Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Roger Daltrey & Joan Jett @Kimmel Center A Few Clips

I regret not going last night, I love the WHO, I was a kid of the 70s and WMMR and really goofed by not going to last night's concert. I can relive the night here at PCC with my fav songs, and at the bottom I have a link to other clips that folks shot. All on really decent cameras I must say.   Here's a shot from Dafni who does the PR for the Kimmel Center.

“Summertime Blues” Roger Daltrey & Joan Jett@Kimmel Center Philadelphia 7/28/14 


Richard Bond

Pinball Wizard


Steve Vitalidol


Baba O'Riley

“I Can See for Miles” Roger Daltrey@Kimmel Center Philadelphia

Steve Vitalidol

Check out the rest of the clips here.

2nd annual PHILAlympics, benefitting Philadelphia’s Ronald McDonald House.

On Thursday, July 17, companies from across the Philadelphia region joined Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy, P.C., The Fun Department, AnnieMac Home Mortgage and Comcast-Spectacor for the 2nd Annual PHILAlympics a competition in which companies from across the city matched wits, athleticism and general Philadelphia knowledge in pursuit of the title, “Philadelphia’s Phunnest Company.” Philalympics took place at the Wells Fargo Center, and focused on fun, teambuilding and networking. All dollars raised from the event will go to benefit the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.

Mitchell Kaplan, partner at Zarwin Baum, Susan Campbell, executive director of Ronald McDonald House,  Steve Grandizio, AnnieMac., Stacey Kracher, director of marketing for Zarwin Baum,
The event raised $30,0000 for Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. 
  The Zarwin Baum Team

"Zarwin Baum is humbled by the support and success we have seen since debuting PHILAlympics in 2013,” said Zarwin Baum managing shareholder Mitchell S. Kaplan. “It’s gratifying to see companies come together for teambuilding and friendly competition, while helping a truly deserving cause. We all play to win, but the greatest success of PHILAlympics is the money raised for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House."

 Participating teams include: Aberdeen Wealth, Capital One, Comcast-Spectacor, Conestoga Bank, Enterprise Cloudwork, Fun Department, The HUB, Integrity Staffing, Jako Enterprises (Kicks USA) Blue, Jako Enterprises (Kicks USA) Orange, Keenan Autobody, Klein Hersh, Magna Legal Services, PCS, Philadelphia’s Ronald McDonald House, SEER Interactive, and Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy, P.C.
Here the teams are unraveling themselves from ribbon and grabbing the key at the end of the material
to unlock the lock
in the buckets for the win

it was stressful for me too just watching it

This exercise had participants slingshotting footballs

into the goal zone where team mates were to catch them in these bags. That was fun.

Then there was a dance off with the "Green Men" The shorts were to protect the junk from jangling too much in public.

 The Dance Off - sorry it's all over the place, it was a hot mess everywhere.

From the Famous Philadelphia Challenge to Adult-Tricycle Races, sixteen (16) enthusiastic corporate teams battled to not only earn the coveted title of ‘Philadelphia’s Phunnest Company,’ but for the opportunity to raise money for the Philadelphia’s Ronald McDonald House and the countless families who benefit from the organization’s work. 

On to the bike races to the 50 yard line and back.

It's not as easy as you think and there were a lot of spills

But everyone seemed to have fun.

Capital One 360
gets a trophy
They drink from the cup

Thanks to everyone for their participation!!
 The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, has been supporting the families of seriously ill children since 1974. The Ronald McDonald House relies on individual and corporate donations for over 90 percent of their funding. No one is ever turned away due to the inability to pay.

The Backpack Challenge on July 31st at 3pm in LOVE Park. ItsForThe Kids

The public can donate online at www.backpackchallenge.com, at any Five Below location (there is an SKU at registers to donate $5 for a backpack) or drop off backpacks and school supplies at any of the collection sites listed at www.backpackchallenge.com

At the Kick Off, the public is invited to attend to show their support and learn mer about the campaign. We will also raffle 3 tickets to One Direction on 8/13 at Lincoln Financial Field at the event.
Here's the press release with more info:

The Philadelphia Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Achieving Independence Center (AIC) will hold a kick off for the Backpack Challenge on July 31st at 3pm in LOVE Park. The Backpack Challenge is an opportunity for Philadelphia area businesses and residents to help older foster care youth get off to a great start and be successful in school.

The AIC aims to collect 2,500 stuffed backpacks and $15,000 this year. Thanks to partnerships with Wired 96.5, 92.5 XTU, Five Below, Internet Essentials by Comcast, Forman Mills, Everfresh and the International Longshoremen’s Association, the goal is already well within sight. Last year, over 2,700 backpacks filled with school supplies were collected through the Backpack Challenge. The effort also raised more than $12,500 to purchase additional necessities for college and high-school bound AIC members.

“These young people have worked so hard and overcome so many challenges,” says Matt Smith, Director of Sales for XTU and Wired 96.5 parent company, Beasley Broadcast Group. “We are thrilled to do our part to help them achieve their dreams.”

This year, 85 AIC members graduated high school and 65 of those graduates have enrolled in a post-secondary program; 4 of those graduates were also class valedictorians. In total, 124 members will attend their first year of post-secondary school, 24 members enrolled in a vocational program and 10 students graduated from a post-secondary program.

“We are so proud of the accomplishments of these youth. The fact that so many AIC members have graduated high school and are attending post-secondary school demonstrates that with access to role models and support, all foster youth can achieve their potential,” says Ambrose.


The Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS) is the City agency charged with protecting children from abuse, neglect, and delinquency, ensuring their safety and permanency in nurturing home environments, and strengthening and preserving families by enhancing community-based prevention services. Through the development of organizations such as Valley Youth House and the Achieving Independence Center (“AIC”), DHS provides services to strengthen the overall well-being of Philadelphia youth and families using a personal approach that is responsive to evolving community needs.

Founded in 1973, Valley Youth House provides a first line of defense for troubled young people and their families by partnering with agencies, systems, and businesses to create unique programming intended to preserve family life and provide youth with the necessary resources to become productive and successful adults. Services are provided by a professional staff, community volunteers, and student interns at schools, family homes, offices and more than 100 residential facilities throughout Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks, Philadelphia, Montgomery, Carbon and Luzerne Counties.  The AIC, which is managed by Valley Youth House, provides independent living services to approximately 1,100 young people each year..

For more information about DHS, visit www.phila.gov/dhs; for more information about Valley Youth House or the AIC, visit www.vyhphila.org.

Valerie Johnson, MBA

Development Officer
Valley Youth House - Greater Philadelphia
1500 Sansom Street, Suite 300A
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Monday, July 28, 2014

InstaPhilly: What Philly Did This Weekend - Looks like they got engaged!!

It's Monday and I've scoured SM to see what everyone's up to. Lot's of engagements happened this past weekend, which was beautiful.
This just in...

Congratulations to my cousin Samantha Morrison on her engagement to Andrew Kauffman

Congrats Elicia and Megan

Congrats Jillian and Peter

Sharilyn and Juan had their engagement party at Brandywine Polo Sunday

Josh and Alan got engaged and picked up their Marriage License. Now they have 60 days in which to use it.
Congrats to Victor Fiorillo and his lovely wife Suchita (I met her twice, she's lovely) on their 12th anniversary.

Happy Anniversary to Tony and Michael who went to Europe for their anniversary and then cruised home on the Queen Mary. Very nice.

 Babies at the beach.

 Alicia Vitarelli's mini me Priscilla
 Roger Daltry took Amtrak to Philly for his concert tonight at the Kimmel Center. Team Derek was there to greet him.

 Happy Birthday Alexander Hankins, here hanging out with Betsy Johnson this past weekend in the Hamptons.