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Photos: Jewish Federation’s Lion of Judah

First an important message from Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia: Once again, on a holy day of the Jewish calendar, the people of Israel have come under attack. Once again, the brave military forces of the State of Israel are responding and will defend our beloved Jewish state.  And, once again, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia will act immediately and comprehensively to support our brothers and sisters as they defend Israel. INFO & Donate

In September The Jewish Federation hosted The “Annual Lion of Judah” event. It’s an associated with the Lion of Judah society, which is a recognition program within the Jewish Federation system. The Lion of Judah program is designed to honor and celebrate women who make significant contributions to their local Jewish communities and support various philanthropic efforts.

Lindsay Davidman, Sherrie Savett, Susanna Lachs Adler, Judy Newman, Miriam (Mimi) Schnerirov, Shelby Zitelman, Ande Adelman, Gail Norry, and Tracey Gordon.

Women who participate in the Lion of Judah program make substantial annual donations to their local Jewish Federations, and they often come together at an annual event or gathering to network, celebrate their accomplishments, and learn about the impact of their philanthropic work.

Sarah Lefkowitz and Karen Kramer

A woman who is a Lion of Judah can endow her annual gift to the Jewish Federation of $5,000 or more by establishing a LOJE, ensuring that her support for the Jewish community continues even after she is gone. A Lion of Judah creates a LOJE by establishing a minimum fund of $100,000 or more in her name during her lifetime or by putting a bequest in her will.

Julie Von Spreckelsen and Pamela Adelman

By endowing her gift, she joins a long honor roll of women who have elected to take this step to sustain Jewish life. A Lion may choose to enhance her Lion of Judah pin by adding a flame, known in Hebrew as or l’atid, to recognize this eternal commitment.

Rachel Schweartz and and Judy Newman

The “Lion of Judah” is a symbolic term often used in the context of Judaism and also within certain Christian traditions. In Judaism, the term “Lion of Judah” represents one of the titles given to the biblical patriarch Judah, one of the twelve sons of Jacob.

Carol Landis, Sherrie R Savett and Rachel Porat

The “Lion of Judah” is used to symbolize strength, bravery, and leadership, often in a religious or cultural context.

Rebecca Baer, Shelby Zitelman and Allison Goodman
Jennifer M Brier and Michelle Levin
Heather Jacobsohn and Sherrie Spiegel
Allison Goodman and Michael Markman

Thanks to PCC team photographer Kathy Leister for shooting this event for us.

The name “Lion of Judah” is symbolic, representing strength, leadership, and a commitment to improving the world through charitable and philanthropic endeavors. The exact nature and details of the Annual Lion of Judah Event can vary from one Jewish Federation to another, but it typically involves recognition and appreciation of the contributions of women who are part of the Lion of Judah program.

(Jewish Philly)


It was a beautiful night at Evening in the Gardens

Philadelphia Zoo’s annual gala an Evening in the Gardens honoring longtime President and CEO Vik Dewan for his 17 years of service at America’s first Zoo. Under his leadership, the Zoo unveiled Zoo360, the first-ever system of animal exploration trails, launched the Community Access program, welcoming 1 million+ Title 1 students to the Zoo for free, and left a lasting legacy of creativity, innovation and dedication to service.
The Dewan Family headed by Vik and Jami Dewan – 2nd from right (I’m going to miss him. He did incredible initiatives for the zoo. It became a model zoo for other zoos in the world, Vik is personable, grateful, humble and caring.)
Current President and CEO Vik Dewan with his successor Dr. Jo-Elle Mogerman who takes the reigns October 30, 2023. Dr. Mogerman comes to Philadelphia as its 15th President in its 164-year history after serving as the Director of the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Park in Missouri since 2019. Prior to serving as Director in St. Louis, Dr. Mogerman was the Vice President of Learning and Community at the Shedd Aquarium and spent nearly 14 years in leadership roles at the Brookfield Zoo, both in the Chicago metro area.

“The zoo is a little city. We are a part of the fabric of Philadelphia and what that Philadelphia view of the future is and should be,” Mogerman said. “I want to hear from folks.”

Robert Jannetta , Sally Jannetta and Nadia Jannetta
Diane Mills

Julie Jones, Donna Dougerty and Sue Anderson

Christopher LeVine, Hande Levine , Jared Poole and Kelly LeVine

Jacqui Smalley and Bernie Smalley: is the first African-American to serve as President of The Board of Directors of City Trusts, the agency charged with overseeing charitable trusts bequeathed to the City of Philadelphia.

Michael Diberardinis and Joan Reilly are both retired now, after years of public service. They are parents of four children and longtime residents of the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. He enjoys fly-fishing, bird watching, gardening, cooking and learning the Italian language. (It’s amazing what you can find out on the internet. I’m a bird watcher and all these years I’ve been photographing Michael I didn’t know he was one as well. BTW we are in peak bird migration… lots of activities here in Philly area this weekend to join birding groups for fun.)

JB Kelly, 3rd, Josh Mogerman, Dr. Jo-Elle Mogerman and Alexandra Gołaszewska Kelly.
JB’s cousin is coming to town soon: Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation’s 16th Planetary Health Award Ceremony at the Kimmel Cultural Campus’ Perelman Theatre on October 27 at 5 pm. Guests will be greeted by red carpet and will have the distinguished pleasure of enjoying the award ceremony- in the presence of His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco – that will honor select individuals and organizations for their outstanding and commendable work toward protecting the health of our planet. Free & Info

Look who came to town last week for the Zoo Gala, Eliana Papadakis (r). Residing these days in Naples Florida, Eliana was excited to celebrate and thank Vik for his years of service.

Starting this weekend: Philadelphia Zoo is thrilled to announce the return of the region’s most festive Halloween tradition, Boo at the Zoo, for the last three weekends of October! INFO

Longtime supporters of the Zoo: The Faris Family. Thank you for your contribution to the KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo & Faris Family Education Center is a wildlife academy that unites a world-view education center with an up-close and personal children’s zoo.

Sister Kelly, Kelly Harris, Executive Director of Cancer Support Community Congratulations on 30 years!!, Gina Smith and Anita Duke (Happy Birthday Anita)
Congratulations Vik on your next move. We can’t wait to see what you do next, but do try and enjoy life, relax and go on a few trips with Jami first.
LumiNature returns this November for another season of breathtaking sights, sounds, and surprises! See more than a million twinkling lights across 16 illuminated zones, and experience a magical journey celebrating the wonder of wildlife and the beauty of our planet at our biggest and brightest holiday light show yet.

Happening This Weekend Armory Oktoberfest 2023

Doug Hagar’s Brauhaus Schmitz hosted Oktoberfest on South Street last month (these photos are from the event), and is gearing up for the Armory Oktoberfest this coming weekend.

Eins, Zwei, Drei….. G’Suffa! Armory Oktoberfest is back for the 5th year and ready to rock! Experience what many call “The most Authentic Oktoberfest experience outside of Munich”!

Join us as we transform the 23rd Street Armory into a legit Oktoberfest experience with tented ceilings, original biergarten benches from Munich,

Kory Aversa, PR for both events, Ben and friends

Since I don’t drink, my favorite part is the delicious food, sing a long and dancing. It’s so much fun.

live German Oompah music, cultural German dance performances, original festival food, and of course, plenty of German beer served in 1 Liter Masskrug!

The Hager Family – it’s been so fun to watch them grow up and take part in the festivities

With 3 sessions over 2 days, the Armory can fit up to 1500 people for one of the most anticipated festivals of the year!

General Admission tickets are $25.  Looking for a reserved table?  Tickets starting from $70-$85+, click here for details.


2023 Ball on the Square – Rittenhouse Square

The Ball on the Square celebrated it’s return with a sold out, excited glamorous crowd on September 28th. The gala returned to its more traditional format of a formal seated-dinner in a tented venue on the Square. The event committee was co-chaired by Wendy Rosen, Renee Tucci and Brian Emmons, members of Friends of Rittenhouse Square. The gala supplements state and city services to care for the park and its fountain, small structures, paths, and landscaping.

Robyn Morgan and Brian Emmons, Vice President – Southern Land Company. The Laurel on Rittenhouse Square is one of his latest projects. It has beautiful views of the City, and has rentals as well as condos available. Next year Michael Schulson will be opening another one of his popular restaurants there.
Dan Rosen, Paul Rosen and Wendy Rosen, president of Friends of Rittenhouse Square for 16 years until 2010, was one f the co-chairs of the evenings event.

Delicious dinner by Philadelphia – Catering and Events – Neuman’s Kitchen; Evantine Design did a spectacular job as usual with the decor, transforming the center square into a unique space with the police gazebo as a central focal point. The glass was frosted, with inspiring messages adorning it describing who uses the square, and how it is maintained.

Anthony Sembello and Lauren Beloff
Natalia Goblina and Allen King
Sam Audia, Michela Karrash, Client Development Officer – Glenmede; with Hollis Dana and Tyler Wilson : Just Married – May 27, 2023

The evening started with a well attended cocktail party, under the starry sky.

A big project happening now in the Square is the lawn restoration where the Knight Foundation has invested $160,000 over the next four years, Friends plan to fully restore over 140,000 square feet in this historic Square .

Larry McMichael, Chairman Dilworth Paxson LLP , Trish Wellenbach,, Chair of Jefferson Board and President and CEO, Please Touch Museum, PYO President, CEO & Music Director. Maestro Louis Scaglione and Jim Dever · President, Bank of America Greater Philadelphia
Fox29’s Shiba Russell and Jason Martinez
Scott Barnes – Director, Events & Hospitality – Comcast and Michelle Conron, Cashman & Associates
Dr. Nyree Dardarian, Sabrina Tamburino Thorne , Alisa Frederico and Lynsie Feinberg kick up their heels on the dance floor.
Oliver Badgio – Chief Brand Officer – Prime Steak Concepts (Steak 48, I’ll be forever grateful for the lovely dinner party they threw in my honor over the summer)
Mike Jerrick, Ray Evers, Sheila Hess, Rob Wasserman, Will Lewis and Frances Wang

Parks and Rec, an outstanding partner, helps us hang banners, fix electrical/lighting issues, remove dead trees, and maintain the fountain. They also staff the Park Rangers in the Guard House. The Streets Department hauls away the trash we bag and collect every day. – Doug Blonsky, in an interview with The Philadelphia Citizen.

The Young Friends of the Friends of Rittenhouse
June Armstrong, Operations Director of Friends of Rittenhouse, Cherelle Parker, proud mother and candidate for Mayor of Philadelphia, Laura LaRosa , Friends of Rittenhouse Board President and Garrett Snider, philanthropist
Anna Boni and Michael Boni, Esq. (before I was PhillyChitChat I was a paralegal for Michael Boni at Kohn Swift & Graf. We both left the firm, and went out on our own.)

Rittenhouse raised Megan Nicoletti and Billy Walsh newly engaged (160 days til their Palm Beach wedding) and partners in business at Serhant Pennsylvania.

Supermarket Power Couple: Jeff and Sandy Brown, own and operate Brown’s Super Stores, which includes 11 ShopRite supermarkets and two Fresh Grocers.
Aren Platt, Sr. Advisor to Cherelle Parker for Mayor and Jessica Platt, Vice President, Bellevue Strategies, Public Affairs & Strategic Communications
Megan Heaton and Joe Mastronardo
The Next Generation of Philanthropic Leaders: Scott Brown and Andrew Bergman

The Friends of Rittenhouse Square was created in 1976 to address the increasing gap between available city funding and the maintenance needs of Rittenhouse Square. With a mission to “preserve, protect, and beautify” the park, the Friends work in a public-private partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. The Friends fund and manage many programs and projects needed to sustain the Square. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Friends provide funding through membership, special events, private donations, sponsorships, and capital campaigns. Join Us


Photos: Sustainable Princeton, NRG Highlight eCommuter Fest

The NRG Team

Hundreds of people came out to the annual Sustainable Princeton clean commuting festival and electric vehicle (EV) ride & drive event, eCommuter Fest at the Princeton Shopping Center on Friday, September 22, 2023. The event was free and open to the public thanks to sponsor NRG Energy, Inc.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are vehicles that are powered by electricity rather than traditional internal combustion engines (ICEs) that run on gasoline or diesel fuel. These vehicles use electric motors and batteries to propel the vehicle and provide a more environmentally friendly and energy-efficient mode of transportation.

Guests who attended the annual festival enjoyed live music, test drives of the
latest eBikes and electric vehicles as well as games and a community EV owner showcase.
There were a variety of electric vehicles, bikes, ebikes, electric scooters, motorcycles, and
even a 100% electric public bus for participants to check out including checking out the bikes offered by Sourland Electric Bikes.

Jessica Roble, of Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association answered questions regarding the best way to live green .

“This year, we really want to focus on making the ‘e’ in eCommuter Fest stand for more
than just ‘electric’,” says Christine Symington, Executive Director of Sustainable Princeton.
“We want clean commuting to be equitable, so we’re excited to have expanded the offerings
of eCommuter Fest to include more types of transportation.” Eric Meerdink, Director at NRG Energy.

We are excited to once again join Sustainable Princeton in bringing the 2023 eCommuterFest back to Princeton. This event provides consumers with an opportunity to experienceelectric transportation firsthand, engage with EV technology, and ask their burning EVquestions. It is a great opportunity to showcase the benefits of electrifying our personal andcommercial transportation.

Cassie, Reed and Brian started a refurbish bike business three years ago after school. They accept donated bikes that need a work, refurbish them and then give them to kids in need in the community.

I love attending this event, to catch up with the people who own electric cars and appreciate the progress over the years. Every year more and more people attend this event as people come on board and obtain electric vehicles.

Thanks to NRG Energy, Inc., for their continued support for this festival, and the donation of a level 2 charger to add to the festival raffle. The winner had already left when the drawing took place, but will no doubt be excited to install it in their home.

About NRG Energy, Inc.:

At NRG, we’re bringing the power of energy to people and organizations by putting customers at the center of everything we do. We generate electricity and provide energy solutions and natural gas to millions of customers through our diverse portfolio of retail brands. A Fortune 500 company, operating in the United States and Canada, NRG delivers innovative solutions while advocating for competitive energy markets and customer choice, working towards a sustainable energy future. More information is available at Connect with NRG on Facebook, LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.

Electric cars come in various types, including battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). BEVs are entirely powered by electricity and have no internal combustion engine, while PHEVs have both an electric motor and an internal combustion engine, allowing them to run on electricity or gasoline. HEVs primarily use an internal combustion engine but also have an electric motor for additional power and efficiency.


Jerry Blavat Home For Sale, SO Many Suits, & Tribute Lunch

A very public Gerald Joseph Blavat, also known as “The Geator with the Heater” and “The Big Boss with the Hot Sauce,” was an American disc jockey and performer who had been a major influence in promoting oldies music on the radio and at his popular club Memories in Margate, but he found sanctuary at home in Philly at 210 Locust Street, Unit 14AHW.

Last week I went to the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Luncheon honoring Jerry Blavat

Jerry was one of a kind, in style, charisma , personality and philanthropy.

Upon entering this exquisite unit (2 units combined-1913 sq ft – currently 1BR PLUS Den), you automatically see the view of the water due to the floor to ceiling wall of windows

Bob Pantano, host of the Saturday Night Dance Party in Philadelphia on 98.1 WOGL HD2 and Audacy and a mentee of Jerry’s, Ann Catania – Creative Director – Designs By Ann C and former Sen. Vince Fumo.

As you walk down the hall to the chef kitchen complete with granite counter, 5 burner gas stove, dishwasher and wine cooler there is a breakfast bar enough for 4 stools. The spacious living room to the left of the kitchen with floor to ceiling windows overlooks beautiful Society Hill-Old City.

The Geator Mobile was parked outside the McCall Golf Club.

Off the dining room you have a great sitting room/den/second bedroom (or you could convert to a 2nd bedroom) with a nice closet and full bath.

Barbara Ann Zippi is Al Alberts’ niece. For a decade, she worked on the Al Alberts Showcase as an Assistant to the Producers. In 1981, she started Artemis Productions in West Chester, specializing in Public Relations and Special Events. She has served for last 5 years as the president of the The Press Club of the Philadelphia Suburbs. Steve Sachs, Larry Kane, legendary new caster and one of many best friends of Jerry’s.

The primary bedroom has an elegant bath with a soaking tub, shower and extra-large vanity.

Keely Stahl , Jerry’s longtime girlfriend (common law wife) told the crowd how she and Jerry met 30 years earlier at South Street Souvlaki. She had no idea who he was as she was here on a business trip. Jerry was smitten in the first moments he met her, and later that afternoon when he was on Geater Gold Radio dedicated every song to her. The rest was history.; as Mike Jerrick looks on.

Photos from Compass listing

So many great friends ie Philly legends, spoke about Jerry including Bill Cunningham and Patrick Stoner

This year’s Italian-American Heritage parade will honor Jerry, who invited and brought many wonderful luminaries to Philadelphia every year to serve as grand marshal and accompanied them as they led the parade in the Geatormobile. Just one of the many ways Jerry brought joy to the “city of neighborhoods” and to his many fans, friends, and neighbors. Sunday October 8, so before you head to the Old City Block Party, the Outfest Party, dance your way over to Broad Street and celebrate Jerry.

Then later in the month:

The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents A Tribute to Jerry Blavat, a one-night-only event in the Academy of Music on Saturday, October 21 celebrating Philadelphia’s iconic radio DJ, the late Jerry Blavat. Jerry Blavat AKA the Geator with the Heater AKA the Boss with the Hot Sauce was a fixture on the Campus and an even greater presence in the city of Philadelphia and music world for decades. Lineup includes: Darlene Love, The Intruders, The Happenings, Bobby Wilson, and The Chantels.


Photos: 7th Annual Bourbon Bash

Bank & Bourbon at the Loews Hotel hosted the 7th Annual Bourbon Bash at 12th and Market streets on Thursday, Sept. 7. Bank & Bourbon’s annual fundraising event aids DonorsChoose, an organization that supports educational needs and programs in the Greater Philadelphia area. Guests enjoyed signature dishes by Executive Chef Thomas Harkins and Chef Craig Myers , as well as Bourbon tasting selections.

Revalti Bhuj and Pastry Chef Brenda Phe, Brenda studied Culinary Arts at The Art Institute of Philadelphia and joined the Loews team as a Pastry Apprentice shortly after graduating in 2011. Her pastries are delicious
Loews Philadelphia Hotel team
Marianne Fray , CEO Maternity Care Coalition, Candy Hagmin, Director of Individual and Corporate Giving · Maternity Care Coalition and Andrea Denes

Featured bourbons from Beam-Suntory and include brands such as Bakers, Bookers, Old Overholt Bonded, Basil Hayden, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, Maker’s Mark 46, and Knob Creek as seen above, among others.

Michelle Finley and Michael Toub
Trino Boix, Visit Philadelphia, Jasmine Armstrong, Visit Philadelphia and Ed Grose, Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association
Nathan Stambaugh, Partner & Sales Executive at E3 Meat Company and Matt Igoe, Creekstone Farms Premium Beef

Guests also enjoyed multiple carving stations which were each paired with bourbon samples.

Jasmine Armstrong, Visit Philadelphia Erica Coltun, Area Director of Public Relations Loews Regency and Laura Smythe, Visit Philadelphia

Executive Chef Thomas Harkins and Chef Craig Meyers prepared some of their signature dishes including charcuterie with local cheeses and country hams; a crudo station with tuna tartare, Hamachi, and east and west coast oysters; dry aged steak; blackened herb roasted true north salmon, crispy duck confit, honey brined Duroc pork and a selection of mouthwatering hour de’ overs and seasonal desserts prepared by the restaurant’s in-house pastry chef.   


Spotted: Pink & Sylvester Stallone; Martorano’s, Blue Crew, and Puma’s Oh My

Good morning from the Philadelphia Zoo, the siblings were rescued from Kalama, Washington in July after Washington officials were notified of a farmer who legally killed a Puma who was threatening his property. After investigating, officials found a den with puma cubs inside. Elbroch and Olympia were welcomed at the Philadelphia Zoo a few weekes ago, and today delighted a handful of spectators as they curiously made their way around their new home. They are adorable, and I had no idea Puma’s lived in the USA.

Next up for the Zoo – Boo at The Zoo every weekend in October.

When leaving the cute Puma’s I spotted Independence Blue CrossBlue Crew, a IBC Corporate Volunteer Program comprehensive community service and outreach program for associates. They were sprucing up the park in preparation for the upcoming Boo at the Zoo event.

Frank Stallone – Sly’s brother posted this photo on Tuesday.
Sylvester Stallone his wife, Jennifer Flavin and brother Frank Stallone flew into Philadelphia Sunday night to do a press junket for the new @netflix documentary appropriately titled ‘Sly’ being released in November. Which is apropos also because Rocky , the first one was released Thanksgiving, Nov. 21, 1976. The Stallone family stayed @fsphiladelphia taking in the beautiful views of Philadelphia and the art museum steps, er #rockysteps which Frank had this to say. ‘On the steps of Philadephia Museum Steps, which my brother put on the map with Rocky 47 yrs ago. And where I did a forth of July concert in 1985 for over a 100 thousand people with The Beach Boys. These steps are very familiar to me for I lived across the street. It was a wonderful day of memories, we have truly been blessed and it was great to share the day with my brothers wife Jennifer as well.”

Speaking about old Italian charm: I had a chance to eat at Celebrity cook and South Philly native Steve Martorano new restaurant in Philadelphia>> Martorano’s Prime Rivers Casino Philadelphia the acclaimed cook’s first Philadelphia signature restaurant in over 30 years and it fuses the founder’s renowned Italian-American menu with high-end steakhouse staples. The restaurant made a few changes from Hugo’s, my favorite being the opened up the dining room. It’s expansive, and decorated beautifully. I finally had Steve’s famous meatballs, and they lived up to all the hype. Other favorites were the Burrata, Mozerella Salad, the presentation and delivery were theatrical. I had the clams and spaghetti as well. Delicious that evening, and just as good the next day for lunch. The portion sizes are generous, and I couldn’t finish my dinner, especially as I was saving room for Lilly’s Cake’s, I had the homemade Confetti Cake at Martoranos Prime @riverscasinophiladelphia So good.

Speaking of the Four Seasons Hotel, that is where P!nk, Alecia Moore Hart (A Doylestown native, the back of her Phillies shirt says Hart) and her family called home checking in on Sunday as well. No word on whether the two hometown heroes P!nk and Sly ran into each other. I did get word that P!nk, and her family went out for several drives around the City; one rumor had them at the Philadelphia Zoo, another person told me they drove down South Street, possibly to check out her old haunts. I know for sure she headed to Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, PA. on Sunday to visit the graveside of her father who passed away of cancer in August 2021. Her concert was spectacular. Her mom, friends and family members were in the audience, including her guidance counselor from Central Bucks West High School.

I was wondering if Pink rehearsed this before executing it during this weeks concert. She does not. It seems a life sized weight, her proportions, is connected to the contraption and that is how the lighting folks know each movement on where to shine the spotlight. WOW. It was a sight to see. Incredible.
BTW I hear P!nk was greeted by a dressing room full of flowers by Ann Catania of Designs by AnnC. The flowers consisted of white garden roses, white Casablanca lillies, white hydrangea and a kiss of pink lollipop roses. I would have thought P!nk’s favorite color was…

Photos: Ball on The Square Patron Party

The elegant, traditional black tie format of the Ball on the Square (Rittenhouse Square) returns this year on September 28; Last night the Ball on the Square Patron Party was held at the University of the Arts – Art Alliance. an iconic night of dinner and dancing underneath the big tent in the center of the Square! The Ball is the Friend’s largest fundraiser of the year and is a truly unique opportunity to enjoy an evening with friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues in Rittenhouse, all while ensuring the continued care and maintenance of our beloved park for the years to come. 

Jackie White, Josh Darfler, Executive Director of Friends of Rittenhouse and June Armstrong, Operations Director of Friends of Rittenhouse
Lisa and Dan Sablosky
Dana Rosen, Paul Rosen, Wendy Rosen – co chair of the Friends of Rittenhouse Ball.

Guests could buy the button Paul is wearing, to support the Friends of Rittenhouse Square, and fund a planting or bush.

Jessica Morton and Nancy Heinzen
Kerry Walk, PhD, became University of the Arts’ fifth president on Aug. 1. Greets the guests at the UArts Arts Alliance.
Alan and Cari Lasdon headed out the door early to see the Psychedelic Furs at the Met
Eva Walker, The Laurel Rittenhouse Square Robyn Emmons, , Brian Emmons, co chair of the Friends of Rittenhouse Ball, Maggie Michaels and Amy Lehman
Drew Bergman, Partnership Development Director, Megan Nicoletti of SERHANT Pennsylvania and Billy Walsh of SERHANT Pennsylvania
Join these guests and other supporters of the Friends of Rittenhouse in raising funds for the park, on September 28 under the big tent in the center of the square, as the Ball returns to elegance once more on a gorgeous autumn evening.

The Friends of Rittenhouse Square was created in 1976 to address the increasing gap between available city funding and the maintenance needs of Rittenhouse Square. With a mission to “preserve, protect, and beautify” the park, the Friends work in a public-private partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. The Friends fund and manage many programs and projects needed to sustain the Square. If you can’t attend the Ball, think about becoming a Friend of Rittenhouse Square See you next week, or see next week here at PhillyChitChat.


FDR Park Sneak Preview of Anna C. Verna Playground

In August the folks from FDR Park, or affectionately known as “The Lakes” held a special event celebrating the Anna C. Verna Playground before it opens to the public in the fall. Welcoming the guests is Barbara Capozzi, co-chair Friends of FDR Park as Orlando Rendon, Commissioner, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and other dignataries look on including Maura McCarthy, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Fairmount Park Conservancy.

Fairmount Park Conservancy, the nonprofit organization that brings Philadelphia parks to life, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, is implementing the FDR Park Plan, a vision that offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine a historic Olmsted Park to serve 21st-century Philadelphians.

The Anna C. Verna Playground at FDR Park is a world-class destination play space that encourages nature play for all ages and abilities. The new play space

will allow park-goers of all ages and abilities to wonder and wander around the two-acre site, which includes:

● A mega-swing Skyline Swing with 20 swings of five different varieties, designed for all ages and abilities, overlooking the Pattison Lagoon

● Nature-based play equipment including spinners, log and boulder scrambles, and treehouses with tube slides

● Rolling hills with slides

● Barrier-free adventure paths

● Natural cork-based play surface

● Dedicated picnic area with nine new picnic sites and a new picnic pavilion

● Seat walls located under shady groves overlooking the play area

● New landscaping featuring beautiful native and pollinator-friendly plantings, while preserving 20 trees and planting 31 new ones

Roberta Massih, Kevin Roche, Ausra Mussett, Shelby Kim, Meg Holsaher and Rebecca Poole
Kara McGanghey and Emily Galford
Kara McGanghey and Emily Galford
Margarite Palumbo, Steven Milliken, Karen Giuda, Mark Rago and Michael Gindy
Lisa Woodford and Kayla Joiner
Lauren and Jay Shifman