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Photos: Help Hope Live’s 3rd Annual Crab Fest

On Saturday, August 4 at St. Christopher’s Church in Gladwyne, PA, a diverse crowd gathered to celebrate the power of community and a local nonprofit’s far-reaching impact at Help Hope Live’s 3rd Annual Crab Fest. Highlights included all-you-can-eat fresh steamed Maryland blue crabs, outdoor fun on a gorgeous summer day, an exclusive tasting from craft beer partner and West Chester sensation Levante Brewing, and attendance from several Help Hope Live patients with incredible stories. Transplant recipients and spinal cord injury survivors shared their gratitude for the nonprofit’s fundraising help and attested to the power of community support to lift hearts and minds. The nonprofit was founded in Philly 35 years ago by a heart transplant surgeon and his wife, a nurse, to help patients cover the out-of-pocket costs of critical medical care. Follow Help Hope Live’s impact or attend a future event by visiting www.helphopelive.org and following @helphopeliveorg on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Logo for our 3rd Annual Crab Fest to benefit the nonprofit Help Hope Live (photo by Sonny Mullen)

All-you-can-eat fresh steamed Maryland blue crabs (photo by Megan Anderson Gregory)

All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Help Hope Live (photo by Sonny Mullen)

Charity raffle (photo by Megan Anderson Gregory)
Facepaint and fun for kids (photo by Sonny Mullen)
Official craft beer sponsor Levante Brewing out of West Chester, PA (photo by Sonny Mullen)
More facepaint (photo by Sonny Mullen)

Middle Photo: Help Hope Live client and heart transplant recipient Linda Jara (left) with friend (photo by Sonny Mullen) Bottom: Help Hope Live ambassador and heart transplant recipient Bill Soloway (center) (photo by Sonny Mullen)

Help Hope Live spinal cord injury clients Jeff Harris and Lauren Shevchek (photo by Sonny Mullen)
The staff and board of directors of Help Hope Live, a Radnor-based national nonprofit (photo by Megan Anderson Gregory)

Thanks to helphopelive.org for sending the photos. I was unable to attend as I was down the shore. Save the date! Celebrate another impactful year for our nonprofit with delicious food, an open bar, an exciting auction, our signature Wine Pull, and the Help Hope Live Awards. Philly Chit Chat will be covering this event.

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Playbrawl Is A Knockout Fundraiser

I hope you had a magical weekend, creating those memories I mentioned on Friday. It’s catch up time. Social Season is winding down to about 4 events a week, which will allow me to post events you might have seen photos for elsewhere, but now I’ll be able to go into a little more detail. For the 2nd year in a row Philadelphia Theatre Company has held PlayBrawl, a very clever fund raising event. It’s fun too, for the “actors” who are all notables, or ahem Philebrities, as well as the audience who are their friends, or fans.

Philadelphia Theatre Company (PTC) celebrated another successful battle in the ring with the one-two punch with the inventive theatre benefit called Playbrawl. In the vein of Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, PTC’s Play Brawl took place on Friday, May 10th with local celebrities and stars living out their dreams on stage alongside professional actors.

Instead of standard speeches and silent auctions, the competitors will act their hearts out while audience members vote for the winning performance through tax-free donations on a mobile bidding app. Very clever. Most “actors” received over $1,000 worth of votes, with the winners receiving over $5,000 worth of votes. Just as important, it was a lot of fun. The night began with a cocktail party, and after the show, a dessert night cap.

This year’s line-up includes a who’s who from the local media, business and non-profit community – including Marcus Allen, CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region in “The Pursuit of Happyness”, Michael Smerconish (Host, SiriusXM/CNN), Joseph Watkins (White House Aide and MSNBC), David Yager (University of the Arts). That’s Smerconish with HAIR (ok a wig) doing a scene from “Network.”

Joe Zarett (Zarett Rehab and Fitness) and Marc Brownstein (The Brownstein Group) doing a scene from Rocky (above), Bill Golderer (United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey),

Ray Didinger, Author, Journalist, Broadcaster, and Emmy Award Winning Writer and Producer of NFL Films in Hoosiers

Shaina Humphries, Anchor Fox 29 News in “My Cousin Vinny.”

Carol Saline, Journalist, Broadcaster, Author, and member of the PTC
Board of Directors in “When Harry Met Sally”

Emily Zeck, Philadelphia Theatre Company and Paige Price, Producing Artistic Director with the trophy.

And the winner’s are – Marc Brownstein and Joe Zarett for their scene out of Rocky!!

Proceeds from this year’s Gala will support PTC’s upcoming programming!!

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Richie Graham Photography: Capture To Conserve Event

On the evening of May 16, 2019 Richie Graham Photography hosted Capture To Conserve at Terrain Gardens in Devon, to celebrate the partnership of local investor and photographer, Richie Graham and 1% For The Planet. The evening began with a cocktail hour, live

Over dinner guests were taken on a journey around the world through the eye of Richie Graham’s fine art landscape photography, including stories from his most recent travels to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, to learn about and capture the work of network partner, Working Dogs For Conservation.

Joining the presentation were Kate Williams, CEO of 1% For the Planet sharing their organization’s mission of connecting dollars and
doers to accelerate smart environmental giving and Joe Whitworth, President of The Freshwater Trust entertaining and educating the room on his approach of Quantified Conservation, to move beyond a procedure based past to an outcome-based future to restore our country’s rivers.

Photographer Richie Graham and Kim Graham

Lauren Roe, Wendy Haabestad and Peter Haabestad, Co-Managing Partner and Founding Partner at Guardian Capital Partners
Jon Cocina, Rachel Cevera, Half Genius, Teresa Kenny, and Jason Cevera. Half Genius represents Richie Graham
Holly Archinal, Orion Wister, Effie Wister, and Sophie Mellon

With gratitude for the natural beauty that surrounds us and his commitment to meaningful environmental preservation, 100% of the profits from the sale of Richie’s photography are donated to 1% for the Planet nonprofit member organizations. The concept of Fine Art Photography for Environmental Conservation enables art consumers to appreciate Graham’s art from a creative and philanthropic perspective,
knowing that every purchase of a print supports initiatives to protect our planet for future generations.

The Capture To Conserve event was a successful fundraiser for 1% For The Planet, but the mission continues! Aside from embarking on the journey of conservation on his website, Richie Graham’s work from around the world will be on display and available for purchase at United By Blue. The partnership kicks off with an artist talk on June 13th at the Walnut Street location on University of Pennsylvania’s campus. To keep up with
the art and travels of Richie Graham Photography, follow along @richiegrahamphoto on Instagram and Facebook.

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Hair of the Dog Hot Dress or Hot Mess Hot Time Benefiting Autism

Hair of the Dog Hot Dress Hot Mess Hot Time Benefiting Autism

I’m tardy getting this up after all the Eagles excitement last week.  Saturday, January 20, 2018, the Hair O’The Dog annual event, celebrated twenty-four years of partying in style and giving back through its philanthropic endeavors at the Hilton Hotel at Penns Landing. Nearly 1200 guests came out to support the hottest party of the year, and as always they didn’t disappoint in their fashion sense.

Alisa Frederico, Stylist and blogger at Dressing Jane, with Philadelphia Inquirer’s legendary Elizabeth Wellington, fashion/lifestyle journalist

Rosa Swinton in her spectacular “Beyond Thunderdome” and Carmena Ayo-Davies 
Today’s affirmation says Carmena:
God is going to do amazing things in my life this week. #morningaffirmation #mondays change your mind frame, you change your life.

Cash Cash entertained the crowd as did the Eagles Pep Rally Band, and DJ Casper.  Hair O’ The Dog always benefits a local deserving charity, and as this year’s beneficiary was The Center for Autism, the oldest Autism treatment center in the country.

Longtime friends Dan Cronin (r) and Rob Molinaro created Hair O’ The Dog in 1995 as a way for friends in the industry to celebrate the new year together a few weeks after New Year’s Eve, and each year since this glamorous-gala has grown in size and importance.
Mike and Mike from Fox 29
A pair of Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders were on hand to celebrate the night

Robin Carter RCB with a spectacular splash of color

Jacen Bowman, Makeup artist Shades Of Jacen
he does magic for Alex Holley

Speaking of spectacular, Jennifer Sherlock is the BEST DRESSED of this year’s Hair of The Dog.
Gorgeous!!
Alex Holley wore two dresses, this one

Rose Gold Sequin: Dress the Population available at Bloomingdales

Josh Whisler and Kass Dahlquist (oh I was running to a shoot request by my client and didn’t do justice to Kass’ dress. She looked amazing. You know I was in a hurry, she still has a drink in her hand and you know I don’t allow too many people to keep drinks in their hands)


Eye popping

Paul Pereira blinged out bow tie
No off the hook dresses like Katie Beaver’s ground breaking gown years earlier, but gorgeous gowns abound
Dancing, Dancing, Dancing
Not Eagles Cheerleaders, but just as popular


Best dresses


Glamour was the highlight of the annual gala

 Alisa Frederico, Karla Brown, event chair Alex Holley of FOX29, Christine Krzyzanowski, Chantelle Matthew

Alex’s dress Metallic Gown: Laundry by Shelli Segal

My dress was a new Australian brand called Bariano

All 3 dresses available from Bloomingdales.


The Best Dressed guy by far, every year as well. Fashion plate Photographer
Joe DelPalazzo
No one more Fly Eagles Fly than Buffy Harakidas, director of marketing, Chorus Communications

Red is the popular color of the season, with jumpsuits still in vogue

Happy Chinese New Year!!


Which reminds me, join us at Yangming on the Mainline for Tasty Talks the monthly chitchat with folks in the media, benefits charity. Steve’s raising money and awareness for The Mac Fund at Cat Shack, and my charity is Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia.
This Wednesday is Steve Morrison, from Preston and Steve. Then February 28 I’ll be chatting. Yes I am so nervous, I don’t like speaking in public, but I do love telling stories. Also February 15 Yangming celebrates Chinese New Year, I go every year and it’s a lot of fun. Definitely contact them for reservations about all these events.
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Photos: Thuzio and Claude Giroux Foundation Fundraiser

Thuzio and Claude Giroux Foundation Fundraiser

On November 30, 2017, Thuzio members, their guests and supporters of the Claude Giroux Foundation gathered at Cescaphe Ballroom for a Casino themed night in support of a great cause.

Thuzio

 

Guests tried their luck playing traditional casino games and bidding on silent and live auction items. Claude Giroux mingled with guests and was joined by 6-8 of his Flyers teammates and other local philadelphia celebs/athletes such as Vince Papale, Freddie Mitchell, Todd Herremans, Brian Propp, Riley Cote, Justin Perillo amongst others.


Claude Giroux, Flyers

Thuzio is redefining business entertainment through its exclusive celebrity-powered event platform. Executives rely on Thuzio experiences to engage their most vital business relationships and network amongst a c-level audience, while brands leverage Thuzio to reach its influential community. Member companies range from large corporations such as Bank of America and Morgan Stanley, to local small business owners.


Thuzio was founded in 2012 by New York Giants running back Tiki Barber, serial entrepreneur Mark Gerson (co-founder of GLG), and Jared Augustine as an e-commerce marketplace for booking athletes. In 2014, Thuzio launched its subscription event product and currently hosts events in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, & Los Angeles.
Todd Herremans and Vince Papale

Freddie Mitchell
The Claude Giroux Foundation, established in 2014, supports various organizations who better the lives of individuals and families in need throughout the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Hearst, Ontario communities. Originally from Hearst, Ontario, Giroux announced in October of 2010 that he had chosen to associate himself with the Notre-Dame Hospital Foundation in Hearst. “I think it’s a good cause and a lot of people back home are putting a lot of time into it, so it should be a pretty good site for fans visit,” said Giroux.


The partners of the foundation then decided to join forces and first raise funds for the construction of a new physiotherapy and rehabilitation centre named, the Claude-Giroux Centre. “The construction of the new Centre Claude-Giroux Centre is a big project with an estimated cost of around $700,000. We hope this website will prove to be an excellent and innovative way to raise funds for this project”, declared France Dallaire, member of the Foundation and CEO of the Notre-Dame Hospital.
Host of The700LevelShow Marc Farzetta, Emcee the evening and Andrea Helfich, new sideline reporter for the Flyers
Jen Groover, serial entrepreneur

Thanks to Thuzio for providing the photos. I had bronchitis and wasn’t able to make it, although it was on my schedule.

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Philadelphia Fund Alliance Raises Over $65,000 for Cradles to Crayons

Philadelphia Fund Alliance Raises Over $65,000 for Cradles to Crayons

More than 200 Philadelphia-area asset management industry professionals gathered on Nov. 2 at The Logan Philadelphia to raise money for Cradles to Crayons and to celebrate Philadelphia’s deep roots in national financial markets and services.

Alliance
The evening started out with a book signing with New York Times contributing reporter and author Diana Henriques was the keynote speaker. The New York Times investigative reporter and author is the author of The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust.

AllianceDiane Henriques (author and New York Times contributing reporter) & John Alshefski (SEI Investments)
Her new book, A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History, was published on Sept. 19, 2017.

Philadelphia Fund Alliance Cocktail Reception

Alliance
String Quartet from Settlement Music School


Stradley Ronon Associates Paul Pan, Jennifer Hillman & Claire Olivar


Shawn Hendricks, Miranda Sturgis & Kevin Boyle (all with Stradley Ronon)


Michelle Lombardo (Hartford Funds), Bill Kingsbury (Montgomery McCracken), Ted Edwards (Pepper Hamilton LLP), Barbara Dugan & Terry Reilly (Montgomery McCracken)


Robert Tribuiani (Murray Devine & Company), Molly Borgese (Morgan Lewis) & Frank Devine (Murray Devine & Company)


Evan Busteed (Morgan Lewis) & Cassie Juste (Pepper Hamilton)


Speaker Bruce Leto (Stradley Ronon )


Philadelphia Fund Alliance Dinner

Michal Smith (Cradles to Crayons)
Cradles to Crayons provides children living in homeless or low income situations with the basic essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.


Davis Lebisky (Lebisky Compliance Consulting) & Donna Rafa (Aberdeen Asset Management Inc.)


Michal Smith & Susan Hight (Cradles to Crayons) & Gillian Facher (Stradley Ronon)

 


Speaker Stephen Sypherd (FS Investments)


Brian McNally (Mill Creek Capital Advisors), Mark Sheehan (Stradley Ronon) & John Alshefski (SEI Investments)

$65,000 Check Presentation to Cradles to Crayons
From left: Bruce G. Leto, Partner and Investment Management Group Chair, Stradley Ronon; Michal Smith, Executive Director, Cradles to Crayons; Susan Hight, Director of Development, Cradles to Crayons; Stephen Sypherd, Managing Director and General Counsel, FS Investments; Tim Levin, Philadelphia Managing Partner, Morgan Lewis; John Alshefski, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Investment Manager Services division of SEI Investments.

 

Photo Credit: Mike Hirata

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The Rest of the Photos: 4th Annual Shyamaween bash

I hope everyone had an awesome week. What a great Halloween Week. I think this year more than any there were more parties, and more people serious about dressing up for the spooktacular event. No where was it more evident than at this year’s Shyamaween, and how excited was I that I was able to photograph the event. So grateful for the opportunity, as most of you know it was a bucket list item for me. I’m a huge fan of The Shyamalan’s having photographed them over the past decade and being familiar with their work, and charity work. Plus they throw one heck of a party. I didn’t stay long as I was also shooting Philly Fights Cancer Round 3 the same night. Thankfully they were both located near exits on 95 so I was able to jet between each of the events. I started with Whoopi & John Legend at 5 – 730PM, then Shyamaween, then back to PFC and Earth Wind & Fire. I’ll write about that event Monday or Tuesday. Amazing, so beautiful too.

RestStrawberry Mansion Bridge Friday

M. Night and Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan hosted their fourth annual Shyamaween bash on Saturday, October 28th at the Punch Line Club in Fishtown. The tagline for the event is very appropriately: Be Bad. Do Good.  The 400+ guests, all dressed in wickedly good costumes, partied the night away for a great cause!    Guests enjoyed a special performance by two-time Grammy nominee Andra Day and then danced to the wee hours to the spinning of DJ Ed Christof.  Catering for the main event was provided by the Vetri Family, and the Shyamalans’ friends Kate Jacoby and Rich Landau, celebrated chef owners of vegan restaurants Vedge, V Street, and Whiz Kid, provided late-night eats at the after party. All proceeds from the party benefit the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation  a charitable foundation that invests in emerging leaders whose grassroots efforts are putting an end to poverty and inequality in their communities around the world.

 

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Far Right: Kim Lincon, graphic designer, Lynx & Co, who tackles all the designs for MNSFoundation and does all the event collateral, branding, etc for Shyamaween.

RestWINNING HALLOWEEN: Stephen J. Eads and Bruce Willis dress as the Grady twins

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The M. Night Shyamalan Foundation supports remarkable leaders, through their organizations, working to remove the barriers created by poverty and inequality, which prevent individuals and communities from unleashing their full potential. They do this in the United States by closing the educational achievement gap focusing on MNSF’s five tenets. They do this in developing countries by assuring that basic human needs are met and rights are protected, and ultimately providing increased access to educational opportunities.


This is the best costume Andrew Greenblatt

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I like it, ultimate tribute to wear a costume where both writer, director and star will be attending the same party If you don’t see your photo here, it may still show up in Philly Mag print magazine in January. Or may be found at one of the media outlets below:

CBS Philly

Metro Philly

Philly Style Magazine

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FUEL the CURE Halloween Masquerade Ball Fundraiser!

Join FUEL the CURE and over 700 guests in celebrating a decade of this organization’s social
impact at their Halloween Masquerade Ball Fundraiser! The black-tie optional event will be held on October 28th at the historic 23rd Street Armory in center city and feature a five hour open bar,
variety of food stations, passed hors d’oeuvres, casino games, music, silent auction prizes, dancing,
a grand raffle prize, and more.

Masquerade

FUEL the CURE is dedicated to providing better communities, health, and education for
underprivileged children in the area and over the years has donated close to $500,000 to various
causes and engaged over 7,000 individuals in philanthropic activities.

Masquerade

This year’s gala will benefit the HEADstrong Foundation, a local organization dedicated to improving lives affected by cancer. HEADstrong’s services include providing complimentary housing for out-of- town patients and their families who are undergoing cancer-related treatment in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

 

Masquerade

Be sure to get your tickets soon (and tell your friends!) as the last six events sold out. We hope to see you
there! Get $20 off your ticket here with this code: “CHITCHAT”. TICKET INFO

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The Grandest Party I Barely Attended. It might Be the Most Beautiful One I Ever Attended

A lot of life changing, beneficial moments are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year including the 25th anniversary of reunification of Germany,  NASA placing the Hubble Space Telescope in space, the Americans with Disabilities Act and founding of MANNA, Manna provides nourishing meals to people suffering from life-threatening illnesses and is helping folks right here in Philadelphia.

On
October 9th, MANNA threw the party of the year at the 23rd Street
Armory in Center City, Philadelphia in honor of Steven Korman and celebrated MANNA’s 25 years at the forefront of the Food is Medicine
movement. 

Unfortunately I had already been booked a year out to photograph another event, but I did catch the last half hour to witness the spectacular room and capture some of the people enjoying the beautiful night. HONORARY CHAIRS of the evening were Governor Tom Wolf, Mayor Michael Nutter, Governor Ed Rendell, Wayne Newton. Yes that Wayne Newton, and no he didn’t sing but he did pose with everyone who asked.

Congrats to my buddy Tony Frick (r), who was on the committee of the event and did a fabulous job, here with his wife Alissa Frick (c), and friends Erin Como and Chris Smith.
It was great to see Erin too, who recently took a job at Fox Good Day in DC after spending a few years in Nashville. 
Rob Saxon, Events & Volunteer Director and vavava voom Susan Daugherty,  MANNA Executive Director in winter white

The room was spectacularly decorated. Executed by Donna O’Brien from Beautiful Blooms, it was breathtaking with white flowers, and trees filling the cavernous 23rd street Armory. 
There was plenty of lounge areas for people to sit and take in the scenses, as well as long communal tables to sit with friends in between dancing to the tunes of Eddie Bruce Band.
Angela Butler and Yvonne Blake, even as the party was winding down at ten pm, people were still mingling about.

We interrupt this blog entry to ask you to support saving lives at the AMFSP at the Philadelphia Lifesavers Gala Honoring HughE Dillon – 11/14/15 Tixs $100
It’s a super important organization, and I’d really appreciate if you were there. 
It’s only a month away and I haven’t done a great job in getting the word out cause I’m so busy.
James Decker and Kate LaRosa
Did I mention how gorgeous the room was?
Jeannine Pulito, Nicole Linehan, Maureen Fries and Rob Saxon
 Mark S. Carrow, managing partner of Citrin Cooperman

Paul and Lily Rothman
Michael Rowlands, Emily Gallegher, Adrian Glass, Tonya Cooper, and Brian Lieb
Vivian Ghazarian and Matthew Bouloutain – Matt has designed the last 4 Shut Up and Dance posters, the Manna/PA Ballet dance event benefiting Manna. The duo’s first date was at a Shut Up and Dance event years earlier. The event happens in the spring time so look for tickets on sale then.
Susan and Dan DeCarlo

The Pie in the Sky campaign has kicked off, buy a pie for Thanksgiving, feed your family and support a meal for another family. Sweet!

The event production was over seen by two companies Event Strategy Group and Mole Street co-produced the 25th Anniversary Party. They oversee and connect the right people and vendors to create an awesome event. Brian LaPann, (Mole Street), Matt Blank (Event Strategy Group), Brendan Walsh (Mole Street), Andrew Campbell (Mole Street) and Brendan Shuff ( Event Strategy Group)

There were food stations, but I don’t have the details on that, sorry.
Nancy Welkert, Many Blumenthal and Linda Regnery

Breaking news MANNA is moving their headquarters to Rodin Place, at 21st and Hamilton Streets. It’ll be called the Steven Korman Nutrition Center. Opening date is January 2017
MY NEW PHILLY Video Channel has a great recap of the event