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Mission Possible 2022 Gala!

Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center hosted it’s annual fundraising gala, Mission Possible! 2022 on April 28 th . A sold-out crowd, of more than 300 guests, is expected to raise awareness of child abuse and support the organization’s mission of achieving healing and justice for child victims.

The event was held in April, which is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month, an annual observance to raise awareness for the importance of preventing and reporting child abuse.

Jimmy Wayne, a former foster kid turned award-winning country recording artist whose songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for children in foster care.

This year’s entertainment and featured guest speaker was Jimmy Wayne,
a former foster kid turned award-winning country recording artist whose songs and story highlight his
mission to raise awareness for children in foster care.

Congratulations to our Event Honorees, Trish Gorman and Garrett Snider, who were recognized for their years of dedication, volunteer service, and leadership at Mission Kids!

Barbara Vetri (her daughter Risa Vetri Ferman co-dounded Mission Kids) ,, Abbie R. Newman, R.N, J.D, Chief Executive Officer of Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center, Pat Ciarrocchi and David Fineman
Donna Coghlan, Nigel Richards and Nicole Cashman, Cashman & Associates
Jane Kim and Denise Williams
Philadelphia Councilmember Cherelle L. Parker and Aren Platt, Board Member Broad Street Ministry

Thank you to our Host Committee Honorary Co-Chairs, Meredith L. Seigle and Robert Mongeluzzi, as well as our Event Co-Chairs Pauline & David LeVan and Marianne Dean, our Emcee, Jeff Hammond and our entire Host Committee for their hard work the past several months and dedication to making this event so successful!

Lauren Hart and Garrett Snider
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CITRS 2022 Dancing for Character

Noelle Palazzo Burg, HughE Dillon, Lauren Conlon, Sue Jacquette, Kristin Daly,
Kristyn Aldrich and Scott Brown participated in the CITRs Dancing for Character Charity Dance last month. The amateur dancers took time from their busy schedules as ace real estate brokers, student, moms, and entrepeneurs to learn to dance at the Danza Dancing Studio in order to seem like “stars” on the dance floor, and I’d have to say all of us succeeded.

Clay Hamlin is the CEO and co-founder of CITRS, as well as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Character. Its mission is of comprehensive character development. CITRS partners with school districts and youth organizations to develop character-centered environments where students thrive ethically, socially and academically and provides resources and tools to educators and organizations to help urban youth be successful in life.

The event was held at Cescaphe’s Vie on North Broad. They always do a great job with production and food.
Brendan & Tessa Petersen,Michael & Suzanne Bracci
Molly & Joe Dickerson
Karen Cox and Jen Su with Illustrator Denise Fike
Josianne Legare and Stacy Distefano
Chris Smith,Heidi Kivi,Maureen Burling,Stephanie Jacquette,
    Layla Peterson
Nichole Davis Moore, Director of Scholarships & Financial Aid Penn Vet and ,Nichelle Davis Ahmaddiya, Chief Operating Officer of CITRS
Lynsie Feinberg and Bari Gilbert both of CITRS

Fundraising is a hard thing to do. Kudo’s to Lynsie Feinberg on the tremendous job she did producing this event. She did an excellent job while managing so many movable pieces, and a pandemic as the planning for this event began in 2019..

Lauren Conlon
Stephen and Sylvia Fineberg
Chris Smith,Heidi Kivi,Maureen Burling,Stephanie Jacquette,
    Layla Peterson
Jasmine Hendri ,Stefanie Wenzel, Bernadette Armstrong, Nikai Iovino, and
    Danielle Renzi
Genna Rufo, Gokcen Gurk and,Watsuki Harrington
Robert Fisicaro and dancer Kristin Daly
Sue Jacquette,
Kristyn Aldrich
Scott Brown
Jen Corea and Hughe Dillon
Thanks to this crew for coming out to support me, as well as a few others who were camera shy, and those who donated and couldn’t be there. I appreciate it so much.

Thanks to PhillyChitChat team member: Andre Flewellen for photographing the event. It was sooooo hard for me not to shoot an event I attended, but he of course did a fantastic job capturing everyone and the elements.

There was a Tie for Winning Dance:
Noelle Palazzo Burg and Sue Jacquette,

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Scene: First Annual Philadelphia Metsquerade Gala at Crystal Tea Room

600 supportive, loving friends and family of Jacquie Reynolds Beck and Kerry O’Riordan McAdam gathered at the Crystal Tea Room on Friday night, February 25, 2022 for First Annual Philadelphia Metsquerade Gala.
This event is a fundraising gala to help find a cure for stage 4 metastatic breast cancer (MBC) which they both are living with. 100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to METAvivor!

Kerry O’Riordan McAdam greeting the guests and tell her story. “No words could ever describe how grateful I am for every person who’s donated to our fundraiser so far no matter how big or small the amount was. I cannot believe we’ve already raised over $115k (now $404ks) towards metastatic breast cancer. That is HUGE! Jacquie and I have been able to name two grants after us with the money we’ve raised, both towards research that supports our specific subtypes – pretty cool!” DONATE

Candace Koltisko and Joseph Fernandez
Andreas Moerschel, Mary-Kate O’Riordan and Kieran Ryan
Asling Mauladad, Fahd Mauladad and Leon Armstong (I check Google it is her name)
Shelly Rogers, Kyle Rogers and Brian Beck
Regina Murphy and Jackie Martinez
Billy McAllister, Kevin Vanover and Mary Vanover
Ulana Chmara Kelly and Liam Kelly
Kristin Hartz, Jordan Harty, Rob Nolan and Ena Nolan
Philip Pappas and Stacey Smith

For those who don’t know, only ~3-5% of all breast cancer funding goes towards IV BC research, which isn’t enough. The only way Kerry, @jacquiebeck64, and all of the others others living with this disease stay alive is by the development of new treatments. The cancer is smart and the body becomes resistant to treatments. I’ve already gone through six different treatments and am currently on my seventh one. The more treatments you go through, typically the harsher the side effects, so I’m banking on a breakthrough treatment or cure in my lifetime.

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Around Town With HughE: Brian Dawkins, Broadway Stars Coming to Philly; Wanda Sykes

Hey people hope you are well today. Beautiful sunrise today. I’m so annoyed I heard there was a chance to see the Northern Lights last night, but I didn’t look. I see on the internet that people in Philly saw them. What was more important than taking that chance to see them. Maybe next time. Let’s see what’s happening around town.

This is a great photo opp for fans at the Wanamaker Building

Yeah we’re ready for another parade. Set to play in its 16th Final Four, No. 1-seed Kansas (32-6) will meet No. 2-seed Villanova (30-7) on Saturday, April 2, at 5:09 p.m. CST at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans. The game will air on TBS with Jim Nantz (Play-by-Play), Bill Raftery (Analyst), Grant Hill (Analyst) and Tracy Wolfson (Reporter) on the call. (source)

Philadelphia Eagles Legend Brian Dawkins to Meet with 

North Philly Youths to Hear how They’ll be Using Grants from his Foundation to Access New Opportunities to Follow their Dreams 

Caring People Alliance senior director of programs and service delivery Branon Gilmore, Caring People Alliance vice president of business development Carmen Paris, Caring People Alliance president and CEO Jerry Macdonald, PhD, and NFL Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins

Brian Dawkins attended the Caring People Alliance R.W. Brown Boys & Girls Club this past Friday.
Dawkins was there to meet students who had been chosen to receive the first grants from the Single Parent Families Program his Brian Dawkins Impact Foundation and Caring People Alliance are collaborating on.

Brian Dawkins is flanked by grant recipient Mason Chism and a recipient’s parent, Helena Kent

The grant pays for extracurricular activities of the recipient’s choices to support their interests or help them work through their challenges. It targets children from single parent families as Dawkins feels their challenges were exacerbated during covid. In all, 10 grants were awarded this season. More will be available this fall. (Photos provided by Rachel Ezekiel-Fishbein, Making Headlines PR)

At this year’s event, AIDS Fund awarded the inaugural Fierce and Fabulous Award to Sandra
Thompson
here with Robb Reichard, Executive Director of AIDS Fund. New in 2022, the Fierce and Fabulous Award commemorates an individual who has made a significant contribution to the Philadelphia HIV/AIDS and/or LGBTQ+ communities. Sandra Thompson has had a long and diverse career in the non-profit sector, including leadership positions with Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, Bebashi, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and as the longtime Executive Director of St. Mary’s Family Respite Center, a childcare program devoted to serving HIV-affected families.

(Photos provided by Cari Feiler Bender President Relief Communications, LLC)

BROADWAY STARS JOIN BRUCE MONTGOMERY FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS’
10 TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION & SPRINGBOARD GRANT WINNERS

SHOWCASE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 9th Jelani Remy, Kissy Simmons & Teal Wicks to Perform Live

Congratulations to Wanda Sykes on her triumph hosting the Oscars Sunday night. It was a fantastic show with just a bump or two in the night, which happens with live TV. Here she is with her wife Alex, who I am lucky enough to be IG friends with. She’s so sweet. The duo lives in the Philadelphia suburbs and once in while venture in town for dinner at Osteria and Spice Finch. Congrats to Questlove on his well deserved Oscar, and to DJ Aktve for

Congrats to DJ Aktive on his work with the Academy and the soundtrack used in the Godfather retrospect in which he created.
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Support Me In Raising Money As I Dance for Character at CITRS – 3/19/22

Help Me Dance My Way to A Lot of Fun, I love to dance but I have to say learning professional dancing is not an easy feat. Fun though.

I’m super excited to participate in the Dance for Character presented by CITRs charity event on March 19. I’ve worked with the folks at CITRs over the years, learned about their program, which is very unique. They have programs to re invigorate teachers suffering burnout. The workshops tap into the reasons they chose this field. It also helps them with the tools they need to convey to the students to help them build character to grow into productive adults. You can learn about their programs here

You could attend the event and cheer moi and my fellow dancers on to victory, or just fun.

You could attend the event, or vote for me with a donation HERE

BUY TICKETS HERE

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DVLF TOY 2021 with Ray & Miguel

Earlier this month I attended the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) TOY 2021, it’s an annual holiday fundraising event to benefit DVLF. Guestsbuy tickets to attend, and bring an unwrapped toy for the children who will spend the holidays in the hospital. This years event was hosted by merriest of couples Miguel Martinez-Valle and Raymond Smeriglio with the very entertaining Varla Jean Merman who kept us in stitches for her entire set, including the very brave Ric Harris, President & General Manager, NBC10/Telemundo who didn’t cover his eyes or ears once,

even though I may have with Varla’s real take on LGBTQ life, hook ups and relationships especially in Covid times…. She is a must see in any season.

The event also featured a hearty brunch buffet, open bar and a silent auction to raise additional funds.

TOY is DVLF’s annual fundraising event that edifies the organization’s ability to provide for the emerging needs of the LGBTQ+ community in the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley metropolitan area.At TOY, DVLF will deliver annual grant recipients with grant checks. Additionally, because DVLF was not able to provide an in-person event at the time, they will also honor annual HEROES award recipients who have contributed to activism and growth within the Philadelphia LGBTQ+ community.

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Philadelphia Fund Alliance Gala Raises $100,000 for Friends of the Wissahickon

More than 130 Philadelphia-area asset management industry professionals gathered to support the Philadelphia Fund Alliance’s Sixth Annual Gala on Nov. 4 at The Logan Philadelphia. The event raised $100,000 for Friends of the
Wissahickon, a 2700-member nonprofit formed to conserve and improve the 1800-acre Wissahickon Valley Park.
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.

Melody Wolske of PwC and Kim Osborne of Glenmede Investment Management.

Lori Wayne and Melinda Battista of SEI Investments Company.

Kevin Boyle, Bruce Leto, Cory Hippler and Gary Bagin of Stradley Ronon

Henry Orvin, Lauren Connor and Ryan Schrader of Mondrian Investment Partners.

Nate Bomberger, Justin Dutka and Reese Blair of Deloitte.

Mike Mabry of Stradley Ronon; and David Connor, Jill Lubold and Brian Murray of Macquarie Asset Management.

Anna Palutis, Brook Schneck, Ted Sloyer, John Pedorenko and Thomas Melone of PwC.

Michael Amugo, Jeff Lutsky, Mena Larmour and Grace Wydeven of Stradley Ronon.

Mac Humble, Stephanie Little, John Canning, Tom De Cain of Chenery Compliance Group; and Steve Kneeley of
Glenmede Investment Management.

Sarah Marley, Ruffian Tittmann, Shawn Green and Alyssa Edwards of Friends of the Wissahickon.

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Around Town: Seen, Scene and To See

I’ve continued to bird watch, but not as enthusiastically as I wish I could as my business has been booming as well. I shot this cutie last week at John Heinz Nature Preserve. We’re so lucky to have this treasure so close to Philly. I can’t be everywhere so on occasion I will post photos and copy from others who have invited me, or attempted to hire me to shoot their event.

On Wednesday, the Thomas Jefferson University fashion merchandising and management (FMM)
students filled the Kanbar Performance Space with a celebration of fashion
streetwear in remembrance of one of their own. The students sold their
original clothing designs and accessories to benefit this year’s charity,
Children’s Miracle Network, which was selected in memory of Karigen Emig,
who tragically died just months after graduating from the program earlier this
year.
“Karigen loved working in the fashion industry and was motivated by the way it
brings together people from different backgrounds, inspires confidence and
creates change in the world. She deeply inspired everyone around her, not only
through her great sense of style, but also through her positive energy,
contagious work ethic, and her infectious smile,” says Julia Wazeter, Karigen’s
best friend and 2021 FMM graduate who, along with Karigen’s parents, will
attend the Pop Up Shop event.

The FMM program promotes active learning, industry engagement, and prepares forward thinking leaders to work in the global business of #fashion linktr.ee/jeffersonfashionmerchandising

Circle of Trees – November 20: A favorite of local families and children, Circle of Trees returns to
kick off the holiday season on November 20 at 5 p.m. This year, the event takes on a new
COVID-friendly format, with Santa’s firetruck making stops at several neighborhood locations,
the first at Woodmere Art Museum at 9201 Germantown Avenue. Stay tuned for more details
about where he’s touching down.

Wednesday night Laura Burkhardt, Executive Director of the Friends of the Avenue of the Arts hosted a Fundraiser at the Dina Wind Art Foundation. It was a lovely evening of shopping with 25% of the proceeds going directly to AAI. 

Great news! John has offered to extend the 25% contribution to Avenue of the Arts, Inc. through this Sunday for orders placed through www.johnwind.com

When you add an item to your cart, you will see a box to write an ‘Order Note’. Just put ‘Avenue of the Arts’ there and your order will be included! If you have never seen John’s jewelry, take a look. The holidays are coming (Thanksgiving is next week!).  Want to learn more about the Dina Wind Art Foundation? Visit www.dinawindfoundation.art 

Moving from the Wells Fargo Parking lot, Spectacor Events & Entertainment has jollied the Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular presented by Dietz & Watson to Oaks, Pa. The massive, immersive, one-of-a-kind experience offering a winter wonderland of lights, shopping, and dining will take place from November 26 (Black Friday) through January 2 at the Fairgrounds at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.

Tinseltown is also announcing a Flex Ticket, which will allow guests to purchase a ticket without pre-selecting the date and time for a visit. Perfect for a holiday gift or those on a fluid schedule, the Flex Ticket is $38.99 and can be purchased here

General admission tickets for Tinseltown are limited and start at $19.99 for adults and $13.99 for children under 13 – admission is FREE for children under five. All ticket buyers will be required to select a designated arrival window when purchasing - patrons are encouraged to book their timed tickets early as sell-outs are anticipated. Purchase your tickets NOW at TinseltownHoliday.com.   This year I am tooo busy to make it to the new site, but it’s spectacular, family fun with food and lots of holiday photos to be had.

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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.

UPDATE: Here are the photos from the Academy Ball 2020 and links to where others may be found.

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
Lostocco
(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