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May 2014


InstaGossipFun: Rick Tocchet & Susie Celek, Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, Plus More Fun

OMG I got a great response to yesterday’s InstaGossipFun. I might peruse the interweb and post a daily column, along with my events. It’s a perfect way to aggregate the happenings, sightings and things to do, especially since Philly is so popping lately.

 Last night the Sporting Club had a happy hour to kick off another great issue of Belong magazine. On hand for the festivities were the Amy Stratton (center) Skin Palette girls Susie Celek and Julie Dorenbos, who brought their arm candy Rick Tocchet and Jon Dorenbos. Susie and Rick first met back in February at the Annual Firefighter, NHL Alumni, Celebrity Hockey Game supporting the All Hands Working Charity in Atlantic City, NJ


I couldn’t make it as
I was at the American Diabetes Associations “Father of the Year” Award to snap a few shots, which I will run next week. My friend Craig Spitzer was one of the honorees. Looking on is his wife Erin Elmore and son Royce.
Then ran to my
BFF bday party, Christie Honigman . Which was held at Penn 6. They were
also celebrating their 1 year anniversary and the place was popping. The
curse is broken at that spot RIP Tweed and a few other spots.  (Sweet FB love our friend Katie English created for Christie.)
I’ll be running pixs next week of the party. 

Afterwards a few of us headed over to Sampan for dinner.  (Marisa Magnatta, Lynsie & Evan Solomon, Ian M Crumm, Michael Magnatta, and Mike Toub.) Dinner was delicious as usually, but the dessert standout had to be this Rice Krispy Ice Cream Sushi Roll. Yum.  Sitting a few tables away were a few senior Eagles dining with some of the younger players.
Which my friend Samantha Bucher  snapped in the Graffiti Bar (back porch of Sampan) later. She does seem to find the celebs lately. (Sampan takes reservations and you should make them. The place is always packed, but they do take walk ins.)

Kacie McDonnell   and her man Aaron Murray. (You know how they met, on twitter.)
 Thanks to my friend Michelle Leonard who invited Mike and I to watch the Devon Horse Show from her box, but we were unable to make it. I love this shot she got – #FoodPorn from Capital Grille and the horse in the background.

 Philly Beer Week Begins today. I’ll be shooting the Philly Beer Week’s London Grill DUNK TANK for P.A.W.S. on Tuesday 3 – 5PM.  Check out this years schedule HERE.

Yesterday I had a photo in The Philly Daily News.
 HUGHE DILLON / FOR THE DAILY NEWS MLB commissioner and cancer survivor
Bud Selig shows off his newly received Wistar Institute President’s
Award. With him is Wistar CEO Russel E. Kaufman in Molly Eichel’s Philly Gossip column yesterday.

Chubby Checker was on today. He’s promoting “My Music: ‘50s & ‘60s Party Songs”
 So funny. 6ABC’s Shirleen Allicott, and Brian Taff


This is essential to know this weekend. Have a fantastic one.
Check out Christie Honigman singing in her bathroom. We need to get her on “The Voice”
and this one

Rainy Day Gossip: Babilicious Sheena Parveen BDay, Babies, Speedo’s & Camels

Having 8,000 FB Friends, 4000 Instagram Friends and 17,000 Twitter followers gives me access to lots of Social Media Fun, gossip and news you can use. So here’s a few things I found this week, a weekly series I’ll do on Thursdays going forward.Remember to follow me on twitter

Check out today’s (Friday’s) InstaGossipFun with new couple Rick Tocchet and Susie Celek, plus Riley Cooper hanging with Jeremy Maclin and the Eagles at Sampan. 

 Sheena Parveen celebrated her birthday at Mur Mur Night Club at the Borgata over the weekend with Alissa Ingram. Jillian Mele, Vasiliki Tsiouris and Marisa Magnatta
Come hang out with Marissa & the MMaRmy this week, win concert tix, phils tix and have lots of fun!!
*Thurs 5-7p The LOFTS at Valley Forge – Kick off to summer party..these guys know who to party!
*Sat 11-1a Best Line Equipment in West Chester Spring Extravaganza
*Sun 10-noon – Bike Race – Trying the new Amstel Radler at Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant

Phans Feeding Families Summer Hunger Relief Program

  • Buy a ticket
    to the Saturday, May 31, Phans Feeding Families Phillies vs. Mets game
    at Citizens Bank Park using this special link! For every ticket sold, 16
    families will be fed this summer!
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 Fans may also help with the cause by following @Phillies
on Twitter, using #PhansFeed. 

 I didn’t know the North Broad Street synagogue was growing. It’s already pretty huge. That North Broad Street is happening.

The delightful Emily Goulet asked me (Ian) 6
questions when we got coffee the other week. My fashion pet peeves and
style thoughts are up on Philadelphia magazine’s Shoppist blog: 

 No one loves life more than Jacquie Fanelle Winner
Want to avoid that shore traffic: North Shore Beach Club is the place to be on the weekends.
Dan Hamm, Thomas J Finnegan and Lex Wainwright – Happy Birthday yesterday Lex.

 I sure do miss my Erin Como. She’s kicking it big time in Nashville doing traffic reporting and entertainment reporting. Her face is even on billboards!!
 Much deserved rest after last weeks busy, monumental rulings with Gay Marriages. Have an awesome trip.
 I love following Josh and his partner Alan ‘s vacation in the Middle East this week.
 I wonder who he’s named after?
 My schedule didn’t allow me to cover the Devon Horse Show this year. But Kristy Sevag and her family were there.
Coming up in June, Sevag Creative
is doing the PR for:
The Believe and Achieve Foundation will be hosting two incredible
events, the 4th Annual Believe and Achieve Charity Golf Event and a
Celebrity Gala.
I was worried Speedo’s was going to go under after board suits became so popular. Thankfully AP Smitty (Speedo with white stripe) and friends are supporting them.


“Getting The Ball Rolling” The Young Friends of the Academy of Music Happy Hour

On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, the Young Friends of the Academy of Music gathered together at the Residences at the Ritz Carlton to celebrate the launch of their 158th Committee Membership Package.  

The 158th Young Friends Committee is led by Co-Chairs Christie Honigman (3rd from left) and Brian Lipstein and Vice-Chairs Kathleen English (4th from left) and Cory Siegfried. The event was hosted by residents/committee members Evan and Lynsie Solomon (center) and produced by The Honigman Group Events.
Garrett Snider, Megan, Christie (Happy birthday today Christie), Katie, Evan, Lynsie, Claire M. Allamby  Senior Director  Academy of Music Restoration Fund and Sam Hamilton

Attendees enjoyed champagne, wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres as
the Young Friends co-chairs delivered remarks during the membership
launch party. The Young Friends of Academy of Music program brings
together dynamic young adults with a love for music and an interest in
exploring arts and culture.

Diana Eisner, Alexa Lustig, Lynsie Evans, Rachel Cevera and Jason Cevera.
Katie English, Kelly Ganczarz, Sean Edwards and Briana Butera

 Ian Michael Crumm and Melody Isis Herman

 Committee membership has
recently been expanded to include access to exclusive events and
includes a ticket to the Anniversary Concert and Ball which will take
place on January 24, 2015. Everyone who signed up for a Young Friends membership at the happy hour enjoyed a shot of smores but more importantly was eligible to serve on the committee, invitations to all the Young Friends activities including to the pool party, the Monster Ball 10/30/14, and a ticket go the Anniversary Concert and Ball.



 More information on joining the Young Friends committee can be found  at:

 Elisabeth Hill,  Cameron Maloney, Emilie Anderson and David Kegler

Cocktails and nearly first run movies. Yes, please. Center City SIPS Just Got Better!!

Center City SIPS With A Twist – GPFO Pushes for an Uncapped Film Tax Credit & A Twitter Contest
‘SIPS’ with a Twist 
 Summer Screening Series Showcases LOST Film/TV Projects  
Push for an Uncapped Film Tax Credit
$60M is simply not enough to attract the blockbuster production
projects that create thousands of jobs for our local crew and
businesses. It’s not even enough to sustain the number of locally
produced projects by a mature resident production community.
Furthermore, Pennsylvania is the only state with two major production
hubs. Without an uncapped program like our competition, we will continue to lose thousands of jobs and billions in revenue!  – Sharon Pinkenson, GPFO Executive Director
WHO:                  Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO)  
and Brandywine Realty Trust in conjunction
with host restaurants Pagano’s Market & Bar &
DeJour Café & Market
WHAT:                 SIPS with a TWIST: Special summer           
series kicks off for Center City SIPSwith a screening of the
Oscar-nominated film American Hustle. The TWIST is that each featured
title represents a project that was lost due to the underfunded PA Film
Tax Credit program, which is now capped at $60 million. 
Screening Schedule: – (These films were supposed to be shot in Philly but the tax credits were dry – HughE note)
June 4 –  American Hustle
June 11- World War Z
June 18- The Bourne Legacy
June 25- To Be Announced 
WHERE:              Media Wall in the Courtyard at Commerce 
Square (2001-2005 Market St.)
WHEN:                Every Wednesday in June @ 5pm
 GPFO staff and volunteers will distribute postcards to attendees with
instructions to Post, Tweet and Instagram @GovCorbett, along with their
State Representatives  & Senators to 1). Take a SELFIE in front of your favorite Philly Film Location 2).
Record and upload a short video to GPFO’s Facebook, Twitter and/or
Instagram accounts! Supporters are asked to urge their state legislators
to enact a sustainable Film Tax Credit, save our #PAProductionJobs and

Live “Tweeters” will be
entered into a raffle for great donated prizes from GPFO partners
including The Capital Grille, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Marriott,
Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, Starr Restaurants, VideoSmith,
MinuteMan Press, Philadelphia Soundstages & PFS @ The Roxy!


Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO) is a “film commission”
representing Southeastern Pennsylvania that officially serves the
counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia. A
non-profit economic development agency committed to the growth of the
regional film production industry, GPFO has been responsible for
impacting the local economy with nearly $4 billion since 1992.   
Nicole Giles
Greater Philadelphia Film Office


Radnor Township and Radnor Police announced the official addition of
their inaugural K-9 Police team during a ceremony held at Land Rover
of the Main Line in Wayne.

Radnor Township Highway Patrol Officers: John Winter,
Mark Stiansen, and Ray Matus.
Radnor Police Chief Bill Colarulo flanked by
Lieutenants Chris Flanagan and Andy Block.
Radnor Board President Elaine Schaefer speaks
while Police Chief Bill Colarulo and Michael Smyth President of Great Britains
Dealership look on.

Delaware County District
Attorney Jack Whelan speaks as Police Chief Bill Colarulo looks on.


The dogs are important resources to
the department but were not even an option until the community stepped
in. Specifically, local business owner Michael Smyth of The Great
Britains Automotive Group, who proudly sponsored the K-9 Unit, by
providing a special Black Pack Edition Land Rover LR4. The 2014 LR4 is
specially fitted and will be used by the department to transport the
expertly trained K-9 duo, ‘Rover’ and ‘Discovery.’
Rover gets his diploma with
Michael Smyth, Jen Cocco, and David Neff, Neff & Associates

Michael Smyth President of Great Britains Dealership
and Thomas McGarrigle Chairman Delaware County Council

Radnor Township Officer Ray
and Villanova Assistant to the President Chris Kovolski.

Kim Strengari of Conshy Girls Catering, K-9 Officer
Jen Cocco and Rover.
Michael Smyth President of
Great Britains Dealership and Thomas McGarrigle Chairman Delaware County
Thanks to Mike Hirata for shooting this event for
Conshy Girls Catering provided the delicious lunch.
Neff & Associates did the PR on this event. (Check out Neff Office Style in

THE GREAT BRITAINS AUTOMOTIVE GROUP is the largest volume retailer of
new and pre-owned Jaguars and Land Rovers in both the Delaware Valley
and the state of Pennsylvania.  The stores are conveniently located just
off the Blue Route in Wayne and just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike in
Willow Grove.  They have a long history of providing their customers
with an exceptional ownership experience and each store continues to be
ranked among the top performing Jaguar and Land Rover stores in the
United States.
Both stores have received numerous awards for their excellence in the
luxury vehicle segment.  Their service departments have numerous
technicians that are ranked amongst the best in the country. For more
information about visiting a Great Britains location, please call
610-520-2000 or visit their state of the art facilities in either Wayne
or Willow Grove, PA. 


Mike Toub and HughE Dillon’s Wedding & Honeymoon Album

Mike and I are about to celebrate our 20th year together July 16. Over the years we had seen many of our friends travel all over the country and Canada to get married, and although we could have we always said we would wait until it was legal in Pennsylvania. A few weeks ago I told Mike I don’t think it’s going to happen for a while, in fact a LGBT lobbyist told us it wasn’t going to happen for another 5 years, so we started talking about getting married in Delaware as there are a few things we wanted to protect legally in our union.

 Surprise, surprise Marriage Equality passed in Pennsylvania last week. It was a whirlwind week as Mike and I decided we would take the plunge as soon as possible. Then came the news that marriages would happen Friday and Saturday at City Hall:

Judges who have volunteered to perform marriage ceremonies on Friday included: President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper, Judge Daniel J. Anders, Judge Diana Louise
Anhalt, Judge Mark I. Bernstein, Judge Ann Butchart, Judge Barbara A. McDermott, and Judge Lisa M. Rau.

Judges who have volunteered to perform marriage ceremonies on Saturday included: President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper, Judge Daniel J. Anders, Judge Diana Louise
Anhalt, Judge Ann Butchart, and Judge Joseph D. O’Keefe.  Mayor Nutter also performed marriage ceremonies today.

Christie Honigman, maid of honor, Mike Toub, Rita Addessa, Mama Toub, me, Kory Aversa, Best Man, Phyllis Halpern, maid of honor.
 Thanks to everyone who was there on the special day. I know a lot of my friends were sad they weren’t there, and I told many of them we would do a blessed ceremony, we decided not to. It was a great day, and we appreciate all the love and support you all showed us through SM, calls and emails.
Thanks to Christie for the gorgeous boutineers, Mama Toubs wrist corsage. She got them at
 So many people asked us about them, and the choice of color.
 Rita Addessa lead the forefront of LGBT rights in Philly during the 70s through mid 00s. I used to see her on TV during the morning shows broadcast in Philly, and she re-assured me there were others out there like me. Mike and I used to volunteer for her organization (GLBT Task Force) in the 90 – 00s.
Judge Dan Anders performing the ceremony. (Christie took this shot and many others that will be in our forever book.)

 Love this #Selfie shot of Michael Toub, Hughe Dillon and Judge Dan Anders after announcing us as groom and groom. So great to have Dan do our nuptials, a trailblazer, great judge, the first opening gay judge in Philly.
was a truly historic day in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and
another victory in the long fight for equality and freedom for every
American,” said
Mayor Nutter.   I was honored to
join the judges to officiate a few unions myself, and hopefully, I
will perform many more ceremonies in the future.  Uniting two people in
marriage is one of my favorite official duties to perform as Mayor of our great city.”
Thanks to Kory Aversa for doing the most amazing social media on our wedding. He really captured the day and kept our friends at the beach engaged. Follow him on instagram. 
(I got my ring at Garland of Letter’s 10 minutes before they closed on Friday night. I love it. Symbols mean happiness and luck. Mike bought his somewhere else on South Street. He’s currently in the market for another one.)
He threw me a great bachelor party at Chima Steakhouse too. (With Emily Tharp, it was her bday)
We headed over to XIX restaurant at the Bellevue for a post wedding lunch. It was delicious and the perfect spot. Thanks to Christie, Kory, Phyllis and Stacey Kracher for lunch. So sweet.
I had always planned to surprise Mike with a trip to Chincoteague for Memorial Day Weekend. So instead of leaving on Friday, we left on Sunday and had them most blissful commune with nature for 24hrs.
(Thanks to Pharrell’s Peace Love World organization for the TShirt)

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge


 All this gorgeous is only 3.5 hrs away.

 We stayed at Comfort Suites. We called them at 9PM Sunday night and Dana found us a beautiful suite  for $180 with this view. (Hampton Inn next door only had a smoking, double for $225, yuck.)
 Main Street is adorable
 The Wildlife Loop on Assateague Island, nearby.



I tweeted about being at the John Legend Afterparty at Volver the other night. It was nice to be invited, unfortunately Legends team was ixney on taking photos, but when I saw he was willing to pose for cell phone shots, I was right there (this is the longest run on sentence ever.)

It was great to catch up with old friends Ilana Waber, and Samantha Bucher 
After taking a selfie with John Legend, this couple asked if he could take a photo of them. Legend being the gentleman complied.
Chef Jose Garces and Legendary crooner John Legend
Wife Chrissy was not at the party, but was later seen on the tour bus returning to NYC, while Legend spent the night at the Ritz, flying out of PHL to LA to appear on the finale of America Idol.

Happy Birthday today Billy Riddle, here with his boo – Chef Jennifer Carroll. Jen’s been working the last month or so at Marcus Samuelsson Red Rooster Harlem. She’s preparing to run his pop-up restaurant at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess in Bermuda for the month of July. So if you’re going stop by.
Volver chef de cuisine Natalie Maronski and Chef Jen Carroll

Rittenhouse Row Chic Beauties Buy Bikinis to benefit PAWS at Cameo Water Wear on Walnut

Wednesday night about 100 of Philly’s sunbathing beauties attended the opening party of Cameo Water Wear at their new location 1503 Walnut St.
Although most are hitting the beach this weekend, they did indulge on
delicious bites from B Smith Catering, and enjoy drinks from Clique
a and other spirits to the tunes of Eddie Tully spinning on the

 Jan Wolkov and son Alan Wolkov, owner of Cameo Water Wear at the Cameo Water Wear Grand Opening Party on Walnut Street, May 21, 2014.
 Ryan Davis, Ellen Farber and Lisa Silveri at the Cameo Water Wear Grand Opening Party on Walnut Street, May 21, 2014.
 Marlo Delbene at the Cameo Water Wear Grand Opening Party on Walnut Street, May 21, 2014.
 Angela Cunningham at the Cameo Water Wear Grand Opening Party on Walnut Street, May 21, 2014.
 Stacey Kracher and Christie Honigman
 Tricia Pavlis and Karen Armezzani at the Cameo Water Wear Grand Opening Party on Walnut Street, May 21, 2014.
 Guests at the Cameo Water Wear Grand Opening Party on Walnut Street, May 21, 2014.
 Dara and Jared Lazaroff, with Jill Jacobson at the Cameo Water Wear Grand Opening Party on Walnut Street, May 21, 2014.
B Smith Catering provided the food and spirits at the Cameo Water Wear Grand Opening Party on Walnut Street, May 21, 2014.
 Model and Sabrina Strickland

 Cassandra and Jackie Wright at the Cameo Water Wear Grand Opening Party on Walnut Street, May 21, 2014.
 Brooke Morgan and Kristy Kroll at the Cameo Water Wear Grand Opening Party on Walnut Street, May 21, 2014.
 Neducsin and Ljupka Tanya at the Cameo Water Wear Grand Opening Party on Walnut Street, May 21, 2014.
 Cary Simons and Cari Brescia at the Cameo Water Wear Grand Opening Party on Walnut Street, May 21, 2014.

 Sales were brisk which was great because 15% of the proceeds
went to support Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). 
Water Wear has been in business over 60 years.  Specializing in bikini
separates ranging in sizes X-Small to DD Cups, and has 7 locations in
the Philadelphia area.
 Allison Smith, Aida Sparta and Lisa McKie at the Cameo Water Wear Grand Opening Party on Walnut Street, May 21, 2014.
Guests at the Cameo Water Wear Grand Opening Party on Walnut Street, May 21, 2014.