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Derby Day at West Laurel Hill, NRG Gives and Links to Parties We Shot This Week

It’s a soggy Sunday, but there are still fun things to do: Of course watch the Sixers at the myriad of fun spots throughout the City. I usually like to watch it at home where it’s perfectly acceptable to yell at the TV, but other fun spots are Fox & The Hound, Xfinity Live, James Restaurant; Today though I’m heading to Parx Casino today cause they have so many TV screens, and then there’s those slot machines I like.


The 7th Annual Kentucky Derby Party, which was held yesterday, May 4! This year’s festivities include delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, dessert by Cupcakes by Ruth, live music, horse and carriage rides, fashion illustrations by Denise Fike, photo booth, raffles and more! Of course we’ll be watching the races on the big screen Photo: Brian Gambescia


The three holding the check are  Mike Starck, Vice-President and General Manager of NRG Retail East division , Brett Guerin, who’s son participates and  Scott Otterbein, manager of Special Olympics Montgomery County , Coach Bridgette White

NRG surprised Special Olympics Montgomery County today with a $100,000 check, the top donation in the company’s spring NRG Gives campaign. The nonprofit, which is the local chapter of the international organization, conducts training and Olympic-styled competitions in 18 sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities, or significant developmental disabilities, at various venues within the county, received the most votes in the week-long, public voting event. Also competing in the online voting competition were Family Strong 4 ALS Foundation who received a $20,000 donation, and Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia receiving $10,000.

The following are links to parties I or my team photographed this week. Additional photos and stories may appear on PhillyChitChat in the coming days, so don’t fret if you don’t see you. I try and list details for each event here, as well as the PR/Publicist. If it’s not listed that means it was in house.

Were you at the Juvenile Law Gala

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Men’s Health Event – Philly Style and CBS Philly

The Mud Gala – CBSPhilly and Philly Style Mag PR: En Route Marketing

The Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School CBSPhilly and Philly Style Magazine

The AVA Benefactor Party catered by Catering By Design and Garnish. Tickets are still available for their gala May 11 at the Barnes. Philly Style

Design and Wine at AKA shot by PhillyChitChat Team Shooter Talya Hailey.
Later this week I will show you the shots of the renovated rooms here on PhillyChitChat. They’re nice. I took a tour last week. PR: Cashman & Assocs.

2019 Chair Affair Pathways To Housing Party CBSPhilly and PhillyStyleMagazine
Event Producer: Katie Everett
Founder & CEO of Philly Gives

Fashion Influencer, Alisa Frederico of Dressing Jane hosted a fashion show of the latest spring styles at Bloomingdales, Willow Grove. Philly Style Magazine

Thanks to Mike Hirata for shooting Sofitel’s Luxury Re Imagined Party. More photos to come on Philly Chit Chat this week.

Stratus Lounge Spring Awakening Party Philly Voice and CBSPhilly

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Run Einstein Run at The Broad Street Run Expo

I hope all of you Broad Street Runners are getting adequate rest and carb loading today. Yesterday and today runners headed to the The Blue Cross Broad Street Run Health & Wellness Expo, presented by Einstein Healthcare Network, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Einstein Healthcare had a dozen Einsteins on hand to welcome the runners

Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia is a 548-bed tertiary-care teaching hospital located in North Philadelphia. The hospital has an accredited Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center and one of the busiest emergency rooms in Philadelphia. We offer highly regarded residency and fellowship training programs in many areas.

Every half hour they would do Run Einstein Run with the Einsteins, it was hysterical. What a great attraction, and a great activation. Very clever.

NBC10 was on hand to meet and greet runners. Erin Coleman moderated a panel discussion with Einstein medical staff on how runners should prepare for the Broad Street Run. Best of luck for a good run Sunday!!

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Running-Einsteins-Take-First-Lap-at-Blue-Cross-Broad-Street-Run-Expo_Philadelphia-509435701.html

Check out NBC10’s Tim Furlong started the race, and if you look closely you can see a photo bomb by me.

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Friday Mood

Hey peeps, I am so swamped this week. Wednesday through Sunday I have anywhere from 2 to three events I’m shooting a day. Sorry I don’t have time for a proper post today. But check out CBSPhilly and Philly Style for my latest columns. Thanks to both of them for keeping up with me. I am doing something fun today, so follow me on my Social Media to see Running with the Einsteins at the Broad Street Run Expo, should be a hoot. https://www.instagram.com/phillychitchat/

I’ll see you Saturday at South Street Spring Festival right? I’ll be there from 12:30pm til about 3pm. See you at the Maypole!!

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Project HOME | None of us are home until all of us are home®

Project HOME announced that it raised a total of $10 million at its 30th Anniversary Gala at the Marriott Downtown Philadelphia on April 16, 2019. Attendees and committed citizens donated $3.5 million leading up to the gala. During the event, more than 1,400 civic and business leaders, philanthropists, and young adults had the opportunity to make additional gifts to Project HOME in multiples of 30, with Jon Bon Jovi providing a $300,000 gift from the JBJ Soul Foundation. Lynne and Harold Honickman, who were honored with a lifetime achievement award during the gala, committed an additional $6 million to help Project HOME reach the $10 million mark.

1400 Philadelphia business leaders, politicians, philanthropists, supporters and Project HOME volunteers came together to celebrate thirty years of work against chronic homelessness. Since 1989, when Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon founded Project HOME they have helped more than 8,000 people break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by providing a continuum of care that includes street outreach, supportive housing and comprehensive services that focus on health care, education and employment.

Honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for their tireless fight against homelessness and support of Project HOME were Lynne and Harold Honickman. Which includes the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs in North Philadelphia . “One of the most important lessons of the last three decades is that no one person can do this alone,’ said Jon Bon Jovi. “The mission of ending homelessness and ensuring that everyone has a place to live…it takes everyone and what I like to call, “The Power of We’.”

“When Project HOME began 30 years ago, we couldn’t have imagined the impact it would have thanks to the support of so many generous and visionary individuals,” said Sister Mary Scullion, Project HOME co-founder and Executive Director. During the gala, Sister Mary and Joan Dawson McConnon laid out a five-year plan focused on three core areas – increasing and preserving housing, expanding education and workforce development programs, and expanding outreach for chronically street homeless individuals. .
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To read More about Project HOME head on over to their website. To see more photos from the event head to Philly Style Magazine and CBSPhilly, as well as in the July issue of Philly Mag.

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Fashion, Crowds and Dogs at Flavors on the Avenue

Going forward I’m only going to believe that rain is going to happen when I feel it on my bald head. Thankfully thousands of other folks were spontaneously and as soon as the weather seemed to be agreeable they turned out in droves to attend the annual Flavors on The Avenue

Business rose 50 percent in volume this year versus last year for Manatawny Still Works, according to Philadelphia manager Art Etchells. The Pottstown, Pa.-based distiller in 2016 opened a satellite location on East Passyunk.

The doggy treats at Bark Philly are always so unique and delicious looking. Woof!!

Check out additional photos on CBSPhilly and the Phila Biz Journal

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Stratus Lounge Celebrates Spring Awakening

We’ve had a pretty awesome spring this year, with average temps in the 60s and 70s where they belong. Friday night they nose dived after an early lighting storm, but that didn’t stop the droves of people to come out to Stratus Lounge to celebrating the annual Spring Awakening Party.

The event was packed with guests enjoying cocktails, lite bites and dancing to entertainment by Worldtown Soundsystem, Worldtown DJs Ben Arsenal & OLUWAFEMI who also appeared last year at the party.

To kick off the party the opening act was Muscle Tough.
Name of Event: Capture to Conserve Presented by Richie Graham Photography to benefit 1% For The Planet
Date: May 16, 2019 Event Hours : 6:30-8:30 Location: Terrain at Devon Yards

1% for the Planet Photography Ambassador Richie Graham commits to donating 100 percent of profits from the sale of his fine art prints to 1% for the Planet nonprofits

“Every once in a while the way we listen to music is redefined. For Philadelphia, that is Worldtown Soundsystem” – Philadelphia Weekly

Check out Philly Voice and CBSPhilly for additional photos.
Stratus Lounge is Open:
5PM – 10PM; Wednesday and Thursday: 5PM-Midnight; Friday:
5PM-2AM and Saturday:
7PM-2AM

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Your Fav Starbucks Is Closing, and more Chit Chat

Happy Sunday. Hope to see you on East Passyunk Avenue today for Flavors on The Avenue. I’ll be there from noon til about 2:30ish, before heading to a friends party and then an early evening event on the Mainline.

Jeffrey Bilhuber (interior designer, author) is in this photo below with Anne Hamilton (r) and show chair Lynn Gadsden (l). – Photo by Daniel Burke

Today is the last day you can check out the The Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show which is in its 57th year of showcasing the country’s preeminent dealers of antiques and fine art.  The 62 exhibitors offer a vast selections of decorative and fine art spanning the 17th century to the present.

Holy cow the Starbucks at 19th and Chestnut Streets is closing Monday night. Sounds like the lease wasn’t renewed as it’s the end of the month.The notes on the door thank you for your long time patronage, and encourage you all to stop by and find out where your favorite barristers will be relocating, plus the location of the nearest Starbucks. There’s also a 2nd note inviting everyone to a friends and family party on Monday April, 29 from 4pm to 8pm. – I always liked this Starbucks, as it was a double decker which allowed for good people watching from the 2nd floor. You’ll recall this was also the place where months of Pope water was stored when it didn’t sell at his rally in 2015.

Exciting! Stars of #STUBERDave Bautista (Batista) & Kumail Nanjiani – made an appearance at a special College preview of the film, plus visited our iconic Rocky Statue! They also stopped by both Pat’s and Geno’s, and made the media rounds. Can’t wait until the hilarious #STUBER hits theatres on July 12th!!! 20th Century Fox – Photo by Allied THA and posted on Ann Marie Nacchio FB Page

905 PINE STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19107

Center City and Rittenhouse Square Open House Listings Today – Allan Domb (client)

Parks on Tap kicked off this weekend at Azalea Garden, Aquarium Drive, off Kelly Drive behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art and near Boathouse Row

There’s parking available in the Water Works parking lot.

The beer garden that gives back will run for 23 weeks from April 24 through September 29. The traveling beer garden will kick off at the Azalea Garden on April 24, and visit new locations of Historic Rittenhouse Town (Wissahickon), Fisher Park (Olney), McMichael Park (East Falls), and the Discovery Center (East Fairmount Park), throughout the season.

Parks on Tap is a partnership of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Fairmount Park Conservancy with FCM Hospitality. The program is designed to bring people together and activate the city’s parks, including smaller neighborhood parks, locations in East and West Fairmount Park, and public spaces near Center City. Proceeds from Parks on Tap go to support Philadelphia’s park system. PARKS ON TAP SCHEDULE 2019


Looking for a real Philadelphia event space with sunset views on the water!
A beautiful Event Space Cescaphe Waterworks!! The Water Works provides rich contemporary luxury in its lavish interior spaces in one of the city’s most picturesque setting, with columned walkways, a vintage gazebo, the Art Museum perched dramatically above and Boathouse Row stretched out along the Schuylkill River just beyond.
Thank You for Considering Cescaphe 215.238.5750 Info@cescaphe.com (client)

Radio’s Delilah was in town last week stopping by IHeart Radio’s The Breeze 106.1. Thanks to Valerie Knight, the morning host, for inviting me to lunch to meet Delilah as I’m a huge long time fan. We chatted about the various charities she works with, and about her sons suicide, which brought us both to tears. I love the story of these two women, I wish I could remember the women on the lefts name, but she’s from Peru, missed family when she arrived in the states. She didn’t speak English, but did listen to Delilah whose voice comfortered her. Years later when her sister was having a baby girl she asked her daughter to name her Delilah, and she did. Hey Delilah Cruz on the right, who is the IHeart radio promotions director. Radio Delilah can be heard every night on The Breeze from 7PM to midnight.

According to John Clarke, NBCSports, he ran into country music star Tim McGraw was at NFL draft in Nashville. Wearing 1980 Phillies World Series ring from his dad Tug 👊🏼 Tim told me he loves Philly for the way they treated Tug and the passion and love they have for their athletes. The same night I photographed the man inside the Phillies’ Phanatic costume –
Tom Burgoyne, who had the 2008 Phillies World Series Ring on. I like the upgrade.

Mr. Wish everyone’s favorite bubble tea spot is heading to 21st and Walnut Street. Have a great day, create some memories and chit chat the day away. – HughE

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ChatterBlast Media Celebrates 10 Years

Congrats to Evan Urbania and Matthew Ray on their company’s 10th anniversary. A ground breaking media/marketing company who are involved in many business’ social media strategies in Philly, but you wouldn’t know it as the two of the biggest personalities in the City, fly under the radar and let their clients shine.

ChatterBlast Media celebrated its 10th anniversary with a star-studded event at the Rittenhouse Hotel’s beautiful Scarpetta Philadelphia Restaurant.

Over 200 friends, clients, and colleagues of the Center City ad agency mingled with co-founders Evan Urbania and Matthew Ray including Micheal Delbene of Welcome America, Raymond Smeriglio of Saxbys, Dr. Blair weikert and husband, Rob Saxon, Manna, Jordan Parenti and Justin Pizzi of Visit Philly, David Davis of Accenture, City Rep Sheila Hess and Mayor Jim Kenney. 

Kerry O’Connor, Einstein Hospital, Dr. Adrianna Torres – O’Connor of Mental Health Partnerships, and Robert Johnson

Guests enjoyed Scarpetta‘s amazing home-made Italian noshes and while dancing to DJ Eddie Tully under purple lights by Synergetic amongst decorations by Hoffman Design. Special thanks to Nancy Amoroso for styling the founders. 

Spotted DJ Eddie Tully (Who is also spinning tomorrow at Bloomingdales Willow Grove fashion show at NOON, come by), Laura Burkhardt, Bill Gehrman, Chris Mullens, Jimmy Contreras, Kristin Detterline and others

Congrats Evan Urbania and Matt Ray, here with Mayor Jim Kenney!!

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NRG Announces Charity Finalists For Donation Contest – Vote Now

Philadelphia energy company NRG has announced the three nonprofit finalists that are in the running for a $100,000 donation. The contest is part of the 2019 NRG Gives program.

Amber Duquette, Michael Fulginiti, Dean Duquette, The Family Strong 4 ALS Foundation, Wanya Cave, Leonard Bonarek, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Leanne Schneider, NRG, Trevor Ciampoli and Scott Otterbein, Special Olympics Montgomery County.
Dave Schrader, NRG welcomes the guests to the NRG Headquarters in University City.

NRG Gives, the charitable program sponsored by the NRG Retail Charitable Foundation, is currently awarding $100,000 to one of three local nonprofits, which was announced this morning, April 23, 2019 — Special Olympics Montgomery County, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and The Family Strong 4 ALS Foundation. Everybody will win with the runner ups receiving money as well; Second runner-up will receive $20,000 and the third place winner being awarded $10,000.

Contenders for the NRG Gives contest react when their names are called.

The charities are picked by NRG employees nominating the charities, which must be 501c3 organizations based in the Philadelphia region and primarily serving that area.

Leanne Schneider, Executive Director, NRG Retail Charitable Foundation and Kim Raguza, NRG Energy

To win the contest the public chooses the winner by a voting online between April 23rd to April 29th at midnight. The public can visit picknrg.com/nrggives to vote. Voting is limited to one vote per day.

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Les Dames d’Escoffier Philadelphia Celebrate

Earlier this month a few good dames* gathered for their annual cocktail party to nosh and discuss a few upcoming celebrations including one that takes place next week – the 35 Years of the Philadelphia Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier Philadelphia. The event to take place on Tue, April 30, 2019, 6:00 PM EDT will be held at Paradiso Restaurant on East Passyunk. The event is open to the public, and tickets are $75. It’s a great way to get acquainted with them women who delight our taste buds and work in the local food industry.


Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) proudly carries the name of Auguste Escoffier (1846 – 1935), the most innovative chef in history. Known as “The Chef of Kings and The King of Chefs,” Escoffier’s philosophy, accomplishments and philanthropic deeds still serve as both a model and inspiration to culinary professionals today.

The Mission: Les Dames d’Escoffier International is a philanthropic organization of women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. The by-invitation membership, composed of over 2,400 members in 42 chapters in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Mexico, is highly diversified and reflects the multifaceted fields of contemporary gastronomy and hospitality.

In September the Les Dames d’Escoffier Philadelphia will celebrate the Fourth Annual Heritage Farm Dinner on September 15th at Bartram’s Garden! This year’s event will proudly recognize Ellen Yin, our 2019 Outstanding in Her Field honoree. The event is a wonderful moment on a working farm, where guests enjoy the bountiful of the last harvest with meals prepared by the local members of Les Dames d’Escoffier Philadelphia. Tickets & Info