Photos: “Painting a Brighter Tomorrow”

Thanks to PCC shooter Kathy Leister for capturing Deborah Hospital Foundation‘s Gala “Painting a Brighter Tomorrow at Deborah Hospital Foundation’s 18th Annual Red Tie Gala on November 11 at the Hilton at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia..

This signature event, which is the largest annual fundraiser held in support of Deborah Heart and Lung Center. Established in 1922, Deborah has provided a century of extraordinary medical innovation from its initial founding as a tuberculosis sanatorium. Today, Deborah is the region’s only acute care specialty center of excellence focused on cardiac, pulmonary, and vascular disease.

Dr. and Mrs. Sena – This Year’s Honoree
Celebrating Dr. Sena’s 50 years of Service
to Deborah Heart and Lung Center!
In recognition, Deborah will dedicating
The Dr. Sena Outpatient Care Center.
Barbara Plumeri, Sam Plumeri Jr. and JoAnn Hopkins

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.”

Shalyn Randolph and Howard White Click here to see Sponsor Book
Natasha Williams Robert Trobaugh, Angela Glazer, Christine Carlson-Glazer, Bridget Gill and Louis Bezich

Deborah is consistently recognized as a leader in patient care from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, ranked among the top hospitals in New Jersey for patient satisfaction; holds a top-tier Society of Thoracic Surgeons rating which places Deborah among the best cardiac surgery programs in the country; and is designated a national Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. Deborah is an Alliance member of the Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. 

There was a great silent auction, as well as a live auction which helped raise critical funds for the foundation.

Jeff and Ronda Schwartz with, Linda Rubin, co-chair of the nights gala, and Gary Rubin
Michelle Smith and Shaniqua Garcia
Loren Manni, co chair, Drew Brennan and Ryan Manni

The night was a wonderful success and we
hope that everyone will come again next year!



Taqueria Amor Gift card promotion – for every $100 spent in gift cards, guests receive $20; Taqueria Amor transforms itself into Señor Grinch for the fourth year in a row – with thousands of lights and decorations outside, and a head-to-toe make-over inside that will warm the heart of the Grinch-iest Grinches in all of Philadelphia.

Last week I attended the Manayunk Development Corporation kick off to the Holidays in Manayunk featuring five weeks of festivities that will have you thinking you stepped right into a Hallmark Movie. Manayunk Gets LIT lights up Main Street as 40 businesses compete to see who has the most bling on the block. Get LIT Weekends start November 30th will feature all the twinkling lights, food and drink deals, shopping specials, festive live entertainment, visits from Santa, and the return of the Jolly Trolley.

The Jolly Trolley expands this year to include more dates and times than ever before! While visiting, shop small and shop local and support dozens of small businesses throughout the charming Philadelphia neighborhood that are offering deals, events and features for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

The festively decorated Jolly Trolley will run up and down Main Street making several stops at your favorite businesses including Tubby Robot Ice Cream Factory, Lucky’s Last Chance, and Taqueria Amor! Plus, it’s the best way to take in all the twinkling lights. Secret Santa will give away swag bags and prizes during select weekends – keep an eye out for prizes and surprises. Hey Santa!!

Manayunk is simply the best place in Philadelphia to see holiday magic in action,” said Manayunk Development Corporation Executive Director Gwen McCauley. “The season kicks off with Manayunk Gets LIT and the lighting of the holiday tree – and continues through New Year’s Eve. Our holiday programs have grown organically over the years as our local community continues to support the district, particularly in a post Covid/ Hurricane Ida world.

Our pedestrian scale Main Street is festooned with hundreds of thousands of lights that, altogether, create an exciting and free holiday activity for people of all ages to enjoy. Our holiday programs bring together the best of the urban experience and the small town charm that distinguishes Manayunk from other districts and neighborhoods in the city of Philadelphia.”

So many fun events happening: On Saturday, December 9th, come dressed in your holiday finest for the 9th Annual Rudolph Run starting at Manayunk Canal starting at 9:00am to support North Light Community Center.

Giving Back: In partnership with North Light Community Center, the Manayunk Development Corporation is helping local families in need this holiday season. Stop by 4312 Main Street to pick a gift item off of the holiday tree to donate to a North Light family all season long.

Santa Paws is back on Saturday, December 2nd with pet photos with the man in red. More Info on everything happening. Seriously one of my favorite events since I don’t have a pet.

I loved how the town came out to celebrate, they were so festive.

Don’t tell the other neighborhoods, but I think it was one of the best holiday kick offs. They even had “snow” falling on us, which made for fun photos.

Mayor McCheese and The Mayor were there.

Small Business Saturday is this weekend. Shop small and shop local at over 50 small businesses to find something for everyone on your list as the neighborhood kicks off the holiday season with Small Business Saturday on November 25! This day is dedicated to supporting local, independently owned shops in the district. Check out more info HERE

Get LIT Weekends
November 30 through December 23
Thursdays & Fridays: 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturdays: 1:00pm to 9:00pm
Manayunk Celebrates Hanukkah with ‘Eight Crazy Nights” of Instagram giveaways from December 7 to December 15. During the Festival of Lights, on December 7, 8, 9 and 14, riders on the Jolly Trolley during the Festival of Lights can get Hanukkah Gelt and goodie bags.


Peter Miller Story Opening Night Party

Debbie Morton of Morton Contemporary Gallery and Paul Gratz of Gratz Gallery

The extraordinary exhibition “The Peter Miller Story” has opened at Morton Contemporary Gallery, where they held a opening night reception last week! (Through January 14, 2024)

Prominent Gallerist Paul Gratz of Gratz Gallery and Conservation Studio in Doylestown has rediscovered the works of painter Peter Miller, an American Modernist. Miller was a wealthy heiress (born Henrietta Myers) and a spiritualist who painted for the love of art rather than ambition. Even so she had notable success, her colorful works having showed at the prestigious Julien Levy Gallery in New York.

Mike Greenidge, Strategic Content Manager Fox29 Philly (middle) checks out the Peter Miller collection.

Miller’s work was mostly forgotten until Gratz had the opportunity to buy the paintings remaining in her estate. The work needed extensive conservation, some of it having been stored in a barn. Gratz is a professional conservator. He was able to do the work during the pandemic.

Renata Fox-Rapp and Erin Touey maintain the guest list for openings at Morton’s. It’s easy to get invited to events like these if you join their mailing list.
Michael Flores and Jessica Stage
Zev Sunleaf and Jay Davidson
David Christiansen and Michael Toub Philly Vegan Club Members
Marial Blasetti, Neurocritical Care Educator – IRRAS AB and Jonathan Burton, Independence Historical Trust
Fergus “Fergie” Carey, legendary bar master (we share the same exact birthday, I just learned on the ‘net. 7/23/23!!), Debbie Morton, curator/operator of Morton Contemporary Gallery and Breland Moore, Sports Anchor/cohost of “The 215” on Fox 29
Inga Saffron, legendary Inquirer Architecture columnist and Paul Gratz, curator of Peter Miller Collection. His formal training began at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where Peter Miller studied. The exhibition is beautiful and several pieces sold last Saturday night.

Book one of Morton Contemporary’s two chic gallery locations in the heart of Center City’s Midtown Village for your next office party or private event. An approximate 1000 square feet of usable party space is available in both locations. Private parties, office gatherings, fundraisers, proposals, and more!


Info: Pete Davidson, Cage Wars, Brian McKnight at Rivers Casino Philadelphia

Like A Good Neighbor: Neighborhoods surrounding Rivers Casino in Fishtown just got a million times better; local civics and other nonprofits now have more funding for capital improvements and expanded programming, thanks to the casino’s annual $1 million contribution to the Penn Treaty Special Services District (SSD).

Through grants the SSD makes to community organizations, the casino funds are used to benefit residents of Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Olde Richmond and South Kensington. Recipient organizations sponsor neighborhood festivals and community gatherings; make physical improvements to parks, playgrounds, gardens and other infrastructure; and operate arts, sports, education and recreation programs.

This year’s $1 million check brings Rivers’ total contributions to the Penn Treaty SSD to $11.4 million since 2009, just before the casino opened.

There are still tickets left for PETE DAVIDSON LIVE 11/25 at 10PM (The 7pm show is sold out)

Brian McKnight — Friday, Nov. 24, at 8 p.m.

Grammy-nominated singer Brian McKnight will captivate the audience with his soulful melodies and remarkable vocal prowess. Tickets for The Event Center show start at $59.

Cage Wars 63 — Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m.

Cage Wars 63, a high-energy evening of mixed martial arts, is coming to Rivers Casino Philadelphia. The fights will take place in The Event Center; tickets starting at just under $68 are on sale now at

Stop by Rivers Casino Philadelphia for fun, food and live entertainment. Thanks to them for being an advertiser for the past year. I do love to play there, and get my Dunkin.


Junior League of Philadelphia Fall Fête

The Junior League of Philadelphia (JLP) hosted their Fall Fête Fundraising Masquerade cocktail party on Friday, October 27, 2023. The Junior League of Philadelphia, Inc. (JLP) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Maria Perry and April Francia
Barbara Manning, Colleen Mita, Stephanie Lippincott, Jillian Kukucka, LaCoya Pace, Erin Nanovic, and Dalia Omran

“Our Fall Fête was a huge success! The Junior League of Philadelphia brings like-minded women looking to make a positive impact on the community together and that is exactly what this event did,” said Stephanie Lippincott, President of the Junior League Philadelphia. “The money raised at Fall Fête will go towards fighting food insecurity and improving the Greater Philadelphia community. Food insecurity is more than hunger, it is an all-encompassing condition that affects all areas of a person’s life — including overall health, education, and housing. The JLP’s goal is to help alleviate not just hunger, but the connected disparities.”

Lauren Clemence, Erika Rodriguez, Rachel Silver, and Ashley White
Tammy O’Hara, Nyree Ellison, and Kateryna Endrizzi
Maliha Khan, and Gregory Benton
Victoria Buckley, Betsy Nelson, and Rejena Buckley
Brenda Hillegas, and Rebecca Harney
Kathryn Young Galla, Rebecca May, Jacqui Rathera, Lacey Mielcarek ,Jennifer May, and Angela Velez – Photos by Andre Flewellen – PhillyChitChat team member of a decade.

The Junior League of Philadelphia is committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For more information, please visit their website. Stay up to date with the organization’s events and news by following their Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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HughE Around Town: Emily Lucking Exhibition

John Colabelli, Publisher of Philly Style Magazine, Brian Emmons, development manager for Southern Land, artist Emily Lucking, Esq., Life Coach and Allan Domb, Condo King

Congratulations to Emily Lucking, not only is she a successful Life Coach where she helps others attain their goals, but she goes after them herself. Last month The Laurel on Rittenhouse Square began displaying ten of her paintings in the lobby the luxurious building. I stopped by for the celebration reception.

The Lucking family.

Stop by the Laurel to check out Emily’s art, which is for sale, and one of the Laurel’s luxury apartments as well.


47th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show This Weekend

Anne Mitchell creates beautiful handmade jewelry consisting of recycled newspaper.

On November 2, 2023, the 43rd Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, presented by the Museum’s Women’s Committee, kicked off the annual premier exhibition and sale of contemporary American craft with a preview party at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Chris Darway, Artist, designer, teacher, writer. Wayne Art Center and Nancy C. O’Meara – Director and Craft Show Manager

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show was founded in 1977 and was the first retail craft show established and organized by a volunteer committee for the benefit of a non-profit institution. This trailblazing show has served as a prototype for successful subsequent shows in cities such as Washington, D.C., and Glencoe, IL among others.

Ami Snyderman Lonner chair of this years show, her dad Rick Snyderman and brother Evan Snyderman of Manhattan, and Renee Cohen

The Show is presented each November by the Museum’s Women’s Committee and the Craft Show Committee for the benefit of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A portion of each year’s proceeds is dedicated to the purchase of a craft object for the Museum’s permanent collection. Funds raised are also used to underwrite education and publication projects within the Museum.

Martha Morris, Bryn Mawr, Linda Madara, Bryn Mawr, Linda Fuller of Haverford and Carole Jones of Philadelphia (I prepared some of these photos this way as they will go in the Main Line Today January issue. )
Courtney Richards, Philly Pr Girl, Kate Marlys, Philly Pr Girl – Sunday Philly Pr Girls will be hosting their 8th annual Tailgate Party at the Eagles game.
Catherine Joseph Booth 312 has great textiles.
Henry Fader and Marjorie Rosenbluth Philips, who is wearing items she purchased at the craft show over a 12 year period.

Proceeds have enabled the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for the Audio-Visual and Conservation departments and monies have been contributed to the renovation of both Museum infrastructure and galleries as well as external installations such as the Rodin Museum and Mount Pleasant, an 18th century house in nearby Fairmount Park.

Joan Spain and Joan Pileggi, or the Joan’s as they have always been known on the social circuit, live spending time at the PMA Craft Show, as well as supporting many of the arts and cultural endeavors in the City. They were happy to see their friend Karen Morris a milliner , booth 410.
Meghan Patrice Riley Studio of Broklyn NY

The Jane and Leonard Korman Family Prize for Excellence in Clay was awarded to Thomas Harris booth 606. Presented by the Korman daughters Susan Schurr, Cathy Altman and Alison Korman, and flanked by Philadelphia Museum of Arts Sasha Suda, director and CEO of the PMA

The 2023 Show will welcome 44 artists new-to-show, resulting in a total of 195 talented artists representing 13 diverse categories of art and design

The show runs all weekend through Sunday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. TICKETS start at $20 per day, includes lectures and browsing.

Around Town With HughE, Uncategorized

Photos: Beer on the Pier Caring People Alliance

Caring People Alliance hosted its second annual Beer on the Pier at Cherry Street Pier on October 28. It will feature beers from 16 breweries.

Dori Senick, Caitlin Butrica, Jerry Macdonald, President & Ceo, Tanya Steinberg and Beth Grossman all of Caring People Alliance
Eric Taylor, HR Caring People Alliance pours Tröegs, one of 16 breweries on hand for tastings , With Halloween coming up I asked Eric what the scariest movie he saw- Lepercaun.
Hey Yards!!
Lois Hansen and Laura Fedock are ready for Halloween. Lois is giving out full size candy bars, Laura tells me the scariest movie she’s ever seen are all the Chuckie movies.
Councilperson Mark Squilla and Folcroft Mayor Fran DiCicco
At Caring People Alliance, we know that raising kids takes a village — so does managing your family’s needs, budget, work, and a million other things that life throws your way. That is why we are here to help. We provide convenient and responsive support to address issues and circumstances that threaten our communities’ wellbeing.
Russ Fleisher and Scott Cohen
Caring People Alliance runs a teen program, here are the teens in their store at Beer on the Pier

Guests enjoying an unseasonably warm day, temps hit the 80F and it was a wonderful lazy Saturday raising money for a good cause.

Cherry Street Pier food vendors were open and folks enjoyed delicious fare.
Hank Flynn, FOX29 was on hand to emcee, walked around and chit chatted with guests. You can catch him on Good Day Monday through Friday.
There were great silent auction items.

It was a beautiful day. A great event. You have to go next year. There was a band, and dancing. Perfect day. Thanks for all you do Caring People Alliance. I love that Philly has so many incredible, helpful organization. They could use your support, financially, or people to volunteer. And if you need their services head here


Photos: Unlocked Client Appreciate Party

Unlocked Team: Sarah Ajodhasingh, Laqun Ruiz, Christopher Gonzalez, Lynsie Feinberg, Max Karasick, Elizabeth Schroeder, Jamie Quinn, Jerome Mangubat, Brandon Witt, Francis Mangubat

Last week Unlocked, Powered by McCann gathered to celebrate their thriving real estate team with Keller Williams Main Line. Taking old-school proven methods, and mixing them with innovative and creative new ways to generate and retain our clients. The mission of Unlocked is to listen to the needs of every client and create a tailored game plan for their real estate goals.

The Unlocked Party was held at the newly opened The Switch House, a Lubert-Adler Real Estate Funds project at the former PECO power plant at 1325 N. Beach St residential/event space The Battery. Cescaphe, a Philadelphia wedding planning company, operates the 25,000-square-foot event space, and the food was as good as you thought it’d be, definitely one of the best in the City.

Christian Best, CEO of Magnum Opus Federal, and Lou D’Ambrosio
Samantha Engler, Owner at The Tidy Life – Professional Organizing, Momin Sheikh, Frankel Management Company (FMC) and Jim Onesti, Studying and practicing my craft (real Estate) since 2000
Jim Onesti, Gabriele Bossi, Tiffany Fasone, Wes Cacone and Steve Verde
Brett Barry, Sam Coratti, and Carly Reighard
Diane DiCicco, Lynsie Feinberg, and Jill Jacobson

Lynsie specializes in luxury real estate sales in both the Philadelphia area and all over South Jersey, including the Jersey Shore. Lynsie launched a real estate career while still running her successful event planning/non profit consultancy, Lynsie Blair Inc.

Brandon Kamin, director of The Nomads and the 2022 Rittenhouse Square starring Nick Nolte, with Jessica Vidal

For more information Scan the QR Code above or head here


Photos: “Breathing Room: Journeys of Self-Exploration”

Artists Lance Wiggs, BUCK! , Wesley Clark, with Debbie Morton of Morton Contemporary Gallery

The opening reception of “Breathing Room: Journeys of Self-Exploration” took place earlier this month at Morton Contemporary Gallery 115 S 13th St, in Midtown Village.

“Breathing Room” features the incredible works of lifelong friends Lance Wiggs, Wesley Clark, and BUCK! Each artist explores the process of what it means to create through unique mediums: wooden sculpture, canvas, and graphite mark-making.

Lisa Roberts, Designer, Author, Cut Paper Artist and Natalie Nixon, president of Figure 8 Thinking. A creative strategist.

Family, friends and supporter of art came out to support the show on opening night, which is shown at the Morton Contemporary studio, located down the street from the gallery, above Vintage Bar & Restaurant. It’s a beautiful space, well appointed, nicely lit above the hustle and bustle of the many Midtown Village restaurants.

Dave Fambro and Jasmeen Davis

I love covering art galleries as the most stylish are on the scene. As a people watcher I can’t help to think did Dave match his shoelaces to Jasmeen’s bag. Wish I had asked.

Eli and Jazz Prosper
AJ Martin, Larry Robin (Legend of 13th Street. Forever he had a bookstore called Robin’s where now Barbuzzo is located, when 13th Street was just known as the “red light district” of Philly. He looks great for 86 years), and Gregory T Walker, The Brothers Network
Derrick Weston Brown and Carmen Jenkins
Starfire bringing her fabulous brand of style to Debbie Morton’s Contemporary Gallery

Kevin Lessard and Michael Newmius stopped by

Courtney Clark, Lance Wiggs and friend

The exhibition will be on display at Morton Contemporary Gallery until Nov. 3.

Owner/Curator Debbie Morton: