Last night over 300 guests came out to support The Todd Herremans Foundation’s third annual Hoops for Help Fundraiser. The basketball-themed event was held at Vie and featured a meet and greet cocktail party, where guests could meet their favorite grid iron player and get an Eagles football signed, which was given to each on as they checked in for the evening. Yes an Eagles Football, even though my buddy Todd, and several of the other former Eagles players on hand had been traded this year. It was kinda a two Kleenex night for me, to see some of the guys I’ve been covering over the past 5 years, probably for the last time gathered together.  I guess I would say these were the Andy Reid guys. I’m sure someday they’ll be a reunion of some sort, I hope.

It was great to Elizabeth Dee, soon to be Mrs. Todd Herremans, as she and Todd are jetting off to Italy, Sicily to be exact, next week to prepare for their April 14th wedding there. Why there you say, besides being an exotic, Italian location. Dee’s family is from nearby Catania. I remember when Todd first brought Elizabeth to an event, he brought her over to me so I could meet her and get the first “official” photo. That meant a lot to me.

 Kellie Gagliotti, Joe Gagliotti, who own Joseph Anthony Salon (Glen Mills) with Vicki and Rob Amand, Adopt a Pig.
 Jon Runyan, Loretta Runyan with Andie Summers, XTU
 Connor Barwin, Stacey Kracher, Jeremy Maclin and Marisa Magnatta 

Fox 29 producer Tom Louden, Trent Cole and Jennapher Frederick, Fox 29

Daira Jackson and Jamaal Jackson (He played for nine seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.)

 Jeremy Maclin (He tells me he’s putting up his fly house for sale soon, and he’s already bought one in KC), with Jason Kelce.


Mar 20

DON’T DO IT!!! “: I have REALLY wanted a jersey for a while but EVERY PLAYERS JERSEY I BUY GETS TRADED”
Lindsay DeStefano, Tara Butchon and Allie Abraham.
James Keim, Ameriprise and Dennis Shea, Valhalla Venture
Serious fashion going on here with Elizabeth Dee (wearing Atelier Rittenhouse) and Marisa Magnatta
Each table had footballs for a centerpiece and a basketball signed by the Sixers coach and a few players. Who ever was the tallest at the table got to keep the ball. (Probably so when they leaned over to get it they didn’t face plant on the meal.)
How awesome is this photo Todd, Elizabeth and Shady took at the photo booth.
 I like it too cause I got all the sponsors listed in one pix.

There was a silent auction. To help where help is needed by providing resources for various
charitable organizations, to effect positive change in our communities. Over the past few years Herremans has chosen different organizations who will benefit from the gala, and he hands the checks personally to each charity.
Jeffrey Sevag and Kristy Sevag, Sevag PR
(Her company did the PR for the event along with the Full service PR agency TCOPR specializing in fashion, lifestyle, events, sports, philanthropy and personalities. .)

 Todd mentioned his harried life at the moment, being cut from the Eagles, which he said was a good move on their part, but bittersweet, preparing for his wedding, excited for the funds they were raising at the evenings gala, and his plans for returning to Philadelphia when he retires, to raise his family here and enjoy his adopted hometown where he played for the Philadelphia Eagles for 10 seasons. He does plan on having his annual charity event here in Philadelphia, every year forward.

The Two Mrs Herremans: Marilee Executive Director of the Herremans Foundation and ok technically this time next month, Elizabeth Dee Herremans.
There was a great live auction as well. This was a Tim McGraw signed guitar donated by XTU. I can’t say who purchased it, cause I’m going to place another photo in a media outlet. So mums the word. Todd also did a great fundraising effort before kicking off the Live Auction, which was co-done by Jen Frederick and Marisa Magnatta, and that was raised $10,000 for the Magee Rehab for their research on concussions, that they are studying right now. Lots of his team mates helped raise that money last night.

One of the first shots I took of Todd Herremans, with teammates Brent Celek and Stewart Bradley, I think this is 2010. Stewart arrived to the party on his moped. This was at an Eagles first practice party in August of that year.