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PhillyToDo: Banksy is Here at The Fashion District

The Ribbon Cutting of the Banksy’s Exhibit

Earlier this month street artist Banksy’s unauthorized exhibit opened in Philly.

Fever and Exhibition Hub produces the exhibition and includes over 80 original works, sculptures, installations, videos and photos including the now classics of the artist (presumed to be British), like the essential “Girl with Balloon”, similar to the one destroyed by the artist at the auctioneer Sotheby’s in London, his portrait of Lenin,

the “Fallen Angels” smokers cigarette or his explosive “Monkey Detonator”. Banksy has questioned the rules of the game of contemporary art and is considered today as one of the main figures of street art. These pieces come from private collections as well as in collaboration with Lilley Fine Art/Contemporary Art Gallery.

There are two spots inside the exhibit where you can let your Banksy energy flow with a bit of stenciling and graffiti.
There’s a gift shop at the end of the tour, right after you try out the VR experience.

Date: From December 3rd, 2022 until January 31st, 2023 Opening hours:

  • Monday, Thursday and Sunday : 10:00 AM – 07:00 PM
  • Friday, Saturday and Holidays : 10:00 AM – 08:00 PM

Duration: The visit lasts approximately 60 to 80 minutes Location: Fashion District Philadelphia Age requirement: All ages!

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Never Heard of The Globy’s…

Neither did I until last year, but I didn’t understand what they were fully until I went to the ceremony earlier this week, held at the Westin for a lunchtime affair.

Educational Leadership
Dr. Donald Guy Generals, President, Community College of Philadelphia

Heritage and Preservation Leadership
David Seltzer, co-founder of CraftNOW

Community Leadership
Jennifer Rodriguez, President and CEO, Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce

Corporate Leadership
Susan Jacobson, Former Chair, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

Lifetime Achievement
Judee von Seldeneck, Founder, Chairwoman, and CEO, Diversified Search

Sustainable Development
Vik Dewan, President and CEO, Philadelphia Zoo

The Globy Awards is the leading distinguished occasion where outstanding individual accomplishments with international implications are recognized and celebrated in six categories. Not only are the people being honored leaders in their fields, so are the people who attend this event. A who’s who, of business leaders, tastemakers and decision makers.

Honoree Sustainable Development
Vik Dewan, President and CEO, Philadelphia Zoo and Clara Hollander, co-founder and secretary of CraftNOW

Since becoming the President and CEO of the Philly Zoo, Vik has made an incredible contribution to the world of conservation, with missions around the world including protecting orangutans from the destruction of their habitats, so humans can produce palm oil. It was announced at the event he would be retiring next year.

William Sasso, Chairman Emeritus Stradley Ronon and Susan Jacobson, President · Jacobson Strategic Communications
John Fry, President of Drexel University, David Seltzer, co-founder of CraftNOW and Richard Binswanger, Founder, co-founder, and board member of several impactful startups, non-profit and for-profit
Brian Quinn, Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative, Leslie Anne Miller, Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation and Dianne L. Semingson – President & CEO – DLS International, Inc.
Hilda Bacon, Fox School of Business at Temple University, Christopher Gruits, Penn Live Arts and Kristin Winch, Penn Live Arts
Michael DelBene is the President and CEO of Welcome America, Inc. and Ryan Fleur, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Representative Jared G. Solomon and Angela Val, President & CEO of Visit Philadelphia

In my other live before I was PhillyChitChat, I was a paralegal and Jared was one of the attorneys I reported too.

Zabeth Teelucksingh, Executive Director of Global Philadelphia and Bridgett Battles, Jefferson University
Charles Kueny, WSFS and Kelly Beck, PolyCore Therapeutics
Sofia Pignitor, Cashman & Assocs. and Afea Tucker, The Trace
Leslie Patterson-Tyler, Senior Director of Media Relations and Communications for The Kimmel Cultural Campus (Did you know Natalie Merchant is coming next spring?) and Loree D. Jones Brown. Chief Executive Officer of Philabundence.
Max Tuttleman, Board Chair of RAIR’s (Recycled Artist in Residency), Bill Marrazzo – President & Chief Executive Officer – WHYY, Inc. and Paul Steinke – Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia
Laura Burkhardt, Executive Director · Avenue of the Arts, Inc. and Bonnie Grant, Executive Director, PHL Life Sciences · Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Doug Oliver, PECO
Guests were encouraged to bring small hygienic items and gloves for donation to Project Home for their outreach program.
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Scene: Shopping to Support Gene Spotlight

Only 11 more days til Christmas….

Kendra Scott, the ever-popular jewelry store in the heart of Suburban Square, hosted a holiday shopping event on Saturday December 10, 2022 to benefit the Philadelphia chapter of the charity Gene Spotlight .  The non-profit raises money for rare disease medical research. 

Co-hosts for the evening were TV personality Jen Su, philanthropist Honey Tishgart, celebrity fashion stylist Brooke Rounick, Embellish Beauty’s Marcia Williams, and Allison Weiss Brady, philanthropist and Click Philadelphia model .

Jen Su of Wayne, Marcia Williams of Ardmore, Nina Castillo of Philadelphia, and Karen Cox of Wayne.
Writer, PR peep, Afea Tucker stopped by and picked up a few hostess gifts she told me.

Making the scene is Karen Cox who brought a little bling to the evening. Here’s she showing her next bling purchase to Lin International.

Allison Brady, Taylor Brady and Chip Brady
Baron Williams, César Castillo  and Del Levin enjoyed catching up as their wives shopped.
Guests enjoyed the latest cocktail on the scene Top Dog Cocktails. Delicious with a bit of kick I hear.
Eliza Tishgart and Honey Tishgart
Alexis Brady, Carrie Harlan, Talia Hirsch , and Alexa Sherman
Kendra Scott – Bring The Shine All Season Long With Our New Holiday Arrivals!
Karla Davis and Julia Kotler
Augie Turner and Fran Turner and Laura Gowen stopped by for a few stocking stuffers. You’re never to young to start in the philanthropy world. To find out more about Gene Spotlight click there.
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Rittenhouse Square is Lit. Stop By

Rittenhouse Square was lit last night

Friends of Rittenhouse Square lit the Rittenhouse Tree and Square on Wednesday, December 7th. Hundreds of Philadelphians enjoyed the festivities which included performances by the Philly Pops, the Greater Philadelphia Choral Society, T-VOCE, and the String Theory Charter School chorus. 

Thank you for bringing the spirit
Complimentary refreshments were provided by Parc, the Rittenhouse Hotel and Scarpetta. And of course, there will be an appearance by Santa Claus, here with the new president of Rittenhouse Square friends and Kate Bilo, CBSPhilly weather.
Folks weren’t dressed up like Eskimos cause it was about 50f out, but they did look festive
The Philly Pops were on hand…
Eberlein Design’s Barbara Eberlein and Lindsay Bedford with friends were in the crowd to see the tree lighting.
Wayne and Cheryl Lee were on hand. Both retired police officers, she’s now working for a non profit and he’s just enjoying life. Periodically over the last decade I would see them out and about, always so kind. Last time I saw them was 2 years ago, during the pandemic when we were both watching Hustle film it’s first scenes on Market Street.
A longtime Chit Chat reader, and subject of my photography. The new mom (c) tells me she still lives in the area, but instead of popping bottles, she’s warming them for her daughter.
Family Time
Ladies Night
Hey College Must Be In Session, these folks are back hustling for a charity buck…thankfully they only asked me to take a photo. It’s so hard to tell these nice folks I’d rather donate directly.
Grab your cameras, or your phones and head to Rittenhouse Square for the most festive of lights. Plus rarity the leaves haven’t completely fallen from the Maple Trees and make for a pretty sight.
Have yourself a very Merry, and stop by for the lighting of the Menorah on December 21.
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Rivers Casino December Happenings, and The Eagles Sing a Long

It’s December, how did that happen? What a great year, started off iffy, and ended up strong. Thanks so much to my advertiser Rivers Casino Philadelphia for coming on board this year, trusting us to get out the word on all the fun they provide, entertainment, philanthropically, fireworks on Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day and here we are planning for what we’re going to do on New Year’s Eve!!

At Rivers Casino Philadelphia they’re not waiting till New Years Eve to start the party! Starting December 30th they’re offering great entertainment! Whether you’re checking out the headliners in The Event Center or the free shows at Jack’s Bar + Grill, your New Years plans are taken care of all weekend long at Rivers Casino Philadelphia!

Ring in the New Year at Rivers Casino with an open bar, small bites, and live music!

Morris Day and The Time — Friday, Dec. 30, at 8 p.m.

Ring in the New Year with Morris Day and The Time. Morris Day burst onto the public scene with the group’s self-titled album, “The Time,” which included “Get It Up,” “Cool,” and “Girl.” Soon after the world was introduced to the prolific Minneapolis music marvel, the group went on to record three more albums, including “What Time Is It?” (Featuring the hits “777-9311,” “Wild and Loose,” “Walk,” and “Gigolos Get Lonely Too”) and “Ice Cream Castle” (which included the hit “Jungle Love”). Tickets are on sale now starting at $59.

The Spazmatics — Saturday, Dec. 31, at 10 p.m.

Celebrate New Year’s with Rivers Casino and The Spazmatics! Internationally renowned as “The Ultimate ’80s New Wave Tribute,” the Spazmatics come with all the awesome sounds, styles, and way-cool dance steps from the decade we’d love to forget. Outstanding musicianship combined with creative flair and style make for an evening of pure energy and entertainment. Tickets for the ’80s New Year’s Eve Party featuring the Spazmatics are on sale now starting at $119.

Tis the season! Shop with your Rush Reward Points at our Holiday Shopping event. Play with your Rush Rewards Card December 1 – 10 to earn additional shopping dollars towards great holiday gifts!

The more you play, the more you earn!

Visit any of our Rush Rewards kiosks to print out your shopping vouchers before you return to shop.

The shopping event will take place Friday December 9th or Saturday December 10th from 3PM – 10PM in High Limit.

Pink Floyd USA Experience plays all the classics, highlighted by lights, fog, lasers, and video – giving audiences the experience of being at a Pink Floyd concert! These professional musicians perform with precise detail, with the iconic live sounds of Pink Floyd such as saxophone, slide steel guitar, roto toms, and acoustic guitars! January 28th at 8PM at Jack’s Bar + Grill. A full bar will be available. Free parking on-site.

In January catch En Vogue 1/14/23
The Legendary group En Vogue is coming to Rivers Casino Philadelphia for an unforgettable concert!

Rivers Poker Room The Rivers Casino Philadelphia Poker Room features nearly $200,000 in high-hand promotions, including $500 every 30 minutes on select days and times in December.

Rivers Gives

Rivers Gives is a unique community relations program and steadfast commitment by the casino that includes having its Team Members volunteer service hours in the Fishtown neighborhood and surrounding areas. Guests can join Rivers Gives in supporting monthly initiatives that benefit local nonprofits through donation options when cashing their gaming tickets.

The monthly and quarterly organization recipients are as follows:

  • Salvation Army
  • JEVS Human Services

Now for some more good holiday cheer!! Check out another video of the Eagles Caroling Night HERE

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Northern Liberties Lights Their Tree; Plus The Igloos are Back

The family-friendly ceremony and program included a visit from a Princess by
A Dash of Magic Events, a special music performance, invited guests
Councilman Mark Squilla and City Representative Sheila Hess, Radio Personality Patty Jackson, PR Santa Kory Aversa, ,
welcome from NLBID Executive Director Kris Kennedy and Glu co-owner Derek Gibbons.

Glu Hospitality, Northern Liberties Business Improvement District and
Aversa PR kicked off the holiday season in Northern Liberties by lighting the neighborhood Christmas
Tree last week. The giant live Christmas tree lit up the Northern Liberties Restaurant Row next to Figo (you must try Sunday Supper, pasta, sausage and meatballs. So good), on Tuesday, November 29th.

Representatives from North Liberties Neighborhood Association will be on hand
collecting toys, items and donations for Operation Santa. Glu
Hospitality will have complimentary hot cocoa, coffee and cookies from
Bagels and Co., and offer complimentary pizza samples from Figo
Pizzeria. Glu will also offer a special thank you take-away for those
that donate the Operation Santa and the NLNA.

A record turn out of residents came out to enjoy the fesitivites
The Igloos Are Back at Figo

“Glu Hospitality is proud to bring back a brand-new Igloo outdoor dining experience just in time for the holidays,” said Glu co-owner Derek Gibbons. “We are back with an elevated experience that will provide the best heated, winterized and most festive outdoor views in the city.”

Come enjoy Enchanted in Northern Liberties:
Princess Brunch in the Igloos at Figo
Featuring the Ice Queen by A Dash of Magic Events
Figo Ristorante
Saturdays, December 10 and December 17, 2022
Seatings two shows a day 11:00am and 1:00pm

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Deborah Hospital Foundation’s
17th Annual Red Tie Gala

Deborah Hospital Foundation’s 17th Annual Red Tie Gala, was held earlier this month on Saturday, November 12th, at the Hilton at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia. The annual event raised nearly $300,000 for cardiac care at Deborah Heart and Lung Center, New Jersey’s only specialty heart, lung, and vascular hospital.

The Deborah Red Tie Gala welcomed the leadership team from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Deborah EVP and COO Joseph Manni, Chief Master Sargent, Michael Wynne with Andrea Wynne, 87th Air Base Wing Commander, Colonel Wes Adams, Commander JB MDL, and the 87th Air Base Wing Commander with Misty Adams, Deborah President and CEO Joseph Chirichella.
Deborah COO Joseph Manni President and CEO Joseph Chirichella flank honoree Fox Rothschild partner Michael J. Kline as its Gala Honoree.

This year’s Gala was especially memorable as it celebrated Deborah’s 100th Anniversary and recognized Fox Rothschild partner Michael J. Kline as its Gala Honoree. Mr. Kline has been a Deborah Board Member and outside General Counsel for fifty years, and was instrumental in helping implement vital legislative protections that preserve Deborah’s ability to not balance bill patients, keeping true to its founding mission “there is no price on life.”

Ashley and Amell
Kim Kauffmann and Sean Kauffmann
Heva and Michael Ruzek
Vellachi Asuna Chelsen and Mrs Bharethi Sena
Nan Masterson, Rochelle Saxena and Lisa Butler
Thomas Cornelius and Nicole Cornelius
Thanks to Donna McArdle for an amazing job well done. The joy on everyone’s face throughout the evening was a beautiful sight to see. I love this hug photo of Donna and the other organizers.
Jimmy and Rose Cuenta
Michael and Renee Tortoriello

Deborah has provided a century of extraordinary medical innovation from its initial founding as a tuberculosis sanatorium. Today, Deborah Hospital is the region’s only acute care specialty center of excellence focused on cardiac, pulmonary, and vascular disease.

Bill and Fran DiMartino were honored guests at the Red Tie Gala. At 3-years old, on July 28, 1958, Bill had the first open-heart surgery in New Jersey, performed by the renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. Charles Bailey. The operation ushered in a whole new era in heart care.

Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, NJ is an 89-bed teaching hospital that specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, research, and treatment of heart, lung, and vascular diseases. Founded in 1922, Deborah has been a regional and nationally recognized leader throughout its 100-year history, during which time it has healed 2.3 million patients from every corner of the United States and 87 countries in the world. From performing the first open heart surgeries (adult and pediatric) in New Jersey, to running one of the highest volume left-ventricular assist device (LVAD) implant programs in the region, Deborah has stood at the forefront of medical innovation, all while never wavering from its founding mission “there is no price on life.”

“I am truly humbled to be recognized at the Gala for my years of service to Deborah,” he said. “For fifty years — half of Deborah’s history — I have been privileged to be involved with this great organization. The mission, combined with the Hospital’s superior level of medical excellence, has made me passionate for advocating on Deborah’s behalf. Deborah Heart and Lung Center is a rare and precious national treasure, and it has been part of my life’s work to preserve and ensure a strong and vibrant foundation for its continuance long into the future.”

Kristen Sherman and Whitney Birney
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Scene: Celebration of Emmy Winner Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sheryl Lee Ralph and husband Pennsylvania State. Senator Vincent Hughes at the Celebration of Emmy Winner Sheryl Lee Ralph. at Live Casino Philadelphia on November 21, 2022

The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, Emmy-winner Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes hosted a “Celebration of Emmy Winner Sheryl Lee Ralph” at Live! Casino on last week, Monday, November 21st from 6:30 – 9:30 PM.

Joyce Abbott, the namesake for Emmy-winning ‘Abbott Elementary’ the character in Abbot Elementary is based on her (Quinta Brunson, was one of her sixth graders at Andrew Hamilton Elementary in West Philadelphia, is the creator of the show), with Angela Val, CEO and Prersident of Visit Philadelphia and Patty Jackson, WDAS Radio Personality.

The celebration was honoring Ms. Ralph’s recent Emmy award for her portrayal of a dedicated Philadelphia public school teacher on ABC’s hit comedy Abbott Elementary. The event raised over $200,000 for @read2succeedphilly programming through The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia!

Bill Vargus and Sue Serio, Fox 29

There were a lot of folks on hand to honor Ms. Ralph ie the first lady of 7th District of Pennsylvania.

Joe Val, Oval Project Management and Baba Taiye Renfrow, co founder of SYNERGYphl
Amira Smith, The Fund For The School District of Philadelphia and Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director · Greater Philadelphia Film Office
Big Rube and Crew
Leslie Patterson-Tyler, Kimmel Cultural Campus Vice President of Program Communications and Partnerships and Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler, Mother Bethal AME Church
Rep. Joanna E. McClinton and Michael Newmuis, COS Visit Philadelphia.
Sharri Williams, 6ABC and Emcee of the evening
Save The Date: Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade
On Saturday, December 3, the parade will kick-off at 5:00 p.m. at 2nd & Market Streets and will proceed up Market Street, endhttps://phillyholidayexperience.com/visit-philly-holiday-parade/ing at City Hall. Featuring cold air balloons, marching bands, floats, dance groups, and more, the parade is a must-see event for residents and visitors to get in the holiday spirit.
Mayor James Kenny and Letty

All proceeds of the event benefitted Read to Succeed early literacy programming through The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia.

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Scene: Philly’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanks so much to you my readers, for being here, as well as bearing with me these past few years. This year was especially difficult as I was overwhelmed with work, which is a great thing of course, but then many of my media outlets were overwhelmed as well and stopped running my photos. Most are back, CBSPhilly, Phila Tribune, Mainline Today, Philly Metro and Philly Style Online, and it’s very exciting, Not back, and maybe gone forever… Philly Mag, Biz Journal, Philly Voice. But I am most grateful to clients who stuck with me and know the value of the PhillyChitChat platform, the blog and it’s social medias. Who knew most people in the 2020’s decade would look to SM for what’s new, happening and in the news… I was just there for the photos, but now it’s a terrific vehicle for my services
Commissioner Outlaw at the Thanksgiving Day Parade
It was a beautiful warm day
I love when the balloon handlers spin the props. It’s thrilling for the kids too.
These kids thought ahead
We can’t change the past, but we can celebrate the present and look towards a brighter future
Love them
Thanksgiving Joy
Fun Traditions, that is what today’s Thanksgiving Day is about.
Councilperson Candidate Terrill Haigler
The Visit Philly Float

I learned yesterday the talent stands on the left side of the float, as that is the side which is televised on 6ABC at Eakins Oval

The Visit Philly Holiday Parade is next Saturday, 12/3/22

Jamie Apody and Nydia Han – 6ABC Reporters/Anchors (It warms my heart that these two who are on TV everyday, still get excited for me to photograph them. I really appreciate it)
Sheryl Lee Ralph, getting her flowers, which frankly we should have given her years before. What a Philly treasure, married to Sen Vincent Hughes for over a decade, she’s been supporting our community for years.

I can’t thank you readers enough for consuming and enjoying my content. It’s always nice to meet you, especially folks like this. Michael N and I were walking down JFK to see Santa, and these two you kids walked up to me and said “Are you PhillyChitChat?, my family, parents, love your content. ” OK you got me balling inside. I’m so ecstatic that I am proving good info to the City, and keeping people informed.

Thank you sooo much, HughE. See you on Monday, or on SM INSTAGRAM and Twitter.

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Scene: PARX CASINO TO GIVE AWAY FREE THANKSGIVING MEALS

Vincent Schiavone, Chairman, CEO & Volunteer at Caring for Friends Bonnie Worth – Bristol Townshp Senior Center Carrie Minelli Nork, Director of Advertising & Public Relations at PARX and Ron Davis, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Parx Casino
Parx Casino presented a donation check for $20,000 to Caring for Friends
Over this past week, Parx executives and team members donated hundreds of hours to personally make and prepare the meals through Caring for Friends. Those very same meals will then be given away tomorrow to seniors in need – along with a week’s worth of meals and soups. 

Parx Casino team members gave away thousands of meals for Thanksgiving and the holidays at Bristol Township Senior Center. Seniors from Bucks County have signed up for pick-up slots so there was a steady flow of cars picking up the donated meals.

Parx Casino supports Caring for Friends in their fight against hunger and serving those in need in Bucks County. This relationship features two parts: donations to support Caring for Friends mission, AND beyond a check Parx Casino team members have donated hundreds of hours to give away meals through this ongoing partnership.

“The Parx Casino and Caring for Friends partnership is a tremendous opportunity to build a legacy of care in our community,” said Ron Davis, Parx Casino Director of Diversity and Community Development. “We are thankful to our team members who are always willing to help with outreach to those in need.We celebrate making a difference.”

“Caring For Friends is grateful to Parx Casino for its generous donation of fifteen thousand dollars, hundreds of hours of volunteer time, and thousands of pounds of food,” said Caring For Friends CEO Vince Schiavone. “In this time of inflation and supply chain issues, affording a Thanksgiving meal will be harder than ever. Thanks to Parx, thousands of Bucks County seniors, and other neighbors in need will have a happier holiday.”