Party Photos: Ambassadors of Wistar Cocktail Hour Capital Grille ie Young Friends Raising Money for Cancer Research

Last week the Ambassadors of Wistar Institute hosted a Cocktail Hour at Capital Grille. The Ambassador level of Wistar is similar to a young friends organization, where a younger generation takes an interest and concern in all the works and research Wistar undertakes. It’s a great way to be philanthropic at a much more affordable level for a younger demographic.

Elaine Battaglia, Alexa Lustig, Ian Michael Crumm, Michael Magnatta, Leah Reinhard, Eric Allen Smith, Jenny Perkins, Lynsie Solomon, Allison Becker, Peter Dilsheimer, and Gabriela Guaracao

Heather A. Steinman, Ph.D., M.B.A., as Vice President for Business Development and Executive Director, Technology Transfer greets the guests as retiring CEO and president of Wistar, Russel E. Kaufman, M.D., FACP, FCPP,  CEO, looks on. The Wistar Institute is the nation’s first independent institution
devoted to medical research and training. The Wistar Institute has
evolved from its beginnings as an anatomical teaching museum to its
present-day status as an international leader in basic biomedical
research. What I really like about attending these events is Dr. Kaufman’s explanation of where the cancer research is today, as well as how cancer grows, the changes in the cells, in a language that a lay person can understand. You understand exactly where your financial help is going.

Eric Allen Smith and Alison Young.

 George and Joann Magnatta(a few of the Ambassador’s friends were on hand.)
 Evan Solomon and Lynsie Solomon. Lynsie is the founder of the Ambassadors of Wistar Institute.
 Thanks to sponsors Capital Grille and Trinchero Family Estates for making the evening a success.

 Ahi Tuna on cucumber. (definitely a Paleo treat)
 Mark and Tania Schade and Gianni L.
  Evan Solomon, EFS Networks Inc (EFS Networks Inc is a full service business process and technology consulting firm. [I highly recommend him])
and Peter Dilsheimer
 There was a silent auction of a few select items that raised additional funds that evening. This was a Capital Grille knife set, a bottle of wine and happy hour w/food for 12 people. Very generous of Capital Grille.
 Jenny Perkins and Sylvia Feinberg
 Penny and Bob Fox (The Wistar Institute’s new seven-story research building carries the names of Penny and Bob Fox, two of their most staunchest and most generous supporters) and Elyse Hoffmann, Director of Donor Relations and Special Events
Maria Trafton, Kelley Reilly, Megan Fesolovich, and Amanda Giddings, ‎Sales Manager /Sommelier at The Capital Grille. Amanda and her beau Michael Dana enjoyed the Grammy’s Sunday night (I was surprised they had such a low rating, I thought the line up was amazing.) Amanda said watching the Grammy’s with Michael is like watching from backstage. He knows who is lip syncing and what’s up. He’s watching for the music. I’m watching for fashion and entertainment.
 Allison Becker (Wednesday night’s she’s headed to
Tattooed Mom for the PMA Winter Gala Publicity Event happy hour 6-8. The Winter Gala is 2/21/15 at the Art Museum), Ian Michael Crumm, Alexa Lustig, and Peter Dilsheimer
 Alexander Hankin inquires about membership to the Ambassadors. I think he’s one of the most philanthropic young men in Philly. Recently he started a Young Friends of the Jewish National Fund here in Philadelphia. The evening ended at 7PM, but continued over at the Union League and at Captial Grill for dinner.