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July 2014


Eat Pretty With Jolene Hart at Anju Threads at 1126 Walnut St

Eat Pretty With Jolene Hart at Anju Threads

The event was held at Anju Threads, a
threading salon at 1126 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107. 

 Jolene Hart with her book “Eat Pretty”
There was a nice spread via WholeFoods with delicious treats.
Anju Treohan (l), told me that that there is no sewing involved in
threading of eyebrows, which I thought did. Thank god, I’d be sweating
through that process.

 Many guests were on hand, and I’d have their names if I didn’t lose that notebook. Granted the next day was my bday so I was verklempt that week.
The always stunning Kharisma McIlwaine was there.
 The paparazzi were on hand to catch the action
Emily Tharp, was tweeting up a storm and pretty in green: Jamillah of was snapping for her blog.

 Thanks to Skai Blue Media for the invite to this unique event.

Another in a series of #woofwoofwednesday, a few cats, a pig and a message from Steve Morrison (P&S)

Every Wednesday PCC features pets from around Philadelphia #woofwoofwednesday

 Holy Obese Cat. My cat would look like that if I had one.
 The cat has a friend
 Congrats to Rudy Flesher for his nod in Philly Mag as a great Philadelphian.
 Congrats Robert Drake and John Stanley on their anniversary
 Joan Manuel Rivera
 Eduardo and bozo
 Evan Mathis
 Mia and Lola on vacation with grandma and grandpa Piccillo
Sharilyn Drewen Gilfillan pet pig

Show Your Soft Side is a campaign
pits tough guys with adorable cats and dogs to promote the fight
against animal abuse. Its slogan is “Only a punk would hurt a dog or
cat,” and this week, Philly athletes are proving they’re no punks.
They’re tough guys with huge hearts. Above Steve Morrison (Preston & Steve @PrestonSteve933) Poses with his cat, Mia, for the billboard for the campaign. It’s on 95N in Philly going towards NE.


9th Annual East Passyunk Avenue Car Show Links

Sunday was the 9th Annual East Passyunk Avenue Car Show and was the 2nd year I photographed the event. This year the weather again played with the time, and the show, scheduled to start at NOON started an hour early, which was good for me as last year I got there late and missed a lot of good shots.

 Even though I got there at 11AM, I still missed shots, the event seemed larger and much more crowded this year. 
  A lot of my photos ran in columns in various media outlets in Philly.
John Williams and Jim Shulman with their 1957 Dodge Cutom Royal Sedan
Street artist

Roger Daltrey & Joan Jett @Kimmel Center A Few Clips

I regret not going last night, I love the WHO, I was a kid of the 70s and WMMR and really goofed by not going to last night’s concert. I can relive the night here at PCC with my fav songs, and at the bottom I have a link to other clips that folks shot. All on really decent cameras I must say.   Here’s a shot from Dafni who does the PR for the Kimmel Center.

“Summertime Blues” Roger Daltrey & Joan Jett@Kimmel Center Philadelphia 7/28/14 


Richard Bond

Pinball Wizard


Steve Vitalidol


Baba O’Riley

“I Can See for Miles” Roger Daltrey@Kimmel Center Philadelphia

Steve Vitalidol

Check out the rest of the clips here.


2nd annual PHILAlympics, benefitting Philadelphia’s Ronald McDonald House.

On Thursday, July 17, companies from across the Philadelphia region joined
Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy, P.C., The Fun Department, AnnieMac Home Mortgage and Comcast-Spectacor for the 2nd Annual
PHILAlympics a competition in which
companies from across the city matched wits, athleticism and general
Philadelphia knowledge in pursuit of the title, “Philadelphia’s Phunnest
Company.” Philalympics took place at the Wells
Fargo Center, and focused on fun, teambuilding and networking. All
dollars raised from the event will go to benefit the
Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.

Mitchell Kaplan, partner at Zarwin Baum, Susan Campbell, executive director of Ronald McDonald House,  Steve Grandizio, AnnieMac., Stacey Kracher, director of marketing for Zarwin Baum,
The event raised $30,0000 for Philadelphia Ronald McDonald

  The Zarwin Baum Team

“Zarwin Baum is humbled by the support and success we have seen since debuting
PHILAlympics in 2013,” said Zarwin Baum managing shareholder Mitchell S.
“It’s gratifying to see companies come together for
teambuilding and friendly competition, while helping a truly deserving
cause. We all play to win, but the greatest success of PHILAlympics is
the money raised for
the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.”

 Participating teams include: Aberdeen Wealth, Capital One, Comcast-Spectacor,
Conestoga Bank, Enterprise Cloudwork, Fun Department, The HUB, Integrity
Staffing, Jako Enterprises (Kicks USA) Blue, Jako Enterprises (Kicks
USA) Orange, Keenan Autobody, Klein Hersh, Magna Legal Services, PCS,
Philadelphia’s Ronald McDonald House, SEER Interactive, and Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy, P.C.
Here the teams are unraveling themselves from ribbon and grabbing the key at the end of the material
to unlock the lock
in the buckets for the win

it was stressful for me too just watching it

This exercise had participants slingshotting footballs

into the goal zone where team mates were to catch them in these bags. That was fun.

Then there was a dance off with the “Green Men” The shorts were to protect the junk from jangling too much in public.

 The Dance Off – sorry it’s all over the place, it was a hot mess everywhere.

the Famous Philadelphia Challenge to Adult-Tricycle Races, sixteen (16)
enthusiastic corporate teams battled to not only earn the coveted title
of ‘Philadelphia’s Phunnest Company,’
but for the opportunity to raise money for the Philadelphia’s Ronald
McDonald House and the countless families who benefit from the
organization’s work. 

On to the bike races to the 50 yard line and back.

It’s not as easy as you think and there were a lot of spills

But everyone seemed to have fun.

Capital One 360
gets a trophy
They drink from the cup
Thanks to everyone for their participation!!
 The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, has been
supporting the families of seriously ill children since 1974. The Ronald
McDonald House relies on individual and corporate donations for over 90
percent of their funding. No one is ever turned away due to the
inability to pay.

The Backpack Challenge on July 31st at 3pm in LOVE Park. ItsForThe Kids

The public can donate online at,
at any Five Below location (there is an SKU at registers to donate $5
for a backpack) or drop off backpacks and school supplies at any of the
collection sites listed at
the Kick Off, the public is invited to attend to show their support and
learn mer about the campaign. We will also raffle 3 tickets to One
Direction on 8/13 at Lincoln Financial Field at the event.
Here’s the press release with more info:

Philadelphia Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Achieving Independence
Center (AIC) will hold a kick off for the Backpack Challenge on July
31st at 3pm in LOVE Park. The Backpack Challenge is an opportunity for
Philadelphia area businesses and residents to help older foster care
youth get off to a great start and be successful in school.

The AIC aims to collect 2,500 stuffed backpacks and $15,000 this
year. Thanks to partnerships with Wired 96.5, 92.5 XTU, Five Below,
Internet Essentials by Comcast, Forman Mills, Everfresh and the
International Longshoremen’s Association, the goal is already well
within sight. Last year, over 2,700 backpacks filled with school
supplies were collected through the Backpack Challenge. The effort also
raised more than $12,500 to purchase additional necessities for college
and high-school bound AIC members.

“These young people have worked so hard and overcome so many
challenges,” says Matt Smith, Director of Sales for XTU and Wired 96.5
parent company, Beasley Broadcast Group. “We are thrilled to do our part
to help them achieve their dreams.”

This year, 85 AIC members graduated high school and 65 of those
graduates have enrolled in a post-secondary program; 4 of those
graduates were also class valedictorians. In total, 124 members will
attend their first year of post-secondary school, 24 members enrolled in
a vocational program and 10 students graduated from a post-secondary

“We are so proud of the accomplishments of these youth. The fact
that so many AIC members have graduated high school and are attending
post-secondary school demonstrates that with access to role models and
support, all foster youth can achieve their potential,” says Ambrose.


The Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS) is
the City agency charged with protecting children from abuse, neglect,
and delinquency, ensuring their safety and permanency in nurturing home
environments, and strengthening and preserving families by enhancing
community-based prevention services. Through the development of
organizations such as Valley Youth House and the Achieving Independence
Center (“AIC”), DHS provides services to strengthen the overall
well-being of Philadelphia youth and families using a personal approach
that is responsive to evolving community needs.

Founded in 1973, Valley Youth House provides a first line of defense
for troubled young people and their families by partnering with
agencies, systems, and businesses to create unique programming intended
to preserve family life and provide youth with the necessary resources
to become productive and successful adults. Services are provided by a
professional staff, community volunteers, and student interns at
schools, family homes, offices and more than 100 residential facilities
throughout Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks, Philadelphia, Montgomery, Carbon
and Luzerne Counties.  The AIC, which is managed by Valley Youth House,
provides independent living services to approximately 1,100 young people
each year..

For more information about DHS, visit; for more information about Valley Youth House or the AIC, visit

Valerie Johnson, MBA

Development Officer
Valley Youth House – Greater Philadelphia
1500 Sansom Street, Suite 300A
Philadelphia, PA 19102

InstaPhilly: What Philly Did This Weekend – Looks like they got engaged!!

It’s Monday and I’ve scoured SM to see what everyone’s up to. Lot’s of engagements happened this past weekend, which was beautiful.

This just in…

Congratulations to my cousin Samantha Morrison on her engagement to Andrew Kauffman

Congrats Elicia and Megan
Congrats Jillian and Peter

Sharilyn and Juan had their engagement party at Brandywine Polo Sunday

Josh and Alan got engaged and picked up their Marriage License. Now they have 60 days in which to use it.
Congrats to Victor Fiorillo and his lovely wife Suchita (I met her twice, she’s lovely) on their 12th anniversary.

Happy Anniversary to Tony and Michael who went to Europe for their anniversary and then cruised home on the Queen Mary. Very nice.

 Babies at the beach.

 Alicia Vitarelli’s mini me Priscilla
 Roger Daltry took Amtrak to Philly for his concert tonight at the Kimmel Center. Team Derek was there to greet him.

 Happy Birthday Alexander Hankins, here hanging out with Betsy Johnson this past weekend in the Hamptons.



What an amazing storm last night. I saw it come from miles away, but for hours it eluded Philly and traveled north by passing the City. Finally around midnight bits and pieces of it passed through the City; not the full impact this time it went north and south bypassing Center City. A few magnificent bolts did occur, most of which I missed. I saw the Comcast Building get struck twice.

 Earlier in the evening I headed out to Fairmount Park to get a different perspective. I found a guy sitting on a bench with an umbrella. It was pitch black except when the lightning lit up the sky like in this shot.

 I headed home near midnight.
 I was trying to set my camera to shoot through my balcony window. Some of the lightning was over exposed so I had to work with photoshop, not very successful I’d say.
It’s Midnight.

 The skyline was swallowed by this enormous cloud.

I’ll call this shot Miss Robin, as Tony Bruno’s girlfriend told me the heliport next to their condo was struck by lightning. Looks like it could’ve been this one.
My friend RaymondSkwire (check out his work here too), got this awesome shot from NJ looking at Philly
Another Great Photographer – Natalie Sharp. Check out her page here.

Out and About Celebs & Links to Events I Shot Last Week

Night Long: Both Lionel Richie (@LionelRichie) & CeeLo were out on
the town Thursday nite. Ritchie went to Buddakan & CeeLo Green
(@CeeLoGreen) was at Capital Grille. Here he is w/my bud Derek leaving the Four Seasons.

Alive Inside. A movie, a movement that is going to change the way we deal with Alzheimer’s

PHILLY STYLE MAGAZINE10th Annual Best of Style Party – Always The Best Party of The Year

First of all, sorry I’ve neglected my little PCC blog. I’m going to recomit to posting fun stuff here everyday and injecting my thoughts and give you the inside, behind the scene scoop while balancing the thin line of pissing people off. I really do miss writing in the conversational way which doesn’t happen over at my media outlets, but I know you like it cause you tell me.

Thanks Google for my personalize Bday Message. (I have no idea how that happened. Big brother is watching)
Philadelphia Style Magazine
celebrated their 10th Annual Best of Style Party at the Kimmel Center in Center
City on Thursday July 17, 2014. More than 1,500 people dressed to impress for “Night
in Paris” and experienced a variety of delicious cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and
desserts from the magazine’s winning 2014 Best of Style issue. (The fashion for this party was off the hook excellent.)

 The magazine’s cover was created
by Peter Max for this momentous occasion and was give to all the guests. Max also created covers for all the Niche Media magazines. 

(Check out on the website for all of them.)

At one
point Mayor Michael Nutter presented a Proclamation from the City to
Publisher John Colabelli
and Editor in Chief Kristin Detterline in in honor of the event and its
10th anniversary.
Music was
provided by CTO and DJ Bizz spun at the turntable.

 Terry Buckman and Amy Buckman, 6ABC at the Philadelphia Style Magazine celebration of their 10th Annual “Best of Style” party at the Kimmel Center on July 17, 2014.

The theme this year was “A Night In Paris”, but I think a lot of people still thought it was “The White Party”, which I think should be the theme every year, but of course not as strict as say Diner en Blanc.

 Catch Me I’m Falling. I love the PSM party, it’s like a high school reunion that I would go to; the problem is there are so many people to see, and so many people I want to shoot, and last Thursday was no exception, except by the looks of a lot of peoples instagrams I missed a lot of fabulous people. Here are some fabulous folks I did get to see and photograph.

Whey Cooler and Jade Starling at the Philadelphia Style
Magazine celebration of their 10th Annual “Best of Style” party at the Kimmel
Center on July 17, 2014.

 Kyree Terrell leaves the VIP area as John Bolaris climbs the steps to it at the Philadelphia Style Magazine celebration of their 10th Annual “Best of Style” party at the Kimmel Center on July 17, 2014. That guy never ages. A lot of the videos you see of Maria Papadakis on are shot by Kyree Terrell’s production company Focused Studios.

 Kate Beaver doesn’t disappoint with this vavoom dress
Brian Sullivan, Karen Hepp, Dawn Timmeney and Mike.
 Kristin Conrad, Brown Forman and Trish Commons,
Capital Wine & Spirits
 Dr. Joseph Natoli and Lauren Nelson – Holy moly legs for days.
Danielle Cohn, PHLCVB and Justin Pizzi, Aqua Water at
the Philadelphia Style Magazine celebration of their 10th Annual “Best of
Style” party at the Kimmel Center on July 17, 2014.  Pizzi has done what some of us really want to do, he’s nearly his college year weight. How did he do it, serious workout and a strict Paleo Diet.
Bernard Parker and Bonnie Clark, Vice President of Communications for the Philadelphia Phillies
Mime, the first Mrs Colabelli, her daughter in law Lauren Colabelli and Carol Tamburino at the
Philadelphia Style Magazine celebration of their 10th Annual “Best of Style”
party at the Kimmel Center on July 17, 2014
Mike Barkovich and Megan Rath, GOP candidate for Congress in
PA’s 1st Congressional District at the Philadelphia Style Magazine celebration
of their 10th Annual “Best of Style” party at the Kimmel Center on July 17,
2014. Rath is taking on Bob Brady.

Shannon James, Bob Heilig, Irina Agurok, Dr. Julie
(The hottest dress of the night) and Germy Yakubov at the Philadelphia Style Magazine celebration of
their 10th Annual “Best of Style” party at the Kimmel Center on July 17, 2014
Siblings Vicki Farnesi, Raymond Farnesi with Carol Bisconti at
the Philadelphia Style Magazine celebration of their 10th Annual “Best of
Style” party at the Kimmel Center on July 17, 2014
Stephanie Berardi, Carol Drumstas-Curry, Eden
Kratchman and Donna O’Brien
Kasia Hopek, Gus Calabrese and Ashley Smith Baptiste
 Alicia DiMichele, Drew Carballoo and Maureen Vecere at the
Philadelphia Style Magazine celebration of their 10th Annual “Best of Style”
party at the Kimmel Center on July 17, 2014.

Stacey Kracher, Zarwin Baum and Laura Buscher. Get your calendars out. Stacey Kracher, Christie Honigman and a few of the Philadelphia Eagles are throwing a fashion show at Boyd’s to
benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania on September 16. More info to come.
Elizabeth Wellington, Philadelphia Inquirer, Karima Roepel, and Anne Marie Green, CBS Morning News at the Philadelphia Style Magazine celebration of their 10th Annual “Best of Style” party at the Kimmel Center on July 17, 2014.
Mark Santangelo, Chef John Strain, Valanni and Brian Sweeney at the Philadelphia Style Magazine celebration of their 10th Annual “Best of Style” party at the Kimmel Center on July 17, 2014.
Bohndan Darway and Kaitlin Green at the Philadelphia Style Magazine celebration of their 10th Annual “Best of Style” party at the Kimmel Center on July 17, 2014.
Lisa Moreno-Dickinson (l) at the Philadelphia Style Magazine celebration of their 10th Annual “Best of Style” party at the Kimmel Center on July 17, 2014.
Angela Santiago, Carlos Rodriguez, and Ashley Beckers all from Bellevue Salon and Spa. 
Carlos will forever be Photographed since he creates these odes to be and I can be influenced by flattery and oh tips to where celebrities are eating.
Sean Edwards, Kelly Ganczarz and Sen Larry Farnese at the Philadelphia Style Magazine celebration of their 10th Annual “Best of Style” party at the Kimmel Center on July 17, 2014.
Garrett Ohhuis and  Sara Ann Kelly who’s sporting the very popular the cutout trend this season.
 Fashion wasn’t limited to the ladies, as this lady grabs a shot of a stylish guy. (Wait I could have wore shorts to the PSM party.)
 The Skai Blue Media Team and client Project Runway Winner Dom Streater got the theme, which was a night in Paris. So many people still thought it was the long time theme of “White Party” which by the way was super hot.  (Check out the first PSM I attended. Please ignore my scary photos.)

Jack and Sharon DeAngelis – Always nice to see my old friends. We hung out in the ’80s when I worked at HA Winstons, which by the way is having a reunion 8/14/14 at North Shore Beach Club.

The Dombettes: Melissa Gehman, Kerry Maginnis and Nicole Faux at the Philadelphia Style Magazine celebration of their 10th Annual “Best of Style” party at the Kimmel Center on July 17, 2014.
Juan Vidal, Sharilyn Drewen Gilfillan, Dani and Caitlin Caitlin Joyce Gonzalez with Andrea Penna and Kristen Gargon from Jewlez Entertainment.
Randyl Case, Sal D’Angelos (D’Angelo’s has the Best Lasagna in the City) and Valerie Digiacomo

Smokin Vanez Perez, Steve Ward and Madison Pard. They just celebrated their engagement party at Bistro Romano on South Street.
Lindsay Furman, Avra Cohen and Nikki Gera
Dino and Carrie Minelli. Love her dress.

Luke Palladino and Kristine Kurilko are readying their restaurant on East Passyunk Ave. Look for a star studded opening in November.

Evan and Lynsie Solomon.

Natanya DiBona, Kayli Moran popping up with their Diner en Blanc spread at the Philly Style Magazine Party. SOLD OUT.  People are willing to do a little work for an end result that is memorable; And by people I mean 4,000 people can’t all be wrong. So you black noir party people, you enjoy your night, which has been done by just about everyone, every night who’s ever had a house party, and by every one. It’s still special cause your with friends, but it’s not memorable special.  Sure one day you might say to your grandkids, when we were you’re age we called our friends and said hey come over, wear black and we’ll sit around and drink wine.

drum roll please: My pick for dress of the evening is definitely the one worn by Erin Elmore. WOWSI.
With her is Alisa Martino and Kristin Foote who look pretty darn good too. Erin keeps herself busy these days caring for 1 year old Royce, hanging with hubby Craig Spitzer and appearing on QVC.