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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.

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.


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.


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.


Photos: HOW TO BE BRAVE (NOT PERFECT) Karin Copeland and Technical.ly present Reshma Saujani

Karin Copeland in partnership with Technical.ly, and Generosity presented a conversation with Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and author of the new book, Brave, Not Perfect.

The event took place on a cold, snowy Wednesday in February, but that didn’t stop the sold out crowd of 400 for coming to the Sheraton Society Hill for the early morning event.

Inspired by her popular TED Talk, Reshma Saujani, book “Brave, Not Perfect” focuses on the difference between the way boys and girls are raised and how that impacts their potential: In sum, “Boys are taught to be brave, while girls are taught to be perfect.”

As with every Karin Copeland presents event, the morning started with a continental breakfast, and networking before guests settled into their seats.

Beth Fizell-Jenkins, Merrill Lynch and Pam Teufel, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System took it in stride that they were wearing similar outfits, with their Black/White House jacket. They got acquainted and sat together for the entire event. Obviously they share a lot of similar attributes.

Sallie Krawcheck, Chair of the Ellevate Network, a 135K-strong global professional women’s network hosted a fireside chat with Reshma Saujani, and discussed her work and how we can look beyond gender norms and rewire our brains to be brave instead of striving for perfection.

Saujani’s message is that by teaching girls from a young age to be perfect (while boys are taught to be brave), we send them forward in life with unrealistic expectations. Afraid to fail, women are less likely to take chances, preferring the path that is safe. Saujani argues that this stems from parents rewarding girls for being quiet and polite while boys are encouraged to speak up, get dirty and take risks. We need to encourage young girls to be adventurous, to get dirty and we need to be fine with it.

Julie Zeglen – Technical.ly Managing Editor greets the audience

There was also a panel discussion on how women are perceived in society with notable speakers in the field:
Tracey Welson-Rossman, Chariot Solutions and TechGirlz.org,
Natalie Egan, Translator LLC , and
David Dylan Thomas, Think Company and Cognitive Bias Podcast

Inspired by her popular TED Talk, the book focuses on the difference between the way boys and girls are raised and how that impacts their potential: In sum, “Boys are taught to be brave, while girls are taught to be perfect.”

After the chit chat there was a meet and greet with Reshma Saujani where she signed books and posed for photos. Check out more coverage at Technical.ly Philly and Philly Style Magazine.


Floral | The Flower Show Gala’s Best Dressed

The 2019 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show theme Flower Power!
A celebration of the Summer of Love!!

The 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show opened on Friday, March 1, 2019, with a black-tie gala. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail party under a canopy of beautiful fauna and surrounded by 10,000 acres of flowers.

The Flower Show Gala is one of my favorites as the guests tend to wear a lot of bright colors, and fun floral inspired outfits. Here are some of my favorites.

Kayla Kohlenberg, Molly Kingdom, Lance Jones, and Jenna Kara
The Flower Show runs through March 10. Remember to hashtag your photos on Social Media with #flowershow Next Week I will pick out the best and run them on PhillyChitChat
Tara and Bonnie Lomax were headed out the door with their coats on, and were nice enough to take them off so I could see the fabulous floral.

Best of Show – Jane Pepper, former executive director and president of the PHS

To see more photos from the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show head on over to CBSPhilly, PhillyVoice, and Philly Style Magazine. If you still don’t see your photo it might be in the May issue of Philly Mag in print.


Photos: 12 Sleek, New Fishtown Village Townhouses Debut

Photos: 12 Sleek, New Fishtown Village Townhouses Debut

12 new contemporary Fishtown townhouses brought to you by Adams Group Market were recently completed called Fishtown Village. Mike Hirata trekked through the snow recently to photograph their brokers and guests party. The photos of people are by Mike, and the photos of the property were provided by the client.

The new construction includes parking, modern features, a spacious layout, roof decks with bridge, skyline and river views are just a few of the stunning features these homes offer.

Skylar Young and Julia Quinn of Stateside Vodka

The 1st floor has 10 ft ceilings and features a state of the art kitchen, a spacious family room and a separate dining area.

Sean Adams, The Adams Group, Keith Adams, Tyler Adams, and Daniel McDade

The roof deck combines amazing views of the skyline, bridge and river! 1 and 2-car parking available. Approved 10-year tax abatement!

The 2nd floor features 2 large bedrooms, 2 full baths and an ideally situated laundry room with cabinetry. The 3rd floor features a master suite with a Juliet balcony, walk-in closet, an extra sitting area and a spa-like master bath.

The finished lower level with 9 ft+ ceilings and a powder room adds additional sqft and is perfect for a 2nd living area/media room.

Danielle DeLuca, Revint Solutions and Aldo DeLuca, Turbon Group of Quantum Telecom, Inc.

 Larry Benjamin, Philadelphia novelist and Stanley Willauer, Interior Designer

Connor Winther, Epocrates Sales Executive-Pharmaceutical Partnerships at athenahealthand Nashira Wynn, Director Of Business Development at The Adams Group at Elfant Wissahickon Realtors

Check out more info HERE




Choppers Hatchet House Family Entertainment & Leagues

Chopper’s Hatchet House, a next-level axe throwing and entertainment venue, hosted a Grand Opening party for the community, local business owners and VIPs on Thursday, March 8, 2018.


The BYO 13,000 square feet of space is located in the Woodcrest Shopping Center in Cherry Hill, closest to Haddonfield-Berlin Road, just off of exit 32 from 295 and has 12 arenas (2 of which are ADA-Compliant), pool tables, darts, vintage arcade games, a lounge, and a private event space with three projection-screen TVs.

At the grand opening, Chopper’s teamed up with Innovative Catering Concepts, who provided appetizers and refreshments for guests.

Entertainment was provided by musician Brian Bachorz who has an excellent voice and does amazing covers from Springsteen, to Pink Floyd to Jackson Browne while playing the guitar.

Chopper’s Hatchet House’s Co-Owner Keith Gibbons says, “We built this venue with events and special occasions in mind. We are excited to showcase our venue and invite the local community to experience the fun, safe sport of axe throwing for themselves.”   Also on hand last night was Mike “Rupert” Moore, GM of Chopper’s Hatchet House, who just returned from the World Axe Throwing League Championship (WATL) in Canada, where he came within points of winning the World Championship. He is now 2017’s top ranked American axe thrower.

There are 12 arenas, two are ADA compliant. The soda looking cases are actually refrigerators for you BYO and food.
There is plenty of space to mix and mingle as well.

Leslie Cano, Dinesh Reddy Tati and Beth Lawrence, Beth Lawrence Events (Beth represents Choppers)

Nicole Morgenstern, SPiN and Cheldin Barlatt Rumer, This Is It

Jim Graham painting the centerpiece of a target. Each piece is painted and treated differently as they wear out at different times because of use.

The center wears out quicker than the Right or Left Clutch

Getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day

Overhead throws are the most popular, although some people have done one handed throws, but usually only experienced throwers as it’s harder.

Sarah Greene, City Fitness and Shelley Greene, City Fitness


If there was every a axe throwing bathroom standard, it’d be this sleek faux wood floor one

The green circles are worth 7 points each

Choppers is located in Cherry Hill NJ at 1490 Haddonfield-Berlin Road, just off of exit 32 from 295. There is ample parking onsite. For booking information and FAQs, visit http://www.choppershh.com or call 856-433- 8031.

Check out more photos at Metro Philly


Photos: Market Makers: Philadelphia Real Estate Future

Photos: Market Makers: Philadelphia Real Estate Future


On February 28, 2018, The Condo Shops / TCS Management, Hard Money Bankers and PA Off Market kicked off the first of their Market Makers series with “Market Makers: Philadelphia Real Estate Future”.  Moderated by Gaurav Gambhir of The Condo Shops / TCS Management, George Beatty of PA Off Market and Ian Walsh of Hard Money Bankers,

the prominent panel included Councilman Allan Domb, Gary Jonas., President of HOW Properties; Mike McCann of The McCann Team and Richard Oller, Chairman of GoldOller.

Panelists shared their personal stories and anecdotes as well as statistics, trends and predictions for the real estate market with over 100 key real estate leaders who gathered at The Divine Lorraine Hotel for cocktails and conversation with Philadelphia’s industry leaders. The event featured an insightful panel discussion about the evolution and future of the real estate market. The interest rate, and the excitement happening in Philly is very attractive to buyers.

The goal of the Market Makers series is to provide a rare opportunity for clients and business associates of The Condo Shops / TCS Management, Hard Money Bankers and PA Off Market to hear from and interact with a diverse panel of industry leaders, coming together with the common goal of planning and developing for the growth and continued sustainability of the Philadelphia region.

Allan Domb told the crowd “It’s Better to have 300 new business come to Philadelphia than one Amazon Headquarters.” The City needs to make Philly more attractive to businesses. Another hurtle to overcome is getting more people on board to pay property taxes – “only 41 % of the property owners are paying taxes, 59% are exempt as they are institutions like schools – Univ of Penn, Drexel, Hospitals, Churches and people in poverty. We need to figure out how to tax institutions land, and move people out of poverty, which is desired by everyone, a better quality of living.

After the panel discussion there was a reception

B Smith Catering prepared delicious lite bites

George Beatty, PA Off Market, Grace Krotkov and Tim Stover

Brandon Morrison, PRDC Properties, Stacey Kracher and Gaurav Gambhir of The Condo Shops / TCS Management

Josephy Puggi, TCS Property Management Services, Angela Calvanese, TCS Management Team and Jeremy Bowers, Coldwell Banker

Kenneth L. Baritz Esq. and Vicki Baritz

Josh Weidman, Director of Turnkey Investments, Mike Ferrise and Elyse Choi

Khatim McLean and Charisma Harper

Dan Zitofsky, Zitofsky Capital Management , Dawn Zitofsky and David Ralic, RE/MAX

Jeremy Bowers, TCS Management and Noah Ostroff, PhillyLiving.com

I also have a bit of time and checked out a sample at the newly renovated Divine Lorraine


10 Adorable Photos from Suburban Square Welcomes Santa

10 Adorable Photos from Suburban Square Welcomes Santa


Saturday Suburban Square welcomed Santa and Mrs. Claus. Over 500 families came out to celebrate Santa’s arrival, followed by a day of children’s crafts, a magic show and giveaways to families in the Main Courtyard. Guests had their pictures taken with Santa and received a complimentary printed photograph keepsake. Here are a few adorable photos from the the day.

so adorable

Located in the heart of the Main Line, Suburban Square is a unique and upscale lifestyle center with an eclectic mix of the most sought-after retailers.

Christmas card ready

Mommy and Me

Santa’s elf was on hand to add children to the naughty or nice list

Join us to celebrate with of the MainLine! Start at to light the menorah and head to the Ardmore Music Hall for a fun party. 12/12 at 5:15PM


Mrs. Claus said this young child will remember this day forever especially on her wedding day

There was an arts & crafts room for the kids

of Suburban Square are welcomed on Tuesdays during December. Post your photos.

This magician mesmerizes the kids

Albrecht Events organized the day with carolers, magicians and holiday magic. The magician was amazing, I asked for his card but he told me people have to go through Albrecht. I highly recommend him, I couldn’t figure it out. He did explain some of the tricks to the kids so they could do them for their friends which was nice.

Events happening in the New Year:

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 – Winterfest (We’re working on this timing but most likely I think it will be Afternoon/Evening)

  Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 – Winter Beach (11am – 2pm)