Attorney John P. Moses the Chief Executive Officer of St. Jude’s Hospital welcomed guests to the Fifth annual Four Stars of Philly to the Loews Hotel on March 13, 2008; What an impressive speaker and champion of St. Judes. Using no notes, he told an incredible story of hope, dedication and miracles that occur everyday at St. Judes.

Local St. Jude representative and champion fund raiser – Al Perry; The story of how Danny Thomas started St. Jude’s is amazing too. The short story is about the power of prayer and the promise Danny Thomas made to St. Jude if he could get a job to feed his family. After ten years he built a shrine in honor of St. Jude that would be a hospital for needy children, a place where they would be cared for regardless of race, religion or ability to pay – a hospital where no suffering child would be turned away. It was the first of its kind. AN INTEGRATED HOSPITAL. Not only did the event featured an incredible silent auction, food from the finest restuarants, but a unique networking opportunity with Philadelphia Eagle Right Tackle, Jon Runyan, who counts St. Jude’s as one of his favorite charities.The event also drew a sold out happy crowdThe Clouses – Katie Clouse was a patient at St. Jude’s and had a tumor removed from her kidney. Her father praised the doctors at St. Judes and told us how St. Judes picked up the tab of her medical expenses and also housed the family while she recovered.
Participating tasting station sponsors this year include include Ristorante Panorma, Le Bec-Fin, Georges, Twenty 21, Victory Brewing, Rae, POD … (see list below). Two hundred fifty business and financial professionals will help further the dream of St. Jude founder, the late entertainer Danny Thomas, that “no child should die in the dawn of life.”
John Runyan with James Duggan, Thom Cardwell, Laura Burkhardt and Jimmy Coreas John Runyan tries out a little Pod
Rae chef – Daniel Stern

John Runyan greets Caitlin Gray a student from Drexel who was there that night because she’s writing her graduation thesis on Philly Bloggers and wanted to interview me. SO I thought why not take her on one of my events and see me in action. She was sweet and I know when pursues hers career path in journalism or as a paralegal, she will be a success.

I liked John’s football cuff links

Here Jon tries out the Bassett’s Ice Cream (note the towering Runyon)

Alma de Cuba

Bluecoat Gin
D’Angelos Italian Ristorante
Le Bec-Fin
The Melting Pot
Mission Grill
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Palace at The Ben
Park Grille at the Philadelphia Park Casino
Phillips Seafood
Positano Coast
Public House

Ristorante di Panorama
Terranova Imports
Twenty 21
Victory Brewing
Zyr Vodka