Events in Philly

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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.


Cheers For CHOP 2017 With Montell Jordan

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s sixth annual Cheers for CHOP raised $735,000 to support pediatric brain tumor research and care. More than 600 donors, clinicians and friends of CHOP attended the event on Saturday, March 2, at The Fillmore Philadelphia, and enjoyed a live performance by Grammy-nominated artist Montell Jordan

The sixth annual Cheers for CHOP was hosted by Friends of CHOP, a dynamic group of Philadelphia’s most social and philanthropic young influencers who are committed to vibrant fundraising efforts that support CHOP’s mission of providing exemplary patient care, spearheading innovative research, and sharing knowledge with the world. Over the past five years, Cheers for CHOP has raised more than $2.7 million to benefit hospital programs such as Orthopaedics, Pulmonary Medicine and Child Life.           

Every dollar raised this year will fuel breakthroughs in the fight against brain tumors, the deadliest childhood cancer. The Neuro-Oncology Program at CHOP, led by Dr. Michael Fisher, is a group of seven full-time, dedicated pediatric neuro-oncologists, and is one of the largest groups dedicated to treating pediatric brain and spinal tumors, neurofibromatosis and associated tumors. This year alone, the neuro-oncologists at CHOP will treat nearly 1,500 cancer patients during more than 4,600 visits to the hospital.  

As doctors work tirelessly to manage and treat these patients, researchers from CHOP’s Center for Data Driven Discovery in Biomedicine (D3b) are actively involved in ongoing pediatric brain tumor research through the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (CBTTC). The CBTTC is a collaborative, multi-institutional research program dedicated to the study of childhood brain tumors. By collecting information about childhood brain tumors and creating the largest repository of brain tumor tissue in the world, research scientists are able to study the tumor cells of more than 30 histologically different types of childhood brain tumors. Through CHOP’s commitment to translational research, these findings are able to move into clinical trials within the Section of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology in order to speed discovery and personalize treatment.

Contact: Jennifer Lee, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 267-426-6084 or leej41@email.chop.edu


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.


Tuesday To Do: Events You Might Want To Attend – Jazz, Pie & Pups

So many people always ask me about events after they see my photos posted. I try and post them on all my social channels but it’s hard to do that, so every Tuesday I will publish a few here. I’ll give you the inside scoop if I’ve gone before, or what I think might be happening. I like Tuesday, cause I like to plan for the future and not look for things on Friday. Here goes…

Community Dinner Under the Shambles: Bridget Foy’s Fire Relief Benefit by South Street Headhouse District
FB Page Info and Ticket Info

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

6-9 PM

The South Street Headhouse Business District (SSHD), in partnership with Queen Village Neighborhood Association (QVNA) and area businesses, is arranging a benefit event to raise funds to aid Bridget Foy’s displaced employees, Saved Me, Inc. animal rescue, and the American Red Cross/Red Paws.

This community dinner will be a culinary tasting event, featuring a number of the city’s top chefs, bartenders and restaurants with live music by Mikey Junior Band. The event also features a silent auction with items donated by neighborhood businesses.


The last day to order a Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Pie is this Friday, November 17th!
Pies are selling quickly – don’t be left empty handed!
Place your order today before your favorite flavor is sold out!
American Airlines Sky Pie · Aberdeen Standard Apple
Pecan · Pumpkin · Sweet Potato

Pie In The Sky



Meet over 2,000 dogs up close at the National Dog Show this weekend at the greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. Credit: Steve Donahue/See Spot Run Photography


 I wish I wasn’t allergic to dogs cause The National Dog Show Presented by Purina hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia is at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center  100 Station Avenue in Oaks, PA, adjacent to historic Valley Forge, and just 15 miles west of Center City Philadelphia. Contact the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at (484) 754-EXPO. WEBSITE: More information can be found online at nationaldogshow.com.

Plus on Saturday John Hurley, alumni from Dancing with the Stars and expert dog analyst David Frei will be taping for the Thanksgiving broadcast at the Expo Center Saturday, November 18.  Kennel Club of Philadelphia President Wayne Ferguson provides “color commentary” on all the entrants. (oh colorful, you know that means witty banter like the must watch movie Best in Show (2000)

Saturday is the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Jazz Brunch at the Hilton City Line Ave, Phila Pa

Only 4 Days Left! To buy your tickets for the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation’s Jazz Brunch! Enjoy the LIVE MUSIC of three- time Emmy award winner Bill Jolly and the Bill Jolly Trio! Don’t delay! Tickets are going fast… Visit Jazz Brunch to get your tickets NOW! Deadline for online purchases: Friday, November 17 at 11:59 AM. HOLIDAY SHOPPING • SILENT AUCTION • LIVE AUCTION • RAFFLES


Philadelphia PA (November 2017) The Art Star Craft Bazaar is back just in time for holiday shopping! Join us on November 18th and 19th from 11am-6pm at The Event Center at SugarHouse Casino. Art Star has chosen a line-up of 75 of the best art and craft vendors from the Philly region and beyond. The show will feature a thoughtfully curated mix of handmade goods by returning Art Star favorites and many new vendors. Jewelry, pottery, housewares, clothing, men’s and women’s accessories, art, prints, blown glass, stationary, papercuts, t-shirts, baby gifts and more will be available.
**There is a $3 door fee ($2 from 4pm-5pm, $1 the last hour) children under 12 get in free, and FREE PARKING is on site!**


Plan Ahead in January Wayne Brady at Parx Casino new Xcite Center. Parx is just about to unveil their new event space, and additional gaming room. First up is the Sold Out concert by Chicago on January 13, or as I like to call it, a few days before I head to Florida. I’ll be going though, I love me some Chicago. Then Wayne Brady will be at the Xcite Center. He’s hysterical, I watch Let’s Make A Deal nearly everyday and he cracks me up.TICKETS HERE




Good Fun, Good Food Events – What to Wear, What Is There

Hey guys, sorry I am late posting today, so many events happening and lots of processing of photos going on. I’ll make it up to you like right now. I’m going to tell you about three cool events happening this weekend that you can go to…they’re fun, and delicious. I’ll be shooting each of them so bring your smile.


9th Annual South Street Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 12:00pm to 8:00pm

For the 9th year in a row, Oktoberfest will be held in front of the restaurant on the 700 block of South Street beneath a massive tent, rain or shine. Guests can attend and purchase beers and food on a pay-as-you-go basis or upgrade to an exclusive VIP package- including no-wait bathrooms, a Bavarian buffet from 1-6pm, six tokens good for beer, official Brauhaus Oktoberfest t-shirt, drawstring bag and a glass liter stein filled with “Oktoberfest survival supplies” to take home, all for $115, tax and gratuity included (limited tickets available).



With 10 German beers available on draught, a wealth of German food, live Oom-pah music, German dancers and more, it is one of the fall’s most exciting food-and-drink events and a do-not-miss celebration for beer lovers!!






3:30 – 4:30 PM BAND


5:00 – 6:00 PM BAND



All of the Oktoberfest fun is open to the general public, but a select number of VIP tickets are available too. WE DO NOT HAVE OUR REGULAR MENU SERVED. FOOD IS AVAILABLE OUTSIDE OR THROUGH THE VIP PASSES.


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Les Dames d’Escoffier Philadelphia

Les Dames d’Escoffier Philadelphia presents the 2nd Annual Outstanding in Her Field Farm Dinner, this year honoring local food advocate Ann Karlen. The event will take place on Sunday September 17, 2017 at The Inn at Grace Winery in Glen Mills. Guests will have the opportunity to sample locally sourced cuisine and sip wines made on the property.

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The dinner’s honoree, Ann Karlen, has been long time food advocate in her community, helping to found Fair Food, a non-profit organization formed in 2000 to build a local food economy for the Delaware Valley region by connecting family farms to the Philadelphia marketplace.

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Tickets are on sale now starting at $125 and can be purchased at bit.ly/ticketslesdames2017

Philadelphia has a storied culinary history, and professional women have been integral to the development of restaurants, catering companies, farms and food production since the city was founded.


In order to honor this heritage, Les Dames d’Escoffier Philadelphia developed Outstanding In Her Field in 2016 to recognize a Philadelphia-area woman for her accomplishments in the food, beverage or hospitality  industry.


“We are thrilled to return to Inn at Grace Winery for our 2nd Annual Outstanding in Her Field Farm Dinner,” said Les Dames d’Escoffier Philadelphia Event Co-Chair and President Natanya DiBona. “Our annual dinner an incredible event that  brings together chefs, producers and foodies alike in a beautiful setting among the vines of this famous vineyard.  It celebrates the accomplishments of a pioneering woman in food, like Ann Karlen, while raising scholarship money to support the next generation of women in food.”



Up on the Roof – The Chefs of Passyunk at Bok Bar – NEW DATE!!!!
Monday, September 18, 2017
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Bok Bar (1901 S. 9th Street)
Presented by East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District

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Twenty chefs from East Passyunk Avenue come together for a special culinary event at one of the most beautiful rooftop sites in the city. East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District presents the second year for “Up On The Roof – The Chefs of Passyunk at Bok Bar” on Monday, September 18, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

 Participating chefs will be serving some of their favorites dishes from their restaurants, as well as one-time specials made exclusively for the event. Tickets will go on sale by the end of August at www.visiteastpassyunk.com. Proceeds from this special community benefit support the programs and activities of EPABID.

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Back at Bok, 20 of East Passyunk’s award-winning chefs Up on the Roof at the Bok Bar for hors d’oeuvres, a raffle, a cash bar, and DJ Christophonic Monday, September 18th. Tickets are $40 per person and include hors d’oeuvres prepared and passed by East Passyunk’s chefs. There’s Free Parking across the street from Bok Bar in the school playground.

In the case of inclement weather the event will be held on Tuesday, September 19.


The Launch of the Ultimate Philadelphia Social Calendar

The Philadelphia Social Calendar

As Philly’s main chronicler of social events in Philadelphia, I can tell you that there are a lot of events and a lot of conflicts where similar events are held on the same day . All the way back in 2008 when I bought the URL’s Philadelphia Social Calendar and Philly Social Calendar dreaming one day that I could create a calendar of social events to help charities as well as business’ get the word out, and as a service to people who wanted to attend events. Definitely one of the most asked questions I am asked is “I wish I knew of that event beforehand, I would have gone.” Over the years Social Media has helped me get the word out, and there are really good sources that do as well, but I still get ask the question after I post photos about an event.  Thanks to Lynsie Solomon for coming to me and telling me we can make this happen as well as the team at EFS Networks Inc  that built the website, the dream I had nearly a decade ago is now coming true. (It’s hard to believe but PhillyChitChat is 10 years old in July)


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Philadelphia Social Calendar is Philadelphia’s one-stop-shop for all of the events and activities that make our city that much more vibrant.  We priced it reasonably as we really want this to be a service to the City as well. Both Lynsie and I are passionate about events, especially charities, and hope a calendar like this will make it easier for organizations when planning those events to make the most positive impact in the community for a successful outcome. I remember one year when the Morris Animal Refuge and the Pennsylvania SPCA picked the same date for their galas. People were upset, it was convenient for me as one was at the Marriott and the other at the Loews, but others had to choose. Or this past year when Komen Philadelphia had their Pink Tie the same night as Philly Fights Cancer on opposite sides of town.  Events can’t always be scheduled for everyone’s convenience but if we can help in anyway to alleviate conflicts, we hope this calendar will.

Please visit us at PhiladelphiaSocialCalendar.com to post your event (free to post, $35 a year if you want a live link connecting readers to your website) and advertise with us $150 – $200 – we offer great services at a reasonable price that will ensure maximum viewership and return on investment for you and your organization.

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Please contact us at info@philadelphiasocialcalendar.com to ask any questions that you may have.

We look forward to speaking to you soon!

Best wishes,

HughE Dillon and Lynsie Solomon