NRG Gives Again – New Jersey Nonprofits Vying for $65K – You Can Determine Who Wins

NRG has revealed the New Jersey Nonprofits Vying for $65K from Crowdsourced Charitable Program. The launch took place Monday October 21, 2019 at the NRG Princeton headquarters.

-For the first time, “NRG Gives” features only New Jersey nonprofits-

Dave Schrader
Public Relations Manager
Communications welcomes the guests and explains how NRG Gives works.

“NRG Gives is one of the best parts of our work at NRG and has generated great participation and excitement in this region,” said Mike Starck, Vice-President and General Manager of NRG Retail East division. “NRG Gives provides employees the opportunity to directly impact nonprofits where they live and work and allows our customers and the public a say in where we invest in this community.”

Dan Rhodan, Azaris Melendez of Hopeworks Camden, Lauren Miller, Debbie Miller and George Miller of Tara Miller Melanoma Foundation with Mauricio Gutierrez, President and CEO of NRG, NRG Officials Mike Starck, Vice-President and General Manager of NRG Retail East division and George Miller

Hopeworks Camden, based in Camden, NJ, focuses on education, technology, and entrepreneurship, to help young people build strong futures and break the cycle of violence and poverty in Camden. Hopeworks connects youth to life-changing opportunities, first within our own social enterprises, then they put their technology skills to work for enterprising businesses within the community. The real world, on-the-job experiences they gain, raises their potential and benefits Hopeworks’ partners.

Tara Miller Melanoma Foundation, based in Longport, NJ, raises money to support the research of effective treatment methods and ultimately a cure for melanoma. Tara Miller founded the Foundation in 2014, after being diagnosed with melanoma at age 28, losing her battle at 29 years old. Since 2014, TMMF has funded more than $3.4 million to melanoma research with 100% of all money raised going directly to research.

Mike Starck, Vice-President and General Manager of NRG Retail East division , Bill Malone and Elizabeth Wolansky of Camp Fatima of NJ and Mauricio Gutierrez, President and CEO of NRG

Camp Fatima of NJ, based in Harrison, NJ, is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to providing no cost recreational programming to individuals with developmental disabilities from school age through adulthood. Camp Fatima is also dedicated to providing respite to caregivers by delivering safe, nurturing, and high-quality programming to the campers.

All three nonprofits took part in a vote kickoff pep rally at NRG Energy’s headquarters in Princeton, NJ. NRG Gives is NRG’s crowdsourced charitable program. For the first time since NRG Gives launched in 2016, only New Jersey-based charities serving primarily New Jersey residents, are eligible to participate. The nonprofits are nominated by NRG employees.

Now each nonprofit is vying for $65,000 in donations from NRG during a public voting period that runs from 9:00 a.m. today, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, October 27. The donation each charity receives will be determined by the percentage of total votes received. This is different than previous NRG Gives campaigns. More than ever, every vote counts.

The employees of NRG nominate the charities, then the public votes on their favorite to win.
Last year’s winner Scott Otterbein, Special Olympics Montgomery County manager and coach, tells the charities the most important way to get the word out is to use social media. They were never overly active on SM before the NRG Gives project, but became very active during and it proved helpful as someone with hundreds of followers retweeted their need.

The Blue Bell-based Special Olympics Montgomery County earned its nomination due to its importance to NRG employee Brett Guerin (who was on hand on Monday), whose brother, Michael Guerin, is a Special Olympics athlete proficient in basketball, volleyball and golf, noted Scott Otterbein, Special Olympics Montgomery County manager and coach.

The NRG Gives program, established in 2016, has donated $574,500 to 20 diverse nonprofits in the tri-state area through spring 2019. In addition, NRG supports local communities through our Choose to Give program, volunteerism, and other charitable giving. In 2018 alone, employees who are based in New Jersey and Pennsylvania spent 2,554 hours volunteering across these states.

Justin Guarini at Michener Art Museum’s Art of Wine Gala – The 2nd Trader Joe’s Opens Tuesday

Hope you had a great weekend. Welcome to Monday. Did you have a chance to read Sunday’s post about fans who met Sally Field, and how you can participate in a scene for Dispatches From Elsewhere. Plus info on the new Trader Joe’s CLICK HERE Let’s check out what happened over the weekend at the Michener Art Museum

Justin Guarini was Master of Ceremonies at the Michener Art Museum’s Art of Wine Gala on SATURDAY, October 19, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM at the Michener Art Museum 138 S. Pine StreetDoylestown, PA 18901

David Rago and Suzanne Perrault presided over the event’s live auction. The Art of Wine is the Museum’s biennial fundraising event and is celebrated with a multi-course gourmet dinner paired with select, fine wines, along with a silent and live auction.

Kathleen V Jameson, Virginia Sigety, and Laura Turner Igoe (ARW)

Left to right Bill Aichele, Nelson Pfundt, Joyce Byers and Bob Byers (ARW) .

The evening, was co-chaired this year by Michener Art Museum Founder Bob Byers and his wife Joyce, brings together the Museum’s most devoted supporters to raise funds enabling the Michener to continue enriching lives with stellar exhibitions and educational programming.

Go Beyond Celiac Gala & Concert
An unforgettable night benefiting Beyond Celiac
When: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 6:00 P.M.
Where: The Kimmel Center
Honoring Carole Haas Gravagno
Performance by Arturo Chacón-Cruz
Event Chair: Martha Snider

Sandy Marshall, Kathleen V Jameson, David Marshall, Marguerite Lenfest, Laura Turner Igoe and Vail Garvin

he James A. Michener Art Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits American art, and promotes the work of nationally and internationally known Delaware Valley artists of all eras and creative disciplines. The museum presents exhibitions that explore a variety of artistic expressions and offers diverse educational programs that develop a lifelong involvement in the arts. Throughout the year, the Michener Art Museum hosts a wide range of programs open to the public, including lectures, artist conversations, gallery talks, artist studio tours, dance performances, jazz and other musical performances, family-themed activities, and other events. The museum also offers a diverse selection of art classes for children and adults, which include instruction in drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking as well as programs for the public, schools, and teachers designed to support arts and STEAM education. The James A. Michener Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Lizanne Bernlohr, Woody Griffiths and Kelly Griffiths (ARW)

Thanks to Amy Ferracci, Associate Director of Marketing & Public Relations for sending the photos from the gala to PhillyChitChat. Mike and I have been to the Michener Art Museum a few times, and really enjoy the art museum, as well as the quaint town of Doylestown. I had a scheduling mix up and couldn’t make it on Saturday night to photograph the gala.

The Michener Art Museum is located at 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, PA. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday noon – 5:00 pm. For more information, visit or call 215.340.9800.


Want to Be On Dispatches From Elsewhere? Quest Love and George Wendt Spotted…

We’re counting down the weeks until the longest filming project in Philly ends, Dispatches from Elsewhere. In all the years I’ve been covering filming in Philly this is the first production that has been really cool on set for moi to cover, and I thank them. Plus what a great cast, so friendly with us where ever they’ve gone. This will surely be the summer of Segel and Andre 3000.

I’ve purposely been vague about the plot-line of the show as I really want you to watch it when it comes on AMC TV in the first quarter of 2020, a source on the set told me, but I came across this nugget online. You might be picked to be on the show if you complete these tasks. I might do it myself. I do know that a city wide scavenger hunt is part of the plot as a walk on role was auctioned off for this scene back in the spring at the Rittenhouse Row patron party. (Scroll to 2nd photo for directions to be on show.)

The AMC TV Show is filmed in Philly, and is BASED in Philly, as I reported on Fox 29 last week. Yeah for Philly!!

I met PCC reader Mary Goldner and sister Andrea Goldner at William Penn’s 375th Birthday on Friday, and she shared this photo of Sally Field with me when Dispatches shot near 3rd and Vine earlier this month. Another noted tidbit about the photo Andre’ 3000 took the picture for them, but didn’t realize he was the popular singer until later. It’s one of the few Field photos out there with fans. Sally was fairly low key in Philly, only venturing to Whole Foods on South Street and a few dinners at Thanks to the Goldner sisters who are from a philanthropic family dating back to the 1800s in generosity.

Found this random shot of Jason Segal spending time in Rittenhouse Square one day. Love this gal mimicking his pose.
Congrats to Albert Lee or Mr Philadelphia as he’s been deemed for over a decade, on his wedding to Danielle Saturday. He ran into Questlove in the lobby of the Monaco Hotel on his wedding day. Ironically the Q man is exactly the reason I missed Al’s wedding.
Danielle Sievers and Albert Lee

I photographed the Steppingstone Scholars Gala last night and my start time was moved up to 5PM to hash out the details of Q shots. So bummed to miss their wedding at 5:30pm, but so happy for Al and Danielle’s forever life!!

Our area as you know has been hot and happening with major Hollywood movies filming here, but slipping under the radar is a local movie by philanthropist and business man Ray Martin with two household names attached Gervase Peterson of Survivor fame and George Wendt, from Cheers. Ray tells me “You might think this Movie is called Stealing a Survivor because Gervase was on Survivor but this Movie is more then that it’s about a Father and son surviving the loss of there mother and wife and trying to save a family business it’s also about two guys down on there luck who form a friendship that ultimately helps them both. There is also a cast of unforgettable characters that the audience will meet along the way.” Look for the movie to make the festival rounds in 2020. Check out ML Media News for more on the movie which filmed over the summer.


Kate Winslet Spotted; Dispatches From Elsewhere to Wrap; Celebrity Sightings & Weather Engagements

Happy first day it feels like fall. Lot’s happening this week, parties, festivals, Halloween happenings and celebrity sightings. Philly is Having A Moment. Interesting I heard a few people say this over the past year, and now it’s become somewhat of a slogan. Let’s hashtag that and I will feature your moments on PhillyChitChat once a month.

PhillyWood is having a big MOMENT

Kate Winslet has arrived in Philadelphia for a new HBO series “Mare of Easttown”, which films until APRIL. The show will be mostly shot in Delco, in eerie quaint towns my sources tell me. Mare is directed by UofP graduate (This morning I was at an event and one of his friends told me his connection to Philly and this is what I found): Gavin O’Connor who once held the career sacks record at the University of Pennsylvania (The Philly Voice). Mare Of Easttown stars Winslet as a small-town Pennsylvania detective whose life crumbles around her as she investigates a local murder. The cast also includes Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, Angourie Rice, Evan Peters, Cailee Spaeny and David Denman. Additional cast-mates have been added (Info). Robert Deniro‘s film with Shia Labeouf scheduled to start in November, now scheduled to start in January. Brrr. But actually much better for me, social season is slow then.

Richard E Grant on set of Dispatches from Elsewhere October 15, 2019 in Philadelphia top left two photos. Eve Lindley and Jason Segel on the set during the evening. The scene was the characters on a “date” sharing a cheese steak from both Geno’s and Pat’s. Good idea. There are 3 more weeks left for filming the AMC TV series who’s cast includes Sally Field and Andre 3000.

The last photo in this set is from the scene I mentioned on Fox 29 on Tuesday, where Octavia played by Richard E. Grant, center photo, jumps in a waiting limo and Andre3000 character jumps into the trunk. For some reason they filmed it out of sequence. I had a chance to see the Call Sheet and it is the same scene as they were trying to match up the protestors to mimic the earlier shoot.

Last weekend Jason Segel headed to the beach for the 3 day weekend. he was spotted in Cape May as well as at the Original Fudge Kitchen in Stone Harbor.

I was on Fox 29 earlier this week chitchatting about the film. It was interesting the scene they shot with Richard E. Grant will be spliced together with a scene they filmed over the summer with Field, and Andre 300. I remember watching that one as well.

Bryan Stevenson, Karan Kendrick, Tim Blake Nelson and Andrew Lanham attend The 28th Philadelphia Film Festival opening night premier of “Just Mercy” at Philadelphia Film Center on October 17, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 10 days of film for you to enjoy through 10/27.
Marie Roda from the MTV shows The Challenge and Ex on the Beach was shopping at Kin Boutique last weekend. She is pictured with the store’s owner Joey Clark and was in town for an event with other cast members at Punch Line Philly. She is wearing a tie dye a sweatsuit from Stateside that is still available at the store. Kin is located at 1014 Pine Street. (provided)

The weather is looking gold for two meteorologists we know…

Central Bucks West High School‘s Caitlin Roth, who used to be the meteorologist at Fox29 before heading to DC’s Fox5 in 2015, recently got engaged to her co worker, meteorologist Tucker Barnes!! Congrats you two!!
More good news, looks like the Trader Joe’s near Broad & Arch is about to open on Tuesday.

White Dog Cafe wants to prepare your Thanksgiving Meal. INFO
Thanks and have a fantastic, safe weekend….


Open House: Spring Art Neighborhood Sunday

What are you doing Sunday. There’s an open house in the Spring Arts neighborhood – 1125 Lemon St Sunday 11-1pm

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Wag The Tail Wednesday – Old City Fest

It’s Wednesday, the City is going to the dogs let’s check it out in DAT >> Dogs Around Town.

Old City Fest was infested with the cuties, and I attempted to pet as many as possible.

You probably have to give your dog CBD for it to zen out so much to wear this costume for Halloween. Send me photos of your dog dressed in their best costume. HughE thanks so much!!

If you click on each photo you can see it in full as well as read about the person and business.

Look who stopped by Old City Festival on Sunday!! Yes he did have his flute with him!! Check out CBSPhilly and Philly Voice for more photos from the Old City Fest. See you tomorrow for Philly Gossip, and my picks for things to do this weekend and beyond. Don’t forget your umbrella today!!


2019 Carousel Ball Raises Record-Breaking $3.5 Million for the Cardiac Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) 2019 Carousel Ball on Saturday October 12, at The Met Philadelphia, presented by Wawa, raised a record-breaking $3.5 million to benefit the Cardiac Center at CHOP

Look how beautiful the Met Philadelphia can be as an event space for nearly 900 people sitting. The back tables are elevated as to compensate with the slant of the floor.

Dr.Scott and Sandy Adzick, Elizabeth Norris, and Tim Buckley
Madeline Bell, President & CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia . “The Carousel Ball is always a very special evening of celebration and gratitude,” said Madeline Bell, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “It’s a night where we celebrate the power of philanthropy to support our mission of pushing the limits of possibility for today’s patients and advancing life-changing research to create a better tomorrow.”

A signature fundraiser since 1957, the Carousel Ball celebrates the many remarkable discoveries made at CHOP that have profoundly changed pediatric medicine and honors countless supporters who have helped raise critical funds to fuel the breakthroughs of tomorrow. Held on October 12 and emceed by TODAY Co-Anchor Sheinelle Jones, this year’s black-tie event welcomed nearly 900 of the region’s greatest philanthropists, corporate leaders and patient families.

As the beneficiary of the 2019 Carousel Ball, the Hospital’s Cardiac Center is one of the world’s largest and most accomplished pediatric heart centers, offering care for children with acquired and congenital heart conditions from around the globe. The Center performs a high volume of cardiothoracic surgeries, including over 500 open heart procedures a year – and has some of the best patient outcomes in the world. Researchers and clinicians at CHOP are making great progress in revolutionizing treatments and improving outcomes for children with heart disease.

Hank and Diana Toczylowsk, Jennifer and Jeff Beck, Michelle and Kevin Samples, Kim and Bill Pierce

Dr.Joe Rossano, Dr.Christine Falkensammer, Dr.Andreas and Gisela Loepke

Jesse and Maggie Taylor, Stacy and Ben Kennedy
Korin and Larry Korman. Larry wants you all to attend the Philadelphia Film Festival which begins on Thursday in Center City. Check out the schedule HERE

The Carousel Ball has only had three event honorees in its history. This year, distinguished event honorees were Richard D. Wood, Jr. and the Wood family, the founding family of the convenience store chain, Wawa. Across generations, the Wood family and Wawa have been invaluable partners to and champions of CHOP. From Richard Wood, Sr. leading the project to move CHOP from its original South Philadelphia location to its current University City location, to creating a chair endowment to ensure the future of a health program, to providing free coffee and beverages to CHOP families and visitors on a daily basis, Wawa has helped transform the lives of countless CHOP patients and their families for more than 160 years.

Thanks to Andre Flewellen for shooting the earlier part of the event – cocktail party and beginning of the event (I was at Komen Philly Pink Tie Gala conveniently located a few blocks away so I could get to the Met for the afterparty). See more of his photos on Philly Style later today. See my photos at CBSPhilly and in a future Philly Mag Society Column either December or January. Info for this post came from the press release. The photos on ChitChat of Mr. Wood were taken of me.


Philly Celebrates Outfest honoring Fox29’s Good Day anchors Alex Holley and Mike Jerrick

Happy Outfest, no doubt Philadelphia has one of the largest in the country. I remember attending the first few years in the 1990s, when it was held on 3 blocks on Pine Street. It was always a great time. Congrats to Frannie Price, Chuck Voltz and MC Henri David and their team who have organized and executed the event for nearly 30 years.

Camac Street has become our own little Christopher Street of the 1990s, where all the gays hung out, mingle, made out and danced. It was a great time.

I had a great time hanging out with Alex Holley and Mike Jerrick as they revived the 2019 Friend of Pride, which was presented on stage by me, and Antoine Johnson, House of Talent and a long time friend of both, especially Mike Jerrick.

Frenchie Davis entertains the crowd

My speech which I gave to honor Alex Holley:

Happy Out Fest Philadelphia. My name is HughE Dillon, from I’m here to honor my friend Alex Holley from Fox 29 Good Day. I’ve been a contributor to Fox 29 for nearly a decade and have seen first hand the spectacular job the dynamite duo- Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley have done reporting stories affecting our community. AND with Alex ITS NOT JUST a cliché, SHE REALLY does have a lot of gay friends, dating all the way back to her hometown of Dallas, Texas (And BTW She’s an Eagles fan I cheered, go Eagles). She’s always been supportive in the LGBTQ community, and when an issue affecting us arises, she wants to discuss it on Good Day.  She brings on the people who are at the heart of the issue to express the importance of the matter. Alex does a great job conveying the message to the general public. SHE knows the pronouns, SHE knows the language, and personally when someone once asked me how I refer to my husband do I say, husband or wife, before I even could answer, ALEX Holley explained to him, his name is Mike, and he’s Hughe’s husband. Alex Holley – A friend of Mine, A Friend of Pride. Congratulations.

Check out additional photos on CBSPhilly. I need to do my eyebrows like this person in the first photo.


Party Photos: Nightmare

Happy Sunday the 13th – Teddy Sourias and Craft Concepts Group announce the grand opening of Nightmare Before Tinsel Halloween Pop-up Bar at 116 S. 12th Street, Philadelphia. Among the ghosts that still haunt the 100+ year old former jewelry store – including the ghosts of Tinsel’s past – look for eerie ambiance, scary photo opps, witches bru cocktails, seasonal fall beers, costumed bartenders, and tons of frights and flights.

Inside the new Halloween pop-up bar, look for a room of 1,001 eyes, fights inspired by Poe’s Nevermore, a haunted coffin, zombie wall, custom retro ghost bar, giant spider web alley and more – plus of course lots of ghosts, ghouls, goblins, witches and spectres. 

Opened: Monday and Tuesday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – 2 p.m. to midnight; Saturdays noon to midnight; and Sunday noon to 10 p.m.


Malcolm Jenkins held his annual 6th Annual Blitz, Bowties and Bourbon Fundraiser Monday Night

2-time Super Bowl Champion and Pro Bowler, Philadelphia Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins held his annual 6th Annual Blitz, Bowties and Bourbon Fundraiser Monday night with friends, family and team mates in attendance.

Emcees for the evening Brittney Shipp, NBC10 and Danny Pommells, NBCSports
PFPMA-Professional Football Players Mothers Association (aka NFL MOMS) – Michele Green, President, Linda Harrison and Cathy Hankins with Malcolm Jenkins.
Lisa and Roland Thompson with Julie and Michael Blackstone pose with Malcolm’s “Superbowl Trophy”
Rodney McLeod’s Bowloween Bash 10/28
GA: $65
VIP: $100 includes 30-minute early arrival
to mix and mingle with players including photos,
signatures & gifting. TICKETS
Brent Celek signs Miss Philadelphia Alysa Bainbridge ‘s offical Eagles Football as Miriam Pascal , The Kosher Coupon lady looks on. Every VIP guest received a football which was happily signed by their favorite Eagles players in attendance.
Rashad Lambert, Strategic Partner at TD Bank and Erinn Corbett-Wright, TD Bank PHLanthropist (Erinn created this dress, which is gorgeous.)
Tasha, Sandra and Raye – of the Daily Dove
Home Care
Eagles Cornerback Jalen Mills and his fitness model/trainer girlfriend Chania Ray

Gwendolyn Jenkins, president of the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, Hey there Kyree Terrell, video extraordinaire of events and weddings. Plus check out his show My New Philly.

Malcolm Jenkins Foundation mission : To effectuate positive change in the lives of youth, particularly those in underserved communities.  The charity provides resources, innovative opportunities, and experiences that will help youth succeed in life and become contributing members of their communities.
Cody Winstead (tells me he buys long pants and has them tailored at the calf, and I like this style. Maybe next spring for me.) and Sharrie Williams, 6ABC

Rhonda Willingham, Founder and President, MenzFit . MenzFit is a 501(c) (3) educational non–profit organization whose mission is ensuring long–term gainful employment and financial fitness to low–income men who are largely minority with little formal education. members.

Tobia Harris hanging out with his new friends 6ABC’s Tara Dundon, Jen Lassen and AJ Mattia

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