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Photos From Tribaja Diversitech Party

The 2022 Diversitech Summit presented by Tribaja took place March 16 to March 18 virtually

and was capped off with an in person gala on March 18 at the W Philadelphia on level 7, the Wet Deck Bar, overlooking the city scape and pool.

Amber Hill, Shanea Frazier and Devon Caudle

I love this colorful flower wall which will no doubt be used as a backdrop for years to come

Bobbi Booker, Radio Host, WRTI-FM (Philadelphia, PA) and Dosage Magazine and Foster Child

Tribaja is a proud minority and woman owned business founded by Shannon Morales in 2017. Shannon Morales started the company after experiencing unconscious bias in the workplace and set out to create a platform vetted with only the best work environments for underrepresented talent. Shannon Morales is a single mother, Afro Latina, and social entrepreneur. She was awarded “Culture Builder of the Year” in Philly tech, nominated for Young professional of the year, and is a first generation graduate.

Pabel Martinez, Alawna Jamison and Chinwe Orie
Rita’s Just Opened at Rivers Casino
Thanks for advertising with us Rivers Casino
Zahriah Hamid and Sam Korn, AcuityMD
Jabari Adams, Salim Powell and Brandon Hill
Vernon Ray, Creative Mind Productions and Saleemah McNeil, Reproductive Psychotherapist

Vernon recently launched a Street Photography program called “Shoot Cameras, Not Guns”

Vernon Ray had an epiphany after attending his younger cousin’s funeral. Seeing a young man lose his life, not much older than Ray’s son, it was time to give back to the community.

Ray launched Shoot Cameras, Not Guns, a program through his photography studio to teach children, teens, and even adults photography as an alternative to getting involved in street life.

“I called my brother, and I say, ‘Yo man, we got to do something man,’” Ray said. “Just like that, I just blurted out ‘shoot cameras not guns.’” according to the Philadelphia Tribune.

Dominique Fiorentino and Shannon Pepe
Queen Regina
Welcome Back to in person events.
Malinda Logan and Lee Avant
Isabelle Kent, Philly Startup and Dyshaun Hines, METRODAO
Stephie Celestin, Camillia Brown and Lynn Brown

Kharisma McIlwaine, a Philadelphia native, is a Multimedia personality, Writer, Community Ambassador, Singer and Film Maker and Kate Marlys of Philly PR Girl . The cocktail reception was the perfect gathering to celebrate the success of the 2022 Diversitech Summit, and kick off in person events. The W Hotel’s Wet Deck is Philly’s hottest new event space. Spacious, beautiful, indoor outdoor flexibility.

Philly To Do

Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of the Arts Debut

Photo from uArts page

October 7, 2021 was a celebration of the reopening of the Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of the
, which had largely been closed during the pandemic. It included UArts leadership, its board of
trustees and the many donors who supported the first two phases of improvements to the alliance. The
evening cocktail party was held in the newly renovated first-floor galleries and meeting space, as well
as in the garden.

Founded by artists in 1915 and located in the former Wetherill Mansion on Rittenhouse Square, the Philadelphia Art Alliance is considered one of the first multidisciplinary art spaces in the U.S. Its remarkable legacy includes presenting the work of visionary writers, composers, dancers, musicians, sculptors and architects from Igor Stravinksy to Gertrude Stein to Diego Rivera, among many other luminaries.

In 2018, the celebrated Philadelphia Art Alliance merged with the University of the Arts uniting two century-old institutions as the Philadelphia Art Alliance at the University of the Arts. Its new name: Philadelphia Art Alliance at the University of the Arts.

President David Yager, president and CEO of uArts, and Jud Aaron, Board of Trustees for the University of the Arts greets the supporters, friends and thanks them for their help in renovating the building.

Ralph Citino ,Lawrence Taylor, Eleanor Davis, Suzanne and Ron Naples
-John Fry, Carol Graney and Jud Aaron

Larry and Harriet Weiss, Ronald Gross and Sandra Taub

Thanks to Andre Flewellen for shooting. For more background on the Art Alliance, and University of the Arts Common Field Phila Inquirer Sorry I missed you yesterday, it’s been very busy this week, which is great. You can always follow along on Instagram, in my stories as that’s where I report current, as it happens in my life stuff. Hello to the 127 new followers since the beginning of October. Most of youse came over from Instagram, and I appreciate it. Here on PhillyChitChat we go much more into depth about the events we cover with links so you can easily read about them as well.
Otherwise see you tomorrow for more ChitChat. Thanks so much!! HughE


Location 215 Spring Pop Up – Local Artist Profiled

Now that’s a welcoming, rainbow steps to greet guests!!

Jen Blauvelt, Owner at Location215 Philly / Owner JB Creative Productions and Kelly CG Edwards, Arts + Crafts Holdings

Kicking off Philadelphia’s long awaited spring season, Location 215 (990 Spring Garden Street) hosted a “spring garden” artist market earlier this month. Featuring a line up of owner Jen Blauvelt’s favorite local creatives, the space will house a unique pop-up shopping experience in addition to a designer showcase. 

The modern space located in the heart of the spring arts district offers open spaces and an indoor/outdoor concept. Guests can look forward to a wide variety of creative vendors including handmade jewelry, plants and planters, home goods, apparel and accessories, macrame and fiber art, ceramics, health, beauty, and custom artwork.

In addition to local vendors the event will also include an all day, outdoor skate exhibition featuring Skate the Foundry at the  entrance of Location 215 and a capsule installation featuring designs from the Made Institute student  and graduate Designer Development program.

Wind & Waves soap shop. They smell so good. I bought a few surfboard soaps for my sisters shore house, don’t tell her.

About Location 215:

Location 215 is a modern, industrial venue with white walls and polished concrete floors covering the 7500 sq ft. space. Located in the Spring Arts District of Philadelphia, the studio is an easy access point to the entire city. Services include a photo studio, events space, and meeting venue for hire in the Spring Arts District. For more information visit https://www.location215philly.com/.

Lavish Pairings
So great to see old friend Gary Krause and Jill Scarlett (c) of Scarlett Alley

It was wonderful to photograph this event again, last year they did have a similar, safe event, which was so nice to attend, so it was sentimental to photograph again, this year, as more and more of us have been vaccinated and it’s less stressful to get out and enjoy life. See you tomorrow on the pages of PhillyChitChat….


Another Great Philly Event Space Opens For Business…Jeffrey Miller Catering

It’s probably one of the top ten things people ask me about, what are my favorite event spaces in the City. I love the Top of the Tower, I love Sister’s Park Cafe, Union Trust, Please Touch, and new favorite list would include

The American Swedish Historical Museum in South Philadelphia which just underwent a million dollar renovation,

Tracey Beck, Executive Director of The American Swedish Historical Museum in South Philadelphia , Jeffrey Miller, President, Founder of Jeffrey Miller Catering and Mark Focht, First Deputy Commissioner of Parks & Facilities

do the honors cutting the ribbon to officially open the Jeffrey Miller Catering event space.

 They had a media, friends and family party to showcase the newly renovated space, which included this fabulous permanent tent on the terrace in front of the museum, which had an expansive view of FDR Park.

Jeffrey Miller Catering is also celebrating their 35th anniversary this year.
Hors d’oeuvres were served under the Swedish Museum’s tented terrace.
 Jeffrey Miller Catering is all inclusive with bartenders, servers, chef and
 their own pastry chef.
 A lot of brides decided to take their vows on the lawn here
 with the view of the City through the archway
 Then it’s over to the tented area for the sit down reception, or you could have it cocktail style

 Jeffrey A. Miller Catering started in 1980 as a brunch-in-bed school
project by founder Jeff Miller, then a sophomore at the Wharton School
of the University of Pennsylvania. While studying entrepreneurship
during the school year, Jeff used his summers to train in some of the
best kitchens in the world, working in New York, London, and a Michelin
three-starred restaurant in the south of France.

 Sean McGlingey and Amy Johann are getting married here in the fall. They fell in love with the grounds and the convenient parking.
 Nicole Paloux, Red Balloon | Public Relations and Laura Shoup, Marketing Director at Jeffrey Miller Catering

Dyanne, Elizabeth and Laura
 Fred and Sandra Pfaff
 Kristy Bergey, Mark Liss and Donna O’Brien
 Jeffrey Miller Catering has a custom donut making station

 Lilia Londar and Micah Shapiro
 Joe Ragone, Emily White and Jim Farrell. Emily and Jim are getting married at a Jeffrey Miller Catering property, and recently found out that Joe and his fiance are too, and they didn’t even recommended them, meaning they don’t get a toaster oven. OK I don’t really think that’s the gift you get for referring clients, do they even make toasters anymore? Here’s Emily and Jim’s wedding registry, send them a gift.

Tracey Beck, Executive Director of The American Swedish Historical Museum in South Philadelphia , Jeffrey Miller, President, Founder of Jeffrey Miller Catering and Mark Focht, First Deputy Commissioner of Parks & Facilities with the citation from the City honoring Jeffrey Miller.
 Bob Waring and Debbie DJupman were excited to check out their space for their upcoming nuptials

After dinner guests cross the park over to the gazebo overlooking FDR lake to enjoy smores. Here’s the info you need to check out this space, and learn about Jeffrey Miller Catering. He has sites all over the Delaware Valley too.