Last night I decided to check out a few of the people I supported this election and see who else was on the team.
First stop was Allan Domb’s Victory Party, which was held at Smith & Wollensky, or as I like to call it, Stephen Starr’s next restaurant. (PS Domb is partner’s with Starr in all his business’)
I ran into Eric Kassoway and Arielle Kevstein.
Nicole Faux, Team – Allan Domb, Darwin Beauvais, Zarwin Baum, Carol Tamburino
Masako Featherman, John Featherman and Diane Lucidi
Lauren Colabelli, John Colabelli, Philly Style Mag Publisher and Carol Tamburino
Guests, Nina Tinari and Michael Schulson
The man of the hour, Allan Domb walks in. And I needed to head out.
To the Kenney party at Vie. I had no idea when I arrived at 9:15PM that they would already call the election. I heard Kenney was going to take the podium at 10PM so I had a few moments to capture the room.
You know these two are going to be BUSY in the next 18 months: Angela Val Deputy Executive Director at Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention and Kevin Washo, Executive Director at Pennsylvania Democratic Party
Sheila Hess, IBX was so excited when it was announced Kenney had won, that she burst out in tears.
Lou Galdo, President at Galdo Catering and Entertainment, Emilio Matticoli, Chief of Staff for Foundations and Mark Rago, Philadelphia Funeral Director
Nellie Fitzpatrick, Director, Office of LGBT Affairs at City of Philadelphia Government, Fran Price and
Beth Miskovsky and Mike Penna
Reporters gotta do what they gotta do to get the story
Greg Whiting and Jenny DeHuff, Philly Gossip DN
Ronald R. Donatucci, Sr & Jr
Tom Donatucci and Marie Donatucci
Patriotically dressed Al “Mr Philadelphia” Lee
and J. Nathan Bazzel,
American actor, known particularly for his portrayal of Thomas Jefferson.
Mel Heifetz and Jim Duggan
President Fred Wright, AFSCME District 47 and Stephanie Phipps
Mike Sheridian, Temple University and Jim Werner, Visit Philly
Marian Tasco, Darryl Clarke, Sen Vincent Hughes, Dwight Evans and Marie Donatucci
Kenney takes the stage
The crowd strains to get a glimpse
There’s Brian Sims
These two shots are from Mike Toub (Happy 1 Year Anniversary already, on Sunday.)
Councilman Mark F. Squilla and wife Brigid.
Heading out to greet the crowd Kenney descends the stage
Kenny Meets the Press
I then head over to the Belgium Cafe, a few blocks away, to see how Helen Gym is doing.
Her team is stressing out over the close race
Hillary Linardopoulos, of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Helen Gym, former Notebook editor and a co-founder of Parents United for Public Education (and now City Council Member) and Jerry Jordan, President of Philadelphia Federation of Teachers
Husband Brett Flaherty and friend Chuck Goodwin, are confident in the win. PS I worked with Brett and Chuck in my former life as a paralegal, at Kohn Swift; they used to loan me out to Berger Montague to work on cases where these two attorney’s worked.
Word came that Helen was in the lead,
a few news outlets were calling for her win.
She was optomistic and grateful,
but didn’t want to own the victory until all the precincts had come through.
Inside the Belgium Cafe her supporters wait for the returns.
I left shortly after midnight as Helen addressed her supporters and told them, until the last 3 precincts are counted, I’m not going to declare victory. This morning, Helen Gym is a council person. Congrats!!