Preakness at the Piazza Doesn’t Disappoint Despite the Dampness

Preakness at the Piazza Doesn’t Disappoint Despite the Dampness

 Preakness at the Piazza (1040 N. American St.) celebrated their annual event on Saturday, May 19, for the 6th annual fundraiser benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Even though it was another rainy day, the crowds did not disappoint. We’re used to a little bit of rain as it’s rained 4 times out of 6 on the day the event has been held.  The Preakness team was prepared with a series of tents to keep the guests dry, but their were breaks in the rain were folks mingled outside, and even danced in the rain.
Preakness on the Piazza is as much about watching the race, as what to wear to celebrate the race.


Valerie Gross and Geoff Gross, founder of Preakness on the Piazza

Fashion judges will once again award attendees who stand out in the following categories: Best Shoes, Best Bowtie, Best Hat, Best Couple, and the biggest winners of the night for Best Dressed Male and Female. Preakness at the Piazza is thrilled to welcome this year’s fashion judges Pat Gallen from CBS​3, Howard Eskin​ from 94WIP​, and Jay Amin​, Co-Owner of Damari Savile. Completing the judges circle are FOX 29’s Alex Holley, Co-Host, “Good Day Philadelphia,” and Kristen Rodgers, Sports Anchor, FOX 29 News, who pick the most stylish Preakness at the Piazza attendees! Together, they will choose the very best looks for awarding a must-have prize – a gift card from event sponsor, Boyds Philadelphia.

Last year’s event raised more than $120,000 for the National MS Society and brought together nearly 1,000 young professionals to benefit a great cause. One hundred percent of net proceeds go toward the National MS Society.

Kristen Herrmann and Paul Triggiani
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Each of these boxes contained a bottle of wine. For a purchase of $20 you might get a $10 bottle or a $50 bottle
Kristen Rodgers FOX 29 Sports Anchor announces her choice for best fascinator, as co-workers Alex Holley and Howard Eskin look on
The winners of best dressed at Preakness at the Piazza

Spotted in the crowd – Fred Baxter (r),  Beasley Reece, Garry Cobb, Gina Gannon, and Mike Quick

And the race is on…..

Check out additional photos at Philly Style Magazine, CBSPhilly and in the August issue of Philadelphia Magazine.