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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.

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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.

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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

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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:

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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.

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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