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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.

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Dish It Up For Women Against Abuse

The 11th Annual Dish It Up, which took place on Thursday, March 21st at VIE in Center City Philadelphia, was a smashing success, raising approximately $195,000 for Women Against Abuse’s life-saving services and attracting more than 400 advocates, supporters and foodies!

The Judging Panel: Tony Bruno, The Tony Bruno Podcast; Eddie Keels, Philly Current; Gina Gannon, 6ABC Traffic; Barbie Marshall, celebrity chef; Tony Luke, Jr, Cheese Steak King, and Chef Rick Tarantino, TV personality

The Feast Your Eyes crew with their savory sweet cotton candy

Roz Bratt Wholesale and Retail Bake Shop and Mary Clair Whitehead

#SaveTheDatePHL Academy of Natural Science – Door 19: Clams Casino Royale
Thursday, April 11, 2019, 6–9:30 p.m. INFO (ad)

Mary Lochary from Westin
Auctioneer Jeff Hammond working his magic

Carolyn Massey and Renee Norris-Jones

Anna May Abbott and Sally Rio

Justice Pritchett, Kathleen Albano and Danielle Fratandono, of Cescaphe

All dishes had to have a purple element to them, Here’s Ena Widjojo and her daughters Maylia and Diana, who run Hardena, the humble Indonesian restaurant on a South Philadelphia Cauliflower Ubi Potato Soup dish.

Lynda Murtha and Brianna Mirachi of Jamonera and their Pickle Beets

The Purple Dish Award went to Rachel Klein of Miss Rachel’s Pantry – Rodger Holst, Jess Urena, Rachel Klein, Jeannine L. Lisitski, Executive Director & President Women Against Abuse and Honorable Jane Cutler Greenspan (ret.) honorable Chair.

Purple Dessert Award went to Ruth Scott of Cupcakes by Ruth.
Jeannine L. Lisitski, Executive Director & President Women Against Abuse and Honorable Jane Cutler Greenspan (ret.) honorable Chair.
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Photos: Lifesavers Gala Honors Ron Donatucci, Jr. at the Lucy

Photos: Lifesavers Gala Honors Ron Donatucci, Jr. at the Lucy

HughE Dillon, Ron Donatucci Jr. with the Lifesaver Award, Maryann Murtha, AFSP Board Chair and Bernard Hopkins

On March 15, 2019, The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP) held its 4th annual Save a Life Gala at The Lucy by Cescaphe events. This year’s honoree was Ron Donatucci, Jr. who co-founded Michael’s Giving Hand, an organization which brings awareness to teen depression and anxiety , in the name of his brother Michael Donatucci, who passed away in 2016

Lisa Pflaumer,
Executive Director at Michael’s Giving H.A.N.D, Dana Donatucci, and Carla Werner

Guests enjoyed a spirited cocktail hour before heading into the ballroom for a sit down dinner. I, HughE Dillon, the 2015 Save A Life honoree was on hand to honor Ron Donatucci, Jr., and give Ron Donatucci the award along with iconic boxer Bernard Hopkins, who volunteers and speaks to teens on behalf of Michael’s Giving Hand’s, was emcee for the evening. Proceeds from the event helps fund AFSP’s mission to save lives and give hope to those affected by suicide and the annual Philadelphia Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk in June.

Jay & Diane Agnes
Gene DeSimone, Joanne DeSimone, Flossie and Dominic Simirglia, Stephanie Donatucci,Ron Donatucci Jr. with Ron & Dana Donatucci.
Lucy, the newest Cescaphe event space is located at Broad and Spruce, and really embodies the excitement of an event including amazing vistas of The Academy Music, City Hall and bustling Broad Street.

Proceeds from the event helps fund AFSP’s mission to save lives and give hope to those affected by suicide and the annual Philadelphia Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk in October. To See additional photos head on over to Philly Style Magazine, CBSPhilly and in Philly Magazine’s June issue. Thanks to PhillyChitChat team member Andre Flewellen who contributed photos to this column. Event produced by Lynsie Blair Events.

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Photos: Spooktacular Mütter Museum Birthday Party


On Saturday, March 9, the Mütter Museum transformed into Clüb 13, to celebrate founder Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter’s 208th birthday, a superstition-themed 13-plate feast with 13 extraordinary circus acts and performances from the Circadium – School of Contemporary Circus and other performers.

The museum is part of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The original purpose of the collection, donated by Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter in 1858, was for biomedical research and education .

The evening began with a cocktail party,

before guests headed upstairs for dinner and dancing. Guests were encouraged to dress in period costumes, and they didn’t disappoint.

The decorations dotting the museum were decadent and on point.

Melissa Sant Angelo and Bianca Fiscella

Timothy Niesen, Tara Niesen, Alexis Curreri and Jonathan Curreri at Clüb 13 at the Mütter Museum on March 9, 2019.

Doanh Nghiem with her gorgeous custom made dress and Stoio Kachev

Be sure to visit the Mütter Museum to see all the unique exhibits, as well as attending some of their special events. INFO Here Check out Philly Style and Philly Voice for additional photos.

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Chit Chat and Links to Events I Shot This Week

It’s Spring Social Season and the events are picking up. Going forward on Saturday’s I will post links to events I cover this past week that appear on my outlets CBS, Philly Style, Philly Voice, Philly Business Journal etc.

Alvin Ailey Troupe’s 60th Anniversary Celebration took place last Friday night at the Academy of Music after the shows first night. The sold out performance thrilled the audience, and many of them headed to the ballroom after the show to enjoy a Garces Events lite catering, and to meet and mingle with the dancers. Check out CBSPhilly and PhillyStyle for additional photos. Some photos may appear in May’s issue of Philly Mag as well.

The Flower Show is still happening at the Pa Convention Center through tomorrow. Friday night I photographed the the annual black tie gala. Check out Philly Style Mag, CBSPhilly and Philly Voice. Look for additional photos in print in the May issue of Philly Mag. I’ll be posting more photos from the Flower Show next week after the show is finished.

Cheers for CHOPS is always a fun event, and this year was no difference. It was also held at a new venue for the first time in years, the Fillmore Philadelphia. Check out photos on Philly Voice, Philly Style and on March 24 in Mainline Media News, and in May Philly Mag. I’ll also have more photos here on Philly Chit Chat next week.

Thursday night I photographed the annual First Tee Philadelphia gala at the Philadelphia Country Club. Check out the photos here on Philly Style Mag, next week they’ll be on Philly Chit Chat and in an upcoming Philly Mag issue.

Thursday I also photographed “NRG Celebrates $600K Milestone Contribution Benefiting Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia NRG Ambassador and Eagles Quarterback, Carson Wentz, will join NRG to announce contributions through the “Choose to Give” Energy Plan” Carson with the kids was the most adorable, moving moment and the whole event was very special. Before I headed out to my night time event I was able to get a few photos to CBSPhilly, and as always they got them up quickly. The column went viral, and CBSPhilly even featured it as a headline after a few hours. Check out the photos here, then head to PhillyVoice. I sent them 5 of the most adorable shots that will put a smile on your face.

Do yourself a favor and watch this video; So funny the kids keep calling Carson Wentz daddy. Watch til the end as the mom has a funny response to them.

Have a great day, hope to see you at the Philly Travel Show today, and perhaps at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade tomorrow. Bring your umbrella, it’s rain or shine. PLUS Daylights Savings Time, Spring Forward.