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Photos: Kenny & Faatimah Gamble’s An Evening of Style & Grace

Music Impresario Kenneth Gamble and wife Faatimah Gamble, philanthropists and founders of Universal Companies hosted their 5 th annual star-studded fashion show to benefit the Universal Pearls of Wisdom, From Boys to Men character building and social etiquette programs and Universal Audenried Culinary Academy at the University Audenried Charter High School, 3301 Tasker Street, Philadelphia, PA. The Benefit kicked-off the 25 th Anniversary Celebration of Universal Companies.


(L-R) Charmaine Matlock Turner President of Urban Affairs Coalition; Kenny Gamble; Retired Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco & Faatimah Gamble

To commemorate and highlight the on-going support from the corporate community of the two key programs – Pearls of
Wisdom and From Boys to Men; the Gambles presented Charmaine Matlock-Turner, President of Urban Affairs Coalition
and Attorney Robert L. Archie, partner of Duane Morris LLP with the Universal Community Service Award. “I
personally thank Bob and Charmaine for their generous support of my wife’s programs over the years. Their generosity is
immeasurable,” stated Kenny Gamble.


Gary Shepherd; Radio Personality, Mimi Brown; Rev. Louise Williams Bishop; Kenny Gamble, Radio Host, Patty Jackson & Derek Corbett of iHeart Media

“Universal Audenried Charter High School Culinary Arts Academy – (“Rocket Catering”) is a state-of- the-art
industry kitchen where Universal scholars develop their culinary and hospitality skills, earn industry-recognized
certifications and participate in competitions. One of five Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs Universal
Audenried offers, the Culinary Arts Academy provides scholars with training, supplemental program material, and
classroom visits from industry content and technique experts. Universal Scholars are also exposed to internships,
community service events and real-world work experience opportunities to enhance their classroom learning and
preparation for post-secondary education.


Councilman At-Large Derek Green; Faatimah Gamble, Fox 29’s Good Day Anchors, Alex Holley & Mike Jerrick


Ron DavisParx Casino Executive and Diane Davis

“An Evening of Style and Grace – School Daze Edition” Fashion Show benefit was under-written by the following:
PECO; Parx Casino; AmeriHealth Caritas; Comcast; Duane Morris LLP; Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Inc; IBEW
Local Union 98; Independence Blue Cross; Temple University; Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health; The
Gamble Foundation; Replica Creative; SugarHouse Casino; SUPRA and Delta-T Group, Inc.


Attorney Bernie Smalley & wife Jackie Smalley; Kenny Gamble; Marie Battle & Rudy Battle

Mike Jerrick Emceed the event, along with Alex Holley (Next up for Alex will be hosting the Hair of the Dog event January 20, 2018. Tickets on SALE NOW)

Appropriately titled, “An Evening of Style and Grace – School Days Edition”, the fashion show featured celebrity
models Sharrie Williams, News Anchor of 6 ABC; NBC 10’s News Anchor/Reporter, Rosemary Connors and
Investigative Reporter Harry Hairston; Philadelphia Tribune Features Editor, Shonda McClain; City Councilman At-
Large, Derek S. Green and Fox 29’s Good Day Anchors’ Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley, who modeled and emceed the
event along with industry leading professional models. The models donned the latest fashions of Main Line Designer,
Frank Agostino along with Les Richard Menswear, Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins bow tie line and pieces designed
by the talented students of Drexel University Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.
Sharrie Williams, 6ABC
Councilman Derek Green 
Bumi Fernandez, Co-Creator of Odunde Festival


Shonda McClain, Lifestyle Editor, Philadelphia Tribune


PS I was intending to attend the event as I adore the Gambles and their mission, but at the last minute was booked to cover another event. Thanks to Devon M Allen, PR and Photographer: Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography & Digital Fuzzion Art for providing these photos and copy for an event I’ve always enjoyed covering.


Historic Philly’s Franklin Square Gala & Check out Which Chinese Lantern I Won

A few Thursday evenings ago, Historic Philadelphia Inc. hosted the 8th annual “An Evening in Franklin Square” presented by Parx Casino. It was a beautiful night, and a really great evening.


As you know Franklin Square was transformed over the last decade into a delightful playground complete with miniature golf, merry-go-round, a burger stand – Square Burger, picnic tables and a beautiful fountain where colorful lights bounce off the water in the evening. This year the gala was extra spectacular as they were celebrating the 10th anniversary of the revitalization of the park AND the Chinese Lantern Festival is was in full swing (hope you make it out to the park to see it), it’ll be there through June 12th.


The gala benefited the family-friendly park and was quite the good time.


The weather held out and the evening began with a cocktail party on the grounds of the park, surrounding the fountain and the beautiful lanterns, there was a silent auction and lots of mingling.

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Mayor Jim Kenney and Amy Needle, President of Historic Philadelphia

PS How long has it been since I goofed and lost my note book; awhile but guess what on this night I misplaced it, I believe at the next event I went to I put it down to dance with Jilly from Philly and I didn’t pick it up again, or maybe it popped out of my pocket. So this columns is going to be pictorial with a bit of gossip.


TODAY is Global Running Day, so head on over to Shops of Liberty Place to join Back on My Feet Philadelphia along with over 100 people, for 8 hours, on 5 treadmills to celebrate the power of running in our community by raising funds to support BoMF!  Back on My Feet, a national nonprofit organization, invites the community to support the  Treadmill Challenge presented by Sweat Fitness on Wednesday, June 1 st (Global  Running Day) at The Shops at Liberty Place. Back on My Feet combats homelessness  through the power of running, community support and essential employment and  housing resources. Over the course of 8 hours, fundraising teams and individuals will  run on treadmills in an effort to help Back on My Feet raise $10,000 to put 6 new  members through the program. Say hi to Jill Scarlett, Retail Shops of Liberty Manager and James Zeleniak, Punch Media PR



Franklin Franklin

Parx Casino in the house…

WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE Philadelphia Auditions: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at Parx Casino – “The #1 Casino in Pennsylvania 2999 Street Road Bensalem, PA 19020




Cari Feiler Bender, Relief Communications and Mark Focht, Consulting Landscape Architect Franklin Franklin Franklin

The Square Derby presented by Parx Casino Franklin Franklin

Kerry O’Connor and Adriana O’Connor


Chinese Lantern Festival gift shopFranklin

Love these auction paddlesFranklin

Nicole and Charles Paloux

I bought one of these lighted tulips at the auction. I can’t wait to put it on my balcony. Franklin

Mayor Kenney and posse. I met Mayor Kenney 8 years ago via Carol Tamburino. Franklin Franklin Franklin


 It was then followed by dinner served by Brûlée Catering, a live auction by  Beasley Reece (who flew in from his home in Texas to continue his MC duties he has done over the past years) a video screening that covered the progress of the park over the years (see below video), future plans, and then attendees danced to the tunes of Jellyroll. All in all it was a great night, as usual at Franklin Square. Look for additional photos of the gala in August’s Philly Mag Best of Issue.