Charity Gala


Cheers For CHOP 2017 With Montell Jordan

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s sixth annual Cheers for CHOP raised $735,000 to support pediatric brain tumor research and care. More than 600 donors, clinicians and friends of CHOP attended the event on Saturday, March 2, at The Fillmore Philadelphia, and enjoyed a live performance by Grammy-nominated artist Montell Jordan

The sixth annual Cheers for CHOP was hosted by Friends of CHOP, a dynamic group of Philadelphia’s most social and philanthropic young influencers who are committed to vibrant fundraising efforts that support CHOP’s mission of providing exemplary patient care, spearheading innovative research, and sharing knowledge with the world. Over the past five years, Cheers for CHOP has raised more than $2.7 million to benefit hospital programs such as Orthopaedics, Pulmonary Medicine and Child Life.           

Every dollar raised this year will fuel breakthroughs in the fight against brain tumors, the deadliest childhood cancer. The Neuro-Oncology Program at CHOP, led by Dr. Michael Fisher, is a group of seven full-time, dedicated pediatric neuro-oncologists, and is one of the largest groups dedicated to treating pediatric brain and spinal tumors, neurofibromatosis and associated tumors. This year alone, the neuro-oncologists at CHOP will treat nearly 1,500 cancer patients during more than 4,600 visits to the hospital.  

As doctors work tirelessly to manage and treat these patients, researchers from CHOP’s Center for Data Driven Discovery in Biomedicine (D3b) are actively involved in ongoing pediatric brain tumor research through the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (CBTTC). The CBTTC is a collaborative, multi-institutional research program dedicated to the study of childhood brain tumors. By collecting information about childhood brain tumors and creating the largest repository of brain tumor tissue in the world, research scientists are able to study the tumor cells of more than 30 histologically different types of childhood brain tumors. Through CHOP’s commitment to translational research, these findings are able to move into clinical trials within the Section of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology in order to speed discovery and personalize treatment.

Contact: Jennifer Lee, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 267-426-6084 or leej41@email.chop.edu


Gorgeous Decor at The Beaux Arts Bash

The Beaux Arts Bash was held at the Philadelphia Free Library last month


The annual black-tie event highlighted the Parkway’s splendid history of art and architecture inspired by the Beaux -Arts movement in turn-of-the-century France.



The live auction was led by Reggie Rivers, a former Denver Broncos player who is now a professional auctioneer, broadcaster and motivational speaker.

Guests also enjoyed a silent auction with great sports memorabilia.


Funds raised by the gala event support the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, which makes possible many Free Library programs and services that advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity throughout Philadelphia.
Lyn and David Montgomery

The Beaux Arts Bash is co-chaired by Lynn and Jim Dever, Donna and David Gerson, and Cameron and John Soroko.

David Mankoff and Jean Cho

Jenny Bogoni, Luca Bogoni, Nadia Billig Daniel and Matt Daniel

Mark vanDerhelm, Vanessa Chan, Jocelin Reed and Anton Germishuizen

Leslie Stiles m board president of the Pennsylvania Conference for Women and Marciarose Shestack. legendary broadcaster and all around wonderful person.

Additional photos appeared in Liberty City Press and an upcoming Philly Magazine issue as as well.

The Library Gala’s 2015 Gala was one of my picks of the decade 2007 – 2017 See the pixs here


Pixs: BalletX annual fundraiser The Premier Party at Sky Philadelphia (Formerly Top of the Tower)

 BalletX annual fundraiser The Premier Party at Sky Philadelphia (Formerly Top of the Tower) 1717 Arch Street
On Thursday, March 23, 2017, BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet and resident dance
company of The Wilma Theater, will hold its annual fundraiser The Premier Party. This year BalletX and co-chairs Linda E. Johnson and Rebecca Malcom
Naib honor


Damian  Woetzel è Artistic  Director  of  Vail  International  Dance  Festival,  former  Principal  Dancer  with  The  New  York  City  Ballet,  and  member  of  the  President’s  Committee  on  the  Arts  &  Humanities,  appointed  by  President Barack Obama and Janet and Jim Averill è longtime  Ballet  advocates  and  support

Christine Cox addresses the guests

Christine Cox, Artistic & Executive Director, Co-Founder of BalletX welcomes the guests

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David Schellenberg,  President and CEO of LinguiSearch and a member of  Pennsylvania Ballet’s Board of Trustees and Janet Averill, she and her husband Jim Averill were honored for their support of BalletX. Janet and Jim Averill longtime  Ballet  advocates  and  supporters,  Board  Member  at  Pennsylvania  Ballet and  The  Salvation  Army  of  Greater  Philadelphia  (Janet),  and  Board  Member  at  Free  Library  Foundation (Emeritus), Rosenbach Museum and Library, Foreign Policy Research Institute, and National Lands Trust (Jim)

Michael Sheridan and Geni Klein

Michael Sheridan and Geni Klein

Russell Druker, Pennsylvania Ballet Corps de Ballet Member and Pennsylvania Ballet's artistic director, Ángel Corella

Russell Ducker, Pennsylvania Ballet Corps de Ballet Member and Pennsylvania Ballet’s artistic director, Ángel Corella

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Francesca Forcella, (A Day In The Life of Francesca) Anna Marie Grossman and Skyler Lubin (I was going to ask her if she was from Cherry Hill. I grew up with her parents in Charleston Riding, I think. They were a couple years older than me.)

Roberta Marcus and Bryan Park, volunteers at the gala

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Diane Heard and Matthew Neenan co-founded BalletX with fellow dancer Christine Cox.


Wynrhys Coghlan, The Welsh Soicety, Nancy Davis, Mural Arts (when I was a paralegal, Nancy was our firms Lexis/Nexis rep. I think we’re both glad to be out of the law field) and Karen Naugle

The one – night – only event  includes cocktails and seated dinner, a wine tasting by Moore Brothers Wine Company, a Live Auction and  Raffle, and  featured BalletX in world premiere work choreographed by the dancers themselves, as well as a very  special guest performance by Memphis Jookin star Lil Buck and cellist Wendy Sutter.

Roderick Phifer, a new dancer to Ballet X, Megan Dickenson, and Skylar Lubin

Roderick Phifer, a new dancer to Ballet X, Megan Dickenson, and Skylar Lubin


All proceeds from The Premier Party go toward supporting BalletX’s mission of producing original  choreography that expands the vocabulary of classical dance for all audiences