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Deborah Hospital Foundation’s
17th Annual Red Tie Gala

Deborah Hospital Foundation’s 17th Annual Red Tie Gala, was held earlier this month on Saturday, November 12th, at the Hilton at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia. The annual event raised nearly $300,000 for cardiac care at Deborah Heart and Lung Center, New Jersey’s only specialty heart, lung, and vascular hospital.

The Deborah Red Tie Gala welcomed the leadership team from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Deborah EVP and COO Joseph Manni, Chief Master Sargent, Michael Wynne with Andrea Wynne, 87th Air Base Wing Commander, Colonel Wes Adams, Commander JB MDL, and the 87th Air Base Wing Commander with Misty Adams, Deborah President and CEO Joseph Chirichella.
Deborah COO Joseph Manni President and CEO Joseph Chirichella flank honoree Fox Rothschild partner Michael J. Kline as its Gala Honoree.

This year’s Gala was especially memorable as it celebrated Deborah’s 100th Anniversary and recognized Fox Rothschild partner Michael J. Kline as its Gala Honoree. Mr. Kline has been a Deborah Board Member and outside General Counsel for fifty years, and was instrumental in helping implement vital legislative protections that preserve Deborah’s ability to not balance bill patients, keeping true to its founding mission “there is no price on life.”

Ashley and Amell
Kim Kauffmann and Sean Kauffmann
Heva and Michael Ruzek
Vellachi Asuna Chelsen and Mrs Bharethi Sena
Nan Masterson, Rochelle Saxena and Lisa Butler
Thomas Cornelius and Nicole Cornelius
Thanks to Donna McArdle for an amazing job well done. The joy on everyone’s face throughout the evening was a beautiful sight to see. I love this hug photo of Donna and the other organizers.
Jimmy and Rose Cuenta
Michael and Renee Tortoriello

Deborah has provided a century of extraordinary medical innovation from its initial founding as a tuberculosis sanatorium. Today, Deborah Hospital is the region’s only acute care specialty center of excellence focused on cardiac, pulmonary, and vascular disease.

Bill and Fran DiMartino were honored guests at the Red Tie Gala. At 3-years old, on July 28, 1958, Bill had the first open-heart surgery in New Jersey, performed by the renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. Charles Bailey. The operation ushered in a whole new era in heart care.

Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, NJ is an 89-bed teaching hospital that specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, research, and treatment of heart, lung, and vascular diseases. Founded in 1922, Deborah has been a regional and nationally recognized leader throughout its 100-year history, during which time it has healed 2.3 million patients from every corner of the United States and 87 countries in the world. From performing the first open heart surgeries (adult and pediatric) in New Jersey, to running one of the highest volume left-ventricular assist device (LVAD) implant programs in the region, Deborah has stood at the forefront of medical innovation, all while never wavering from its founding mission “there is no price on life.”

“I am truly humbled to be recognized at the Gala for my years of service to Deborah,” he said. “For fifty years — half of Deborah’s history — I have been privileged to be involved with this great organization. The mission, combined with the Hospital’s superior level of medical excellence, has made me passionate for advocating on Deborah’s behalf. Deborah Heart and Lung Center is a rare and precious national treasure, and it has been part of my life’s work to preserve and ensure a strong and vibrant foundation for its continuance long into the future.”

Kristen Sherman and Whitney Birney

Scene: Celebration of Emmy Winner Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sheryl Lee Ralph and husband Pennsylvania State. Senator Vincent Hughes at the Celebration of Emmy Winner Sheryl Lee Ralph. at Live Casino Philadelphia on November 21, 2022

The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, Emmy-winner Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes hosted a “Celebration of Emmy Winner Sheryl Lee Ralph” at Live! Casino on last week, Monday, November 21st from 6:30 – 9:30 PM.

Joyce Abbott, the namesake for Emmy-winning ‘Abbott Elementary’ the character in Abbot Elementary is based on her (Quinta Brunson, was one of her sixth graders at Andrew Hamilton Elementary in West Philadelphia, is the creator of the show), with Angela Val, CEO and Prersident of Visit Philadelphia and Patty Jackson, WDAS Radio Personality.

The celebration was honoring Ms. Ralph’s recent Emmy award for her portrayal of a dedicated Philadelphia public school teacher on ABC’s hit comedy Abbott Elementary. The event raised over $200,000 for @read2succeedphilly programming through The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia!

Bill Vargus and Sue Serio, Fox 29

There were a lot of folks on hand to honor Ms. Ralph ie the first lady of 7th District of Pennsylvania.

Joe Val, Oval Project Management and Baba Taiye Renfrow, co founder of SYNERGYphl
Amira Smith, The Fund For The School District of Philadelphia and Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director · Greater Philadelphia Film Office
Big Rube and Crew
Leslie Patterson-Tyler, Kimmel Cultural Campus Vice President of Program Communications and Partnerships and Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler, Mother Bethal AME Church
Rep. Joanna E. McClinton and Michael Newmuis, COS Visit Philadelphia.
Sharri Williams, 6ABC and Emcee of the evening
Save The Date: Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade
On Saturday, December 3, the parade will kick-off at 5:00 p.m. at 2nd & Market Streets and will proceed up Market Street, end at City Hall. Featuring cold air balloons, marching bands, floats, dance groups, and more, the parade is a must-see event for residents and visitors to get in the holiday spirit.
Mayor James Kenny and Letty

All proceeds of the event benefitted Read to Succeed early literacy programming through The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia.


Scene: Philly’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanks so much to you my readers, for being here, as well as bearing with me these past few years. This year was especially difficult as I was overwhelmed with work, which is a great thing of course, but then many of my media outlets were overwhelmed as well and stopped running my photos. Most are back, CBSPhilly, Phila Tribune, Mainline Today, Philly Metro and Philly Style Online, and it’s very exciting, Not back, and maybe gone forever… Philly Mag, Biz Journal, Philly Voice. But I am most grateful to clients who stuck with me and know the value of the PhillyChitChat platform, the blog and it’s social medias. Who knew most people in the 2020’s decade would look to SM for what’s new, happening and in the news… I was just there for the photos, but now it’s a terrific vehicle for my services
Commissioner Outlaw at the Thanksgiving Day Parade
It was a beautiful warm day
I love when the balloon handlers spin the props. It’s thrilling for the kids too.
These kids thought ahead
We can’t change the past, but we can celebrate the present and look towards a brighter future
Love them
Thanksgiving Joy
Fun Traditions, that is what today’s Thanksgiving Day is about.
Councilperson Candidate Terrill Haigler
The Visit Philly Float

I learned yesterday the talent stands on the left side of the float, as that is the side which is televised on 6ABC at Eakins Oval

The Visit Philly Holiday Parade is next Saturday, 12/3/22

Jamie Apody and Nydia Han – 6ABC Reporters/Anchors (It warms my heart that these two who are on TV everyday, still get excited for me to photograph them. I really appreciate it)
Sheryl Lee Ralph, getting her flowers, which frankly we should have given her years before. What a Philly treasure, married to Sen Vincent Hughes for over a decade, she’s been supporting our community for years.

I can’t thank you readers enough for consuming and enjoying my content. It’s always nice to meet you, especially folks like this. Michael N and I were walking down JFK to see Santa, and these two you kids walked up to me and said “Are you PhillyChitChat?, my family, parents, love your content. ” OK you got me balling inside. I’m so ecstatic that I am proving good info to the City, and keeping people informed.

Thank you sooo much, HughE. See you on Monday, or on SM INSTAGRAM and Twitter.



Vincent Schiavone, Chairman, CEO & Volunteer at Caring for Friends Bonnie Worth – Bristol Townshp Senior Center Carrie Minelli Nork, Director of Advertising & Public Relations at PARX and Ron Davis, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Parx Casino
Parx Casino presented a donation check for $20,000 to Caring for Friends
Over this past week, Parx executives and team members donated hundreds of hours to personally make and prepare the meals through Caring for Friends. Those very same meals will then be given away tomorrow to seniors in need – along with a week’s worth of meals and soups. 

Parx Casino team members gave away thousands of meals for Thanksgiving and the holidays at Bristol Township Senior Center. Seniors from Bucks County have signed up for pick-up slots so there was a steady flow of cars picking up the donated meals.

Parx Casino supports Caring for Friends in their fight against hunger and serving those in need in Bucks County. This relationship features two parts: donations to support Caring for Friends mission, AND beyond a check Parx Casino team members have donated hundreds of hours to give away meals through this ongoing partnership.

“The Parx Casino and Caring for Friends partnership is a tremendous opportunity to build a legacy of care in our community,” said Ron Davis, Parx Casino Director of Diversity and Community Development. “We are thankful to our team members who are always willing to help with outreach to those in need.We celebrate making a difference.”

“Caring For Friends is grateful to Parx Casino for its generous donation of fifteen thousand dollars, hundreds of hours of volunteer time, and thousands of pounds of food,” said Caring For Friends CEO Vince Schiavone. “In this time of inflation and supply chain issues, affording a Thanksgiving meal will be harder than ever. Thanks to Parx, thousands of Bucks County seniors, and other neighbors in need will have a happier holiday.”


AACR’s Gala Returns, w/live auction. You’ll never guess what a pair of Springsteen tixs sold for..

Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), is the chief executive officer of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Corey J. Langer, MD, director of thoracic oncology at the Abramson Cancer Center and professor of medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, will receive the 2022 Scientific Achievement Award.  Beverly Fassler Goldberg, the president of the Party With a Purpose Committee and Mitch Stoller, Chief Philanthropic Officer and VP of Development at American Association for Cancer Research.

After a hiatus caused by the pandemic, Party with a Purpose, a cause-driven gala in Philadelphia that supports cancer research, is back, again, at The Union League in Center City. The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) was selected as the beneficiary, and funds raised at this year’s event will be dedicated to lung cancer research.  The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) hosted its annual gala, Party with a Purpose at The Union League in Center City. Party with a Purpose is Philadelphia’s elite cause-driven gala to support lifesaving cancer research at the AACR.

At the gala, to be held on Oct. 30, Party with a Purpose will bestow both philanthropic and scientific awards. Dorothy Giordano and the Hon. Frank Giordano will receive the Humanitarian Award in recognition of their philanthropic contributions.

Also honored was Corey J. Langer, MD, director of thoracic oncology at the Abramson Cancer Center and professor of medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, will receive the 2022 Scientific Achievement Award. He has chosen Melina Elpi Marmarelis, MD, MSCE, assistant professor of medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and medical director of the Penn Mesothelioma and Pleural Disease Program, to receive the 2022 Friends of the AACR Foundation Early Career Investigator Award.

Aaron Krause and Stephanie Krause, co founder of Scrub Daddy, located in Pennsauken NJ, Veronica Parker, with Kaitlyn and Paul Franny.

There was an extensive silent auction, where guests bid on trips, sporting events and dining experiences.

Kim Crawford, Nadiya Crawford and Michelle Miller
Thanuja Hamilton and Nicholas Perugino
Stacey, Meredith and Gila
There was also a live auction where Tickets to the Philly Pops were sold for $600, dinner for 8 at Rittenhouse Grill with wine went for $2400 a pair of best in the house Springsteen tickets sold for $5400, Then Live Nation donated a 2nd pair which went for the same amount.

Hope to see you Sunday at the AACR Philadelphia Marathon….


The 2022 Barnes Art Ball

The 2022 Barnes Art Ball marks the Barnes Foundation’s centennial and tenth anniversary on the Parkway in Philadelphia. Join us for an evening of artistic encounters that surprise and delight, revel in dynamic performances that inspire, and explore the Barnes’s legendary collection and a special exhibition of paintings by Amedeo Modigliani. Modigliani Up Close Until January 29, 2023; An in-depth exploration of how the iconic artist created his works over the course of his career.

The black-tie event raised critical funds that ensure the future of the Barnes Foundation’s educational mission, exhibition program, and wide array of community, artistic, and scholarly projects.

David B. Devan, Opera Philadelphia, John Jarboe · Producing Artistic Director at The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, and Rev. David A. Dubbeldam
Valerie Gay, Deputy Director for Audience Engagement & Chief Experience Officer
Matthew Wetzel and Don Thomas

The Barnes Art Ball is Philly’s Met Gala. It’s Philly’s must-see fashion moments

Jerry Wind, Barbara Eberlain, Joseph Neubauer and Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer
Dara Pew and Anne Dougherty
Beverly Deavens and Independence Blue Cross President and CEO Greg Deavens
Marco Angelucci and Keven Montgomery
Louis Gatti and Dory Nixon
Nancy Ireson – Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions and James Claiborne, Curator of Public Programs · Barnes Foundation
Kristin Detterline and Jimmy Contreras
Daniel Duffy, Neal Krouse, Victoria Alberto , Valerie Evans and Karl Fong with friends
Anne Ishill and Andra Allen
Nancy Shine, Jim and Nicole Schaeffer
Phil Zminda and Peg Zminda, Executive Vice President, CFO, and COO
You know it’s an event when “The Jones” show up. Joan Spain and Joan Pileggi. Lifelong friends, and neighbors.

The 2022Barnes Art Ball Sponsor and Leadership Info.


Morton Contemporary Gallery Shows Off

Earlier this month Bob Landstrom’s highly anticipated solo show THOUGHTS BETWEEN at Morton Contemporary Gallery held it’s official opening night party with the artist at Morton’s Gallery in Midtown Village.

This highly anticipated 15 piece collection is available to view through November 20th in the gallery and on our website (link in bio)

.Please call 215-735-2800 or email with inquiries or to schedule a private tour.

Friends and family were in attendance
Lisa Getzfried , CEO and Founder of Red Feather Advisory & Appraisal, Alloyius Mcilwaine and Kimberly Pepper, Morton’s CREATIVE DIRECTOR / SR. ART CONSULTANT
Bob Landstrom and Lisa Roberts, artist
Jourdyn Laurence, Jonathan Hill and Jacob Kerns

Visit Morton Contemporary Gallery at 115 S. 13th St.



Andre Ruffin and Kim Pepper

Upcoming Exhibition:

‘A DAY OF YUM’ by Japanese artist, Yusuke Toda, opens December 8th, 2022 at Morton Contemporary Gallery. Please email with inquiries/ to receive a preview catalog. Hope to see you at the opening night party….


Scene: 8th annual CITRS OPEN

On Tuesday October 8, CITRS held the 8th annual CITRS OPEN at the Union League Liberty Hill. Proceeds from the event go to CITRS character development programs benefiting under-served youth in schools and after-school programs.

Danny Burke, Amy Lackpour, Chris Waters, Lauren Kobylarz

After a day of golf, guests enjoyed a cocktail party on the patio before a seated dinner over looking the beautiful, misty, autumn course. This years honorees were Students Run Philly Style who’s mission aligns with CITRS in building character for youth, but by running, training for races.

Mark Feldser, Clay Hamlin, Christopher Topolewski
Jake Maldonado and Jonas Skovdal
Michelle Reyes Aleti, Jessica Kloss, Michelle Palmer
Adam Gingold, Cory Daddona, James Faraci, and Matt Handel
Ira Bergstein, Cortie Wetherill III, Jamie Barrett, and Lynn Hamlin
Aryam Modesto, Stephanie Chiacchio, Nicholas Palazzo, Noelle Burg, and Emily Lucking
Gene Miller, co founder of CITRS, award recipient Lauren Kobylarz, Executive Director, Students Run Philly Style, Nichelle Davis Ahmaddiya, Executive Director of CITRS and Clay Hamlin, co founder of CITRS



PHILADELPHIA — Nov. 9, 2022 — Rivers Casino Philadelphia is honoring vets and current military service members on Veterans Day with its new “Rivers Salutes” program — an initiative that celebrates guests for their duty and sacrifice. Additionally, the casino will honor Team Members for their military service.

Starting Friday, Nov. 11, and running through Wednesday, Nov. 30, guests who are veterans, military reserve, national guard and first responders can receive exclusive food, drink and gaming offerings. On Veterans Day, qualified Team Members will receive a thank-you gift bag that includes a special name tag with military branch designation, a restaurant gift card and a thank-you letter from Rivers Casino General Manager Justin Moore.

“Rivers Salutes is a small thank-you for our veterans and for everyone who’s currently serving our nation,” said Moore. “This is just the first step in a growing program that shows our appreciation and gratitude.”

Rivers Salutes Program

  • Special Rush Rewards Card – All veterans and current military members can visit Rush Rewards for an exclusive Rivers Salutes card to be used for special discounts and offers.
  • Dining Offer – Guests who present their Rivers Salutes card are eligible to receive 15% off their total purchase at any food outlet in Rivers Casino Philadelphia from Nov. 11 through Nov. 30.

For more information about Rivers Casino and the Rivers Salutes program, please visit


Seen: The Garces Foundation 10th Annual Gala

Photo of three people at a party
Sheila Hess, City Representative presents a proclamation to Dr Beatriz Garces And Iron Chef Jose Garces.

The 10th Anniversary Garces Foundation‘s Food Fest and Fundraiser from James Beard Award Winning Iron Chef Jose Garces was celebrated Sept. 29 at Live! Casino & Hotel. The evening featured delicious bites from various restaurants, including the Garces fare Amada, Buena Onda , Garces Trading Company ,The Olde Bar , Village Whiskey, Volver

and a few around town favorites including A Mano , Bridget Foy’s , BurgertimeNJ (new), Dim Sum House by Jane G’s (new) , French Toast Bites by Lokal Artisan Foods (new) Forsythia * Fork Restaurant , Izakaya by Yanaga (new), Lola’s Garden (new) and Restaurant Aleksandar. They’ll be seasonal sips, live music by the very popular Snacktime, dancing, and a silent auction.

Restaurant Aleksandar – Owner Aleksandar Stojnic (r) with executive chef Montana Houston and executive sous chef Ja’mir Wimberly-Cole
Dani Collins and Brianna Bialko
Snacktime formed and performed during the pandemic, and is now enjoying superstar success in Philly. They recently recording a CD of songs.
Marisa Brunetti, Mike Libor, Paul Butorn and Kerri Stritin
There’s still time to donate
Burgertime Audubon NJ – so good
The Live Casino Team
Daryl Martin, Debra Jih, George Karolidis and Faith Washington
Charisse McGill, the owner of Lokal Artisan Foods and Michael Newmuis, Chief External Affairs Officer.

The event was packed, but there was plenty of room to mix and mingle. Proceeds from the event went to The Garces Foundation, which helps supply food, medical care and educational services to Philadelphia’s immigrant community. 

Dan Dutch and Matt Howderschell
Robin Morris, Executive Director of the Garces foundation with co – founders Beatriz Garces and Jose Garces and Jill Garces, Director Of Business Relations at Chef Jose Garces Consulting Services (2nd from right)