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Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins Hosts Hennessy Paradis Imperial Tasting At Damari Saville


Hennessy Paradis Impérial was inspired by the legend of an 1818 order from the Dowager Empress of Russia, requesting the most exceptional cognac they have in store as a gift for her son, Tsar Alexander I.  Recently I photographed a tasting at Malcolm Jenkins’ Damari Saville (Happy 2 yr anniversary) .

Malcolm Jenkins hosted an exclusive tasting event with a few of his close friends, here with Kathy Chan, Hennessy’s ambassador in the U.S

Kathy Chan, Hennessy Global Brand Ambassador, discussed the qualities and exclusiveness of Hennessy Paradis Imperial which retails for only $3,000 a bottle! Each bottle is numbered. Check out this article on what’s happening with Damari Saville these days in this in depth article by Elizabeth Wellington at the Phila Inquirer.

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Photos: Help Hope Live’s 3rd Annual Crab Fest

On Saturday, August 4 at St. Christopher’s Church in Gladwyne, PA, a diverse crowd gathered to celebrate the power of community and a local nonprofit’s far-reaching impact at Help Hope Live’s 3rd Annual Crab Fest. Highlights included all-you-can-eat fresh steamed Maryland blue crabs, outdoor fun on a gorgeous summer day, an exclusive tasting from craft beer partner and West Chester sensation Levante Brewing, and attendance from several Help Hope Live patients with incredible stories. Transplant recipients and spinal cord injury survivors shared their gratitude for the nonprofit’s fundraising help and attested to the power of community support to lift hearts and minds. The nonprofit was founded in Philly 35 years ago by a heart transplant surgeon and his wife, a nurse, to help patients cover the out-of-pocket costs of critical medical care. Follow Help Hope Live’s impact or attend a future event by visiting www.helphopelive.org and following @helphopeliveorg on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Logo for our 3rd Annual Crab Fest to benefit the nonprofit Help Hope Live (photo by Sonny Mullen)

All-you-can-eat fresh steamed Maryland blue crabs (photo by Megan Anderson Gregory)

All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Help Hope Live (photo by Sonny Mullen)

Charity raffle (photo by Megan Anderson Gregory)
Facepaint and fun for kids (photo by Sonny Mullen)
Official craft beer sponsor Levante Brewing out of West Chester, PA (photo by Sonny Mullen)
More facepaint (photo by Sonny Mullen)

Middle Photo: Help Hope Live client and heart transplant recipient Linda Jara (left) with friend (photo by Sonny Mullen) Bottom: Help Hope Live ambassador and heart transplant recipient Bill Soloway (center) (photo by Sonny Mullen)

Help Hope Live spinal cord injury clients Jeff Harris and Lauren Shevchek (photo by Sonny Mullen)
The staff and board of directors of Help Hope Live, a Radnor-based national nonprofit (photo by Megan Anderson Gregory)

Thanks to helphopelive.org for sending the photos. I was unable to attend as I was down the shore. Save the date! Celebrate another impactful year for our nonprofit with delicious food, an open bar, an exciting auction, our signature Wine Pull, and the Help Hope Live Awards. Philly Chit Chat will be covering this event.

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Chophouse Grille Opening in Exton – Food Photos

On July 24, 2019, The ChopHouse Grille, a stylish and inviting restaurant with a seasonally inspired menu celebrated their grand opening. Located at 301 North Pottstown Pike in Exton, PA, about 45 minutes from Philadelphia.

The PJW Restaurant Group welcomed friends and family to the party where guests enjoyed highlights from their menu including buffalo shrimp, seasonal flatbreads and the signature ChopHouse Grille Burger, (The popular Beyond Burger is offered as substitute).

Owners and officials cutting the ribbon at the opening.

ChopHouse Grille, is a modern sleek 200-seater restaurant. There’s also a very large bar where cocktails and dining is observed. Good reviews on Yelp for the new dining spot.

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Ball on the Square 2019 The Glitz and Glamour of it All

June and July went by so quickly, and I never had a chance to write about the Ball on the Square on ChitChat. It’s a fun event, a wonderful mission and a beautiful atmosphere. Let’s take a look…

Co-chairs Hilarie Morgan, and Noele Wein with Friends of Rittenhouse President Bart Blatstein . The theme of this years Friends of Rittenhouse Ball was inspired by Truman Capote’s fame Black & White Ball where anybody who was anyone was invited to his gala at the Plaza Hotel. But Hilarie and Noele opened the Ball on the Square to whomever was willing to buy a ticket to Rittenhouse Square’s biggest fundraiser. This year’s proceeds will be going to fix the uneven sidewalks which surround the square.
Every year the event attracts locals who watch the parade of fashions. This trio always has a delicious spread and crafty cocktails.

Thanks to Event Partners – Cuisine by Constellation
Decor by Evantine Design;
Music by the Eddie Bruce Orchestra and
Public Relations by Cashman & Associates.

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Playbrawl Is A Knockout Fundraiser

I hope you had a magical weekend, creating those memories I mentioned on Friday. It’s catch up time. Social Season is winding down to about 4 events a week, which will allow me to post events you might have seen photos for elsewhere, but now I’ll be able to go into a little more detail. For the 2nd year in a row Philadelphia Theatre Company has held PlayBrawl, a very clever fund raising event. It’s fun too, for the “actors” who are all notables, or ahem Philebrities, as well as the audience who are their friends, or fans.

Philadelphia Theatre Company (PTC) celebrated another successful battle in the ring with the one-two punch with the inventive theatre benefit called Playbrawl. In the vein of Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, PTC’s Play Brawl took place on Friday, May 10th with local celebrities and stars living out their dreams on stage alongside professional actors.

Instead of standard speeches and silent auctions, the competitors will act their hearts out while audience members vote for the winning performance through tax-free donations on a mobile bidding app. Very clever. Most “actors” received over $1,000 worth of votes, with the winners receiving over $5,000 worth of votes. Just as important, it was a lot of fun. The night began with a cocktail party, and after the show, a dessert night cap.

This year’s line-up includes a who’s who from the local media, business and non-profit community – including Marcus Allen, CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region in “The Pursuit of Happyness”, Michael Smerconish (Host, SiriusXM/CNN), Joseph Watkins (White House Aide and MSNBC), David Yager (University of the Arts). That’s Smerconish with HAIR (ok a wig) doing a scene from “Network.”

Joe Zarett (Zarett Rehab and Fitness) and Marc Brownstein (The Brownstein Group) doing a scene from Rocky (above), Bill Golderer (United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey),

Ray Didinger, Author, Journalist, Broadcaster, and Emmy Award Winning Writer and Producer of NFL Films in Hoosiers

Shaina Humphries, Anchor Fox 29 News in “My Cousin Vinny.”

Carol Saline, Journalist, Broadcaster, Author, and member of the PTC
Board of Directors in “When Harry Met Sally”

Emily Zeck, Philadelphia Theatre Company and Paige Price, Producing Artistic Director with the trophy.

And the winner’s are – Marc Brownstein and Joe Zarett for their scene out of Rocky!!

Proceeds from this year’s Gala will support PTC’s upcoming programming!!

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Cancer Support Community “In Fashion” 2019

Cancer Support Community “In Fashion” 2019 event raised over $94,000 for local families faced with the challenges of cancer in their lives!

Paris Runway Sponsors were
The Innisfree Foundation
Nicole and James Schaeffer

Randi Zemsky, Wendy Rosen, and Tracey Specter.

Mike Hynes, Bonnie Young, and Toby Grosswald

Faith Weiss, Elanna Schwab, Gabrielle Schwab, and David Neff

Our mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. We provide a comprehensive professional program of social and emotional support and education designed to enhance the mind, body, and spirit of people whose lives have been affected by cancer. All of our programs and services are provided at no cost to our participants (known as our members) so there’s never a barrier for anyone who needs cancer support. So that no one faces cancer alone.

Head on over to Philly Style Magazine for more photos from Cancer Support Community “In Fashion” 2019

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Stratus Lounge Celebrates Spring Awakening

We’ve had a pretty awesome spring this year, with average temps in the 60s and 70s where they belong. Friday night they nose dived after an early lighting storm, but that didn’t stop the droves of people to come out to Stratus Lounge to celebrating the annual Spring Awakening Party.

The event was packed with guests enjoying cocktails, lite bites and dancing to entertainment by Worldtown Soundsystem, Worldtown DJs Ben Arsenal & OLUWAFEMI who also appeared last year at the party.

To kick off the party the opening act was Muscle Tough.
Name of Event: Capture to Conserve Presented by Richie Graham Photography to benefit 1% For The Planet
Date: May 16, 2019 Event Hours : 6:30-8:30 Location: Terrain at Devon Yards

1% for the Planet Photography Ambassador Richie Graham commits to donating 100 percent of profits from the sale of his fine art prints to 1% for the Planet nonprofits

“Every once in a while the way we listen to music is redefined. For Philadelphia, that is Worldtown Soundsystem” – Philadelphia Weekly

Check out Philly Voice and CBSPhilly for additional photos.
Stratus Lounge is Open:
5PM – 10PM; Wednesday and Thursday: 5PM-Midnight; Friday:
5PM-2AM and Saturday:
7PM-2AM

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Philadelphia Union Parley Union kits, Info On Kids Day 4/20 & Fan Pics

Happy Easter and Happy Pesach

Enjoy the weekend on South Street Sunday with the Annual Easter Promenade. Begins at 12:30PM with a walk down South Street in your Easter finest, to the Headhouse where folks who want to participate in the Easter Fashion Promenade will be well parading on stage for prizes.

When Philadelphia Union square off against Montreal Impact on Saturday, April 20th there will be numerous activities besides soccer going on as the club has announced activities as part of Kids Day.

Before arriving, kids can take part in our drawing contest that is underway now and runs through Wednesday, April 10th. Entries can be submitted here and must be done in full color with crayon or colored penciled drawings preferred and are limited to one player drawing per kid. Artwork could be featured on the Union’s website, social media, and videoboard!

After your child has drawn their favorite player, they can start preparing for the club’s Dress Like Phang contest! All kids 14 and under are invited to dress as their favorite mascot and will have a chance to win and participate in a pregame procession with Phang.

Finally, there will be a pregame Egg Hunt between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the Toyota Plaza. All participates 14 and under will race to collect eggs to receive prizes that range from food and beverage vouchers to Union shop coupons, t-shirts and more!  After the match all kids 14 and under are invited to take part in a postgame parade around the field following the match.

Philadelphia Union Meal Deal – Saturday, April 20th vs. Montreal Impact

Purchase a Philadelphia Union Meal Deal ticket package and receive Four (4) tickets for the selected match, Four (4) meal vouchers and Two (2) Union 10th season hats for $99 (plus applicable fees). Meal Deal vouchers can be redeemed for a Hot Dog, Chips, and Bottled Non-Alcoholic Beverage at the Fresh Classics stands at Sections 112 & 117.

Check out PhillyVoice.com for more photos and info on the new Adidas x Parley for the Oceans jersey. Jersey’s are $94 and available at Bloomingdale’s in KOP but call first.I hear they sold out online.

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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.

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Door 19: Clams Casino Royale

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University wants to invite you to: For Your Eyes Only: An evening of science and inquiry with a martini (shaken, not stirred) in your hand. A quarterly party, after hours inside the museum for folks over the age of 21.
Bring 007 of your friends and register soon; tomorrow never dies but the early-bird discount does. Throw on a tuxedo t-shirt or rent the real deal, and get ready to spy on some fun!

Get shaken AND stirred at the open bar Sneak a secret peek at the specimens of the REAL James Bond or fictional Bond Girl Honey Ryder behind the scenes in our Ornithology and Malacology collections. Enjoy the sultry vocals of Meg North and the Victor North Trio. Get as close as you dare to nature’s assassins. Discover why spy tech experts are turning to geckos for inspiration. Shoot some “craps” and learn about scat identification

Try a little target practice with a twist. Assign yourself a cheeky animal code name. Be seduced by the heat of the Butterflies! exhibit. Test your movie acumen with spy flick science trivia. Eat great food from our exclusive caterer, 12th St. Catering (vegetarian options available)

And … did we mention the open bar?

Early Bird Price: March 20–April 2: $75 Public/$65 Members/$65 Drexel Alumni

April 3–April 10: $85 Public/$65 Members/$65 Drexel Alumni

Buy your tickets now! https://ansp.org/programs-and-events/adult-programs/door19/

There are only three times left where you will have the chance to go beyond the galleries and into specimen collections off-limits to visitors, alongside experts who will bring our coolest specimens out to play. Our rogue scientists will go a little bit off script to share their most incredible knowledge—from creepy taxidermy to medicinal botanicals. You’ll be reminded that no, in fact, you haven’t seen it all—far from it. Don’t miss out on this fun party.