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Academy Ball 2020 co-chairmen’s Reception

The 163rd Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball co-chairmen’s reception was held on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Dennis and Deborah Glass hosted the reception at their home in Bryn Mawr.

The Glasses greeted the guests as they arrived.

Cackie Rogers, vice chairman of the Academy of Music (AOM) Board of Trustees, Mario Mestichelli, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Philadelphia Orchestra Association, Dennis and Deborah Glass, co-chairman Jim Brandau, a senior vice president at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.  , and Academy Ball 2020 co-chair Lisa Buckingham
The 163rd Anniversary Concert and Ball
Join us for Philadelphia’s most fabulous party of the year—the annual Anniversary Concert and Ball, a spectacular white-tie event with star-studded performances, dining, and dancing, all supporting an iconic historic landmark.
Saturday January 25,2020 The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor

Thanks Andre Flewellen for shooting this event.

Alyson Jack, Director of Event Planning and Services at The Bellevue Hotel, Brian Lang, Claire Allamby, Senior Director of the Academy of Music Restoration Fund Office, Kelsey Bartle, Senior Event Sales Manager at Hyatt Hotels Corporation and William Rossi
Morris Williams, Elaine Camarda, Alexandra Edsall, and Robert Victor
Jack Earle, Managing partner at Earle enterprises lp. and Kate Allison, founder and CEO of Karma Agency, a strategic communications firm headquartered in Philadelphia and a member of the Board of Trustees
Young Friends membership. For those 21–40 years young, get access to discounted concert tickets, free drinks, and exclusive after parties!
Join now: www.philorch.org/young-friends



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Philadelphia Fund Alliance Gala Benefited Achieve Now

More than 200 Philadelphia-area asset management industry professionals gathered on Nov. 7 at The Logan Philadelphia to raise money for Achieve Now, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming the educational system in
Philadelphia to one that produces students who can read.

Keynote Speaker Professor Myron Scholes, Mark Sheehan (Stradley Ronon) and Thomas Huber (Wick Capital Partners).

The Philadelphia Fund Alliance is a group of Philadelphia-based asset management industry professionals formed to
hold an annual fundraiser to benefit one or more charities in the greater Philadelphia area. The annual fundraiser not
only supports a great cause, but it also highlights Philadelphia’s deep roots and influence in national financial markets
and services, including traditional mutual funds and alternative asset vehicles.

Athen Anthopoulos (Weiswood Strategies) and John Grady (Practus, LLP).

Kristin Vrabel and Amber Wilczynski from PwC.
John Braun (BBD) and Terry Reilly (Pepper Hamilton).
Ira Schnell (Apex Group), Bob Dunne, Michael Cairns and Alena Bolba from Grant Thornton.
Michael Collins (Broadridge Financial Solutions), Mary Ellen Mahoney, James Mahoney (Tait Weller) and Marie
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(Blackrock).
Brian Sullivan, Kelly Fisherkeller and Brian Cassidy from Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Philadelphia Fund Alliance Gala Attendees.
Jerry Maginnis (Cohen & Steers) and Reese Blair (Deloitte & Touche LLP).
Nicole Snyder, Maria Palmer, Nancy Cloran and Lori White (SEI Investments Company).
Bruce Leto (Stradley Ronon) , Shawn Kairschner (Achieve Now), Sean Graber (Morgan Lewis) and John Alshefski (SEI Investments Company) present Achieve Now with a $100,000 donation.
Nobel Laureate financial economist and keynote speaker Professor Myron Scholes.
Claire Olivar, Lauren Zychowicz and Becca Rodrigues from Stradley Ronon.
Nicole Snyder, Kyle Cummings and Lori Wayne from SEI Investments Company.

Thanks Mike Hirata for shooting this for PhillyChitChat.com

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Moss Rehab Staff to Help Surfers with Disabilities

Approximately 100 surfers and 400 volunteers, many of the volunteers from Moss Rehab in Philadelphia, participated in the 12th annual They Will Surf Again event at Baker Beach in Wildwood, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. T

For the past eight years, MossRehab has sent a volunteer corps of rehab therapists, doctors, nurses and supporters to They Will Surf Again is the flagship program of Life Rolls On, a nonprofit that serves as a resource and advocate for young people who have been affected by spinal cord injury. Life Rolls On utilizes action sports to push the boundaries of possibility for those with spinal cord injuries.

“We’re thrilled to have MossRehab involved with us,” says Chad DeSatnick, who organizes They Will Surf Again events in New Jersey. “To have actual therapists and rehab specialists who are trained to properly handle persons with disabilities means proper techniques are used, assuring safety, comfort and dignity for the surfers.” Founder of Life Rolls On Jesse Billauer (r) Wants to Help You Catch a Wave.

The Blue Wave Theory, play surf rock and entertained the crowd during the event. Kerry O’Connor, Senior Manager of Communications at Moss Rehab, has been a long time supporter of They Will Surf Again, connecting them with Moss Rehab, and sponsoring The Blue Wave Theory band for everyone’s enjoyment. The music was terrific, and kept the seagulls away from everyone’s pizza.

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Philadelphia branch of the English-Speaking Union Garden Party at Princess Grace’s Home

The Philadelphia branch of the English-Speaking Union (ESU) of the United States held their annual garden party on Sunday June 2, at The Kelly Family Home in East Falls.

In 2016, Prince Albert of Monaco purchased his late mother’s Philadelphia home. “It feels good,” he told People magazine of buying the Pennsylvania property. “I’m very happy to have saved this old family home from a near certain death or development.”

The ESU was formally organized in the United States in 1920 and arose from the conviction of its founder, Sir Evelyn Wrench and a group of like-minded American and British friends, that maintenance of the close personal and national ties forged during World War I was necessary for the preservation of peace.

The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

The Kelly Family was kind enough to host this years event, which was held under a tent in the expansive backyard. Princess Grace of Monaco’s childhood home was also opened for tours on a few of the floors for all to see. It is not a museum as many thought, but a residence where family members live. Although there is access on special occasions.

Andy and Debbie Webster, Mary Darlington co-chairs, with hosts Alexandra Golaszewska and J.B. Kelly and Steve Darlington, co-chair

Princess Grace’s mother
John B. Kelly, built the six-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot home, which would later become the place where Prince Rainier III of Monaco proposed to then-actress Grace Kelly, in this very room.

Thank you to Alexandra Golaszewska, who along with J.B. Kelly I have known socially for several years, who gave me a tour of the house, even the nooks and crannies explaining all the beautiful artifacts on display.

Princess Grace’s writing desk has a photo of Prince Rainier III of Monaco, Princess Grace and her two oldest children Caroline, Princess of Hanover and Albert II, Prince of Monaco . Along with a magazine with The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on the cover. Inside is also a story on the Kelly Home)
Natanya DiBona, co-host of Le Dîner en Blanc touring the house. There’s a preview party June 11, and the public is invited to attend. It’s there they will announce the date of the annual August event for Philadelphia. The event is free but you must register.
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Prince Albert II of Monaco is very concerned about the environment and has created The Prince Albert II Foundation (Official name: Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco is a Monaco -based charity which has donated millions in various environmental projects. The Foundation was initially created in 2006 by Prince Albert II of Monaco and it concentrates on environmental protection

Some of the guests at the Garden Party

The highlight of the garden party was the singing of the National Athem, the toast to Queen Elizabeth for her 93rd birthday and a lively auction to raise additional funds for the ESU education mission.

Max Yillah discusses the National Shakespeare competition, and how he came in 2nd Place. Congrats that’s huge. Second Prize:  Scholarship and airfare to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp

Max Yillah, a Philadelphia area high school student won the annual Shakespeare contest, which allowed him to compete in the National Shakespeare Competition in NYC. High school students nationwide read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespearean monologues and sonnets in three qualifying stages: school, ESU Branch and national.

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Brian Morris and Marjorie Morris, Board Member

Look for additional photos on CBSPhilly, as well as Philly Style Magazine later this week.

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Brilliant Partnership: Wigs.com and Breastcancer.org

On March 29, 2019, Wigs.com and Breastcancer.org came together to empower and educate women with a three year partnership, at Lankenau Medical Center. To mark this occasion they hosted a wig wearing demonstration, as well as a panel discussion on Breast Cancer treatments. Wigs.com presented a a $100,000 donation check to Breastcancer.org in honor of their mission which is dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer and breast health as well as an active and supportive online community.

Haley Newbanks, Wigs.com and Hope Wohl, CEO Breastcancer.org

Carol Thomas, Adam Leitenberger, Melissa Jenkins, Cindy Pelton, and Delores Slaughter

Carliz Sotelo Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of Wigs.com assists Delores Slaughter on how to wear a wig as Dr. Marisa Weiss, founder and Chief Medical Officer, Breastcancer.org looks on.

Dr. Marisa Weiss, founder and Chief Medical Officer, Breastcancer.org accepts a check from Carliz Sotelo Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of Wigs.com celebrating their three year partnership in restoring confidence in women going through chemotherapy.

Carliz Sotelo Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of Wigs.com assists breast cancer survivor Rita Lusen, Breastcancer.org with her wig.

With a common goal to educate and help people who are going through breast cancer, Wigs.com and Breastcancer.org form a three-year partnership worth $100,000 in donations. The Breastcancer.org community of people with breast cancer will have access to Wigs.com experts, as well as hair loss education, including videos and content available on Breastcancer.org’s website.

Wigs.com will make purchasing from the larger collection of wigs on its website easier for the breastcancer.org community offering 10% off through a special coupon – BC10, which can be applied during checkout. For each purchase, Wigs.com will donate 10% of the proceeds to Breastcancer.org

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The Fashionable Ladies of the Mainline Enjoy the 15th Annual In Fashion Show

The Mainline Ladies Come out to Support Cancer Support Community

The Cancer Support Community (CSC) Greater Philadelphia held their 15th Annual “In Fashion!” Luncheon & Fashion Show in conjunction with Neiman Marcus. This year though they held the fundraiser on the Mainline at the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford and not in the store at King of Prussia Mall as had been done the past few years.

Mainline  For this year’s fundraiser, CSC partnered with Neiman Marcus who carries fashion designer Brunello Cucinelli clothing. Brunello Cucinelli’s ready-to-wear, handbag and shoe collections represent an expression of everyday luxury and sophistication, where comfort and style come together in an inseparable combination.

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There was a pop up shopping area where guests could buy Brunello Cucinelli’s designs. 10% of the proceeds would go to the CSC. Cucinelli regularly donates 20% of his profits through the Brunello Cucinelli Foundation.

Kathy O’Mara, Development Director Cancer Support Community and Kelly Harris, CEO Cancer Support Community.

Cancer Support Community supports men, women, and children living with cancer by offering free counseling, music therapy, support groups, educational workshops, exercise classes, and specialized programs for children and teens.

Cancer survivor, Lisa Barsky, who also volunteers many of her free hours at CSC and Paige Stengel, Marketing Coordinator at LaHoda Natural Health Centre

Petra Halloran, Erika Gabriel and Amanda Burch

Donna Celentans, Lynn Charlton and Julie Schellenger

Sandy Edelstein, Shana Schwartz, Robin Lovett, Nicole Schaeffer and Andrea Alexanian

Ali Bristow and Samantha Anne

Noelle Wein, JoAnn Wurzak and Ginny Salaman


Tara Lessard reigning over the beautiful fundraiser luncheon

Jeff Kellmer, Evelyn Cintron and Joann Massengill. Jeff donated a $5,000 bracelet which was auction off during the luncheon.

Stephanie Stahl, CBS3Philly emceed the event, where two young ladies whose mother is a cancer survivor, were models in the fashion show

 

Auctioneer Jeff Hammond working his magic raising additional funds for the organization. Not only is Jeff a great fundraiser, but a great MC as well.

Hilarie Morgan and Babs Snyder enjoy the fashion show


Marjorie Honickman chats during lunch

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Many guests slid over to the other sides of the table to get the best view of the gorgeous clothes
There were audible ahhs for this beautiful outfit

It was a successful event. I loved the new venue. Please check out Cancer Support Community and all their wonderful services, and pass the word. There are so many wonderful organizations out there to help those in need. They need our support, but most of all they’re there if you need them. Many times people don’t realize these programs are available, unless they hear about them from their case worker.

Look for additional photos in the February issue of Philadelphia Magazine and in the next issue of Liberty City Press

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Nicole Miller: The Power of Pink

Nicole Miller: The Power of Pink

On October 12th, 2017 Nicole Miller at the Bellevue welcomed 50+ attendees to embrace the “Power of Pink.” Kristin Detterline, Laura Promiscuo, Philadelphia fashion bloggers Laurelle Gunderson and Ra’Chell Richards, were in attendance along with friends and fashionistas gathered for a special charity shopping event dedicated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

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LBBC is a nonprofit organization that provides programs and services to help women whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer.


Denise DiSimone, Senior Vice President of PNC Bank, Wendy Hamilton, General Manager of Sugarhouse Casino, Jenny Woo, Vice President of ESM Productions and Dr Thanuja Hamilton joined the celebration hosted by dear friend Mary Dougherty.

Sabrina Pray, Bellevue store manager, Dr. Annina Wilkes, diagnostic radiologist of Jefferson University Hospital, and Mary K. Dougherty, Nicole Miller Philadelphia owner, joined together to kick off the Power of Pink charity shopping event on October 12th, 2017.

Emmy- nominated Co-host of Good Day Philly, Alex Holley, sporting the limited edition Nicole Miller pink baseball cap;

100% of the proceeds from the sales of the hat go to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

Photos provided by client Nicole Miller

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Millésimé & Ligne Roset & Arclinea Kitchens Hosts a fundraiser Cocktail Party

Ligne Roset Philadelphia celebrated community and the good work done by Need in Deed and Vetri Community Partnership at a private event hosted on Thursday evening, June 1, 2017 at their Old City location (33 N. 2nd Street). To honor the occasion, they auctioned off two Ottoman armchairs designed by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, with special Masai upholstery by Raf Simons. 100% of the silent auction proceeds will go directly to these local charities. Both organizations are doing incredibly important work for the youth of Philadelphia.

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Located in Old City 33 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 Millésimé & Ligne Roset & Arclinea design showroom represents a collection of modern and contemporary furniture, lighting, kitchens and accessories for residential and commercial use. The Millésimé team provides expertise to architects, designers and individual clients.

Millésimé Laura Deyonker, Caryn Liss, and Carolyn Perri

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Zac Sivertsen and Megan Sivertsen

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Alex Freedman and Ilana Liss

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Vetri Cooking Lab is an out-of-school-time program for students in 4th through 6th grade that focuses on cooking, nutrition and food education featuring STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) core concepts.

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Toyin Ajayi-Frankel and Andy Frankel

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Richard Quinn and Lena Kim

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At Millésimé, I seek to inspire, connect and impact my client’s lives through curated collections of expertly crafted furniture, lighting, accessories and one-of-a-kind artwork. I’d love to share my vison and collections with you. Please contact me directly or visit our new showroom in Old City. – Jinous Kazemi

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Heather Huber and Danielle Zimmerman
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Ruth Snyderman and Rick Snyderman of the Snyderman-Works Galleries
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Heidi Nivling-Becker, Larry Becker, and Kimberly Kirn

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10% of all purchases during June 1-7 went to benefit the two worthy charities Need in Deed and Vetri Community Partnership

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Photos: Family Pasta Dinner to Support Ronald McDonald House SNJ

Earlier this month a ‘Family Pasta Dinner’—a unique dinner experience that brings families and friends  together for a professionally prepared family-style meal all in support of the Ronald  McDonald House of Southern New Jersey (RMHSNJ) occured at the Waterworks event facility. I wasn’t able to make it as I planned, but my friends over at ALOYSIUS BUTLER & CLARK sent a few photos.  Event brings 600 supporters from the Delaware Valley together for a first-ever pasta event to raise  money and awareness for the Ronald McDonald House in Camden.

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Pictured are (left to right) Teddy Thomas (President RMHSNJ), Shawn Ravitz (RMHSNJ Board President, Owner of 5 Ravitz ShopRites in Cherry Hill, Mt. Laurel and Voorhees, NJ), Joe Volpe (CEO and founder of Cescaphe Event Group), Rahel Solomon (Co-Anchor of CBS3’s Eyewitness News This Morning), Jim Donovan (Co-Anchor of CBS3’s Eyewitness News This Morning). Rachel and Jim served as masters of ceremony for the Family Pasta Dinner.  Pasta
Pictured are the event’s major Chef Coat Sponsors, Joe Volpe (CEO and founder of Cescaphe Event Group), Scott & Mimi Avellino and Gary Banks of Banks Industrial Group. Pasta
Pictured are Carmine Catalana and Beth  representing multiple generations of The Catalana Family, who were honored for more than 30 years of service to the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey.

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Diner en Blanc Has A Charity Component – Now Shut Up

I know harsh title, but after going to events yesterday and people asking me why Diner en Blanc didn’t have a charity component, and then yes I was sad about the negative articles that came out about Diner en Blanc from people who never attended, and the one poor sad sap who didn’t have the gonads to tell his girlfriend he found the whole thing boring, but one posting on FB where a publisher of a magazine wanted to know where the money went, is the one that really affected me (surprised he doesn’t know how much it costs to run an event, it’s not free.)  I am biased, I love the event, they are my clients, and I also donate time to the event.  All I really know about life is we are here for a short time, I really want people to live and love, and I don’t understand negativity. I posted a little thing on FB. I got a feedback, good, disagreeable but not nasty, which is really the way it should be – C’est la vie. Oh wait there was one negative response from a Trump supporter who was mad I maligned him. We’re still friends though, it’s only the hypocrites I can’t stand. Near the end is where the Natanya DiBona statement on the charity work Philly Diner en Blanc does through out the year, and the volunteer hours that go into putting on an event as large as Diner en Blanc, with its 5,000 attendees this year:  My favorite response was Yo Philly, is more like Oy Philly

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I included a few responses to my posts

 

Alexandra Golaszewska I’ve never gone to Dîner en Blanc, mainly I don’t want to haul my own furniture and plates to a dinner. But I don’t get why so many people are saying it needs to be fundraiser. I understand that they’re using public space, but so are all of the restaurants that have sidewalk tables, and I don’t hear the same criticism of them.

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Cassie Hepler I said the same thing Hugh E Dillon as in why not get all uppity about the Eagles not donating to charity? Certainly those tickets and salaries are ridiculously overinflated as in millions not just $200K.

HughE: Although all the sports teams do a lot of charity, the ticket holder is not getting a charity deduction for the price of the ticket, so that

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Jacqueline Peccina Kelly Hugh E Dillon I have to agree 100% with what you said – I am disappointed in these naysayers. Is it because it is 2 women who are in charge? Or is it because they are jealous? Ignorance? I applaud Natanya and Kayli for orchestrating, what I think has been the party of the year. They brought 5000 strangers together who became friends for a night – no violence, nothing stolen, and a good time was had by all!

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Brigid McGrath Stasen First allow me to say that I am not a “schlepper”. I like to sit at tables donning white tablecloths and linen napkins with the best of them. Truth be told, I don’t even like buffets. If I’m going out to dinner I enjoy being served. That being said, I think the concept of Diner en Blanc is fun and fabulous. Did I want to go? No. Did I feel a bit of FOMO last night as I watched the videos and enjoyed the photos everyone was posting on FB? Yes. It looked like so much fun and I loved seeing all of my friends that were there enjoying themselves. Unfortunately, the trash etc… left behind is surely not worse than any number of parades in our fine city. If DEB folks paid for the clean up. Good for them. They should. Would it be nice to know if there was a charity angle? Absolutely. It’s a creative and fun event that allows all whom wish to participate to have a wonderful evening under the stars. Loved seeing everyone dressed in their white finery, their fabulous table settings, fun hats and ensembles. Will I be going to DEB 2017? No. Will I again have FOMO? Yes. But that’s okay. My friends had a blast.

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Sarah Doheny We’ve gone the first two years they both were magical evenings. The first year will was by far the best, all the sparklers lite at the same time, napkins waving …the fountain ..
It’s a choice and not everyone will be pleased and not everyone wishes to schlep…

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Mary Anne Keenan McDevitt I love DEB and I have carted my table, chairs, food and drink up and down subway steps, walked miles and ate dinner in the rain and will continue to attend for many years to come. Our group, last night, met across from the Franklin Institute and we walked to the Art Museum. The police stopped traffic as we started our trek, but for the remainder of the walk we obeyed traffic signals and only crossed the street on green. I can not comment on the mess that is left. I know that when we broke down our tables and chairs, last night, there was nothing left behind. (Have you ever seen the parking lot after a Kenny Chesney Concert?) We enjoy the evening and look forward to it.

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Bernnie Visalli How can anyone say something negative about a civil party all dressed in white with sparklers. Saw some coverage of that and it looked amazing.
People complain about everything now.

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Gregory Seitter Unfortunately, you will have a lot of naysayers. Diner en Blanc helps make Philadelphia a first class city. Plus, the event drives revenue in the city. Seems like a win-win for me.
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Christopher: The haters of this awesome event are probably the same people who hate every amazing event of grand scale this city should encourage. If we want to be a great city, a world class city, we should encourage more creative events like this. There is no downside to Diner en Blanc, is there? Bringing so many joyous people together makes our city stronger and more fun
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Karen Toole-Ebbert Amen Hugh E Dillon! I cannot understand why the push for a charity component in the 1st place. Even if it was a total for profit event it is no ones freaking business!! I host events every month and it is time consuming along with expenses.

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Monique Crawford Totally agree. Leave it to opportunists to take a European tradition for the people who just want to celebrate life, food, fun, and friends and try to taint it for their own self promoting reasons. It’s Dîner En Blanc people, relax, just don’t go and get back to focusing on your self.
Matt Sullivan I see zero moral difference between using your money to buy tickets to this event and using your money to buy Eagles tickets. Except Eagles tickets are three times as expensive. So I guess Eagles fans care about the poor three times less than these people.
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Josh Kruger I drafted a paragraph-long comment several times before settling on, “Can we all just let each other live our dang lives?”
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Michelle Leonard  (name removed) I don’t think I know you. I am republican and most people know it. I know that Hugh E Dillon definitely knows it. And I consider HughE to be a close friend. He is one of the kindest most thoughtful and generous people I know. He is always fair and reasonable.
Second of all do you entertain? First of all Natanya DiBona and her friend Kayli do an amazing job planning and coordinating such a memorable evening. Do you realize what all of the buses entertainment and all of the other things go into creating this special evening. I don’t know if you went or not but it was a night to remember. Philadelphia is so lucky to have such talented people like Natanya and Kory Aversa putting together this amazing night.
Philadelphians should be thanking them for their generosity to helping to keep Philadelphia the world class city that it is.
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Carmena Ayo-Davies You know I love you, I think DEB is beautifully organized, I’m lazy and like to be pampered, so all the extra Ish, is just not my cup of tea. I live in a two bedroom and I have a cleaning lady, I know I’m not toting my meal, table and chair anywhere in white. Just my opinion, I think people should definitely support, all the pictures look beautiful
Amy Z. Quinn It’s legal to get a permit and close down streets for an event, it happens all the time. It’s not my thing but
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Marjilyn Murray I dont mind people making fun a bit ( i have attended for 4 years including this one) some of my friends make fun for having to carry chairs/tables/bring your own dinner lol. but such real nastyness from people…mostly who have never attended…i feel is uncalled for. It is a night where so many different people from all walks of life eat together, share food and drink, and peacefully have a wonderful time. We have met so many friends who we may have not met otherwise. Our table was a mix of all ages, races, orientation, and people from all over. We had a ball! How often do we all get that opportunity to go out and meet all different types of people (especially as a parent who doesnt get out too much lol?)
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It may not go to charity but if me and my husband choose to go to dinner and spend $100 to eat at a restaurant with sidewalk seating…what is the difference? I dont see people yelling and accusing others of anything nasty (such as not caring about other world issues) because they went to dinner anywhere else.

You seem like a super nice person hugh…people are nasty and jealous and mean. Keep on being you and dont let the naysayers get you down:)

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Karina Sellhorn I have never attended, I want to. I respect all opinions… But I don’t understand why every event in the city has to be a fundraiser? To each it’s own. People pay to tour the city; I would pay to get to have that experience.
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Shoshana Suzanne Schiller Well, let’s compare apples to apples. DEB does not supply food, alcohol, servers, linens, centerpieces, etc. (Note – my view is DEB is not my thing but others like it and it’s one night of the year when traffic is affected so stop whining and let people who want to pay for the privilege to attend enjoy their night)
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Victor Fiorillo My band The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret played it last year and I was surprised we didn’t get any crap for doing so. It was a great experience for us. I was a major eye roller but not a harsh critic of DEB prior to that event and after doing it, I came away with mostly positive feelings. I personally would never spend the money to be there, but I don’t fault others for doing the same or for DEB doing the event without a charity component. I disagree with your assertion that they can’t possibly add a charity component — why couldn’t they do a food drive at the event or allow a non profit to set up a table soliciting donations — but there are plenty of events in Philly that are dining oriented that don’t also try to feed the homeless. Not everything has to be everything to everybody and in the end, people are going to continue to sell out DEB regardless.

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Hugh E Dillon A can good is a great idea, but then someone would complain we asked them to carry one more thing. I Know Natanya and kayli would add a charity component if they could. At least to quiet the noise.
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Natanya DiBona While we are unable to officially partner with a particular charity, we have given MANY free tickets to non-profits throughout the years (with a wide range of missions- from red cross to fringe arts and the vetri foundation) to auction off, we raised funds for Fairmount Park Conservancy through an event this year in honor of our first location, Logan Circle, we’ve auctioned off paintings done at the 2014 event to benefit PAFA and the Avenue of the Arts and we had 65 of our volunteers assist with #popupphilly, the first pop-up dinner party for the homeless. And actually, Hugh E Dillon, while i do understand what you are saying and I appreciate the sentiment, we would not do anything just to quiet noise- I believe we are authentic and genuine in everything we have done since 2012. 

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Kayli, myself and an 8 person team dedicate 4 months planning this event unpaid and this year we were assisted by another 155 volunteers who helped us execute it….all for the love of planning a great event in the city we love. The city is the beneficiary of all of those thousands of hours we donate of our time to make this event happen (as a small example of the time it takes, threading each of the wristbands that our participants wore took 52 man hours- just imagine what went into planning the whole event). Everyone else does get paid though…the venue (“public space” does not mean free), the city, police officers, street cleaners, portapotties sound and lighting professionals, tent companies, insurance providers, bus companies, Septa, and yes, performers like the fabulous Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, Victor Fiorillo. The very reasonable ticket price makes all of that possible.

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JW: You should know by now that Philadelphians hating on anything positive that goes on in Philadelphia is the most Philadelphian thing you can do. I think it’s up there with the citywide special — $3 PBR and a shot of Jim Bean — as quintessential Philly.

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Q&A: We ask Diner en Blanc’s organizers to explain themselves