Mike Hirata


Philadelphia Fund Alliance Gala Benefited Achieve Now

More than 200 Philadelphia-area asset management industry professionals gathered on Nov. 7 at The Logan Philadelphia to raise money for Achieve Now, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming the educational system in
Philadelphia to one that produces students who can read.

Keynote Speaker Professor Myron Scholes, Mark Sheehan (Stradley Ronon) and Thomas Huber (Wick Capital Partners).

The Philadelphia Fund Alliance is a group of Philadelphia-based asset management industry professionals formed to
hold an annual fundraiser to benefit one or more charities in the greater Philadelphia area. The annual fundraiser not
only supports a great cause, but it also highlights Philadelphia’s deep roots and influence in national financial markets
and services, including traditional mutual funds and alternative asset vehicles.

Athen Anthopoulos (Weiswood Strategies) and John Grady (Practus, LLP).

Kristin Vrabel and Amber Wilczynski from PwC.
John Braun (BBD) and Terry Reilly (Pepper Hamilton).
Ira Schnell (Apex Group), Bob Dunne, Michael Cairns and Alena Bolba from Grant Thornton.
Michael Collins (Broadridge Financial Solutions), Mary Ellen Mahoney, James Mahoney (Tait Weller) and Marie
Brian Sullivan, Kelly Fisherkeller and Brian Cassidy from Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Philadelphia Fund Alliance Gala Attendees.
Jerry Maginnis (Cohen & Steers) and Reese Blair (Deloitte & Touche LLP).
Nicole Snyder, Maria Palmer, Nancy Cloran and Lori White (SEI Investments Company).
Bruce Leto (Stradley Ronon) , Shawn Kairschner (Achieve Now), Sean Graber (Morgan Lewis) and John Alshefski (SEI Investments Company) present Achieve Now with a $100,000 donation.
Nobel Laureate financial economist and keynote speaker Professor Myron Scholes.
Claire Olivar, Lauren Zychowicz and Becca Rodrigues from Stradley Ronon.
Nicole Snyder, Kyle Cummings and Lori Wayne from SEI Investments Company.

Thanks Mike Hirata for shooting this for PhillyChitChat.com


Authentick Opens in Rittenhouse Square

The owners of East Coast Time / Authentick celebrated the opening of their new store/showroom in Rittenhouse Square with a party for friends, family and clients last month, and Mike Hirata, of Philly Chit Chat was there to capture it.

Alan Havkin with his son Authentick Co-Owner Eric Havkin.

From there website: For over 25 years, AUTHENTICK and East Coast Time have been proudly serving the luxury watch and timepiece community. Our store, showroom, and service facility are located in Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia. We take great pride in providing first class service to our clients and collectors all over the world buying, selling, and trading high end watches. We specialize in new and pre-owned watches from exclusive prestige brands including A. Lange & Sohne, Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Cartier, F.P. Journe, Hublot, IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, Officine Panerai, Patek Philippe, Richard Mille, Rolex, Ulysses Nardin, and more.

Authentick sources their inventory from independent distributors and suppliers who they trust and have worked closely with for many years.

East Coast Time / Authentick
1737 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 355-3585info@authentick.com


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




Cocktails with a Kick raises funds for Starfinder Foundation

Cocktails with a Kick raises funds for Starfinder

Hosted at Cozen O’Connor, Cocktails with a Kick raised funds for Starfinder Foundation on October 5th. Since 2002, Starfinder’s soccer, educational, and personal development programs have been inspiring young people from underserved communities to achieve success both on and off the field. Starfinder helps youth become healthier, more successful in school, and prepared for life through soccer-based after school and summer programs. At the event, Starfinder honored Braskem, a leader in the bio-tech industry, for championing Starfinder’s girls leadership program.


Heidi Warren, Matt Smith, and Bob Strohm


Samantha Swerdloff, Craig Brutus, Amber Adamson, and Heidi Warren have beads for donors.

Michael Ciesielka spun for a bottle of wine, with Evie Greenberg and Howard Greenberg.

Larry Sullivan, David Caycedo, and Chris Branscome.


Mark Stewart and Amber Adamson


Speaker Chris Branscome, Chief Executive Officer | Eastern PA Youth Soccer

Heike Sullivan, David Caycedo, and Melvin Brown


Bridget Welz, Philadelphia Union, Samantha Swerdloff, Senior Leaders Coordinator and Facility Manager of Starfinder and Kate Sandy, Director of Youth Services StarFinder

Fred Fisher accepting for Braskem.

Nia Knowles and David Caycedo

Photographer: Mike Hirata


SoFi Helps Student Loans Disappear

On September 28th, there was a happy hour at Front & Palmer to celebrate student debt. Yes to celebrate student debt and SoFi was there to ease what can sometimes seem like an insurmountable debt.

StudentSoFi is the leading student loan refinancing provider, and believes that student debt should open doors to education, to a vibrant community, to opportunity, to your dream job… and every once in awhile to a ridiculously awesome party. 

SoFi is a new kind of finance company taking a radical approach to lending and wealth management. From unprecedented products and tools to faster service and open conversations, we’re all about helping our members get ahead and find success.


Whether they’re looking to buy a home, save money on student loans, ascend in their careers, or invest in the future, the SoFi community works to empower our members to accomplish the goals they set and achieve financial greatness as a result.

Dylan Saldutti and Chelsea Mangini with prizes

Amanda Crawford, a SoFi member who refinanced their student debt, said, “SoFi has done a great job on what it means to be a personal finance provider. I meet people in my community who are like minded, and the same age, and I’ve learned so much from SoFi regarding financial tips. I actually enjoy going to SoFi happy hours in Philadelphia. I now see my financial health as an individual, and that makes me happy.”

Guests could put down on the creative wall why they made the investment on themselves by attending school 

Steven Gallagher won time at Urban Axes


The party was free for all college grads in the Philly area working to pay off their student loan debt.


Admission was a paper bill, student loan statement, auto-pay withdrawal or any proof of student loan debt. It was definitely a night to remember! StudentsGabby Bill, Tracy Smith, and Megan Crow.

Lynn Gotuaco and Andrew Lee

The Jenna Communications team Students Students

The SoFi Team: Olivia Foppiano, Brandom Broome, and Elizabeth Carrington

Brieanna Wheeland and Jonathan Wheeland with prizes Students
Anjelica Orloff, Nicolette Kelly, and Claire Arthurs. Students
Special Guest DJ Jonas Blue.
Megan Crow, Claire Arthurs, and Nicole Michalik,  Nik the Web Chick @Real1061Philly

Thanks to Mike Hirata for shooting the SoFi event for PhillyChitChat


Millésimé & Ligne Roset & Arclinea Kitchens Hosts a fundraiser Cocktail Party

Ligne Roset Philadelphia celebrated community and the good work done by Need in Deed and Vetri Community Partnership at a private event hosted on Thursday evening, June 1, 2017 at their Old City location (33 N. 2nd Street). To honor the occasion, they auctioned off two Ottoman armchairs designed by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, with special Masai upholstery by Raf Simons. 100% of the silent auction proceeds will go directly to these local charities. Both organizations are doing incredibly important work for the youth of Philadelphia.

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Located in Old City 33 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 Millésimé & Ligne Roset & Arclinea design showroom represents a collection of modern and contemporary furniture, lighting, kitchens and accessories for residential and commercial use. The Millésimé team provides expertise to architects, designers and individual clients.

Millésimé Laura Deyonker, Caryn Liss, and Carolyn Perri

Zac Sivertsen and Megan Sivertsen

Alex Freedman and Ilana Liss

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Vetri Cooking Lab is an out-of-school-time program for students in 4th through 6th grade that focuses on cooking, nutrition and food education featuring STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) core concepts.

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Toyin Ajayi-Frankel and Andy Frankel

Richard Quinn and Lena Kim


At Millésimé, I seek to inspire, connect and impact my client’s lives through curated collections of expertly crafted furniture, lighting, accessories and one-of-a-kind artwork. I’d love to share my vison and collections with you. Please contact me directly or visit our new showroom in Old City. – Jinous Kazemi

Heather Huber and Danielle Zimmerman
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Ruth Snyderman and Rick Snyderman of the Snyderman-Works Galleries
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Heidi Nivling-Becker, Larry Becker, and Kimberly Kirn

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10% of all purchases during June 1-7 went to benefit the two worthy charities Need in Deed and Vetri Community Partnership

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Heather Huber and Danielle Zimmerman
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Thanks to PhillyChitChat’s Mike Hirata for shooting this event while I was in Alaska. I love that Philly’s highest observation deck is not only a great place to see our magnificent skyline, and beautiful sunsets, but it’s become a premier event space as well.


On Wednesday, June 7th,  ​BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS (BBBS) Independence welcomed VIP guests from the Greater Philadelphia including many real estate agents to a private mixer event, hosted by One Liberty Observation Deck as a part of a year-long  partnership with the organization. Registered guests of the special mixer learned details related to a  new Big Brothers Big Sisters signature event appropriately titled the “Building Big Awards: Changing Landscapes, Changing Lives.”

Marcus Allen and Ken Wellar.


Marcus Allen, CEO of BBBS Independence ( thanked the guests and told them of their impact on the programs.) with Ken Wellar, Managing Partner at Rittenhouse Realty Advisors.

Trudy Haynes and Jerome Roberts.

Legendary, media personality Trudy Haynes who has never retired, but has re-invented herself with every technology change (I tell her every time I see her), and Jerome Roberts.

Seth Rappaport and Jeff Gillman

Seth Rappaport and Jeff Gillman

Spring has sprung, check out these lovelies in their flowing, flowery dresses

“We are excited to be hosting this very special event and we’re proud of the calendar of activities we  have aligned over the year to come,” says Jennifer Hesser, Assistant General Manager of the observation  deck, “Partnering with organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region gives us the  opportunity to use our towering platform to evoke and celebrate mass positive change throughout a  booming city One Liberty proudly helped shape.”

Max Rotundo

World traveler, philanthropic Max Rotundo

Hala Al-Shawaf, Erica McLeod, and Erin Weidel

Hala Al-Shawaf, Erica McLeod, and Erin Weidel


Maria DiPietro and Michael Adler

DiBruno Brothers always makes a good spread



Renna Van Oot and Aiyana Walker

Gordon St. John and Greg Burton

Gordon St. John, president of Pentra and Greg Burton, VP Marketing & Communications

Chio in the morning.
Guests of the two hour private evening event learned about the award nomination process for  individuals and businesses, and how to showcase their projects at the 2017 ‘Building Big Awards’  ceremony on October 12th. In addition, the event featured moving testimonials by BBBS alums Steve  McLatchy​, Peter Buckley,​ and Ken Wellar​. P​hiladelphia’s favorite radio host Chio​ from Chio in the  Morning was also in attendance to speak on past involvement in working with the organization and  announced he’s hoping to return as a “Big” later this year.

Speaker Ken Wellar.

Speaker Ken Wellar, discusses his involvement with the program


Ricardo Newell and Odelphus Harris

Kirsten Griffith, Martin Griffith, and Tyler.

Kirsten Griffith, Martin Griffith, and Tyler.


Additional photos have been sent to Philly Style Magazine and Liberty City Press. So if you’re not here, you’re probably there.
Have an awesome day, and for a great view of the City check out the Liberty One Observation Deck (Philly From The Top is it’s nickname), it’s the only one in town now that Billy Penn is in scaffaldoing as well. Plus did you know that Philly From The Top is one of the official Welcome America Fireworks location for fireworks shot off at Penns Landing.


Music at the Market With Santa Then On 12/17 Winter Wonderland at Suburban Square

Music at the Market With Santa Then On 12/17 Winter Wonderland at Suburban Square

17 days til Christmas Day and the holiday rush is in full swing. One of the hottest spots to enjoy the season is at Suburban Square. Philly Chit Chat’s Mike Hirata stopped by to catch all the action last week. PS I’ll be there on 11/17 for Winter Wonderland at Suburban Square starting at 1PM


Santa and Mrs Claus will be on hand to greet people


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Ardmore, PA 19003

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There’s lots of shops at Suburban Square and plenty of parking


When shopping goes from hurried, climate-controlled chore to a rediscovery of the upscale American neighborhood, you know you’ve arrived at Suburban Square. Join the region’s chicest moms and classiest dads, along with athletes, brides and hipsters, fashionistas and more at the Main Line’s premiere retail destination. The best children’s clothiers, fashion for men and women, and goods for home and kitchen are all waiting, in one beautiful small-town stroll. (Source)








Keystone A Capella and Philadelphia String Quartet entertained the crowd

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See you on December 17 for Winter Wonderland

Dueling ice carvers and the launch of our charity coat, mitten and hat drive with One Warm Coat put a festive tingle in the air.

Live holiday ice sculpting begins at 1 p.m. Guest can also enjoy roasted chestnuts, hot cocoa and crafts for kids.

We encourage you to bring a new or gently used winter coat, mittens or hat to donate to One Warm Coat.

All guests can register to win $100 gift cards from Suburban Square retailers.

All Merry on the Square events are free and open to the public.