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Mission Possible 2022 Gala!

Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center hosted it’s annual fundraising gala, Mission Possible! 2022 on April 28 th . A sold-out crowd, of more than 300 guests, is expected to raise awareness of child abuse and support the organization’s mission of achieving healing and justice for child victims.

The event was held in April, which is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month, an annual observance to raise awareness for the importance of preventing and reporting child abuse.

Jimmy Wayne, a former foster kid turned award-winning country recording artist whose songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for children in foster care.

This year’s entertainment and featured guest speaker was Jimmy Wayne,
a former foster kid turned award-winning country recording artist whose songs and story highlight his
mission to raise awareness for children in foster care.

Congratulations to our Event Honorees, Trish Gorman and Garrett Snider, who were recognized for their years of dedication, volunteer service, and leadership at Mission Kids!

Barbara Vetri (her daughter Risa Vetri Ferman co-dounded Mission Kids) ,, Abbie R. Newman, R.N, J.D, Chief Executive Officer of Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center, Pat Ciarrocchi and David Fineman
Donna Coghlan, Nigel Richards and Nicole Cashman, Cashman & Associates
Jane Kim and Denise Williams
Philadelphia Councilmember Cherelle L. Parker and Aren Platt, Board Member Broad Street Ministry

Thank you to our Host Committee Honorary Co-Chairs, Meredith L. Seigle and Robert Mongeluzzi, as well as our Event Co-Chairs Pauline & David LeVan and Marianne Dean, our Emcee, Jeff Hammond and our entire Host Committee for their hard work the past several months and dedication to making this event so successful!

Lauren Hart and Garrett Snider

Brian Dawkins Meets Eagles Fans

Wednesday at Live Casino former Eagles great, Hall of famer, Brian Dawkins hosted a night in Philadelphia about his journey to become one of the best safeties in the NFL. Over a hundred fans turned out for the meet and greet with Dawkins, who also did a Q&A and talked about his recent published book “Blessed By The Best”. Here with Jennifer Sherlock, Jenna Communications

It was a great event for dads and their sons
Sleep doctor to the stars and moi, Dr. Thanuja Hamilton and Nicholas Perugino with the Eagles Cheerleaders
Definitely a memorable night with Brian, who imparted a lot of wisdom on success, building character, surrounding yourself by like minded people.

I’m always striving to do more. Whatever I accomplish, it’s not enough. I don’t get satisfied. – Brian Dawkins

Ultimate Eagles fan Shaun Young and legendary Eagles player Bill Bergey

Everyone who attended received a copy of Dawkins’ new book Blessed By The Best

Hollis Thomas stopped by

Respect is not given, it is earned. – Brian Dawkins

“I want to thank my haters. I want to thank the people that told me through other people that I wouldn’t be where I am today…My haters became by elevators, they helped me out so thank you.” – Brian Dawkins

Transcript of Brian Dawkins Hall of Fame Speech

PS Thanks to GM Larry at Prime Rib for the great service. We had a delicious dinner there with Brian Dawkins, not at the same table, boo, but nearby. I love the atmosphere there as well, sexy, swanky, intimate.


Sofitel Philadelphia: Art Exhibit Returns, as does Pride

Last week Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square and J. Nunez Gallery present a special happy hour, art reception and influencer mixer on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. After a pause during the pandemic, Sofitel is excited to bring back its monthly, quarterly and annual signature events – including new art installations in the Sofitel lobby. It was a beautiful event, fun to see everyone out and about, enjoying themselves and the highlights on Liberté’s new spring menu. It’s good to see the folks at the Sofitel, Anthony Geistwite, (r) and the team at Sofitel Philadelphia. There’s a lot of plans in the works, as Philly and events bounce back, especially at the Sofitel, not only is it a hotel with a restaurant but it serves Philly as a community advocate. The exhibit is Travel by Colors by artist Dana Salzone (c)

Angela Bauer, the hotel’s general manager “Sofitel Philadelphia is passionate about supporting our local community,” said Angela Bauer, the hotel’s general manager. “We are prouder than ever to celebrate June as Philly Pride Month and fly a giant Philadelphia Pride rainbow flag outside the hotel to publicly show our commitment to inclusiveness.”

No hotel in Philly celebrates Pride with gusto as the Sofitel. The Sofitel in Rittenhouse Square is preparing to expand its annual observance of Pride Month with a lineup of special events. The hotel is also bringing back its Drag Afternoon Tea series each Saturday in June from 2 to 4 p.m. at its restaurant Chez Colette Brasserie. I will definitely be there the first Saturday June 4th, with my pearls on.

Proceeds from the drag series are being donated to the William Way LGBTQ Community Center to support its ongoing programming and services.

On June 4, Brittany Lynn is hosting one of three afternoon teas. Lynn runs Philly Drag Mafia, a drag performance collective featuring nearly 20 artists and performers. Lynn is the creator of Drag Queen Story Time at Philly’s schools, parks, libraries and museums. 

On June 4, Brittany Lynn is hosting one of three afternoon teas. Lynn runs Philly Drag Mafia, a drag performance collective featuring nearly 20 artists and performers. Lynn is the creator of Drag Queen Story Time at Philly’s schools, parks, libraries and museums.  (Then we can head to the Roots Picnic)

Through June and the rest of the year, Sofitel will donate $1 per each banquet menu item sold that features the William Way Community Center logo to the LGBTQ organization. 

Additionally, for every Liberté cocktail sold in the Liberté Lounge during June, Sofitel will donate $1 to William Way. Proceeds raised from the drink special will go toward William Way’s programs for LGBTQ elders, as well as its Trans Resource Center. 


HAT: Lee Daniels, VF Tourism, Sausage, Benches

Houston Meadows Wissahickon Valley Park

HughE Around Town – HAT: Hope you’re all well. I have been super busy, while trying to maintain balance in my life. For May, and going forward I have booked a lot of great events for clients, as well as booking my team mates Talya and Andre, and I have booked time off. Yes, book time off for yourself, and that means from always being on the go go go. I have saved 10 days where I am not shooting for clients, I might go to an event for fun, not shoot, or just do social because the desire to share is always there.

Before we dig in, a reader dropped me a bummer note. Seems Lee Daniels is not filming his new Netflik’s movie “Demon House” in Philly as I wrote and confirmed with GPFO. He’s going to Pittsburgh. What a bummer, he’s not bringing Glenn Close and Mo’Nique to town to film. I imagine it has to do with budget as it is less expensive to film in Pittsburgh if you just need a house that’s haunted and not the beautiful background of a 6th largest City. The film is based on a haunted house in Indiana, so Pennsylvania still wins as far as bringing some $$ in. (Source)

Mike Bowman, President & CEO of the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board and Bryan Buttler, Bryan Buttler Media Relations (wearing one of his hundreds of fashionable glasses)

Monday I headed to the Green Valley Country Club for the 6th annual Travel Rally Valley Forge Tourism which celebrates Montgomery County, Pennsylvania as a premiere tourism destination. Who knew but it is National Travel & Tourism Week this week.   People are excited to return to touring, but with these gas prices, probably not too far. It’s going to be a big year for Philly and it’s environs as people venture outside again, and enjoy what our area has to offer.

Thank you sponsors.

During the event, Valley Forge Tourism announced the launch of their first ever Montco Jazz Fest, which will be incorporated in the organization’s second annual Arts Montco Week, September 16-25, 2022.  The new festival will feature performances at iconic Montgomery County venues.  Also announced was the Valley Forge engagement of THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION SHOW, performing at Washington Memorial Chapel from June 18-26, 2022.  The highly-acclaimed, Italian Renaissance-style show has performed at other noted venues, such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Lincoln Center in New York. 
It was also shared that the Advocates Professional Golf Association Tour will return to Montgomery County in Fall 2022.  The return of the prestigious golf tour, which includes 22 premiere locations around the country including Pebble Beach, aligns Montgomery County with other top golf destinations.  Cole Smith, Executive Director of the APGA, was present to celebrate the announcement.  – I’ll definitely be heading out to some of these events, especially Valley Forge Park. In the past few years I’ve gotten in touch with nature, and the park is beautiful. So much to do there I’ve discovered over the years. For more information on what’s happening in the Valley Forge area, visit Thanks for having me.

Last night I headed to the Italian Market to celebrate my friend Rene’s birthday. I met Rene Kobeitri years ago through Geno Vento, and what a treat Rene and his wife Belle are. Full of life, proud and a dreamer with a fulfilled a dream.

Rene and Belle

Moved to the states in 1982 from Cote d’Azur, France; opened a cute cafe at 1172 S 9th St and it’s been a friendly spot for the best hot chocolate, cannoli, cake and friendship every since. Everyone is a friend who walks through the door. It’s a must on your list of things to do.

Last year for Rene’s birthday, and celebration of becoming an USA citizen, Rene set out to build the longest Cheesesteak over 500 feet. This year it was more about celebrating with friends, throwing a big street party and sharing a 100 foot sausage sandwich.

Recently Rene, Tony Luke, Jr and a few friends have filmed scenes in the TV series Gravesend, a drama series starring William DeMeo, (c) Christina DeRosa, and Ken Lerner. A few of the castmates came down to celebrate.

Jermaine Jenkins and Geno Vento

Get a friend like Jermaine Jenkins who will spontaneously go with you to a crazy event which you didn’t describe well, except to say it’ll be different than what you’ve ever experienced. Who will drink Sangria from a bucket and eat a sausage sandwich made in the middle of the street by a bunch a strangers. Now that was a fun night. Happy Birthday Rene!! The Italian Festival is back this year May 21 & May 22

Last night there was hundreds of police riding through the City. I had a chance to catch up with them at Geno’s and ask what they were doing. It was the Police Unity Tour to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty. Also to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum. They were riding from NYC to NJ to Phila, Baltimore to DC. The west coast police had their bikes shipped, and they flew to NYC where they reunited with their bikes for the ride.

Bart Blatstein, Chair of Friends of Rittenhouse Sq and Laurie Olin, American Landscape Architect who designed the 8 foot long benches which fit 4 people. There is an arm rest in the middle of bench.

If you would like to complete payment for your bench online, please use the PayPal link here.

Or, download a printable copy of our Bench Sponsorship Form here and mail back to our office.

Please see the map below for benches available for sponsorship in historic Rittenhouse Square.

How cool is this. I spotted it last night across from Geno’s at Capitolo Playground. It was created by Made By London

Capitolo Playground is a Rebuild PHL project.

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University of the Arts Celebrates

In 2018, UArts announced Uniquely UArts: The Campaign for Creative Capital to support four initiatives: enhancing the student experience, investing in faculty, re-envisioning campus and developing innovative programming. The goal was to raise $50 million.

Last month UArts President and CEO David Yager announced that the campaign far exceeded its goals and raised $67.2 million in a ceremony at UArts.

Nate Hamilton, who’s grandmother, gave “The single-largest donation to the campaign was $25 million from the estate of Dorrance “Dodo” Hill Hamilton, the late Campbell Soup heiress who served on the school’s board for decades, a number of them as board chair.” and Brian Effron, “I am honored to serve as the chair of this campaign,” said UArts Trustee and campaign Chair Brian Effron.”

Money from the just-completed campaign, dubbed “Uniquely UArts: The Campaign for Creative Capital,” will be spent and saved for a variety of efforts including the biggest chunk, about $24 million, will be kept in perpetuity in endowment.

Jon Lovitz, and Brenton McClosky

About $17 million is being used for capital projects, like a new student center in the former Gershman Y building at Broad and Pine Streets, the Laurie Wagman Recording Studios, and “Living Steps,” a new gathering space for students.

Lynn Sullivan, Marian M and Eleanor Davis
Lawrence Taylor and Ralph Cintino

Restricted funds totaling about $14 million are being used for programs and academic disciplines.

About $5 million is being set aside as discretionary funds — for expenditures like tuition relief, housing costs, food expenses, and art supplies.

$5.5 million will go toward scholarships.

Nate Hamilton, Harriet and Larry Weiss with Councilperson Mark Squilla

The University of the Arts Students

One of the recent improvements in the Hamilton Hall was the creation of Uarts Living Steps. Check out how they were created HERE


Beyond The Green; Inspiring the next generation of golfers

Sunday The PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship, kicked off a three day golf tournament in Philadelphia.

On Sunday they held a career exploration event at the Comcast Technology Center called Beyond the Green, an efforts by PGA Works and its partners to advocate for jobs around golf for people of all backgrounds and skill levels with an interest in the game. Beyond the Green is a career exploration event held annually in conjunction with the PGA Championship. Students from historically underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in a career in the golf industry have the opportunity to connect with industry professionals and get a behind the scenes look at the operations of a Major Championship.

The morning started off with breakfast and networking before everyone headed to the auditorium for a day of seminars, where they learned about all aspects of the game, organization and future prospects participating in the business of golf, it’s more than just a game.

Playing off the vibe and atmosphere of the event, PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh (r) told the crowd something it already knew, but is always worth repeating – “Golf is cool!” 

Misha Sadekar, CEO & President of PGD Global, Play Golf Designs Inc and Rachel Melendez Mabee is the PGA WORKS Program Specialist
The next generation of golf pros and special leaders take a deep dive with entrepreneur Nisha Sadekar and NBC’s Will Lowery to explore the career opportunities surrounding the game of golf.
The pros also talked about the other job opportunities which were available not on the field. Marketing, business managers and attorneys are always needed in connection with the business, especially by those who know the game well.
Diamond Kuts entertained the crowd
Jim Dever – Market President – Bank of America was spotted in the crowd. BOA was one of the sponsors.

The next day the athletes hit the course:

The historic Union League of Philadelphia hosted the 2022 PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship (PWCC), May 2-4, donating two of its courses for the event – Union League Liberty Hill and The Union League Golf Club at Torresdale.


Pixs: Stratus Lounge Spring Awakening and Refresh

Everything’s coming up roses, especially after two years of dormancy including the Stratus Spring Awakening Party which kicks off their outdoor season. Stratus Rooftop Lounge, the chic rooftop venue on the 11th floor of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Old City at 5th and Chestnut, welcomed the warm weather with it’s annual “Spring Awakening” party on Friday April 19.

This go-around was dubbed The Ultimate Spring Partyrife with live music from Snacktime Philly (they’re everywere, at Condessa today and last night) and noted DJs spinning vinyl, effervescent cocktails and bubbly, elevated hors d’oeuvres, burlesque, roller skating dancers, and so on, on – and they were right on the money!! It was a party not to be missed. (I missed it though as I had a friends surprise bday party (Happy Birthday Angela Val), but thanks to team snapper Andre Flewellen he was on the scene and captured the happening!!

“Our annual spring kick off has always been the showstopping event of the year – and we’re thinking the long-awaited return will be bigger and better than ever before,” said Eric Johnson, General Manager of Stratus Rooftop Lounge. “The goal is for The Ultimate Spring to be the celebratory party we’ve all been looking for after the past two years. Plus, it marks a new, vibrant, and fun-filled spring and summer ahead at Stratus Rooftop Lounge!” 

Michelle Shannon, Center City District and Bruce Shannon
Scensters Brandon Edelman (Bran Flakes) and Kirk Wilson

Jennifer Grayson, Samantha Schwartz, Aiden Hamilton, Maura Kranzel, and Jasmine Nguyen

Spencer Brennen, General Manager at Birchtree Catering, LLC and Laura Swartz, Philly Mag
Richard Simango and Lloyd Shoriwa
Beth and Ty Annick-Hyle with Danielle Paurmard-Grodek
Alex Holley, Fox29 – Good Day and The Feed and Miguel Martinez-Valle, NBC10 and Telemundo
Donielle Powell, Sadie Sadie Married Lady – Congrats >> Kylie Flett,and Chandra Robbins
James Zeleniak,, Punch Media PR, Max Barna, Managing Editor: @choppersmagazine and Chris Lorenc, PA
Greg Viola, Tashna Seaton-Smal and ,Tavone Stone
Jen Nagle,Laura Burkhardt, and Daniel Briones

The lavish soirée previews the newly launched seasonal cocktail menu courtesy of Lead Bartender Christopher Devern and includes elevated fare (think: oysters, caviar, sushi, etc.) from the talented culinary team at Stratus Rooftop Lounge. As for entertainment, local DJs – including the fan-favorite DJ Romain, DJ Vanya, and DJ Hollywood – will spin vinyl throughout the evening, and Philadelphia’s go-to seven-piece brass band Snacktime Philly is set to wow the crowd during 30-minute sets in between DJ acts.


Philadelphia Union Foundation hosts Legends of Soccer Event

The Philadelphia Union Foundation hosted a fundraising gala in April, and raised over $250,000 to grow soccer programs in Chester schools and support additional programming at the first annual Legends of Soccer Benefit at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia. The event celebrated the impact of those that have gone above and beyond, both on and off the field, to make a substantial difference in Philadelphia.
PS You know I’m wayyy behind on getting events published on PCC, thanks for bearing with me.

Sébastien Le Toux, Brittany Wellner, Tori Leno and Dave Leno
Lauren Rei, Jay Berben and Farah Stacy
Richard Leibovitch, Jay Sugarman, Carli Lloyd and Paul Howard

The honorees included two-time FIFA World Cup Champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Carli Lloyd, as well as Mayor Jim Kenney, the Mayor of Philadelphia, and Fred Penny, President of Bimbo Bakeries USA. All three individuals have shown how soccer can be a driving force for good. The evening itself included VIP cocktail reception, an exquisite three-course dinner, live and silent auctions with stunning prizes, and other on-the-night surprises. Guests were joined by Philadelphia Union players like Alejandro Bedoya, Jack McGlynn, and Quinn Sullivan, as well as other notable influencers and community members.

Shelby Barnes and Jack Elliott (or as I like to call my new Instagram follower, thanks)
Kate Marlys, Philly Pr Girl and Sheila Hess, City Rep
Jenn Ely and Brandan Craig

The event also saw fundraising for the Philadelphia Union Foundation’s community initiatives which include developing and maintaining Chester High School’s soccer program, mini-pitch build projects across the city, and continuing to provide under-served communities with access to soccer and related youth programming.

Rick Hall and Jennifer Lewis Hall
Jim Curtin, Philadelphia Union Head Coach

“The Philadelphia Union Foundation is building safe spaces to play soccer in Philadelphia, strengthening youth programming, using soccer as a magnet to unite diverse communities and growing the beautiful game in Chester, Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley,” said Paul Howard, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Union Foundation. “This event is a catalyst for us to showcase how soccer is making a difference in our great city and give us a chance to highlight those individuals who are leading the charge, along with an evening of outstanding entertainment.” (source)

Kyle and Alyse Carberry
Cindy Webster and Lisa Ertz

See see a Phila Union Game head for information HERE


Pixs: Waibel Dental Spring Beauty & Wellness

Last week I headed to Ambler to capture the Waibel Dental Spring Soiree, and spotted this clever saying on a T Shirt. Adorable. So clever. I love when I come across a something I never saw before…Anyway it was a beautiful spring night with the ladies who attended, chitchatting with Dr. Waibel, her staff of beauty partners who partook in the evening.

Dr. Lana Waibel opened her Ambler/Springhouse practice during Covid and it is thriving. Waibel Dental is transforming the way people feel about a visit to the dentist. Dr.Waibel says it’s not uncommon for her patients to tell her they actually look forward to coming to the office to see her and sit in her chair, surrounding by peaceful colors, exotic locations shown on her big screen TVs and expert care. Did I mention the aroma of essential oils wafting through out the office.

The Spring Beauty & Wellness event on 4/21 was invite only with influencers , clients and friends. Industry partners were invited as well and each one took over a room to share their knowledge:

-GW Salon – George Waldron Salon was there, with showing the latest hairstyle trends, and colors.
-Best of Philly Ani White was doing brows & makeup
-Juice Pod provided delicious juices for the guests.
-The Free Shop (clothing boutique, above)
-Remix Fitness with two locations Horsham and Plymouth meeting talked about the latest trends.
-Lily Lough with the latest in jeweler
and Event Style by Bash Kits

Lindsay Reed doing Essential Oils, showed me how to sent up aromatherapy in my house.

One Hope Wine had wine samples as well as explained how their charity wine benefits.
and Event Style by Bash Kits

There was a delicious spread by Penna’s Market

Kathy Romano, WMMR and Christie Mandia, Honigman Group

“I’ve always wanted to be more than
just a dental practice,” Dr. Waibel says.
“Welcoming the Stranger is particularly
close to my heart. We also give to many
other nonprofits, participate in local business
events, and do what we can to give back
to the community.” according to an interview Dr. Waibel did with Suburban Life

Waibel Dental
545 N. Bethlehem Pike
Ambler, PA 19002
(267) 405-2727

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CITRS 2022 Dancing for Character

Noelle Palazzo Burg, HughE Dillon, Lauren Conlon, Sue Jacquette, Kristin Daly,
Kristyn Aldrich and Scott Brown participated in the CITRs Dancing for Character Charity Dance last month. The amateur dancers took time from their busy schedules as ace real estate brokers, student, moms, and entrepeneurs to learn to dance at the Danza Dancing Studio in order to seem like “stars” on the dance floor, and I’d have to say all of us succeeded.

Clay Hamlin is the CEO and co-founder of CITRS, as well as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Character. Its mission is of comprehensive character development. CITRS partners with school districts and youth organizations to develop character-centered environments where students thrive ethically, socially and academically and provides resources and tools to educators and organizations to help urban youth be successful in life.

The event was held at Cescaphe’s Vie on North Broad. They always do a great job with production and food.
Brendan & Tessa Petersen,Michael & Suzanne Bracci
Molly & Joe Dickerson
Karen Cox and Jen Su with Illustrator Denise Fike
Josianne Legare and Stacy Distefano
Chris Smith,Heidi Kivi,Maureen Burling,Stephanie Jacquette,
    Layla Peterson
Nichole Davis Moore, Director of Scholarships & Financial Aid Penn Vet and ,Nichelle Davis Ahmaddiya, Chief Operating Officer of CITRS
Lynsie Feinberg and Bari Gilbert both of CITRS

Fundraising is a hard thing to do. Kudo’s to Lynsie Feinberg on the tremendous job she did producing this event. She did an excellent job while managing so many movable pieces, and a pandemic as the planning for this event began in 2019..

Lauren Conlon
Stephen and Sylvia Fineberg
Chris Smith,Heidi Kivi,Maureen Burling,Stephanie Jacquette,
    Layla Peterson
Jasmine Hendri ,Stefanie Wenzel, Bernadette Armstrong, Nikai Iovino, and
    Danielle Renzi
Genna Rufo, Gokcen Gurk and,Watsuki Harrington
Robert Fisicaro and dancer Kristin Daly
Sue Jacquette,
Kristyn Aldrich
Scott Brown
Jen Corea and Hughe Dillon
Thanks to this crew for coming out to support me, as well as a few others who were camera shy, and those who donated and couldn’t be there. I appreciate it so much.

Thanks to PhillyChitChat team member: Andre Flewellen for photographing the event. It was sooooo hard for me not to shoot an event I attended, but he of course did a fantastic job capturing everyone and the elements.

There was a Tie for Winning Dance:
Noelle Palazzo Burg and Sue Jacquette,