PhillyGossip: Charitable Givings: Jakub Voracek & Todd Herremans , Ambassador Andrew Young, Jr. & Lisa Ling Visit

We’re running a little late on Philly Gossip this week. I normally post on Monday but was obsessed with the snow. Let’s see what’s happening with our friends, family and the bold faced names in Philly from photos I’ve curated from social media.

Winning: Philadelphia Flyers Jakub Voracek hosted The Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region in his Flyers box on Monday Night. (As of January 1, 2016, Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania
merged with New Jersey sister affiliate, Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties)
After the game Jakub held a meet and greet with the kids and made a $32,000 donations to the organization. Born in Kladno, Czech Republic, Voracek donates $1,000 for every point he scores this season to help fight MS in the Czech Republic. As of Monday he has scored 34 points in the 15/16 season. (This good deed comes on the heels of some bad news, as Voracek’s sister, Petra, has been diagnosed with the disease.)

 The football season is over and Todd & Elizabeth Herremans have return to Philadelphia where they live in the off season.

Tuesday Todd on behalf of his foundation Herremans Foundation , stopped by the Veterans Group in
to drop off a donation to help them continue improvements
to the home and provide more assistance to local vets. Director Jose
and Board Member Steve Phillabaum showed Todd the new kitchen
area. Outside they are joined by one of the Veteran Residents. Much of
the work on the home is being done by the residents themselves.
In honor of National Spouse Day on Tuesday, Elizabeth Herremans posted this lovely tribute to her husband Todd Herremans.

Another great athlete that calls Philly his adopted home, Connor Barwin recently returned to living in Rittenhouse Square where he bought a house I hear. Normally I wouldn’t write this, but he posted this photo and another on his instagram and people guessed the street, which really isn’t that hard. When he first arrived in Philly he settled in this area; then left and rented at Broad and Washington while I guess he waited on the renovations of his new house. Now he’s settled back into the Ritt Square area and has a life size snowman outside to welcome guests.  One of the nicest guys and very philanthropic with his time and money to ever play on a team in Philly, no one is going to visit his house to egg it when the Eagles suck like when they attempted to do that to Chip Kelly’s house in Haddonfield.

Last week Connor Barwin posted: It was an honor meeting and hearing Rev. King and retired Police Comm. Ramsey speak yesterday on MLK Day.

Tuesday I had lunch at Bank & Bourbon at the Loews Hotel. I ran into CNN’s Lisa Ling, who’s been in town since last Thursday doing profile interviews of notable Philadelphian’s. Yesterday it was retired Police Comm. Ramsey, who I saw leaving the interview room. It was reported Monday that Charles Ramsey, a former police chief in both Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., is returning to his hometown to serve as a senior advisor to the Chicago Police Department to guide civil rights reforms, city officials announced Sunday. (ABC7)

Ling stayed at the Loews Hotel during her time here and captured this shot on Sunday night.

Celebrity Round Up

Friday afternoon when the Academy Ball was cancelled, comedian Martin Short worked out at the Ritz Carlton gym while he waited to hear when the next flight would be to take him back to LA.

Nicki’s back in town

A few weeks ago I reported that Nicki ate at Capital Grille with Meek. Friday I was there for dinner and asked to see her table. It’s in the very last room, ask for it next time your in.

Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill and one of the Sixers owners had dinner at  Del Frisco’s last night after the Sixers win at Wells Fargo. So far Nicki has proven to be a good luck charm to the team as they’ve won both games she’s attended. Maybe she’s the motivation for them to get the ball down to that end.

Over the weekend 
Neef Buck, Young Chris and friends were at Del Frisco’s. Earlier in the month Houston Texans star J.J. Watt was there with his agent. This week he granted a dying women’s wish to meet him.

Former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, Jr. visited Jefferson Hospital on Tuesday and was hosted at an event welcoming him last night. Here he is with Keith Leaphart, Replica Creative founder

Today he will be touring the campus

Former U.S. Ambassador Young joins Jefferson President and CEO Dr. Steve Klasko for a special conversation on the importance of health care as part of Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of equal rights for all. Tune in for a live radio broadcast at 9 a.m. of their conversation and follow-up Q&A session, led by Sidney Kimmel Medical College Class of 2018 student, Peter Salam Beah, on WURD (900 AM) at A free 900amwurd radio APP is also available for your smartphone.

Monday was Australia Day and 95.7 BEN FM
Marilyn Russell posted a few of her fav Australian peeps Russell Crow and Neen James.

After covering the epic snowstorm over the weekend Cecily Tynan took the day Sunday and went skiing with her husband at Blue Mountain. I would have thought she’d have had enough of the snow.


Congrats to Ernest Owens on his new gig, editor, curated of G Philly

TONIGHT Chef Big Rube is serving Chicken & Waffles at Toast from 6PM til 10PM. 
It’s at 12th and Spruce Streets.  $28 sales ended but give Rub a shout to see if they’ll be tickets at the door. @BigRubeHarley

Shop Realm to Support The Wistar Institute 2/4/16 at 1414 S. Penn Square 2nd Floor 530 – 830; RSVP by 2/1/16 to lynsiesolomon

Casey Reed co-stars in Saturday Morning Fever. Check out this interesting article on the show by Molly Eichel at

                                                                            In Passing

Condolences to the Starr Group on the passing of Bruce Koch, their CFO

 As well as Abe Vigoda, who passed away this week. I photographed him a few times when I worked in NYC and he was a delight. Here’s a shot of Abe with Matt Pantaleno and Alicia Vitarelli Pantaleno