Donors Are Heros are Heros – The Party Photos From The Liveliest People in Town

And welcome back to the old PhillyChitChat site. The site has successfully been moved onto the new “server” or something like that, and now the developers tweak it, but I can post on our beloved site. This is kinda an emotional crazy time for me, and a huge game changer. The new site should be up and live next week thanks to Chatterblast and 2ONE5

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Going forward I’ll be posting a lot more content on PhillyChitChat than in my other outlets, plus since I’ve been gone, yes just since Friday, I have hired a new Business Development person, someone you all know, and who has big plans for Philly Chit Chat and will also be contributing stories going forward – I’ll announce who it is next week at the PCC Party 4/19/16. A more chitchat with people of interest. I’m very excited as is the rest of the team – Ian M Crumm, Creative Director, Janine DeFeo- Admin Guru and Crista Bateman – PCC Social Media Giant and Mike Hirata – 2nd String Photographer extraordinaire. Suggested donation $5 for MS Society

Not surprisingly I got a little behind on the stories, as has some of my outlets. SO I’m just going to drop as many stories as possible in the next week to get up to date with some of the fantastic events


April is national Donate Organ Month, and it’s no joke that on April 1 Donors Are Heroes held their 14th Annual THE Party which is really one of the most wild and fun parties of the year. They did not disappoint this year, in fact I’d say it was the best year.


Illustrator Denise Fike has carved a nice career out for herself, a career that has always been in and around the art community.  She’s been a full-time professor and a self-employed artist for most of her career, always creating amazing illustrations for clients like Andre Leon and Sarah Jessica Parker, some of the illustrations were life size and adorn many homes in the area. These day’s you can find her at some of Philly’s best parties doing live illustrations for guests to bring home as a keepsake. She can always be found with some elaborate, fantastic hat on.


For the past several years Donors are Heroes was held at the late great Four Seasons hotel. The hotel closed last year in anticipation of its new home at the top of Comcast Tower 2 next year. The building went under an extensive renovation, and is now called The Logan, but The Party needed to make arrangements for a location before all the details were in place for the new hotel, so they returned to a familiar place, The Hyatt at the Bellevue, where they held The Party 8 years earlier. The first party I attended was when it was at the Bellevue. In those early days it was much smaller and held on the 19th floor in the Rose Garden Room. This year, it was held in the GRAND BALLROOM, and it was packed. I don’t see The Party leaving anytime soon, it was the perfect room to hold it. Love the

the room which was designed and created and produced by the following generous vendors.






Wei-Wei Weintraub Circus Entertainment performed artistic performances in the center of the ballroom adding to the excitement of the night


The evening kicked off with a VIP cocktail party on the balcony overlooking the ballroom. Guests enjoyed a buffet dinner by the Bellevue, and relaxing songs by songstress Jessy Kyle

Mike Jerrick hosted THE VIP Party and then quickly rushed back to Fox 29 for their 20 hour broadcast celebrating Good Day’s 10th Anniversary. Long time supporters of Donors are Heroes –  Bernard and Joan Spain were honored during VIP Party Reception for their support.


While waiting for his life-saving heart transplant during the spring of 2000, Don Freeman and his wife Renee Freeman realized firsthand the need for and scarcity of organ donations. Since then, Don, Renee and a group of dedicated friends have committed themselves to raising public awareness of the importance of becoming an organ and tissue donor, to dispel myths and provide a means for people to share their donation wishes with family and friends. “Organ Donors Are Heroes, They Choose to Save Lives” is the group of friends/volunteers supporting Gift of Life and its charitable supporting organization, the Transplant Foundation.


Brian Kaufman, Christina Carnevale, Jen and Brian Toner. Brian’s company Eventions Productions created the lighting and sound design of the party.


Suby Ross, CBS Radio, Emily Ross, Steffi Freedman, Fox & Roach, and Brian Freedman, 


 Cheryl Ann Kennedy, Mary Pat Kessler – co-chair of The Party 2016 (along with Angela Giannetti) , Anne Mascari (Mary Pat’s sister and the recipient of her kidney 8 years ago.) and Maria Hughes – The Chestnut Hill Alumni Crew


Louis Rose, MD, Claire Rose, Sabrina Pray, GM of Nicole Miller boutique located in the Bellevue, with  Mary Dougherty owner of Nicole Miller Philadelphia. 

Earlier this year there was a great profile piece in Shoppist on about Mary. Check it out here SHOPPIST


Amber Joe and Tommy Domalski stopped by on their way to another great charity event at the Crystal Tea Room.


If you haven’t seen their wedding photos, check them out here AMAZING

John Colabelli, Philly Style Magazine and Lauren Colabelli looking fabulous as usual.


Adriana Piper, Barclay Prime with her chocolate Popsicle and Abigail Dahan, Parc pastry chef with her macaroon. Guests enjoyed desserts and dishes from more than thirty of Philadelphia’s most fabulous restaurants and bakeries.


The ballrooms alcoves were turned into cozy lounges, here Cheryl George and Dr. Reinal Marino, both of deme Dental Care | deme cosmetic

enjoy a prime viewing spot of the happenings.


Vita Shoaff from Talula’s Garden with treats


and then out in the vestibule there was what seemed to be miles and miles of delicious treats from so many fabulous bakeries who donated to the night






The most fabulous frock of the evening was worn by Jaclyn Dolan, it just brighten up what was already a fantastic night of fashion and fun and Eli Mudrick is pretty fancy himself.


There were no slouches at The Party, which is why this event is always the highlight of the spring if not the year.


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Stacey Kracher and Brandon Morrison. The most dynamic duo of the Philly philanthropic scene. Before meeting, individually they were great connectors, now that they’re connected the sky is the limit for them. Next up for Brandon – The ADL Walk on May 15th.

I’ll be walking and if you would like to support my efforts Please Make A Donation.


OK who were these fabulous girls who just made the party. In the background is DJ Eddie Tully and songstress Jessy Kyle, who kept the dance floor pumping all night.


I even made an appearance on the dance floor


I got the most fabulous shots too


Eric Allen finds a friend. 



Make sure that you attend The Party next year, and remember 

DON’T TAKE YOUR ORGANS WITH YOU, no one can use them in Heaven! 

Donors Are Heroes

One more thing… April 17

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The 21st Annual Donor Dash, scheduled for Sunday, April 17, 2016