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Cheers for CHOPS: It’s For The Kids

Hundreds of donors, clinicians and friends of CHOP attended the annual CHEERS FOR CHOP event at the Fillmore in Philadelphia on March 4th, helping to raise $800,000 to benefit Behavioral Health at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Rachel Ward, Nicole Bispo and Christina McCann
Jason and Jessie Morgan with Alexandra and Jonathan Morgan
Laura Proctor, Stephen Proctor, Michael Morrow and Leela Morrow
Julia Mitchell, Marghi Adzick, ( founded Addison Bay, a fashion-forward activewear line, in Philadelphia . ) and Jennifer David
Donnie Marteletti, Lynsie Fineberg, Raffaellina Merlino (Happy Birthday Yesterday) and Anthony Merlino
Patricia I. Villarreal and Ronald J. Patterson, Esq

As many of you know I have always had a bad memory, but now is a good time to tell you my memory is really gone I don’t know if it’s from having long term covid, old age, or even the whippets I did as a kid, I’m sad to say I can not recall the name of the man who was my work out trainer for a year at the Bellevue, granted it was a decade ago, as I approached my 50th birthday, but I have seen him over the years and did remember his name.

The other night when I saw him I didn’t ask him for his name, as I should know it, and was too embarrassed to ask. Now I want to run his photo, and his beautiful wife, with their names, but I don’t even know how to start as I can’t even remember his first name. It’s so frustrating…. ok thanks. Just give me your name if I photograph you.

Unique but beautiful set up at Cheers for Chop with the cabanas on the floor, and along the walls. Congrats to all who attended and donated to this wonderful organization, you have made a difference in a child’s life.


Scene: Philadelphia Fund Alliance Gala The Philadelphia Fund Alliance Raises $125,000

The Philadelphia Fund Alliance (PFA), a group of Philadelphia-based asset management industry professionals, is pleased to announce that it raised $125,000 at its annual fundraising gala on Nov. 4, benefiting Commonwealth Youthchoirs, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Germantown that transforms the lives of young people through the power of music. Since its inception in 2016, PFA has raised close to $600,000 for Greater Philadelphia area charities.

Erin McClafferty of BBD, LLP and Nancy Cloran of SEI

Peter Riviello, Dan Porter, Ryan Schrader and Andrew Piazza of Mondrian Investment Partners

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.

Joe Del Raso of Troutman Pepper, Matthew Tomasicchio, Chad Gazzillo and Michael Frac of KPMG LLP

Taylor Brody, Zack Bradley, Wesley Davis, Jennifer Hillman, Claire Olivar and Alexa Tzarnas of Stradley Ronon

John Braun of BBD, LLP and Mike Beattie of SEI

Bruce Leto of Stradley Ronon

Dr. Elizabeth Parker of Commonwealth Youthchoirs
Bruce Leto of Stradley Ronon, Frank Van Atta and Dr. Elizabeth Parker of Commonwealth Youthchoirs, and Brian London of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Robb Muse, Lori Wayne, John Alshefski and Kim Togno of SEI
Andeel Jivraj of EY, Chad Gazzillo of KPMG LLP, and Josh Brinkley of EY
A.J. Lucarini, Samantha Liney, Johnny McDonald, Kate Quinlan and T.J.Melone of PwC
Kate Williams, Paul Ames and Alexandra Parson of Macquarie Asset Management
Jim & Mary Ellen Mahoney of Tait Weller, Joe Del Raso of Troutman Pepper
Stefanie Little and Mac Humble of Chenery Compliance Group, Heather Nichols of Dzuira Compliance Consulting

Thanks Andrew Flewellen, PhillyChitChat Team Member for shooting.


Scene: Rivers Rewind back to the ’80s

Happy Happy New Year!! What a great time I had at Rivers Casino the other night at their New Year’s Eve Eighties Rewind party.

The sold out crowd enjoyed an open bar, small bites, and live music including a performance by The Spazmatics, The Ultimate 80s Tribute.

Marty McFly and Doc Brown greeted the guests as they arrived at the event center.

Guests met the expectations and wore their 80s finest to fit the theme
A couple of nerds
The Rivers Casino crew handing out mini Rubik Cubes, fun 80s glasses and tshirt swag
Girls Night Out
New Year Wishes: Every end marks a new beginning.
May the new year bring you peace, joy, and happiness.
“You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you.” —Eckhart Tolle
“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” —Carl Bard
May you have good health, lots of happiness, and a great New Year.
The decor was on point.
Here’s to new adventures.
May you have good health, lots of happiness, and a great New Year.
Dominique Frio, GM of Catering & Sales Rivers Casino Philadelphia, Justin Moore, General Manager at Rivers Casino Philadelphia · Rush Street Gaming, LLC , Jeff and Maddswar prepare the bubbly for the guests
Here’s hoping you make the most of 2023!
Each year I spend with you is the best one yet! Here’s to making more memories in 2023. Thank You!!
I’m so excited for our future.

Head to Rivers Casino to see what’s happening in January and meet me next Saturday at the Event Center to enjoy a night with En Vogue!! Get Tickets HERE!!

The Legendary group En Vogue is coming to Rivers Casino Philadelphia for an unforgettable concert!
Around Town With HughE

Scene: The Arthaus Grand Opening; Open House This Weekend

Earlier this week, the much anticipated Arthaus hosted their grand opening for guests, builders, VIPS and residents. It did not disappoint. The 47-story development with 108 residences, is located along the famed Avenue of the Arts directly across the street from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Roberta Dranoff, Meryl Levitz, Judge Midge Rendell, Laura Burkhart, executive director of the Avenue of the Arts, Karen Corbin, Chief Operating Officer of The Philly POPS and Diane Semingson, ChairChair
Avenue of the Arts, Inc.
Carl Dranoff, Dranoff Properties and Gene Kohn, Kohn Pedersen Fox
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The Grand Opening celebration continues this weekend at Arthaus 12 – 5 (Sat. and Sun.). The public is invited to tour Philadelphia’s hottest new luxury address from top to bottom. What will you see? Stunning panoramic city views from the 42nd floor | Sumptuously decorated penthouse by interior designer @jimmydelaurentis | Five other decorated residences | Two full floors of indoor + outdoor resort amenities that make every day feel like vacation.

Around Town With HughE

IBC Foundation Supports Back to School

Pictured left to right: Philadelphia School District Superintendent Tony Watlington, President Lorina Marshall-Blake, and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney at the launch event for the 2022 Back to School Tour.

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) President Lorina Marshall-Blake joined Philadelphia School District Superintendent Tony Watlington and Mayor Jim Kenney at the Northeast High School Sports Complex on August 5 to promote the District’s Back-to-School Tour.

Funded in part by the Foundation, the Tour will provide critical back-to-school information, free school supplies, and other student and family services, including free required childhood immunizations. The Foundation’s support underscores its focus on promoting greater health equity in our region, especially for youth in vulnerable parts in the city. The Foundation supported the first Tour in 2021.

Also onsite was the Eagles Eye Mobile, a long-time Foundation grant recipient, which has visited approximately 120 schools across the Greater Philadelphia area since 1996. The program provides free vision screenings, eye exams, and prescription glasses accessible to under-insured and uninsured children.
President Lorina Marshall-Blake, Independence Blue Cross Foundation handing out backpacks to kids. Pink and Black were big requests.
Thanks to everyone involved in this program, helping children and families get ready for a new school year. Thanks Independence Blue Cross Foundation for being a sponsor.

It was a sweet day for all those involved. Welcome Back to School, teachers start Wednesday and children on Monday. Also the Office of Children and Families (OCF) provided an update on Out-of-School Time (OST) and other programming in advance of the return to school.


Scene: Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival

Hello my people. Summer is swiftly going by….but what a great summer. I had the best summer with friends, family and so much fun. A lot of dancing, and hamburgers. A few events. Not as many, but September I’m booked nearly every day, and October is getting booked. We’re ready to return to the new normal. And I have new partnerships, sponsored posts and advertisers which keeps me a float.

I haven’t done an awesome job at keeping up with the blog, sorry. I know I keep saying that. I was surprised I didn’t focus more on my 15th Anniversary of the blog, which was last month. Normally I do a big splashy re cap of the times, but it’s new to me to figure out a balance between work and fun.

Yesterday in the news there was a big story about Quietly Quitting, which isn’t about quitting, just cutting back. Maybe I was doing that a little. I still was posting these events on CBSPhilly, Metro Philly, Tribune and my SM platforms, but not doing such a good job here. With events coming back, I will have more long form content to share here. I’m excited to get back to work… the work of sharing.

This was the Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival, which I have been photographing for the past decade. It’s always a fun time. A record number of folks attending. It was a warm night, but there were no complaints. People are so happy to be out and about again.

What’s interesting on this side of the pandemic, is the presence of influencers, or what has become a better known definition – Content Creator. Once maligned by a few, Content Creators like Josh Eats Philly, Bran Flaks, Philly Publicists (Kory Aversa, who covers more than just his clients, which is kinda interesting) Cass in The City etcs, who have carved out a nice niche, following where people/peers devour their content to see what’s new, hot, next to do, eat or experience. I LOVE IT. Cause that’s what this blog was about, before SM came about. On this side of the pandemic, they are the new media.

What Philly Wore – How adorable are these two who were at the Philly Ale Fest
I love these pretzel necklaces
Winner, winner chicken dinner

The Philadelphia Zoo has so much to offer, the Ale Fest, The Philadelphia Zoo Gala, Boo at the Zoo in just a few weeks, now you can feed the giraffes contact them for info. Best wishes to my long time friend Dana Lombardo, on her new adventure. She was the Director of Marketing for a decade, and before that worked at Cashman & Assocs. She’s left the zoo and moved to warmer environs. I’ll miss her.

Thanks so much for your support, especially over the last 15 years. I really appreciate it. HughE

Main Line Today, Uncategorized

Save The Date: Best of the Main Line Party

And it’s back : Main Line Today and Today Media announce the grand return of the Best of the Main Line and Western Suburbs Party on Thursday, July 28th, at Drexelbrook Special Event Center (4700 Drexelbrook Drive).

Eat, drink and dance the night away while celebrating the 2022 winners that include top restaurants, bars, retail shops, small businesses and people of the region as voted by the people and the critics. This year’s event will feature over 50 top businesses and special guests.

There will be food samples, as well as cocktails and beer to enjoy

From 5:30pm to 9:00pm, guests will sample fabulous food and drink from this year’s winners, dance to live music from the award-winning band Jellyroll, and participate in a silent auction to benefit Brandywine SPCA. (Tickets)

Many of the Best of Mainline Winners will be on hand to show you why they were chosen.

Main Line Today and Today Media thank this year’s sponsors, including Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS /The Trident Group/Prosperity (Melissa Cunningham); Exton Dental Health Group; Pinnacle ENT, LLC; Republic Bank; Roots Landscaping; Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar; Main Line Chamber of Commerce; and Delaware County Chamber of Commerce. We’re also thrilled to be partnering with Drexelbrook, Aversa PR & Events, BVTLive!, Pictures by Todd and Valley Creek Productions.

Main Line Today proudly announced this year’s beneficiary for the event, which is  Brandywine SPCA. Guests will be invited to support the organization, meet the staff and some adoptables, and bid on the silent auction that will go to fund the group’s critical animal welfare and rescue work. Founded in 1929, the Brandywine Valley SPCA exists to end animal suffering and to involve the entire community in the welfare and well-being of animals.mission is to put the “human” back in humane animal treatment and advocate on their behalf. Our vision is to be the recognized leader in animal welfare that empowers communities to treat life with respect and dignity. Donations can also be made direct at: https://bvspca.org/donate/

“The party of the year is back on the Main Line,” said Main Line Today Associate Publisher Marie Edwards. “Celebrate this unforgettable evening of bites, drinks and dancing – and get ready to toast the best of the best! We are thrilled to be back inside the ballroom with an exciting and diverse line-up of winners that include the region’s best restaurants, bars, boutiques and so much more. This event is truly a celebration of the top quality businesses and people that make the Main Line and Western Suburbs special. We can’t wait to see everyone again. Come with your dancing shoes ready to party!”


The Poplar Apartments Solmar Summer Soiree

Recently the Poplar Apartments hosted their annual Solmar Summer Soiree with soaring views of the City. It was a hot, hot night, and I’m not talking about the air temperature.

The night started off with a VIP party hosted by Brand/Style Consultant Sabir M. Peele, Men’s Style Pr (c) in the community room at the Poplar, where the Veuve Clicquot Champagne was freely flowing, and delicious snacks by Feast Your Eyes were enjoyed.

The Poplar features brand-new apartments (studio to 4 bedrooms) and luxury amenities including an expansive rooftop terrace and pool club with panoramic views of the City with the most stunning rooftop pool in the city with 3 pools, hot tubs, cabanas and grills.

Beings it was a summer party I asked a few guests what their Summer Song would be for 2022: Morgan Fisher told me definitely it’s Sticky by Drake for her; Becca Barth will be vibing to Heat Waves by Glass Animals, while Shannon C. Ryan has Carbide Coins by Fellman on loop and Michael Flores like Downtwon by Honey Dijon.

I headed upstairs to the Solmar Summer Soiree where I found a fashionable, happy people excited to be out , see and be seen especially after the long hiatus; There was so much to enjoy as the Solmar had ample room to sun, swim, and lounge. *BTW what isn’t shown in these photos is the other relaxation, play areas which can be seen here.

Matt Zalis, Brooke von Fischer and Ryan Napolitano – who loves Blinding Lights by Weeknd

Sean Robinson, Keithington Reed, Lead Stylist @philly_fashion_week and Jonathan Jacobs, ETHOS GSFM

Alex Salax and Jimmy Meyer who I last saw at a Super Bowl Party in Cherry Hill in 2021
K Honiguyen, Christien Gerrick is listening to Bank on It and Vanessa McGrath has Boss Bitch on loop.

PR Maven Nicole Cashman, Cashman & Associates curated a guest list of entrepreneurs, friends, and influencers who mingled, waded in the water and danced throughout the night to the tunes of DJ Joshua Lang, who also spins at the W Philadelphia on Sunday.

Maura Herman, Alex Stermel and Selia Cannon
Victoria Tran, Jordyn Oster and Deja Desroches – who loves “Love Tonight” David Guetta

The Poplar is very popular (I had to) as you can see. The building is nearly full so if you want to live a day life, an active life and have a fun night life under one roof, then The Poplar Apartments are for you. I met a lot of the residents, and they really rave about the complex. Did I mention they have a parking garage. You’ll recall last year when I covered this annual event they were just getting ready to build it.

If you were curious, I have Coldplay and Donna Summer on loop. Their whole catalog is my summer jam.

Philly Scene

The Premier Party: BalletX at the Mann

The Strawberry Moon 6/13/22

I’m a little behind in publishing after a very hectic social season, as many of my outlets are still on pandemic pause, or became understaffed when the world return at breakneck speed and they were unable to keep up. Thanks so much to Metro Philly, CBSPhilly and Phila Tribune for hanging in there.

Some people might think these columns are about the people who go to events, but it’s really about the mission of each of these charitable organization, announcement of business and these days restarting life; although I do love writing about the folks who attend as well. So let’s check out today’s post.

PS You might have read that I have Covid again, and I do. Mike and I are on day 5 and are finally feeling better. It wasn’t a surprise that we got it again, it was a surprise that we got so sick. Was hoping I would be in the asymptomatic category like so many folks we knew. Oh well it wasn’t meant to be. I’m excited to get back out there, covering Philly and all it has to offer….

On May 16, BalletX honored two Philadelphians who have profoundly impacted the civic and cultural life of our city and nation: Carole Haas Gravagno, philanthropist and activist extraordinaire, and Mark Aronchick, renowned litigator and former Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association were honored at the BalletX – The Premier Party at the Mann Music Center. (Thanks to PCC team photographer Talya Hailey for shooting this event for us, I was shooting CFEVA right down the street at the Waterworks.)

Christine Cox co-founded BalletX, and is the Artistic & Executive Director, greets under the Mann tent. Recently Christine was honored with the Third Annual Visionary Award by the Avenue of the Arts organization. Christine recently returned with the company from Dallas where the company performed co-founder Matthew Neenan’s Increasing, Caili Quan’s Fancy Me, Amy Seiwert’s It’s Not A Cry, and the newest addition to BalletX’s tour repertory, Jennifer Archibald’s Exalt. Check out their social media for all things touring!

Rick Pasquier, Nancy Pasquier, Erik Vananglen, and Trixanna Vananglen

Christine’s newsletter “We’re now full speed ahead towards Summer Series next month! Do you have your tickets yet? I’m so excited to be coming home to the Wilma July 13-17 with a show stopping lineup of choreographers. Don’t miss out on this limited run with world premieres by Tiler Peck, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Jamar Roberts. Save your seats today.” Check out a bit of it here on their Social.

Mary Lee Haas, Leonard Haas, and Christine Cox

We’re participating in the Target Circle program! You can vote for us and help direct Target’s giving to benefit BalletX. For full program details and restrictions visit Target Circle.

Jim Averill, Janet Averill, Trupti Trivedi, and Joachim Rebholz
Despite the inclimate weather everyone enjoyed themselves under the big tent. The Mann Center has one of the best views of the City from their hill top event space.

Dance eXchange, our in-school outreach program, emphasizes dance as a means to promote self-confidence, acquire valuable life skills, and establish personal standards for excellence. Head here to apply for your school.


Sea Me Events Presents A Taste of Italy

Ciao bella! On Sunday, June 26, 2022, Sea Me Events is hosting “A Taste of
Italy” at Il Fiore in Collingswood (693 Haddon Ave.) Guests will be greeted with sparkling Italian Prosecco, indulge in a Five-Course meal, and dance The Tarantella!

Taste of Italy ventures away from well-known Italian cuisine and into traditional dishes such as
Veal Carciofi, veal medallions with artichokes and tomatoes in a creamy, garlic white wine
sauce. Additionally, guests will dine while immersing in traditional Italian dances, fashion, and
history. Through Sea Me Events, learning continues outside of school in this energetically
educational occasion.

Taste of Italy kicks off at noon on June 26, with a five-course meal including regional pasta
dishes. This event is open to the public. Tickets: INFO

Sea Me Events is a women-of-color-owned special events firm founded by Elizabeth Aifantis of
Medford and Susan Sorrell of Cherry Hill. Sea Me Events specializes in DEI focused events and
cultural driven activations. Both founders Aifantis and Sorrell traveled extensively around the
globe. “Rome is a beautiful city and is one of my favorites because of its rich history and
architecture,” Sorrell said. Combined with their success in planning over 200 DEI focused events
and large-scale entertainment experiences, Sea Me Events will bring regional attendees together
to enjoy the richness of Italian culture.