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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


Philadelphia Fund Alliance Raises Over $65,000 for Cradles to Crayons

Philadelphia Fund Alliance Raises Over $65,000 for Cradles to Crayons

More than 200 Philadelphia-area asset management industry professionals gathered on Nov. 2 at The Logan Philadelphia to raise money for Cradles to Crayons and to celebrate Philadelphia’s deep roots in national financial markets and services.

The evening started out with a book signing with New York Times contributing reporter and author Diana Henriques was the keynote speaker. The New York Times investigative reporter and author is the author of The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust.

AllianceDiane Henriques (author and New York Times contributing reporter) & John Alshefski (SEI Investments)
Her new book, A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History, was published on Sept. 19, 2017.

Philadelphia Fund Alliance Cocktail Reception

String Quartet from Settlement Music School

Stradley Ronon Associates Paul Pan, Jennifer Hillman & Claire Olivar

Shawn Hendricks, Miranda Sturgis & Kevin Boyle (all with Stradley Ronon)

Michelle Lombardo (Hartford Funds), Bill Kingsbury (Montgomery McCracken), Ted Edwards (Pepper Hamilton LLP), Barbara Dugan & Terry Reilly (Montgomery McCracken)

Robert Tribuiani (Murray Devine & Company), Molly Borgese (Morgan Lewis) & Frank Devine (Murray Devine & Company)

Evan Busteed (Morgan Lewis) & Cassie Juste (Pepper Hamilton)

Speaker Bruce Leto (Stradley Ronon )

Philadelphia Fund Alliance Dinner

Michal Smith (Cradles to Crayons)
Cradles to Crayons provides children living in homeless or low income situations with the basic essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.

Davis Lebisky (Lebisky Compliance Consulting) & Donna Rafa (Aberdeen Asset Management Inc.)

Michal Smith & Susan Hight (Cradles to Crayons) & Gillian Facher (Stradley Ronon)


Speaker Stephen Sypherd (FS Investments)

Brian McNally (Mill Creek Capital Advisors), Mark Sheehan (Stradley Ronon) & John Alshefski (SEI Investments)

$65,000 Check Presentation to Cradles to Crayons
From left: Bruce G. Leto, Partner and Investment Management Group Chair, Stradley Ronon; Michal Smith, Executive Director, Cradles to Crayons; Susan Hight, Director of Development, Cradles to Crayons; Stephen Sypherd, Managing Director and General Counsel, FS Investments; Tim Levin, Philadelphia Managing Partner, Morgan Lewis; John Alshefski, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Investment Manager Services division of SEI Investments.


Photo Credit: Mike Hirata


The Philadelphia Fund Alliance Inaugural Gala

The Philadelphia Fund Alliance (PFA) hosted more than 200 asset-management industry professionals at its Inaugural Gala  at The Logan Philadelphia, which raised more than $40,000 for the heroic health professionals at The Children’s Hospital of  Philadelphia (CHOP). Ronan Ryan, one of the founding members of IEX, the Investor’s Exchange, who worked to restore  trust in the stock market after the high-frequency trading controversy, as chronicled in Michael Lewis’ latest best-seller,  Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, delivered the keynote address.


Tony Godonis (Aberdeen Asset Management Inc.) Ronan Ryan (IEX) and Stuart George (Delaware Investment)


Antoinette Robbins (Delaware Investments) and Greg DiMeglio (Stradley Ronon)


Philadelphia Fund Alliance Inaugural Gala cocktail reception and silent auction


Settlement Music School’s Gabriel Braverman String Quartet


Marie Lostocco, Sabrina Hincapie, Val Azu and Kseniya Suslava (Tait Weller)



Anna Cavalieri, Nate Bomberger & Erik Ringoen (Deloitte LLP) along with Cindy Lewis (Aberdeen)



Philadelphia-themed sports memorabilia for silent auction benefiting CHOP


Photo courtesy of http://www.vtiphoto.com

Philadelphia Fund Alliance Steering Committee Members Stephen Sypherd (FS Investment Corporation), Jennifer Nichols
(Aberdeen) and Bruce Leto (Stradley Ronon) present Peter Grollman from CHOP with $40,000 donation.


Leslie Odom, Jr. Helps University of the Arts Celebrate their 140th anniversary

Leslie Odom, Jr. Helps University of the Arts Celebrate their 140th anniversary


The University of the Arts hosted a Creative Black Tie Gala as part of a year-long series of events celebrating its 140th anniversary. The star-powered, Grammy-style gala featured Philadelphia native and Hamilton star Leslie Odom, Jr., and performances by some of UArts’ most renowned ensembles and was held at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, Sunday October 16, 2016.


Brian and Sherry Effron, University of the Arts president, David Yager, Leslie Odom, Jr , Jeff Hammond, auctioneer extraordinaire, as well as emcee for the evening, and Jeffrey A. Lutsky,  chairman of the Board of Trustees for UArts and Stradley Ronon’s managing partner.
Yager was officially installed the next day, October 17. “Mark today in your calendar, as we celebrate 140 years and this inauguration. We are standing at the threshold of something new… the University of the Arts will be what it has always been—distinctive and bold—and it will be like something we have never seen before. Because that is our obligation—and our passion—as artists and makers.” – David Yager


Neil Kleinman is the director of the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy and a former professor of Multimedia and Communication at the University of the Arts, Kate Genzer and Richard Genzer, Genzer Associates


Frank Giordano, President & CEO | The Philly Pops and Dottie Giordano


Leslie and Al Borish


The highenergy event wove together musical and theatrical performances, awards and remarks to create an impactful evening honoring the University community’s contributions to the creative economy. Mole Street produced the musical part of the evening.



Brandy Tynes and Bernard Tynes


Award winning Artists Nadia Hironaka, Chair of the Film and Video department at The Maryland Institute College of Art and Matthew Suib, Hironaka & Suib

are both alumni of The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA


Alyson Frank and Sherry Effron


 Aubrey Fink, Kim Fink, Karin Copeland and Sage Copeland.


Leslie Odom Jr. with honorees Eleanor Davis and Stephen Tarantal.


Raised in Philadelphia, Odom made his Broadway debut as a teenager in “Rent.” He later performed in productions like “Leap of Faith“ and “Venice;” Odom also appeared on TV as Sam Strickland on the NBC musical series “Smash”, before but before appearing in the smash hit on Broadway “Hamilton.”  Up next for Odom is the release of his Christmas CD “Simply Christmas,” on November 11.



Beth Fredrick, Lisle Hummerston, Meghan Walsh and Francina Girard,


Cheryl Hazzard, Alumni Board, Composer, musician, and scholar J. Donald Dumpson (he Curated the Papal Visit Choir With Aretha Franklin) and Valerie V. Gay, CFP | Art Sanctuary. Saturday night she performed at the PABJ Awards


Anna Ready and Anna Clarke


Before I knew it the gal ringing the chimes to signal the guests head to the ballroom passed by, and it was time for me to go….