Young Friends


NMAJH: Young Friends – National Museum of American Jewish History Celebrate Purim

Masquerade Ball in celebration of Purim took place at the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) March 9, 2017


Bryan Leib, Jessica Barmash, Jake Markowitz, Miranda Rosenberg and Michael Spanier

Nearly 200 Young Friends and their friends came out to enjoy the night, donning masks and their dancing shoes.


Scott Utish, Alex Weiner and Shana Golen

The mission of the Young Friends of NMAJH is to inspire and involve the young professional community (ages 21-40) of Greater Philadelphia through social, educational, networking, and philanthropic programming celebrating American Jewish history and culture.

Lauren Cooper and Karim Merchant

Lauren Cooper and Karim Merchant

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Instructors from Society Hill Dance Academy were on hand to demonstrate their skills, and then they taught a class.

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And the Young Friends really enjoyed themselves

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Their was a great silent auction to raise additional funds

Ali Sayer and Perry Zuares

Ali Sayer and Perry Zuares


Katie Walker, co-chair, Mike Farrell, Stephanie Farnell and Peter Eldridge

Josh Kaufman, Katie Bouchard, Rebecca Harvey and Ryan Taylor

Josh Kaufman, Katie Bouchard, Rebecca Harvey and Ryan Taylor

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The Young Friends played fun games that kept them smiling all night long. It was kinda a musical chairs game.


Dana Krimker, Lisa Rothstein, Avriel Finder, Rena Asher and Alex Marder


Alex Lakner and Sophia Genkin


NMAJH Young Friends Board

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Chair, Shana Golen
Programming Committee Co-Chairs, Alicia Broudy and Irene Lax
Outreach Committee Chair, Brielle Weinstein
Finance Officer, PJ Koob
Young Friends Board Members at Large, Elijah Dornstreich, Zachary Golen, Ken Greenberg, Benjamin Hirsh, Melissa Hochbaum, Rachel Hollander, Jacob Markovitz, Berel Rapoport, Steven Share, Ali Sayer, Michael Swift, Alex Weiner, and Andrew Zakroff

Interested in joining a committee? Please email youngfriends@nmajh.org.



Pixs: Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) for the Young Friends’ Watercolor Remix Party

On February 25, 2017, guests gathered at the Philadelphia Museum of Art  (PMA) for the Young Friends’ Watercolor Remix Party.

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More than 300 guests attended the event, raising nearly $55,000 to support a wide range of programs at the Museum including the Young Friends mission of supporting elementary school field trips, art conservation, and acquisitions at the Museum.


Naveen Todi And Danielle Hankin co chairs of the Watercolor Remix Party. Danielle painted her own dress for the occasion.
(PS She is a contender for best dressed of the decade for PhillyChitChat’s 10th anniversary in 07/07/17)

Zoe King, Stephanie Campbell, Paige Corson, Sarah Haack (Custom)

Zoe King, Stephanie Campbell, Paige Corson, and Sarah Haack


Nicole Allen White and Kellan White 

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Naveen Todi, Ina Hajdini, Adelia Mehmetaj, and Suchit Bachalli

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Join the PHS Young Friends Party “Flowers After Hours”
Saturday night March 11
Spirits and munchies as well as a cash bar and the entire flower show is yours for the night


Katie Rupar, Devin Tanney, Molly Brennan, Emily McCracken, Megan Scanlon, and Mariana Fernandez


Kalie Desimone and Michael Gerstein


Jacqueline Cassidy, Tyler Cunnion, and Paul Shifflet


Young Friends enjoy:

  • Free admission to private tours, art-inspired excursions, and unique opportunities to meet local artists and curators.
  • Discounts to ticketed Young Friends events, including some of the city’s most popular fundraisers.
  • Networking and social opportunities—including member organized meetups throughout the city.
  • Philanthropic involvement in one of the largest and most renowned museums in the country.
  • All the benefits of general museum membership.


Guests at Watercolor Remix Party


Back Row: Carrie Fisher, Michael McNeely, Alexa Linton, Dylan Dvlieger;

Middle Row: Filiz Leigh, Tina DiSciullo, Maria Morales, Megan McNeely, Lauren Hunter; Bottom Row: Micka Thurin and party guests.

Cara Piskai and Joe Piskai PMA
DJ RoyalePMA
Guests at Watercolor Remix Party

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The colorful PMA Young Friends Committee

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I normally don’t run photos from events PCC doesn’t shoot, or are not sponsored posted, but I
was away during this event and my friend Danielle Hankin was the co-chair

Photo credit: Dave DiRentis Photography, 2017



Franklin Institute Celebrates Mardi Gras with Costumed Guests & An Armadillo

Everyone once in awhile I notice that the Franklin Institute has a fun quirky “Science after Dark” party. I got back from my trip on Monday night and was excited to see that they were having one for Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras the following night.

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The sold out event attracted many folks from around our area. I especially enjoyed capturing people who dressed for the themed night.


That’s a clue, if you want to appear in any of my outlets, dress to for the theme. PS The Red Ball is coming, wear red. These folks broke the rules for me, they put their masks on. Know they you are not to wear masks inside the Franklin Institute. Don’t worry they immediately put them back on the top of their head.


The Elmwood Zoo was there with a couple animals. Here’s an Armadillo


There were a lot of demonstrations. This was one of my favs, he’s explaining various crimes committed near Bourbon Street, and
medical details on each crime. It was fascinated and horrifying at the same time.


These folks were trying out the frozen frozen graham crackers,

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which when eaten would cause dragon’s breath

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Ohhhh the Flower Show is coming. I love the Flower Show. I love that I get to partner with them on promoting it cause I love the flower show. It starts Saturday, March 11 and runs through March 19th. There’s lot of fun activities including their new party this year, “Flowers After Hours” on Saturday night at 9:30PM. You get to see the flower show at night, with less crowds, plus dance to the tunes with Best of Philly’s DJ Robert Drake and rocker Tommy Conwell; sip and sample spirits from Fine Wine & Good Spirits; save a Snap by creating your own life-size floral crown; and geek out over unexpected ’90s themed games with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Franklin Institute. UrbanStems will pop-up with a show-stopping floral selfie-wall. The evening will be hosted by Kristen Kurtis, ’90s enthusiast and XPN morning show host. Plus there’s a costume party, and you know how I feel about that.

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Yum frozen marshmallows. I tried them too.


There is wine samplings, but if you want a full glass there were plenty of bars set up for spirits and snacksFranklin

There were also play stations. These folks are making bracelets or as I like to say, memories


They have a new sports exhibit, which is really cool and interactive. Kids and adults will really love it.

The Franklin Institute has a young friends organization called “Innovators”
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If you’re a donor to the museum, at a certain level you get a “key”


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Photos: The Young Friends of PMA Watercolor Remix Cocktail Party

Photos: The Young Friends of PMA Watercolor Remix Cocktail Party at Positano Coast


The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are gearing up for their annual fundraiser party on Saturday, February 25, 2017.

Last week they gathered at a cocktail party to celebrate their hard work, as it was a year long process of conceptualizing and executing the plans for the gala which raises funds which will benefit the Young Friends’ mission of supporting art acquisitions, conservation, and innovative youth arts education, including elementary-school field trips.


McKenna Lally and Alexandra Torey

WatercolorAli Bristow and Paris Clark

RC Atlee, Erin Branche , Joy Deibert, Naveen Todi and Ian Hincken

Ashley Stahl, Lauren Krumeich, Grigorios Papadourakis and Alexander Hankin

WatercolorAshlyn and Sean Maurer

WatercolorBrian Bora, Dan Gold and Jared Kahn

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Watercolor Remix Party

Presented by Neiman Marcus
Hosted by the Young Friends

Saturday, February 25, 2017
9:00 p.m. to midnight
VIP reception at 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy Philly in a new light—all while partying with a purpose. Add a splash of color to your Saturday night with an art-inspired open bar, musical entertainment, and gourmet dessert stations. Be among the first to wander through our latest exhibition, American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent, at this after-hours party. For those age 21 and over.




International POP Party with Fashionable Young Philanthropist Photos

 Saturday night was the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Pop Party

The party coincided with the opening of a new exhibition:
  DJ Gillian Sagansky kept the dance floor popping with hits of the era as well as modern tunes. She was accompanied by saxophonist Zem Audu. “A Pop Party” was sponsored by Neiman Marcus.

 Starr Catering Treats

Check out my column at Philly Mag
PMA Hosts “A Pop Party” the only thing missing was Andy Warhol http://po.st/yMoyyF via @phillymag

Monster’s Ball 10/25/12 7PM The Orpheus Club of Phila

To My Favorite Witches and Wizards,
The bewitching hour is upon us…
The Young Friends of the Academy of Music
present the 2nd Annual
Monster’s Ball
Thursday, October 25th
The Orpheus Club of Philadelphia
254 S. Van Pelt Street
Philadelphia, PA 19013
 Costumed guests will enjoy frightfully delicious bites and wickedly
strong spirits provided by Philadelphia Distilling Co.  Performance
bartenders will tempt you with their skills and DJ Adrian Hardy will
give you chills.
The most spooktacular costumes will win scary good prizes! 
Enter into the costume contest in support of the Young Friend’s Restoration Fund
and win prizes, like a pair of Prada sunglasses courtesy of Precision Watches & Jewelry.

You won’t want to miss this bloody good time.  

You won’t want to miss this bloody good time.  
Co Chairs: Teresa C. Nino & Samuel M.V. Hamilton III
Tickets are $65 and are all inclusive.
***Mention The Monster’s Ball when booking services at SunMyst Tanning (www.mysunmyst.com) or Jason Matthew Salon (www.jasonmatthew.com) and receive 40% off all pre-event services (excluding waxing)
Presented by The Honigman Group, powered by Mole Street

About Academy of Music

as “The Grand Old Lady of Locust Street,” the Academy of Music is the
oldest grand opera house in the United States still used for its
original purpose. Each January, the Anniversary Concert and Ball is
the primary annual fundraising event for this National Historic
Landmark, original home of The Philadelphia Orchestra and current home
to resident companies The Opera Company of Philadelphia and The
Pennsylvania Ballet.  Proceeds provide the restoration and preservation
support necessary to maintain the Academy of Music as an architectural
and cultural jewel and a tremendous source of pride for our region.  For
more information please visit http://www.academyofmusic.org

support of the Young Friends of the Academy of Music is a crucial part
of ensuring that this iconic building—that has been an integral part of
the fabric of Philadelphia’s arts and culture community for more than a
century and a half—continues for generations to come. The Young Friends
are truly the future of the Academy of Music!