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Fashionable at The Red Ball

The Philadelphia Red Ball lived up to its tradition of glamour and generosity which took over Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, March 30, 2019 raising much needed funds to support the Red Cross House, a center for families who suffer a disaster.

Guy Triano, Regional CEO for the Red Cross Eastern PA spoke
from inside a display for guests to visualize a living room impacted by fire.
The VIP lounge featured the jazz sounds of Gerald Veasley. His musical odyssey has taken him to the top of the contemporary music world as a bassist, bandleader, composer, producer, educator, and curator.
Guests enjoyed Cuisine from the Region’s Hottest Restaurants and Caterers a Dessert Lounge, a Beer Garden featuring local breweries
Wine and Spirits Bars, Dancing and Live Music by CTO Tribeca and CTO Midtown Express which kept the party going and an extensive Silent Auction with experiences and sports memorabilia.
Best Dressed: Eileen Baker, Archie Elam and his sister Laura Elam

To see more photos from the Red Cross Ball head on over to Philly Style Mag and CBSPHILLY. Thanks, have a great day.

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The Lucy is Officially Open

In 2015, the popular eatery Upstairs at Varalli and Perch Pub closed as part as a parcel of properties which were sold to create the newest hotel in Center City – The Cambria Hotel Philadelphia (which I love, they have a cute restaurant with a terrace on the 2nd floor with views of Broad Street, and a happening bar on the roof called Attico.) Everyone wondered what would happen with this space, would it be a new restaurant, the ballroom for the hotel or offices. To everyone’s surprise, it became a Cescaphe Events space called The Lucy, named after founder Joe Volpe‘s mother.

The Lucy opened in December 2018, I took the following photos in January and March. I was supposed to take more photos at the open house on Wednesday, but when I arrived my camera I had a camera problem which I explain at the bottom of this post.

In January, I photographed the American Jewish Committee, the leading global Jewish advocacy organization, where they honored Ajay Raju.

I was pleasantly surprised at what a wonderful job they did on the space. They completely gutted it, and created a beautiful, versatile event space, with a cocktail are that overlooks the “banquet area”, which can be used with or without a dance floor, and it has a stage. The space seemed very open, with great sight lines. It also seemed more intimate as well.

The staircase on the left goes to the mezzanine where the cocktail portion of the parties are held. To the right at the end of the table, is the door leading into The Lucy.
The Lifesavers Gala in March, with a packed dance floor and a larger bar in the background.

Additional seating in the form of high tops, can be found on either side of the circular tables situated in the center of the room. Although most events will probably have valet, there is several parking lots nearby including across the street at the Bellevue Hotel, it’s $32.

The Lucy weddings feature the Cescaphe signature cocktail hour-and-a-half. You and your guests will enjoy the finest cuisine and top shelf open bar from the second floor Mezzanine that overlooks the ballroom. With its whitewashed brick accent walls, large picture windows and custom bars, the elevated room provides plenty of ambiance and space for guests to enjoy all that cocktail hour has to offer. (source)

The 17,000-square-foot space holds up 325 guests for a seated dinner, and up to 800 for a standing celebration. To the left are tables which hold the cocktail party food.

The bathrooms are stage left, which is where you’ll find the elevator, and a back stair case as well. The men’s bathroom has fancy metallic wall covering and a beautiful floor. They definitely put a lot of thought into them.

The space is beautiful, and Cescaphe’s vast menu of delicious food is always a delightful, but the dramatic backdrop of the Avenue of the Arts is the real winner here and can be viewed from two sides of the ballroom.

I remember when I took this photo in January, I sent it to my friend and said, I think this is one of the best event spaces in Philly; it’s beautiful, the layout is perfect. I love how the spacious mezzanine overlooks the ballroom, creating an anticipation for the rest of the evening. I especially love the floor to ceiling windows, flooding the room with excitement of the bustling City streets, with the celebration going on inside The Lucy.

Yesterday I was supposed to go to The Lucy open house, so I was waiting to write the post after I took updated photos. Unfortunately the craziest thing happened after I arrived, my camera’s shutter got stuck and I couldn’t get good shots (That’s the first time in my 8 year career that this ever happened where my camera failed.) I ran home to grab another camera and tried to make it back before my next event, but I didn’t have time. I was so bummed too since I missed out on a great lunch as I love their seafood buffet, and Italian Sausage and onion dish. Disclosure- Since the time I took these photos, Cescaphe has become an advertiser, but I honestly love The Lucy, and believe you will too. Welcome to the family of Cescaphe Events which includes

Cescaphe Ballroom, Tendenza (another favorite spot of mine) both in Northern Liberties, the classic Down Town Club in Washington Square West with an amazing view of Independence Hall), Vie, and The Waterworks (the best sunsets on the Schuylkill.)

Interested in booking? Call 215-238-5750 or email info@cescaphe.com

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Philly Zoo Kicks off Spring with Urban Green, Zoo Key and Creatures of Habitat

On Thursday April 4, 2019 the Philadelphia Zoo made several exciting announcements which included the ribbon cutting of The Urban Green, an exciting new dining destination and outdoor food marketplace, featuring three food trucks which will debut today, Saturday along with the opening for Creatures of Habitat animal LEGO® exhibit and the return of the Zoo Key.

Creatures of Habitat Rabbit and her hoppy friend at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Rachel Harvey and Suzanne Harvey. Rachel won a contest about her childhood memories of the Philadelphia Zoo Key at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019. She wrote “I was so excited to read that the Philadelphia Zoo decided to bring back the beloved Zoo Keys. Just the other day I was cleaning and found mine (what a great and coincidental timing) and was immediately flooded with great memories of growing up and visiting the Zoo with my mom, brother and Nana. My brother and I always “fought: over who got to use our keys to learn more about each animal exhibit, facts that we had probably already heard, but it didn’t really matter, we were always still so excited. Here’s to hoping my old zoo keys still work when they reinstate them at the zoo this April. #zookeymemory

Zoo Board member Jody McNeil Lewis wore her children’s original zoo keys around her neck to the reception at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Sheila Hess, City Rep at the Press Conference

Vikram H. Dewan, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Zoo

There are the Zoo keepers who recorded their stories and behind the scenes information used in the special zoo key audio books at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Amy Shearer, Chief Marketing Officer at The Philadelphia Zoo, Vikram H. Dewan, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Zoo and Sheila Hess, City Representative cut the ribbon to Urban Green with the help of local school kids at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

The Creatures of Habitat is a gazillion piece animal adventure featuring 12 life-size (and larger than life size) sculptures designed by artist Sean Kenney and meticulously crafted from thousands of individual LEGO® bricks!

The exhibits will spotlight the issues animals in the wild are facing and the heroes working to save them.

A boy trying out his Zoo Key unlocking insider secrets and stories about the magnificent creatures living at Philadelphia Zoo, told by animal keepers who care for them at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019. You can use your Zoo Key, or buy one for $3.00 at the Zoo to hear the stories.
For more information or to purchase and print tickets online, visit us at www.PhiladelphiaZoo.org.

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Brilliant Partnership: Wigs.com and Breastcancer.org

On March 29, 2019, Wigs.com and Breastcancer.org came together to empower and educate women with a three year partnership, at Lankenau Medical Center. To mark this occasion they hosted a wig wearing demonstration, as well as a panel discussion on Breast Cancer treatments. Wigs.com presented a a $100,000 donation check to Breastcancer.org in honor of their mission which is dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer and breast health as well as an active and supportive online community.

Haley Newbanks, Wigs.com and Hope Wohl, CEO Breastcancer.org

Carol Thomas, Adam Leitenberger, Melissa Jenkins, Cindy Pelton, and Delores Slaughter

Carliz Sotelo Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of Wigs.com assists Delores Slaughter on how to wear a wig as Dr. Marisa Weiss, founder and Chief Medical Officer, Breastcancer.org looks on.

Dr. Marisa Weiss, founder and Chief Medical Officer, Breastcancer.org accepts a check from Carliz Sotelo Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of Wigs.com celebrating their three year partnership in restoring confidence in women going through chemotherapy.

Carliz Sotelo Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of Wigs.com assists breast cancer survivor Rita Lusen, Breastcancer.org with her wig.

With a common goal to educate and help people who are going through breast cancer, Wigs.com and Breastcancer.org form a three-year partnership worth $100,000 in donations. The Breastcancer.org community of people with breast cancer will have access to Wigs.com experts, as well as hair loss education, including videos and content available on Breastcancer.org’s website.

Wigs.com will make purchasing from the larger collection of wigs on its website easier for the breastcancer.org community offering 10% off through a special coupon – BC10, which can be applied during checkout. For each purchase, Wigs.com will donate 10% of the proceeds to Breastcancer.org

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The Philly Zoo Key Goes to the Phillies Opening Game

Another winning moment yesterday at the Phillies game was when Kory Aversa, PR for the Philadelphia Zoo, and I walked around chatting about the Philly Zoo Key returning April 6, after it’s absence since 2007.

The Zoo Keys, the animal-shape pieces of plastic synonymous for many with childhood trips to the zoo, returns on April 6 to the Philadelphia Zoo, and will unlock book-shaped boxes throughout the park with prerecorded stories from zookeepers and “insider secrets” about the animals. Yesterday Kory and I were at the Phillies Opener promoting the return. When we approached

Hey Angelica, who’s a PhillyChitChat reader. Thanks for saying hi!!

Mark D. Kuhn IV, ceo Oat Foundry, who’s team created the “30th Station” sign behind the bar.

Before Questlove threw out the ceremonial pitch, he spun a set in the concourse. Tune in next week to see Questlove’s reaction when he saw the Zoo Key. Exclusive photo, and story soon to be published.

Legendary DJ Bob Pantano, a South Philadelphia native, started spinning at the record hops in the late 1960s and then the nightclubs in the ’70s. Every Saturday night you can find him at Adelphia’s in South Jersey, and legendary florist Ann Catania both had Philly Zoo keys when growing up. They’re excited for it’s return.

I loved meeting my greatest fan yesterday. She has the dance moves too.

Brandon Downey says it was the best Opening Day ever. The weather was great. We won, and now the Zoo Key is back.

These guys not only owned Philly Zoo Keys, but they knew the song.

Check out this video I caught of Mayor Kenney singing the Zoo Key song a few years back at the Zoo Gala.

Roberta and Carl Dranoff are excited for the return of the Zoo Key. In April his newest apartment building is opening in Ardmore, and look for a game changing announcement about the property at Broad and Spruce, formerly known as the LLS property, and the Home of the Philadelphia Sound.

What a fun day at the Phillies Opener. Walking around with the Key created smiles in my wake, with people eagerly running up to me to check it out, and they shared so many childhood memories of visiting the Zoo. It was a great Phillies opener indeed!!

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Photos: The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center 2018 Men’s Event

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center 2018 Men’s Event

 

About 150 people joined Dr Karen E. Knudsen, Director of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and Leonard Gomella, M.D., Chair, Department of Urology at Jefferson at the 2018 Men’s Event at the Prime Rib in Center City.


Joe Weiss, Cheryl Bohm, Justin Wineburgh and Sean Grace

Co-Chairs Joseph Weiss, Chairman of international design firm Electronic Ink and Chair of Kimmel Cancer Center Advisory Board at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and Kent Gushner – President – Boyds Philadelphia clothing store greeted guests and welcomed them for an evening of cocktails, casino games, sit down dinner, and entertainment by Comedy Central comedian Aaron Berg who kept the crowd in stitches with medical and current event  jokes .

Jermaine Millhouse, Russell Fletcher and Tetyana Fletcher

Stephen Smith, Susan Fixler, Ocean Resort Hotel and Casino, Tara Barbera Ocean Resort Hotel and Casino and Peter Ciccone, Ocean Resort Casino. Ocean Resort Casino is the new name for Revel Casino. Look for it to open before July 4.

Persis Rice and Margaret Fala both of Jefferson Hospital

Andrew Flanagan and Jonathan Agree both of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. Additional funds were raised by selling this dandy derby hats.

John Sacks and Evan Solomon try out the craps table. Guests who won the most “money” while gambling, were eligible for raffle items

Janet Guthart, Associate Vice President Office of Protocol, Special Events and Stewardship – ‎Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Aaron Berg, Comedy Central Comedian, and David Brownstein, Senior Director of Protocol and Special Events – ‎Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals

Phanerrica Muhammad and Eric Gray

The evening raised more than $100,000 to build awareness about prostate cancer and benefit research at Jefferson’s National Cancer Institute Designated Cancer Center.

 

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The Arts +Biz Council hosted Renée Mauborgne Blue Ocean Strategy

The Arts +Biz Council hosted another of their Defining Innovation Global Speaker Spring 2018 Series on Friday April 6, 2018. Friday’s event featured Renée Mauborgne—professor and co-author of Blue Ocean Strategy and co-director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute in Fontainebleau, France who presented Blue Ocean Shift, a definitive guide to the human side of innovation strategy. Mauborgne’s approach to “Nondisruptive Creation” means that anyone in any organization can be creative and make a Blue Ocean Shift with the book’s systematic five-step process. The sold out event was held at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. A continental breakfast was served before guests headed into the auditorim for the talk on how to create innovative strategies, which don’t disrupt strategies in place. Mauborgne was then joined on stage by Dr. Stephen K. Klasko, President and Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health who interviewed her more extensively.

Kelly Gaess, CapTech Consulting; Kate Zinsky, CapTech Consulting and Bob Wolk, CapTech Consulting

Harriet Weiss, and Larry Weiss, President CRW Graphics

Gary Woomer, CareLink Community Support Services and Eileen Joseph, CareLink Community Support Services

Josh Greenbert and Bob Wolk

Amanda Plavner, Markitects, Inc and Christine Karr, Markitects, Inc

Kim Fraites-Dow – CEO – Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, Maureen Maier, and Jennifer Richards, all with Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania

Ari Kushner, Director, Marketing + Development at Arts & Biz Council and Luke Butler, Comcast

Karin Copeland, Executive Director Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

Renée Mauborgne—professor and co-author of Blue Ocean Strategy and co-director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute in Fontainebleau, France

Dr. Stephen Klasko, CEO Jefferson Hospital and Renée Mauborgne

Elizabeth Lott, CRW Graphics and Michael Kravitz, CRW Graphics

We’re celebrating our 33rd year of honoring exceptional volunteerism, leadership and innovation within the arts and cultural community, distinction in the for-profit creative sector, and unique partnerships formed between the business and arts communities. Arts + Business Council events attract a diverse community of attendees; Awards Celebration 2018 is expected to attract over 600 attendees from the business, legal, technology and creative communities. Register now!

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Spring Fete: The Junior League of Philadelphia

Spring Fete: The Junior League of Philadelphia

There are a lot of wonderful women networking organizations, but one of the prominent ones is The Junior League of Philadelphia (JLP). Recently they held their annual Spring Fete at the Philadelphia History Museum (15 S. 7th St. Philadelphia, PA 19106) on Thursday, March 29, 2018. The mix and mingle event featured lite bites, DJ entertainment, and tours of the museum with Museum Historian, Dr. Cynthia Little and the Director of the Collection, Kristen Froehlich .

All proceeds from the event benefit projects and programs furthering The Junior League of Philadelphia’s mission as well as our Apple a Day Healthy Living Initiative™, addressing food insecurity in Philadelphia.

 

Farrell Ougheltree and Brittany Shaw

Rose Jackson, Samantha Roberts, Megan Morgan and Christy Workman

Kelly A. Murphy, Director of External Relations & Special Events for Philadelphia History, Charles Croce, President of the Philadelphia History Museum and Nancy E. Ahlum, chair of Focus Fundraising of Junior League

Erin Bushnell and Alex Poole

 

Latoya Bryant’s been a member of the The Junior League of Philadelphia, Inc. for the past 3 years. She loves networking with a diverse membership of women, as well as provided a service to the community. Karimah Lynum, is not a member but is thinking of joining.


Through out the evening members and their guests were able to check out the exhibits at the The Philadelphia History Museum

As well as take selfies in their “neighborhood”


Kelly A. Murphy, Director of External Relations & Special Events for The Philadelphia History Museum gives a tour for the Junior League members and guests.


Maryanne Morrison and Lisa Morrison

The Committee Focus Fundraisers with Mary Peller, President of the Junior League of Philadelphia (green dress)

On Saturday head out to the JLP’s 6th Annual Empowering You Health Fair! JPL is delighted to partner once again with Lankenau Medical Center and showcase over 15 vendors who focus on every day healthy living. Come by Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to empower YOUR health!

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Zarwin Baum’s 17th March Madness Party was Thrilling for Villanova

Zarwin Baum’s 17th March Madness Party was Thrilling for Villanova

We’re dong was Zarwin Baum’s 17th Annual March Madness , this year they held it again at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City with nearly 1200 people in attendance over the 9 hour NCAA watch party.

Villanova

There was a steady stream of folks in attendance, but the guest count really ramped up towards the 5PM hour when Villanova was scheduled to play. (Villanova is now in the Final Four, playing Kansas on March 31)

Former Temple football great, and NFL bound Leon Johnson with Jennifer George, entertainment agent


Smith’s Catering had a room for fun, food, and spirits
Philabundence – PK Catering
The Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) is a 14-week culinary vocational training program which has been transforming the lives of low-income women and men since 2000. Students who are accepted into the 500-hour program will;


Aaron Raysor alway sports the best glasses
Orange Cryo was on hand giving frozen facials

Smiths had a sweet set up

Carl Scaramuzza, President Credit Blue Print with Melissa Leonard
The Mad Rex team


Seriously love this sign, everyone should use this slogan when you have a candy bar
Sweet candy bar. These ladies put it together, then police it so I don’t overdose on sugar
Perry Milou contributed fantastic artwork to the silent auction


Gary DeVito, Zarwin Baum and James Molinari, Zarwin Baum  Where the stars work out
Scarpetta, where the stars dine
Howard Eskin makes an appearance
Mitchell Kaplan, Zarwin Baum, Councilwomen Blondell Reynolds Brown and Sen. Anthony Williams


This year’s proceeds from the silent auction, and donations went to Philabundance


Ashley Dunek, Philly Mag Magazine in the house

Check out these links to see where additional photos were placed.

https://phillystylemag.com/Zarwin-Baums-16th-Annual-March-Madness-Event

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/photo-galleries/2018/03/16/zarwin-baums-march-madness-party-to-benefit-philabundence/

https://www.metro.us/things-to-do/philadelphia/zarwin-baum-march-madness

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Bloomingdales Spring Presentation and details on The Makeup Date

Bloomingdales Spring Presentation with Dressing Jane

Makeup

Celebrating Spring Time week, Bloomingdales held an intimate gathering of friends for a peek at some of their most popular looks of the season.

Curated by Dressing Jane’s Alisa Frederico, the fun brunch at Bloomies took place early Saturday morning, and again in the afternoon at the King of Prussia mall.

All the looks featured are available at Bloomingdale’s

Kristen Rodgers Sports Anchor/Reporter for FOX29 Philly was spotted at the presentation, wearing her Guinness green for St. Patrick’s Day

Saturday you can be a part of Bloomingdale’s spring trends event just head over to Bloomingdales Willow Grove 10AM to 4 PM. You’ll have a chance to meet with Alisa Frederico, Dressing Jane as well as the many talented cosmetic ladies who will show you the latest tips and tricks to prepare you for a night out, or just to be. So ladies, set your alarm clocks for breakfast & an exclusive experience at Bloomingdale’s featuring the spring’s best new beauty trends! Afterwards, get glammed up at your one-on-one makeup session with an expert artist. RSVP Dina@Nefedova@bloomingdales.com, there’s a $25 reservation fee which will be credited to the beauty purchase of your choice. Plus all guests receive a cosmetics purse just for attending.