Attorney Seth
. Philalympics
is expected to bring out hundreds of attendees to watch these corporations in
“Zarwin Baum is
pleased to add this event to our already extensive list of charitable
endeavors,” says managing shareholder Mitchell
S. Kaplan. “Our firm prides itself on its commitment to
give back to the community in which we work every day.  We are planning to
make this an annual event and are hopeful that it will grow to be one of the
premier charitable and networking events in the City of Philadelphia.”

All proceeds
raised from Philalympics will benefit the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House,
which has been supporting families of seriously ill children by creating a
community of comfort and hope since 1974. The Ronald McDonald House relies on
individuals and corporate donors for over 90 percent of their funding. It costs the organization over 75
dollars a night per family to provide housing and supportive services, while
families are only asked to contribute 15 dollars per night. No one is ever
turned away due to inability to pay.

Registration for the Zarwin Baum
Philalympics will begin at 4:00pm, with the games starting at 5:00pm. The event
will be followed by a networking reception at 6:30pm.
For more information, visit ;
and follow the firm on Twitter @ZarwinBaum
for daily updates!
Event Details
WHAT: Zarwin
Baum, The Fun Department, Exude, and Comcast-Spectacor host inaugural
Philalympics, in a quest find the “phunnest” company in Philadelphia.
WHERE: Wells
Fargo Center,
3601 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 4-8pm
WHY: Zarwin
Baum invites companies from the across the Philadelphia region to participate in their
version of the corporate Olympics. The event goes to benefit the Philadelphia
Ronald McDonald House.
contact Stacey
or 215 569 2800 for additional details.

Event Facebook

(sponsored link


Philadelphia Eagles Build a Playground – Jason Kelce Sports a Green “painted” beard now..


 The Eagles and Eagles Youth Partnership took part in the 17th annual Playground Build at WD Kelley School, North Philadelphia

Sarah Martinez-Helfman, Eagles Youth Partnership executive director , WD Kelley principal Amelia Coleman-Brown and Dr. William R. Hite Jr., Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia. 

Mike Vick greets the kids. In the background you can see the Eagles Book Mobile.
Swoop getting ready for work
And the band played on Jason Kelce, Don Smolenski, President, Philadelphia Eagles, Christina Laurie, Brent Celek and Swoop.


Eagles co-owner Jeffrey Lurie helps to paint a new mural on the side of
WD Kelley School, North Philadelphia Wednesday as part of the Eagles Youth
Partnership program. The EYP spent the morning and early afternoon
fixing up the playground at the elementary school for the 17th Annual
Playground Build.

Christina Weiss Lurie, in 1995 she founded Eagles Youth Partnership (EYP), which today serves
more than 50,000 low-income children in the Greater Philadelphia region
every year and focuses on literacy, vision and after-school programs.

Philadelphia Eagles Coach Chip Kelly with a student

Good sport Jason Kelce gets his beard painted green
I wonder if he regrets that today.
  Jeffrey Lurie
Mike Vick
The Eagles Cheerleaders were on hand
The Eagles also generate money and awareness for breast cancer research
and remain on the cutting edge with their Go Green initiatives that
benefit the environment.
(Thanks to the Philadelphia Eagles for these photos. I had a conflict as I was covering the Devon Horse Show Ladies Luncheon and couldn’t make it. Those photos will be on today.)

Eventchic Re-Brands Itself With a 2nd Year Anniversary Party

Eventchic  has been chugging along fairly successfully for the past 2 years, at the same time as the founder and president, Kathryn Epps, has been planning her wedding. Now that marriage is imminent, she’s back to rock and rool and decided to celebrate by having a 2nd year anniversary party, as well as a re-branding of sorts. Eventchic  is a full service management firm based in Philadelphia that launched two years ago; along with her team they plan some of Philadelphia’s most fabulous events.

 Strategic and stylish, Kathryn Epps (c) is the creator of the very concept
of Eventchic. With a background in event planning, marketing, finance,
retail, and fashion, Kathryn has been able to transform Eventchic from a
concept to a full service Event planning firm. She started the company
in 2011 but has been planning events of all shapes and sizes since 2007. With her is fiance Jordan and mom Cathy.

Some of the companies and organizations that they have worked with
include Urban League of Philadelphia, Arthritis Foundation, Neiman
Marcus, PECO, American diabetes Association, Opportunities
Industrialization Centers (OIC) and more.

 Calvin and Kristy Purnell were glad to come out and support Kathryn
 Dana DeSantis and Kathryn on the patio of the Hyatt Penns Landing where the party was held
Longtime friends DeLana Hill and Natasha Morris

 Beverly, Veronique and Chanelle are big fans of Kathryn. The trio attended school with Kathyrn and travelled from North Jersey to be with her on her re-branding party.

 Natasha Morris and
Florcy Morisset, owner and curator of Vivant Art Collection and a Philly 360° Creative Ambassador
Reggie Berry and Jackiem Wright, co-owners of The 400 PTM, The 400 PTM is a boutique management consulting firm specializing in the areas of sports and entertainment.
Caron Nickole and CJ
Kathryn Epps
When Kathryn is not engulfed in Eventchic projects she is running her
highly regarded financial services business in Center City Philadelphia,
traveling, finding the next best restaurant or fabulous pair of shoes.

Contest OVER, thanks for playing. Great Response. Cirque du Soleil OPENING THURSDAY in Philadelphia Area

TOTEM in Philadelphia – Opens on May 30, 2013

Tomorrow night Totem opens in the Philadelphia area. I have 3 pairs of tickets to give away. 

and I will assign each email a number and do a random draw at 5PM

put Cirque du Soleil in subject line. Thanks HughE

Cooper St & Delaware Ave
Camden, NJ 08102, USA

Photos: Team Philly Tailgate Party – BROAD STREET RUN

OH I’m so tardy. May was one of those months where events just exploded all over the place, and I got behind.

I did go to some fantastic, and inspirational events and one of them was
The Broad Street Run, as well as Team Philly’s Tail Gate Party at FDR
Park after the event.

“In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle
of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of
satisfaction in that.”
-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
-John Bingham

Melinda Hill, Rachel Johnson, Ann Marshall and Jessica Hamilton

  Micah Mahjoubian and Ryan Bunch (were married by Mayor John Street in 2007)
 It was Cinco de Mayo after all

Daniel Miller and Joy Clairmont, Shauna Itri, and Vincent Mancini, 
Robert Carson, Janis Burrell and Neil Townsand
Sarah Walmsley, Kristy Campbell, and Michael A. Clavelli

Cecilia Watson, Lauren Foy, Micah Mahjoubian, and Keyra Morales

Team Philly
 Jesse Frank, United Fitness (one of the sponsors), Jake Maroney, Brownstone Pr and guest
I took this shot off of Team Philly’s Facebook page. Most of the runners I spoke with told me that running with a friend was a great motivator, but also the bands that were along the way, the high fives from strangers, the bell ringing, claps and cheers. They heard you and it made a difference.
Paulette Brown celebrated her finish in the Broad Street Run, and tonight she’s going to be on Wheel of Fortune. Can’t wait to see how much she’s going to win.
James Billups, Pinkie, Cedric Edwards and guest

Team Philly founders  Ross Martinson and Sarah Walmsley

I learned that Team Philly is a great organization. Not only is it great for exercise, it’s a great community, and you know what it’s a great motivator. I saw people of all sizes out running in their organization, and in the Broad Street Run for that matter. So if you’re looking to get off the couch, and out into the world, look them up, they don’t bite.

Check out the Team Philly Blog for bio’s on a few of the runners. HERE And to join Team Philly check them out HERE


While You Were At The Shore, Kanye West’s Promotional Machine Came to Philly to Pimp His New CD

 Kanye West sings against capitalism and materialism.  I like the song, I just think it’s been done before, and in a nicer way. Good job on the hype though.

The plan was to project the video on The Barnes Foundation, The Franklin Institute and Eastern State Penn. In the end, it didn’t happen on The Barnes Foundation, and it played much later than scheduled on The Franklin Institute. (Across the country it was scheduled to play at The Bush Library and The Alamo, both of which were cancelled by officials)

My momma was raised in an era when
Clean water was only served to the fairer skin
Doing clothes you would have thought I had help

But they wasn’t satisfied unless I picked the cotton myself

You see it’s broke nigga racism
That’s that “Don’t touch anything in the store”
And this rich nigga racism
That’s that “Come here, please buy more

What you want, a Bentley? Fur coat? A diamond chain?
All you blacks want all the same things”

Used to only be niggas now everybody playing

Spending everything on Alexander Wang

New Slaves


You see it’s leaders and there’s followers
But I’d rather be a dick than a swallower

[Verse 2]

I throw these Maybach keys

I wear my heart on the sleeve

I know that we the new slaves

I see the blood on the leaves
I see the blood on the leaves
I see the blood on the leaves

I know that we the new slaves
I see the blood on the leaves

They throwing hate at me
Want me to stay at ease

Fuck you and your corporation
Y’all niggas can’t control me

I know that we the new slaves
I know that we the new slaves

I’m ’bout to wild the fuck out
I’m going Bobby Boucher

I know that pussy ain’t free

You niggas pussy, ain’t me

Y’all throwing contracts at me
You know that niggas can’t read

Throw ’em some Maybach keys

Fuck it,
c’est la vie
I know that we the new slaves

Y’all niggas can’t fuck with me
Y’all niggas can’t fuck with Ye
Y’all niggas can’t fuck with Ye

I’ll move my family out the country
So you can’t see where I stay

So go and grab the reporters
So I can smash their recorders

See they’ll confuse us with some bullshit
Like the New World Order

Meanwhile the DEA

Teamed up with the CCA

They tryna lock niggas up
They tryna make new slaves

See that’s that privately owned prisons

Get your piece today

They prolly all in the Hamptons

Braggin’ ’bout what they made

Fuck you and your Hampton house
I’ll fuck your Hampton spouse
Came on her Hampton blouse
And in her Hampton mouth

Y’all ’bout to turn shit up
I’m ’bout to tear shit down

I’m ’bout to air shit out

Now what the fuck they gon’ say now?

The Franklin Institute
Kanye West’s Promotional team didn’t get permission to project his video on the sides of these buildings, and . Now if he gave it away like Prince used to do, now that would be something to talk about.

Birthday Parties Abound Last Week…

Last Thursday, what seemed to be the last day of Spring before winter set in, I headed to the Wall Ball at Vie with Dr J, which I covered for HERE

 Afterwards I headed to Stratus Lounge (I honestly think it’s the best outdoor space to party. Plus DJ Eddie Tully spins every Sunday Funday afternoon)to celebrate Stacey Kracher’s birthday cocktail party. As is the case where ever Stacey is, she was surrounded by lovely ladies…Allison Smith, Aida Strata, Stacey,  Monique Elena Andes, Zeli Colón-Pennock and Lisa Parker

 Elaine R. Grabar,   Jin Hee Park, Marcela Herrera, Simon T Wong

Monique Elena Andes and Ray Pennachia
Charlie and Donna Pasquale with Sabrina Strickland and Mike Dee happen to be celebrating Charlie’s bday at Stratus too. They were in the Mist Room.
With a few friends
Janice Simonsen and friend. (I love me some Stratus, speaking about Dr J, remember a few weeks ago I photographed Dr J’s 30th Anniversary of the 76ers Championship there. You can rent the space out for big parties, or small ones.)

Then I zipped over to East Passyunk Ave to celebrate Kory Aversa‘s big birthday (with his boyfriend, Dash). His client Miss Good Cupcake rolled out her new cupcake truck and served the crowd, which included the monthly QOTA crew, over 400 free cupcakes. Happy Birthday to all my friends. Sorry I couldn’t spend a quantity of time with you each, but I do believe it was quality.

Photos: Le Dames d’Escoffier at the Restaurant School – Nathalie Dupree & Chef Jason Roberts

Les Dames d’Escoffier is a
worldwide philantrophic society of professional women leaders in the
fields of food,fine beverage & Hospitality. Philadelphia, Pa


at The Restaurant School in University City.

  Marcie Pelchat of Monell Chemical Senses Center, guided participants through an interactive discussion on taste and how our perceptions change as we age; Chef Tia McDonald (The Vetri Foundation), panelist for “Breaking the Color Barrier in the Kitchen”; there was a symposium on Women and Their Role in the French Kitchen which was gingerly explained by Chef Jason Roberts, The Chew, who stepped in for a missing Chef Georges Perrier; and Chef Marta Quintana who will teach a hands-on Cuban cooking class.  Oh, and our latest addition is tasting program on unusual fruits and veggies by Melissa’s Produce. And since all great culinary events need something delicious to wash them down with, we’re thrilled that Wente Vineyards will treat our guests to a Chardonnay tasting AND graciously sponsoring our ending reception. We’ll drink to that!  Ah, and before we forget, Event Chair Aliza Green, one of Philly’s foremost female culinarians, will be signing her latest tome, Making Artisan Pasta, recently named Cooking Light‘s Top 100 Cookbooks of the Last 25 Years, and demonstrating how to prepare hand-stretched pasta. Jumping in with an agricultural-organic twist, Farmer (and Dame) Linda Geren will be presenting a how-to on raising chickens, working with bees and more; 
Chapter President and Program Chair Dame Kathy
, Chapter Vice President and
Sponsor Chair Dame Adrienne Abramson (l) and Event Chair Dame Aliza Green (r)
The day started out with breakfast, and the guests then gathered in the courtyard to meet Chef Tom Delcamp, of the Restaurant School. 
Grande Dame, Nathalie Dupree, the event’s Keynote Speaker (Nathalie Dupree is an author, chef and cooking show host whose work has
focused on American Southern cuisine. She was the first woman since
Julia Child to host more than one hundred cooking episodes on public

Hands-on Middle Eastern Desserts Cooking Class with Dame Amy Riolo (LDEI Washington DC)

The participants that create their own dish
The gathered dames
Judy Wicks with her new memoir Good Morning, Beautiful Business.
Farm-to-table mixologist Katie Loeb will teach symposium guests the art of making herbal simple syrup—and tasty libations, of course.

The Brown Betty Cookbook by Linda Hinton Brown
Gluten free/vegan baking was also on the menu, served up with a special appearance by Jason Roberts from The Chew.


Will Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Alfonso Ribeiro Have Mini-The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reuion w. Jaden Smith & Philly’s Bradley Cooper

He is currently in the UK to promote
his latest film After Earth with his son Jaden, which is what they were
both doing when they appeared on The Graham Norton Show on Friday.
performing The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme when he appeared on the
show last year, Will Smith decided to up his game for his return.
he certainly did just that as he surprised delighted viewers when he
was joined on stage by his co-stars DJ Jazzy Jeff and Alfonso Ribiero,
who caused pandemonium by breaking into his famous Carlton dance.

Read more:

Will Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Alfonso Ribeiro Have Mini-Fresh Prince Reuion w. Jaden Smith & Philly’s Bradley Cooper all on the On The Graham Norton Show

This is a keeper. Loved it.