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June 2017


Millésimé & Ligne Roset & Arclinea Kitchens Hosts a fundraiser Cocktail Party

Ligne Roset Philadelphia celebrated community and the good work done by Need in Deed and Vetri Community Partnership at a private event hosted on Thursday evening, June 1, 2017 at their Old City location (33 N. 2nd Street). To honor the occasion, they auctioned off two Ottoman armchairs designed by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, with special Masai upholstery by Raf Simons. 100% of the silent auction proceeds will go directly to these local charities. Both organizations are doing incredibly important work for the youth of Philadelphia.

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Located in Old City 33 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 Millésimé & Ligne Roset & Arclinea design showroom represents a collection of modern and contemporary furniture, lighting, kitchens and accessories for residential and commercial use. The Millésimé team provides expertise to architects, designers and individual clients.

Millésimé Laura Deyonker, Caryn Liss, and Carolyn Perri

Zac Sivertsen and Megan Sivertsen

Alex Freedman and Ilana Liss

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Vetri Cooking Lab is an out-of-school-time program for students in 4th through 6th grade that focuses on cooking, nutrition and food education featuring STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) core concepts.

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Toyin Ajayi-Frankel and Andy Frankel

Richard Quinn and Lena Kim


At Millésimé, I seek to inspire, connect and impact my client’s lives through curated collections of expertly crafted furniture, lighting, accessories and one-of-a-kind artwork. I’d love to share my vison and collections with you. Please contact me directly or visit our new showroom in Old City. – Jinous Kazemi

Heather Huber and Danielle Zimmerman
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Ruth Snyderman and Rick Snyderman of the Snyderman-Works Galleries
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Heidi Nivling-Becker, Larry Becker, and Kimberly Kirn

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10% of all purchases during June 1-7 went to benefit the two worthy charities Need in Deed and Vetri Community Partnership

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Heather Huber and Danielle Zimmerman
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The Boyz II Men Breakdown of Broad Street Naming – Plus Welcome America Highlights

Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day for the dedication of the Boyz II Men Blvd on Broad Street. Now the section of the street renamed doesn’t affect folks address who live or do business along that section, as I read on comments. People who lived on the street were panicking for those that did live on the street, or possibly had too much time on their hands. This is an honorable mention for  the boyz from Philly who made it big time.


The members of R&B’s legendary Boyz II Men were honored Saturday June 24, 2017 at their alma mater, Philadelphia High School for the Creative & Performing Arts on Broad Street in South Philly (although when the guys attended the school was located on 17th Street), when the City named a section of the street after them from Christian and Carpenter — Boyz II Men Boulevard. Boyz II Men consisted of 4 guys from Philadelphia (Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman) who went on superstars with songs like  “End of the Road”, “Motown Philly” and  “I’ll Make Love to You” .


When I arrived for the 11AM ceremony, the honorees were inside the Philadelphia High School for the Creative & Performing Arts on Broad Street doing print press, as well as posing for photos while enjoying Tastykakes and other Philly delights. Back story: The Boyz met at the school, but not this school. At the time they went to school it was located on 17th Street. First out the door was Nicole Cashman, CEO of Cashman & Assoc. Melanie Sole, who handles the Welcome America press, and behind her in the blue shirt is Welcome America President and CEO Jeff Guaracino, who’s team produces July 4th in Philadelphia – Wawa Welcome America

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Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, Michael McCary, and Nathan Morris met during the 1980s while attending the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. A few years back Michael McCary left the group, but Shawn Stockman honored him by wearing an original Boyz II Men shirt.

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Lots of family members of the boys came out to support them

Geoff Gordon, Regional President of Live Nation spoke of the contributions the band made to the music industry. Then he mentioned Live Nation is opening the Met on North Broad, and basically booked the Boyz for opening night. Anatomy HD1_0564 (Custom) (Custom) HD1_0571 (Custom) (Custom) Anatomy Anatomy
Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman with City Rep Sheila Hess
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Boyz II Men points to the new street sign on Broad Street

Check out the rest of Wawa Welcome America Schedule


Pixs: The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons hosted the 2017 Official Draft Party of the Philadelphia 76ers

The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons in Northern Liberties hosted the 2017 Official Draft Party of the Philadelphia 76ers last week, Thursday, June 22 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fans were invited to watch the 2017 NBA Draft broadcast live on the Piazza’s 400-square-foot HD LED screen.

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The Sixers held the third overall pick in addition to four second-round selections.



While they watched the Draft on the big screen, guests enjoyed appearances by Sixers legends, mascot Franklin, Sixers Dancers and more. The party also featured a live DJ, trivia contests, vendors, a silent auction, and food and drink specials from restaurants within the Piazza.


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Diana Zaccagnini, Michael Strauss, and Theresa Carvalho of Mikes BBQ Philly

Diana Zaccagnini, Michael Strauss, and Theresa Carvalho of Mikes BBQ Philly

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Alex Rahmanan, Sixers, Adam Sekeloick and Dom Staino

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Ali Kobeissi, Crabby's Cafe

Ali Kobeissi, Crabby’s Cafe

Laila Davids, Bleu martini

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Meghan Coyle, Ron Zanbtrch and Chelsea Coyle

Meghan Coyle, Ron Zanbtrch and Chelsea Coyle

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Joshua Jackson

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“We’re excited to support the Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons with the Official Draft Party of the Philadelphia 76ers,” Chris Heck, the Sixers’ chief sales and marketing officer, said in a release. “Our fans in Philadelphia have tremendous pride and passion for this team, and we’re looking forward to an incredible atmosphere in Northern Liberties on Draft Night.”

Check out for the minute by minute exciting coverage and a few more photos of the event.

Congrats to the folks at Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons and Aversa Pr for an excellent event. Thanks to PhillyChitChat’s Andre Flewellen for the shots.

Vacation Plans: The Brand New Parking Spot 2 is Now Open at PHL Airport

Vacation Plans: The Brand New Parking Spot 2 is Now Open at PHL Airport

Good Tuesday morning. It’s summer and I know you are all traveling to fun exotic places near and far. A few weeks ago Mike and I headed to Alaska for our Cabot Cheese Cruise. I’ll be writing about that soon I promise. Some of you know we went bird watching at Tinicum Park/John Heinz Wildlife Refuge about a month ago. On our way back to Rt 95 towards Philly we passed this cute parking lot called – The Parking Spot. We decided we would use this one on our trip this time. The buses were eye catching, and I saw they had a membership parking card.  Since I got over my fear of flying this year, I think I need a membership to a PHL parking spot. We like to park our car at the airport when we travel. Coincidentally the Parking Spot reached out to me about the same time to explore what they had to offer. Now that is serendipitous. I covered the Grand Opening of the Parking Spot 2, which is a covered parking to protect your car from the elements.

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The Parking Spot Officials at the Ribbon Cutting of the Parking Spot 2
Frank McCann, Thom Zak,
Senior Vice President and Chief Client Officer; Sam Londres, Kevin J. Shrier, President and Chief Executive Officer, Eric Bergman, Jim Pio, Sales Manager at The Parking Spot and Yves Agustin
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The Parking Spot 2 protects up to 1200 cars from the elements. It is well lit, fenced in and secured 24/7.
The Parking Spot is more than just a space to park your car. We focus on hospitality, making it easy, comfortable and affordable to get a superior airport parking experience. Founded in 1998, The Parking Spot is the leading near-airport parking company in the United States with 38 locations at 21 airports. (source)


NewAfter the ribbon cutting there was a lunch for the  the Philadelphia Business Travel Association which Jim Pio, The Parking Spot, is president.
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and the ladies from Ricoh USA

The Parking Spot is the nation’s largest owner and operator of near-airport  parking properties serving guests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   The Parking Spot has a loyalty program, The Spot Club TM , offers guests perks such  as, free earned days of parking, member exclusive deals, and added benefits  through their loyalty tiered program.

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Michael Farrel, Fox World Travel, Adrienne Ralph, AAA, and Brian St. Leger, AAA

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Lani, Stacey Confer, AVE Malvern, and Ava Pachel, AVE Malvern (A Korman property)

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Karen Jablonski, Blank Rome and Bernadette Polson, American Airlines

Jim Pio greets the guests
Jeff Guaracino from Welcome America, Inc talks about upcoming exciting events happening for July 4th.

Kyle Brown, The Parking Spot
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Joe Barton, Cornerstone Government Affairs


The Parking Spot had the local charity Jenna Priore, Camp Kesem stop by and give a talk on their camp for kids. Then the Parking Spot made a generous donation to them.

HD1_8000 (Custom)Speaking of the Parking Spot 2, here’s what the covered lot looks like; very clean, well marked, high ceilings and with skylights.

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As I mentioned in the beginning of the entry, Mike and I used the facility when we went to Alaska a few weeks ago. The driver was nice enough for me to grab this shot on our way out, he probably thought I was crazy. I told him I was capturing my vacation from the beginning to the end. Seriously how great is the branding?
Here’s two very important things to remember when planning your vacation

  • Make a reservation on the Parking Spot website

    We’ll save you a spot!

    Sign up for a Spot Club account to waive your reservation fee. Also, lookout for an email from The Parking Spot the day before your arrival for detailed instructions.

  • Download the Parking Spot App (which keeps track of everything)

    Manage your Spot Club account and track your shuttle.

    Download the Parking Spot App and sign into your account to view your reservation details learn more.




The buses are really clean, and they had seat belts which I loved. The drivers are very friendly and helped us with our bags on and off. They also asked about our vacation plans. When you park your car, the driver picks you up at your car, and gives you a card that states what spot your car is parked at. When you return, you give it to the shuttle bus driver and he takes you to your car.

I was very impressed with the ease of use. Makes me want to travel more this year, if only Mike wasn’t nearly out of vacation days.

I didn’t know it when I parked there, but there’s an app you can download to see where the buses are when your plane arrives and you’re ready to go back to your car, and you can notify them through the app that you are waiting at a shuttle stop. When we went out we saw we had just missed

You can also call the dispatcher like we did, and the bus came within 5 minutes.  It was 630am, and the driver could not have been more pleasant. He told us about how the shuttles constantly circle the arrival area looking for the Parking Spot customers, so that no one has to wait long

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Here’s instructions on how to reserve parking, download the app and make everything really easy. The ride back to the Parking Spot 2 was 5 minutes. Mike Timed it as I know you’re not surprised by that. I felt like it was the closest one. It certainly was the easiest one to get find, and get on the highway from. In January it was foggy, and we could not find the one we used to use. The GPS was wonky and we ended up no where near it. I really panicked. I guess that’s why we were in the market for a new parking spot, the other one was further away. I find the Parking Spot to be much more convenient. Plus you can sign up for a membership, collect points towards free parking. Also this summer, they have an opening special for parking. Definitely try them out. Here’s the Link.

I completely forgot to tell you about the bottle water they give out to their customers when they check out of the parking spot. It’s much appreciated, the air in the plane is dehydrating

(This blog post was sponsored by the Parking Spot)

The opinions and shotty writing are my own.


Jon Dorenbos Gets Married, Why Was The Bounty Hunter and Donnie Wahlberg in Town and More Fun Tidbits

Jon Dorenbos Gets Married, Why Was The Bounty Hunter and Donnie Wahlberg in Town and More Fun Tidbits

Sunday June 25, 2017 time is flying by. How gorgeous was yesterday. I covered the Boyz II Men street naming event and will have photos and behind the scenes coverage for you tomorrow. In the meantime here’s today’s Philly Gossip/Around Philly happenings. Can you believe it the July 4th Weekend is next weekend. OK get out today and enjoy it, it’s going to be a beaut’ as dad would always say.



 Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos married longtime girlfriend Annelise Dale on the beaches of Mexico June 17. The duo told me last year they met in Las Vegas in 2015, and have been inseparable ever since.  Dorenbos, who is set to enter a record breaking 12th season as the Eagles long-snapper.  Congrats you two. This is an epic shot I pulled off Jon’s instagram.
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Yesterday Fox 29’s Dave Kinchen ran into the Dog Bounty Hunter outside the Ritz Hotel on Broad Street. “Dog the Bounty Hunter” and wife, Beth Chapman, are in town as they’re appearing in Trenton today for a Community Town Hall Meeting on Bail Reform in New Jersey. Pastor Dorion Morgan, who is hosting the Chapmans at his church on Sunday, the Restoration Station Christian Fellowship Church, is a criminal defense attorney who has seen this unconstitutional side of the bail reform. (source)
jonBefore heading to the Wells Fargo Center to perform in the NKOB, Boyz II Men, and Paula Abdul concert, Donnie Wahlberg headed to the Piazza and his family’s namesake eatery Wahlburger’s. He met contest winners from IHeartMedia and filmed a segment for his families reality tv show on A&E.

His band mate Danny Wood, worked out at Planet Fitness in South Philly yesterday afternoon. Seems it was back, biceps and abs day according to his twitter.

Former Miss Philadelphia Ryann Richardson, moved to DC a few years back. She participated in the Miss DC USA 2017 pageant and came in 2nd. When Miss DC 2017 was chosen as Miss USA earlier this year, Ryann became Miss DC USA 2017. Next Saturday she will be officially crowned. Interestingly enough, this same scenario happened last year with Miss DC 2016 being picked as Miss USA 2016. Jon
Another winner is Ashley Taylor, who owns DFTI Boutique on Chestnut Street. She won Best Women’s Boutique 2017. Congrats are also in order for Kory Aversa, who had 12 clients who won in their best of categories. Jon
Philly Style Magazine was recently bought by Modern Luxury. Which is a privately held company represented many luxury brand magazines. Expect more of the best of the beautiful, as well as photos by me. Jon
This month I have a few columns in Philly Style including this great shot that Kevin Hart gave me at the Arts + Business Council Awards last month.  Don’t forget Kevin Hart Day is coming in in Philly on July 6 and the actor/comedian will be back in town. Stay with Philly Chit Chat for updates. Jon
Also in the issue is my new bff in my head, Kristen Alderson. You may recall her from her years on One Life To Live as Starr Manning. I was a serious fan boy. I was so right, she is the sweetest person, kind and generous as is her brother Eddie and mom Kathy. So glad to get to know them. 6-22-2017 10-02-28 AM (Custom)

Talk about sweet and kind, Congrats to matchmaker Steve Ward and Madison Pard on their upcoming nuptials. 6-24-2017 10-23-34 PM (Custom)

Congrats to Fox 29’s Alissa Frick and Tony Frick, Manna Board President on their upcoming production. So adorable.6-24-2017 10-44-12 PM (Custom)
Yesterday I saw the most beautiful bride on the Art Museum Steps, but couldn’t grab a shot from my speeding car. So I looked up photos of who was on the steps yesterday and found this interesting story of a girl biking across the country for charity.
I’m just a simple gal on two wheels with restless legs.   My name is Marisol Gomez.  Some call me an extremist, but I just like to push my limits.   Having played competitive sports most of this life, my aspirations continue to flourish.  For the last five years, I have thought about riding a bicycle cross-country.  When a friend told me he and his wife had bicycled from Long Beach, CA, to Long Beach, NY, it really got my gears turning.”
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Then there was this cute sketch of the city from the steps, including the scaffalding around City Hall. It’s been 8 weeks, I hope it’s done by July 4. I should write someone and find out.6-10-2017 12-57-38 PM (Custom)

Hey Jillian Mele , Fox and Friends, was back in town to get her locks done by Salon Vanity’s  Edmondo Blando. He does all the anchor babes, many of them coming back in town just to get their locks done by him like former Fox 29 babe Kacie McDonnell


So long Penne restaurant and wine bar. You had a good run. Look how adorable Roberta Adamo is with her new ‘do. Wishing her a happy retirement.
We had so much fun in the early days.

Speaking of never really gone legendary Chef Georges Perrier, is now back in the kitchen as Master in Residence at Walnut Hill College. He’s teaching/mentoring the
chefs of tomorrow. That’s terrific.
OK see you tomorrow, or on instagram today.
Best HughE


Best Shots of the Week – Plus Links to Parties Shot This Week

The weather has broken, and the sun is peeking out, time for you to get out. But will lying on the beach or waiting in line at the clothing store check out these best shots of the week and click on the link to find party photos Philly Chit Chat shot. I’ve decided that every Saturday I will publish links to where you can find your photos. If by chance you’re photo didn’t make it into these publications, the photos are returned to the party planner, who may put it on their social media or might have a link to the photo for you. PhillyChitChat doesn’t sell individual photos, but is usually hired to shoot these events for media purposes.  Thanks have an awesome day.


Andre Flewellen photographed the NBA Draft on Thursday
Check out his column of shots at the Metro and the Philly Biz Journal, which will be up on Monday.

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Photos from the The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 2017 Man and Women of the Year are on Philly Style Magazine

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Photos from the new Fishtown Hops can be found at Metro Philly

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Photos from the Wall Ball were published on Philly Style Magazine

Don’t forget to go through PhillyChitChat to see if your shot made my column.
Philly Mag columns are no longer online, and only publishes once a month and you can find them on news stands or hopefully your mailbox

Lots of events made it into Liberty City Press which you can find as an insert in Al Dia, PGN, The Sun and China Star at any corner newsstand
I’ll have more placements next week, which I’ll publish every Saturday.


Your Summer Spot on The Delaware River Fishtown Hops at Sugarhouse

Your Summer Spot on The Delaware River Fishtown Hops at Sugarhouse

Last night I covered the opening preview party for

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Fishtown Hops located at Sugarhouse Casino


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The iffy weather let us explore the inside and outside of the newly renovated space which used to be Sugarhouse’s restaurant Refinery, but is now a more modern, rustic beer garden/gastro pub.

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Another element I really liked about the new space was you don’t have to walk through the casino to get to it, you walk along a lovely landscaped path on the right side of the building.

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6-22-2017 12-01-17 PMThese were samples at the preview party

  • Strawberry Salad


    Spring mix, strawberries, feta cheese, sunflower seeds & strawberry Champagne vinaigrette dressing

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The new menu has delicious treats like the Chilli Cheese Hot Dogs, I confess I had two.

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HD1_9920 (Custom)Wednesday through Saturday’s Fishtown Hops has happy hour with live music. Here’s the schedule

The food at the preview party were sample sizes.

  • Candied Bacon


    Smoked bacon caramelized with bourbon brown sugar glaze


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  • Bruschetta


    Choose 3: Brie, apples & fig spread | Burrata, bacon, arugula & tomato | Sweet & spicy pepper jam & goat cheese | Roasted peppers, arugula & garlic cream cheese | Prosciutto, figs & mascarpone | Roast beef, caramelized onions & horseradish cream cheese


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  • Mac N’ Cheese Crab Bites


    Fried mac n cheese, jumbo lump crabmeat, Old Bay® seasoning & Cajun remoulade


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  • Deviled Eggs


    2 Jumbo lump crabmeat, 2 Bacon avocado, 2 Sriracha jalapeño



  • Cheese & Charcuterie


    Soppressata, salami, pepperoni, prosciutto, Fontina & smoked mozzarella cheeses, fig jam, whole grain Hennessy mustard, grapes & assorted rustic breads


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They have lots of fun games, board games, corn hole, swoosh ball and Jenga. That game always makes me flinch.

Then there’s this view which is amazing. Oh and I do like the casino too. If you follow me on Instagram Stories you’d know. I love that Party machine.


Diner en Blanc Preview Party, Plus How You Can Go

Happy first day of summer. WOW where did the spring go. Although the social season winds down a bit in the summer as folks go away on the weekends, there are still a few amazing events happening one of which is Diner en Blanc. Earlier this month Diner en Blanc had a preview party at the South Street Shambles. I was in Alaska on my cruise, but Al For was there and sent over a few photos of the event we both shoot for Aversa PR in August.


It was a packed house under the shambles, despite the questionable weather. Diner en Blanc is held rain/shine as well. Over the years weather has not been a deterent for fans of the outdoor party attracting increasing crowds with each year.

2012 – 1,200 Logan Circle
2013 – 2,550 JFK Bridge
2014 – 3,500 Avenue of the Arts
2015 – 4,500 The Navy Yard – Marine Parade Grounds
2016 – 5,000 Philadelphia Museum of Art
2017 – 5,200  Surprise location! (Can we start guessing now? I’m thinking somewhere in Old City, how about Market Street? or
Maybe the Piazza?)

preview Natanya DiBona and Kayli Moran co-hosts of Philly’s Diner en Blanc with Anita Oh, fashion blogger and cbs 3 reporter

Past participants should watch for their phase one invitations sometime in early July. Phase 2 and 3 will follow later in the month.

Phase 1 for last year’s registered members – July 6th
Phase 2 for guests recommended from those that registered from phase 1 – July 13th
Lottery (Phase 3) for those on the wait list who are new to event – July 18th opens and continues with lottery system until sold out

Winner: Eilena Mercier-Ehmann; Event Loft (
Theme: 1976- The Love Sign is placed in Love Park as part of the Bicentennial celebration

It is six years- what keeps people going each year?

Initially, I think it’s the intrigue of what location- a new location each year really gives an opportunity to show off the city in an entirely different way.  However, year after year guests come back to enjoy an elegant meal and a really great party with their family and friends. It has become a Philadelphia tradition we are proud to have started.

Lessons learned from 2016 and six years under belt:

Each year we get more and more organized and we have more and more people who are returning to volunteer, so we have a lot of experience under our belt.   We ask for feedback from our guests, group leaders and table leaders and from our planning team and we take it very seriously and make improvements based on their suggestions.  However, the fact that the location changes each year means that we face new and unusual challenges each year.

What is your favorite part about planning this event?

I honestly can’t say there is just one favorite part.   However, I do absolutely love picking a spot and designing an event around showing off the beauty of the location, as well as the historical significance of the spot to the City of Philadelphia.   Both of my parents were born and raised in South Philadelphia and their families really embraced the city and everything it had to offer.  I find myself drawing on their stories or pictures- whether it’s my great uncle’s Navy Yard identification badge or a black and white picture my grandfather took from the top of the Art Museum steps- for inspiration.


6ABC’s Alicia Vitarelli was a guest celeb designer of a table – and worked with Valley Flowers.

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NEW CULINARY PARTNERS – ALL NEW FOR 2017 (all were at preview too):
Feast Your Eyes Catering (photo above)
Cheese Boards from Collective Creamery
Charcuterie from 1732 Meats

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Suzi Nash trying on a hat by Touché Accessories

Pat Nogar, Jennifer Lynn Robinson and Maria Fritz (sporting her new brown ‘do)

Winner of the Judge’s Choice

Winner: Coleen Christian Burke; Events by Coleen
Theme: 1901- The first official Mummer’s Parade is held

Christopher Cordaro, EB Realty/Divine Lorraine
Amy Needle,  CEO, Historic Philadelphia
Lee Arnold Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Senior Director of Library and Collections
Sheila Hess, City Representative, Philadelphia
Kelly Edwards, Community Relations at Arts and Crafts Holdings
Adam Schmidt, Drink Philly
Anita Oh, CBS3

How To Get Into Diner en Blanc




Ardmore, PA — The Ardmore Initiative along with several Cricket Avenue businesses will present the Big Dig on Sunday June 25 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. The family-oriented construction carnival will take place along Cricket Avenue and on the building site of One Ardmore Place, the 110-unit apartment being built by Dranoff Properties in Ardmore’s vibrant downtown.  The Big Dig is the first in a series of community events being rolled out by the business community to spotlight Ardmore as a live, work and play destination.


“Big trucks, digging holes and hands-on building stations is what the Big Dig is all about,” said Carrie Kohs, owner of pucciManuli the award-winning toy store and a Big Dig host business.  “Lots of exciting things are happening in Ardmore and events like the Big Dig give us the opportunity to showcase Ardmore to the region.”

The fun-filled morning designed by child-experts will allow participants to tour a live construction site and touch and take photos with large-scale construction equipment including dump trucks and excavators.  A series of build, dig and learn stations will be set up to challenge and develop the building skills of youngsters.

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Ardmore’s Big Dig will start at 9:00am sharp.  The first stop for arriving guests is pucciManuli (35 Cricket Avenue) where the first 300 children will receive a complimentary hard hat, construction swag bag and “blueprints” for the day and will register for the Big Dig giveaway.  Next will be tours of the construction site and a series of activity stations.  Free giveaways will include DIY decorative stickers, construction site access lanyard, construction tote bag, coloring sheet and crayons, and construction tattoos.

The full line-up of free construction themed activities includes the following:

• Touch-A-Truck – Guests will have the opportunity to see and touch some of their favorite big trucks and heavy machinery up close, as well as meet some of the operators of this equipment. Vehicles on display to include two excavators, a skid steer and a dump truck.


• Diggin’ Dirt Sensory Station – Little ones will have an opportunity to dig their own holes using dirt from the construction site and operate small construction vehicles.

• Build-A-Building – Children of all ages will have the opportunity to test their construction skills using various construction methods and techniques. Building materials will be supplied, including toothpicks/marshmallows, red cardboard bricks, various sized cardboard boxes and more.

• Dump Truck Cookie Decorating – Kids will have the opportunity to decorate their own dump truck cookie, provided by Viking Pastries (located at 39 Cricket Avenue, across from One Ardmore Place)

• Imagination Playground Building Blocks – Lulu’s Casita will bring over their big, blue imagination building blocks kids can use to build and stack with.

• Build-Your-Own-Snack – Kids will be given a small construction lunchbox to fill with various snacks including mini donuts (to resemble wheels), pretzel rods, pirate’s booty and more!

All families that attend Ardmore’s Big Dig will be entered in a special drawing to win special construction-themed prizes for the whole family. Prizes to date include:

• Family four-pack of tickets to Diggerland
• $100 gift certificate to Lulu’s Casita
• $100 in pucciManula to pucciManuli

• Construction gear from Harkins Builders

The morning is also a learning opportunity for adults who will be able to view the site from inside the fence where they may ask questions and learn more about the mixed-use project that will include luxury apartments, street-level retail space and a three-deck public parking garage.


Ardmore is hip, fun, family-friendly place to visit and live.  There are many exciting things happening that are changing our small town for the better,” said Christine Vilardo, Executive Director of the Ardmore Initiative.  An event like the Big Dig brings the community out to share in and celebrate the progress that we are making.”

Ardmore’s Big Dig is free and open to the public.  RSVP is requested for proper planning by visiting, Swag bags are available to the first 300 people that check-in on the morning of the event. All families entering the site will be required to wear closed-toe shoes and sign release forms.  All minors will be required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian while on the construction site.  Closed toed shoes are required (no sandals). For any additional information, visit or call 610-645-0540.

Ardmore’s Big Dig is organized and presented by Ardmore Initiative, pucciManuli and Lulu’s Casita and is sponsored by One Ardmore Place, Harkins Builders and Viking Pastries.

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Photos: Arts + Business Council Charitable Giving and Soliciting Money for Non-Profits

Nearly 250 business and thought leaders attended the Arts + Business Council, a Council of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, morning networking event at The Prince Theater on June 14, 2017 on the subject of charitable giving and soliciting money from donors.


Jim Dever, President of  Bank of America; Danielle Amato-Milligan Senior Vice President, Practice Expert, Nonprofit Consulting & Planned Giving U.S. Trust and Chris Dumont, Market Executive for Pennsylvania and Delaware, US Trust, Bank of American

Danielle Amato-Milligan (c) Senior Vice President, Practice Expert, Nonprofit Consulting & Planned Giving U.S. Trust gave a presentation on the latest report ‘Giving USA’ where it was reported that donations Grew 1.4% to $390 Billion in 2016,

Patricia LePera, ‎Steege/Thomson; Danielle Amato-Milligan, US Trust; Amanda DiChello, Esq. Saul Wewing LLP; Valerie Jones, CFRE, CEO Valerie M. Jones Associates and Sidney R. Hargro, The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. Some of the highlights of the conversation was how to engage with donors. It’s important to have a good board, which good standing in the community and find out where strengths lie.   Build a relationship with potential sponsors. Engage the donor and build a relationship with them. Are there briefings they can attend or small dinners or breakfast meetings where they can ask questions? Make sure you explain where the money will go and the result of their donation. Give examples.  Thanks the donor, and continue a relationship with the donor. Be authentic and honest.

before joining the panel of regional experts in the philanthropic and nonprofit marketplace to discuss approaching donors as well as training board members to approach potential donors.


Mona Gaduar, Bank of America and Tara Orio, Phila Chamber of Business

Steven Gendler, MIS Capital and Bradford Mills, Tactix Real Estate Advisors Non-Profit
Ayanna Y. London, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Cheri M. Perron, Board Chair of Lupus Foundation and Annette Myarick CEO, Lupus Foundation of America Philadelphia


Karin Copeland, Executive Director, Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia and Skip Massengill, Baird Financial
Congrats to these two on their recent engagement!!




Christine Cox, Ballet X and son Wesley Miller
BalletX, the contemporary company known for pushing the boundaries of classical dance, is closing out its 11th season with Summer Series, a diverse program featuring works by two female choreographers and two world premieres.  The show kicks off with a new dance by BalletX co-founder Matthew Neenan, who is also resident choreographer for the Pennsylvania Ballet. BalletX performs its Summer Series July 12-16 at the Prince Theater.
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Deidra Duncan, Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia; Melissah Jabionski, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pa and Carla Hickey, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pa

Diane Billas, The Salvation Army; Kathy Seufert, The Clay Studio; and Lesly Attarian, The Clay Studio

Lisa Balley, Fox Chase Cancer Center; Connie Murphy, Learning Ally and Donald Green,  Fox Chase Cancer Center

Chris Taylor, Clay Studio; Jim Fulton, Fury Design and Ari Kushner, Arts + Business