Charity Gala


It was A Beautiful Night at The Main Line Wine Gala 2021

Thursday night I attended the Resources for Human Development (RHD) annual Main Line Wine Gala on the beautiful outdoor grounds of Appleford Estate in Villanova, PA. The weather was gorgeous, the grounds were beautiful, it was a perfect setting for the gala. This year’s Main Line Wine Gala will benefit The Center for Creative Works, La Casa, and future RHD initiatives that will impact the communities we serve.

Marco Giordano, Chief Executive Officer Resources For Human Development, emcee for the evening Jennaphr Frederick, FOX 29 and Honorary chair Marc Nelson, Groth Vineyards & Winery

Sue Daugherty is the executive director of Manna and tells me that it’s that time of year! Never too early to get your pie orders in for Thanksgiving https://mannapies.org/seller/hq/sue-daugherty/

Charles Lynch, Karin Annerhed-Harris and Marco Giordano , Chief Executive Officer Resources For Human Development

Appleford/Parsons-Banks Arboretum is a non-profit arboretum and country estate located at 770 Mount Moro Road, Villanova, Pennsylvania. Appelford began in 1682 with William Penn’s grant of 100 acres to James Moore. In 1728 Robert Jones erected a one-story stone farmhouse on the site, parts of which still stand.

Joseph Blevins and Tanya Leshko review the silent auction featuring artwork from RHD’s Center for Creative Works & Outside the Lines art studio for people with intellectual disabilities. A staff of mentor artists teach professional materials and techniques with the goal of developing participants as artists, artisans and designers. These programs foster individual expression and skill development.

I like how they had these video screens to tell you which table you were sitting at, saving paper.

Marc Nelson , Groth Vineyards and Winery, co-chair of the Main Line Wine Gala. During cocktail hour and between courses he would tell the guests the wine they were drinking, and why it went with that particular dish.

It was great to see Steve Katz do his magic as auctioneer, a volunteer gig he enjoys on the side of his full time career as the head of a private investment fund specializing in commercial real estate property, which he owns with his son Joshua, another fun auctioneer.

La Casa is a Philadelphia youth safe haven and provides safe, transitional housing for emerging young adults who are experiencing homelessness. La Casa is dedicated to teaching young adults life skills, building around evidence-based practices that will help them reintegrate back into the community of their choice. Find out more about RHD’s La Casa program for at-risk youth.


Deborah Hospital Foundation’s 14th Annual Red Tie Gala Was Heartfelt

Clayton Bridges, Deborah Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, Joseph Chirichella, President and CEO and Joseph Manni, Treasurer, Deborah Hospital Foundation Board of Directors

Deborah Hospital Foundation’s 14th Annual Red Tie Gala was held Saturday, November 9, 2019, at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing. The Gala, emceed by 6ABC News Anchor Rick Williams, included a cocktail reception and silent auction, lavish dinner, dancing to music provided by CTO Tribeca, and special entertainment.

Tickets were $325.00 per person and proceeds of the evening benefit Deborah Heart and Lung Center which in over 90 years has never billed a patient, and is recognized as one of the top specialty hospitals that has provided heart, lung, and vascular care to all, regardless of their ability to pay.

Drew Berrnan and Ryan Manni

Deborah Heart and Lung Center is now a clinical affiliate of the Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute, further elevating cardiovascular care for patients in the region.

Cleveland Clinic heart program is U.S. News & World Report’s No. 1 ranked program for cardiology and heart surgery for the past 25 years. (Source)

At the gala it was announced that Deborah Heart and Lung Center received a $5 million gift from Gregory Olsen, PhD., to Deborah100: The Campaign.  It is the largest single gift by an individual to Deborah in its 97-year history, and ranks among the largest gifts ever made to a New Jersey hospital. The funds will go to Deborah100: The Campaign, a multiyear initiate to add new patient floors all with private inpatient suits to the Browns Mills-based specialty cardiac, pulmonary and vascular hospital.

“Deborah has long stood at the forefront of ground-breaking medical care,” Joseph Chirichella, CEO and president of Deborah Heart and Lung Center, said. “But we have also stood for compassion and kindness through our philosophy that ‘there’s no price on life’. We are thankful for Dr. Olsen’s gift that will further elevate our care in the region.” Stay tuned for an announcement for Deborah’s Deborah’s 100th Anniversary.


CCP Black & Gold Gala at Vie

On June 12, 2019, Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) will host its annual Black & Gold Gala to recognize the outstanding service of local individuals and organizations that demonstrate involvement in community growth in the areas of education, business, social services and health.

The cocktail party took place in the beautiful courtyard adjacent to Vie

The gala took place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Vie, located on 600 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pa. Event proceeds benefit the 50th Anniversary Promise Scholarship, which has provided more than 700 high school graduates across the city with the opportunity to pursue an associate degree at CCP at no cost for tuition and fees.

Joann Gonzalez-Generals and Community College of Philadelphia President and CEO, Dr. Donald Guy Generals pose together during the VIP Reception.

Raytheon Company former Chief Diversity Officer Hayward Bell received the Alumni Achievement Award for being an industry leader and innovator in the practice of diversity and inclusion at the corporate level. Here he is with his family.

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) President and CEO Julie Coker Graham, Philadelphia Eagle Malcolm Jenkins and Mayor James F. Kenney pose together during the VIP Reception.

Following VIP Reception, Community College of Philadelphia’s Black & Gold Gala attendees begin transitioning into the main ballroom for dinner.
6abc News Anchor Rick Williams makes opening remarks to kick off the Black & Gold Gala.

Philadelphia Eagle Malcolm Jenkins, safety and team captain, co-founder of the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and the Players Coalition, will receive the Community Hero Award for his service to the community to advance issues such as education and economic advancement in low income communities, criminal justice reform, police community relations, and for his service to Community College of Philadelphia as a member of the College’s Foundation Board.

VEP Experience performs in the Vie ballroom in front of more than 500 attendees at Community College of Philadelphia’s Black & Gold Gala. (Photos and copy provided by “Community College of Philadelphia.”)


Project HOME | None of us are home until all of us are home®

Project HOME announced that it raised a total of $10 million at its 30th Anniversary Gala at the Marriott Downtown Philadelphia on April 16, 2019. Attendees and committed citizens donated $3.5 million leading up to the gala. During the event, more than 1,400 civic and business leaders, philanthropists, and young adults had the opportunity to make additional gifts to Project HOME in multiples of 30, with Jon Bon Jovi providing a $300,000 gift from the JBJ Soul Foundation. Lynne and Harold Honickman, who were honored with a lifetime achievement award during the gala, committed an additional $6 million to help Project HOME reach the $10 million mark.

1400 Philadelphia business leaders, politicians, philanthropists, supporters and Project HOME volunteers came together to celebrate thirty years of work against chronic homelessness. Since 1989, when Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon founded Project HOME they have helped more than 8,000 people break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by providing a continuum of care that includes street outreach, supportive housing and comprehensive services that focus on health care, education and employment.

Honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for their tireless fight against homelessness and support of Project HOME were Lynne and Harold Honickman. Which includes the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs in North Philadelphia . “One of the most important lessons of the last three decades is that no one person can do this alone,’ said Jon Bon Jovi. “The mission of ending homelessness and ensuring that everyone has a place to live…it takes everyone and what I like to call, “The Power of We’.”

“When Project HOME began 30 years ago, we couldn’t have imagined the impact it would have thanks to the support of so many generous and visionary individuals,” said Sister Mary Scullion, Project HOME co-founder and Executive Director. During the gala, Sister Mary and Joan Dawson McConnon laid out a five-year plan focused on three core areas – increasing and preserving housing, expanding education and workforce development programs, and expanding outreach for chronically street homeless individuals. .

To read More about Project HOME head on over to their website. To see more photos from the event head to Philly Style Magazine and CBSPhilly, as well as in the July issue of Philly Mag.


Fashionable at The Red Ball

The Philadelphia Red Ball lived up to its tradition of glamour and generosity which took over Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, March 30, 2019 raising much needed funds to support the Red Cross House, a center for families who suffer a disaster.

Guy Triano, Regional CEO for the Red Cross Eastern PA spoke
from inside a display for guests to visualize a living room impacted by fire.
The VIP lounge featured the jazz sounds of Gerald Veasley. His musical odyssey has taken him to the top of the contemporary music world as a bassist, bandleader, composer, producer, educator, and curator.
Guests enjoyed Cuisine from the Region’s Hottest Restaurants and Caterers a Dessert Lounge, a Beer Garden featuring local breweries
Wine and Spirits Bars, Dancing and Live Music by CTO Tribeca and CTO Midtown Express which kept the party going and an extensive Silent Auction with experiences and sports memorabilia.
Best Dressed: Eileen Baker, Archie Elam and his sister Laura Elam

To see more photos from the Red Cross Ball head on over to Philly Style Mag and CBSPHILLY. Thanks, have a great day.


Thorncroft’s Victory Gallop and fantastic Party Decor

Equestrian season is upon us and what better way to kick it off than with the Thorncroft Victory Gallop at the Bellevue Hotel on April 6, 2019. The Victory Gallop is Thorncroft’s signature event of the year.

Saunders Dixon Director of Thorncroft, Sallie F. Dixon, Financial Management of Thorncroft (and the biggest cheerleader) and Christine Delpaggio, who was presented with ” The Sara and Toby Wolfberg Scholarship Fund Award” .

Since 1969, Thorncroft and it’s founder, Saunders Dixon, have been recognized as forerunners in the field of therapeutic riding. Many of our riders require financial assistance to participate in our riding programs. The Scholarship Fund, solely supported by our endless fundraising efforts, is the hallmark of our program and crucial in allowing our philosophy of “never turning a rider away solely due to lack of funds” to continue.

Chaired by Gus and Kristin Meyer of Malvern, Pennsylvania, this year’s Victory Gallop attracted more than 400 guests for a night of dinner, dancing and a toast of celebration to Thorncroft’s past, present and future as they celebrated 50 years of touching people’s lives.

Jeff Parnell, Mary Parnell, Jenine Steltz and Brian Stelz

Thorncroft serves 350 students per week. This year alone, the Farm gave out $75,000 in scholarship to students who, due to financial constraints, were unable to afford the therapy offered at Thorncroft.

Karl and Sharon Kyriss, with Brooke and Nick Henningsen
Monique Nieman, Jane Higgins and April Boutin
Lance and Victoria McCue
Cindy Gordon, Terry Martino, Steve Martino and Tiffany Myer

“Celebrating our 50th Anniversary, this year’s Victory Gallop, Golden Hearts Lead The Way: 50 Years of Horses Healing Humans, acknowledges the unique and transformative power that our horses give to all who encounter them. While each year brings necessary change to the farm, we remain passionate in our efforts to provide this transformation to all who see it, welcoming all friends regardless of their challenges.”
Upcoming events of Interest at Thorncroft:4/11 – Carlino’s Full Service Catering Showcase; 4/14 – Do you know horse speak? Clinic with renowned clinician Sharon Wilsie, Wilsie Way Hosemanship shares the basics of her groundbreaking methods 5/15 – Thorncroft Open House 5/25 – Thorncroft Hosts the 40th Annual Presentation of the Therapeutic Riders Division of the Devon Horse Show. More photos of the event will be on CBSPhilly today, and in months to come Phila Magazine.


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


Academy Ball Fashion 2019

Academy Ball Fashion 2019

 Saturday night’s Academy of Music Anniversary Ball was one of the best. I really enjoyed the theme of the evening “Cornerstone of Culture”, where those on stage discussed the history of the building, where the proceeds from the balls over the years have gone, the HVAC system, new seating, general maintenance of the building,

Dame Helen Mirren: Dress by Escada (est $6,595.00 ), hair by NYC Stylist Marco Santini and make up by Philly’s Tammi Toliver

but one of my favorite moments was when special guest Dame Helen Mirren looked to the balcony, thanking the young concert goers for attending and reminding them it was up to them, the next generation to pick up the baton and continue to attend this grand traditional event which will ensure the funding of the restoration of the Grand Dame of Locust Street.  Every year for fun I choose the Best Dressed of the Academy of Music Anniversary Ball and Dinner. Although I took over 400 people at the 7 hour event, I know I missed a lot of folks who looked fabulous, and everyone really looked amazing, but these are my favorites, and thank you to all those who have heard my pleas for color, color, color.

Ron Blackburn and Jaime Blackburn.
Jaime is a wear black all the time, but she’s changing it up in 2019 and I think
she looks stunning in her blush Marchesa
Dripping in elegance and glamour
Shelly Power, executive director of the Pennsylvania Ballet, and Angel Corella, the ballet’s artistic director, at the 162nd Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. Dandy and Dapper
Joy Tate wearing black, but I love this simple, elegant dress, and boxer Bernard Hopkins

Sarah Marshall wearing Marchesa with jewelry from Bernie Robbins with her mother Linda Saxer wearing Oscar de la Renta

Jody McNeil Lewis with her daughter Ellie, who is wearing a Nicole Miller Philadelphia Eagles inspired dress, now sold out.

Congrats to Brandon Morrison (LR2) and Stacey Kracher (Pamella Roland)

I was heading into the auditorium to get into position to photograph the concert, when I saw Richard Jones, and wife Sharon Jones who was wearing a beautiful Monique Lhuillier floral gown, and I just had to stop and grab the shot. Just stunning!!

Another floral gown was worn by Anne O’Malley
whose daughter Annette Ryan wore pale pink with a fur stole.
Accompanying them are Bert O’Malley and Matthew Ryan.

Erika Siegfried and Cory Siegfried

Catherine Cahill, President and CEO of the Mann wearing a gorgeous dress she bought from Bloomingdale’s earlier the day, and it’s spectacular – Save the Date for the Mann Music Gala – it’s 6/24 when Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin makes his debut in the park, and Leslie Miller wearing Naeem Khan an Indian-American fashion designer based in New York.
Emalee Welsh and John Welsh
Susan and David Lipson, Anne Hamilton, Lynn and Jim Dever

Another beautiful floral gown:
Priyanka Gupta and Rohit Gupta, MD

Allie Bucci and Stephen Iacobucci
Married under a year, I found this fun nugget in their wedding announcement in the NY Times
The bride is a descendant of Gov. William Bradford and of William Brewster, both of the Plymouth Colony, and is also a descendant of John McLean, a Supreme Court justice who dissented in the 19th-century Dred Scott decision.

Jenny Lofard proving you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to looking fabulous, fabulous as Jenny picked up her beautiful red gown from TJ Maxx and it was under $100, and Ned Campbell. Janice Wright Waitkus, Store Director of LAGOS wearing Marchessa Notte, from Neiman Marcus, my jewelry is LAGOS, and shoes by Stuart Weitzman.
and husband Bob Waitkus

Marjan Vafaie wearing BHLDN and Anna Mahmud Tasnuva wearing SAKS 5th Ave

Lozenge Imasogie is wearing a custom Mayen Couture dress, accompanied by her husband Osagie O. Imasogie, Esq.

Chris Topolewski and Katie Topolewski

New parents Amber and Pedro Goins

Another dress under $100, and one Jamie Lee Curtis wore to the Golden Globes last month. Not only is Dr. Thanuja Hamilton a life saver, see yesterday’s post, but she’s a abstemious fashion plate, who embraces winter white to brighten up this Society Photographers life. Nicholas Perugino in Joseph Banks.
Lynsie Solomon.
Wearing Lucian Mattis at Gabrielle in Bala, just breathtaking, and it looks fabulous on her.
Thank you Sheila Hess for being my date Saturday night, here wearing a little something glamorous she picked up at Macy’s, who by the way is having a 50- 75% off of a lot of their fashions this week, I was warming myself in their store yesterday. And Moi in my Men’s Wearhouse (MWH) Fashion. If you were at the Academy on Saturday, you’ll recall that Dame Helen Mirren mentioned Men’s Wearhouse from the stage, saying that all them were emptied tonight of their White Tie’s and were now sitting in the audience. I mentioned to my friends at the MWH on Chestnut Street of her quip, and they told me that her husband had rented his White Tie from them, and she returned it on Sunday walking in alone. She told them she had mentioned them to her friends, but the sales clerks were perplexed by her statement, and didn’t recognize her until she was out the door.

What a joy it was to partner with the Academy Ball for the last 7 Years, promoting the event, as well as focusing on the Young Friends of the Academy of Music, which has an amazing membership program, cultivating the importance of philanthropy!!

Check out photos from this event
Philly Voice
Philly Style Mag
And in April in print in Philadelphia Magazine


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