Wrap Up: Holiday Parties – Craft House Fundraiser, Klehr, Harrison & NACE

Wrap Up: Holiday Parties – Craft House Fundraiser, Klehr, Harrison & NACE

Happy Holidays continues as I catch up on postings and parties I covered in the celebratory month of December. In this post I’m going to cover three events, two I hit in one night.

Matthew Ray, Chatterblast and Melissa Magee, 6ABC

On Thursday, Dec 14 at the Craft Hall Pop-Up Restaurant (North Side of City Hall by the Christmas Tree) former “Olive Garden 1997 National Mixologist Champion” Matthew Ray returned to the bar! The one-night-only appearance is to benefit the KIDS. $1 per drink purchased will be donated to the Philadelphia Department of Human Services to support children in foster care during the holiday season.

The City Reps Office

Mike Jerrick stopped by and then we headed to the legendary annual Klehr, Harrison, Harvey Branzburg holiday party which took place at the  Hyatt at the Bellevue Hotel on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Attendees enjoyed cocktails, buffet supper, as they networked and enjoyed the festive atmosphere.

We knew it’d be a classy party when we ran into Mark Nicoletti, who was attending with Mikaela Schwartz and Kara Schwartz

Gordana Loncar

Councilman Mark Squilla

Mike with jet setter Melisa Leonard

Mike with fans. He always has time for them. He’s definitely an iconic Philadelphian.

Amanda Dougherty, Kerry Slade and Kelsey Hughes – Blaum of Klehr, Harrison
The lighting and decor was spectacular, and the stage was on fire, nearly with the pyrotechnics every once in awhile, which makes photos a bit sexy smokey.

Guest, Jamie Joffee and Hope Cohen

Frankie Mancuso and Kristen Foote

Paul Steinke, Executive Director of The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, guest and John Grady, PIDC

Fran Fattah and friends
Andrew Still, EisnerAmper LLP and Momin Sheikh, Founder/Principal – ‎MerakiCMO

Mike Barmash, Colliers International and Despina Belsemes, Colliers International

Gaetano Piccirilli, Maria Quattrone (congrats on your marriage to Chip this past weekend) and Dara Ellis.

National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) held their Annual Holiday Party & Awards at the Ritz Carlton earlier this month.  Thank you to our participating sponsors Campli Photography, Marilyn Sukonick-Zeff Professional Tarot Card Presentations, Jon Ardito Entertainment – Philadelphia Wedding Bands and DJs, AFR Furniture Rental and SHOUT Graphic and Print Solutions! A very special thank you to our Title Sponsor Philadelphia Wedding Magazine!

Gail Malcolm, The High Point, Barbara Belotti , Sue Cunnane, ONE North Broad St and Samantha Aimee Kravitz, PartySpace

The NACE is the first, non-profit, national organization for caterers, event planners, and event professionals the provide education, certification, and a network of resources for members in all segments of the hospitality industry.

The Ritz Carlton folks served a delicious buffet dinner, and the cutest cookies

Denis Sinelnikov, Media Components LLC and Benjamin Yoblick, Lafayette Hill Studios

Membership Director Billy Handy (r)

Happy Holidays, on Thursday I’ll be posting the most impressive Holiday party with eye popping decor