There were a lot of great parties in 2017, but the 2017: Best Party of the Year WAS Philly Chit Chat celebrates 10 Years 2007 – 2017/ The party was held at Aqimero by Richard Sandoval at the Ritz – Carlton(THANKS). I tried to keep the number reasonably, and the party not super crowded, something under 275; which we got to fairly quickly as nearly everyone on the initial list said yes, so there was no wiggle room. It was stressful cause I forgot a dozen or so people who were important in my 10 years, and I tried to add a few as I went along.
Which by the way is how the invite list was created. Friends, family and more than 200 people that I had been photographing for more than 6 years. Many of those people let me into their lives, and chronicle it. A decade ago, even 5 years ago, there was as many events as there are today. In the beginning of PhillyChitChat I covered a lot of Friday bar nights, Saturday birthday parties, trolling restaurants, bars and relying on tipsters and businesses to fill me in on where the celebrities were so I could go and wait outside their establishments for a good shot.
Thanks to Mainline Society Photographer Joan Bang for sending me the photos used in this blog post.
I asked my guests to make a suggested donation to AFSP Greater Philadelphia
Save A Life Gala 2018 Honoring Eddie Tully
Karen Block, (in purple) my college friend who I hadn’t seen in 20 years before this night. She’s recently moved into town and we
are reunited and it feels so good. We get along much better now than when we failed gym cause we were bad ping pong partners.
Yes seriously we met in ping pong class, and there was a class like that, probably because we didn’t have a tennis team.
Thanks to the City for a Proclamation and to Visit Philly for the XOXO We Love Philly Chit Chat framed LOVE LETTER.
Lynsie Solomon my event planner. She did an amazing job.
James Duggan and Thom Cardwell – my first mentors
Founders of qFLIX Philadelphia: Home Festival
Thank you for being a friend, supporter and subjects of PhillyChitChat
More photos at PhillyStyleMag and additional ones ran in Philly Mag
We raised over $6,000 from people who attended as well as many generous supporters.