Friday, March 27, 2015


Last night over 300 guests came out to support The Todd Herremans Foundation's third annual Hoops for Help Fundraiser. The basketball-themed event was held at Vie and featured a meet and greet cocktail party, where guests could meet their favorite grid iron player and get an Eagles football signed, which was given to each on as they checked in for the evening. Yes an Eagles Football, even though my buddy Todd, and several of the other former Eagles players on hand had been traded this year. It was kinda a two Kleenex night for me, to see some of the guys I've been covering over the past 5 years, probably for the last time gathered together.  I guess I would say these were the Andy Reid guys. I'm sure someday they'll be a reunion of some sort, I hope.

It was great to Elizabeth Dee, soon to be Mrs. Todd Herremans, as she and Todd are jetting off to Italy, Sicily to be exact, next week to prepare for their April 14th wedding there. Why there you say, besides being an exotic, Italian location. Dee's family is from nearby Catania. I remember when Todd first brought Elizabeth to an event, he brought her over to me so I could meet her and get the first "official" photo. That meant a lot to me.
 Kellie Gagliotti, Joe Gagliotti, who own Joseph Anthony Salon (Glen Mills) with Vicki and Rob Amand, Adopt a Pig.
 Jon Runyan, Loretta Runyan with Andie Summers, XTU
 Connor Barwin, Stacey Kracher, Jeremy Maclin and Marisa Magnatta 
Fox 29 producer Tom Louden, Trent Cole and Jennapher Frederick, Fox 29
Daira Jackson and Jamaal Jackson (He played for nine seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.)
 Jeremy Maclin (He tells me he's putting up his fly house for sale soon, and he's already bought one in KC), with Jason Kelce.
 ·  Mar 20
DON'T DO IT!!! ": I have REALLY wanted a jersey for a while but EVERY PLAYERS JERSEY I BUY GETS TRADED"
Lindsay DeStefano, Tara Butchon and Allie Abraham.
James Keim, Ameriprise and Dennis Shea, Valhalla Venture

Serious fashion going on here with Elizabeth Dee (wearing Atelier Rittenhouse) and Marisa Magnatta

Each table had footballs for a centerpiece and a basketball signed by the Sixers coach and a few players. Who ever was the tallest at the table got to keep the ball. (Probably so when they leaned over to get it they didn't face plant on the meal.)
How awesome is this photo Todd, Elizabeth and Shady took at the photo booth.
 I like it too cause I got all the sponsors listed in one pix.

There was a silent auction. To help where help is needed by providing resources for various charitable organizations, to effect positive change in our communities. Over the past few years Herremans has chosen different organizations who will benefit from the gala, and he hands the checks personally to each charity.
Jeffrey Sevag and Kristy Sevag, SevagPR
(Her company did the PR for the event.)
 Todd mentioned his harried life at the moment, being cut from the Eagles, which he said was a good move on their part, but bittersweet, preparing for his wedding, excited for the funds they were raising at the evenings gala, and his plans for returning to Philadelphia when he retires, to raise his family here and enjoy his adopted hometown where he played for the Philadelphia Eagles for 10 seasons. He does plan on having his annual charity event here in Philadelphia, every year forward.
The Two Mrs Herremans: Marilee Executive Director of the Herremans Foundation and ok technically this time next month, Elizabeth Dee Herremans.
There was a great live auction as well. This was a Tim McGraw signed guitar donated by XTU. I can't say who purchased it, cause I'm going to place another photo in a media outlet. So mums the word. Todd also did a great fundraising effort before kicking off the Live Auction, which was co-done by Jen Frederick and Marisa Magnatta, and that was raised $10,000 for the Magee Rehab for their research on concussions, that they are studying right now. Lots of his team mates helped raise that money last night.

One of the first shots I took of Todd Herremans, with teammates Brent Celek and Stewart Bradley, I think this is 2010. Stewart arrived to the party on his moped. This was at an Eagles first practice party in August of that year.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Photos: Gift of Life Family House 4th Annual President's Reception and Volunteer to Cook in their beautiful Kitchen

Last week I attended the Gift of Life Family House 4th Annual President's Reception.

 Gift of Life Family House serves as a "home away from home" for transplant patients and their families by providing temporary, affordable lodging.
 Howard Nathan, CEO & President Gift of Life, Ron Jaworski, Mary Pat Kessler and Jan L. Weinstock, Esq.  Jan is Vice President of Administration & General Counsel for Gift of Life Donor Program and oversees Gift of Life Family House. 

The Family House is very excited to welcome Jessica Sharp (r) to the Advisory Board! Jessica is principal of Maven Communications. As a member of our advisory board, Jessica will serve the Family House by providing her marketing and communication expertise to support our mission of a "home away from home!" Read more about Jessica and her background in strategic communications below or visit to see the rest of the Family House Advisory Board  with Board member Dr. Ranjoo Prasad, OD and Michael.
 Guest, Lauren Spiers, Patrick Spiers, Jane Spiers, and Joan O'Malley
 Stephen Knobbs and Cindi Maahs Knobbs
Every week a person, group or an organization volunteers to prepare the meals to serve to the 40 families that are staying at the Gift of Life House, where a family member is waiting for an organ donation. If you or your organization would like to donate your time to prepare these important meals contact: The Home Cooked Heroes Program.
 Cindi Pasceri, Vincent Pasceri, and Joanne Brusich
Kathy Yandle and Chris Ann Hamm
Faith Carlin (Faith is a Research Coordinator at the National Transplantation Pregnancy Registry at Gift of Life Institute. She also received a kidney and pancreas 21 years ago!), Susan Pincus (kidney/pancreas transplant recipient) and Barbara Katz Chobert (heart transplant recipient.) All three of these ladies work in conjunction with the Gift of Life.
 Mary Pat Kessler, is a Board Member at the Gift of Life, and has donated a kidney to her sister.
 Ron Jawarski
The honorable Ed Rendell . Hon. Ed Rendell spoke to the runners and called the start of the race at the 4th Annual Donor Dash in 1999 while he was the Mayor of Philadelphia! 

Family House guest Dhillon Shah, 12 years old, speaks at the 4th Annual President's Reception at the Family House about being a guest at the Family House, the importance of organ donation and his favorite things about Philadelphia. Dhillon is awaiting a life-saving heart transplant.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Rumor: Ruth's Chris Steak House is on the Move...

 Ruth's Chris Steak House has been a fixture on Broad Street as long as I can remember.
When I was growing up in Jersey my parents would take us kids there for our birthday dinners, it was one of the rare times we headed over the bridge except to watch the Mummer's parade from the Maglio's 2nd floor windows near Broad Street. Then in the 90s I moved down the street, and when I walked by it would always bring me back to those memories. I've eaten there a few times in the past years and it's always been delicious.
I'm excited for them as I just heard that they are moving into the space that used to occupy
Elephant & The Castle. I love that space, I love that it has an outdoor area for al fresco dining. I love that Ruth's Chris is going to have a much larger space to serve their delicious steaks, and it's connected to Sonesta hotel for their guests. I'm glad the former Elephant & Castle space has finally found a tenant. I was sad it was empty all last summer, although I do like the Art Cafe next door much better than what previously was there. Anyway, I think business will be booming this summer for Ruth's Chris in this new location, with it's large plate glass windows inviting people in. I was surprised Morton's Steakhouse didn't scoop it up, it's got to be tough for them on the 2nd floor of a building with no street visibility.

If Jay Z and Beyonce Did Buy at 500 Walnut This Is What Their Paradise Would Look Like

Late yesterday afternoon Michael Angelina from Berkshire Realty, posted this on his somewhat in active blog, Jay Z and Beyonce had purchased the most expensive Philadelphia Real Estate ever

a condo at 500 Walnut, which just had it's ground breaking 2 weeks ago and overlooks Independence Hall, for 20 Million dollars.  I certainly thought it was possible, Philly is the place to be according to a dozen lists that have been published recently. (Although I was wondering about the price since the most expensive listing for 500 Walnut is $17 million)

Councilman Mark Squilla, Alan Greenberger. Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce, Mayor Michael Nutter, Tom Scannapieco, Scannapieco Development Corporation, Jerry Holbrook COO at Fox Chase Bank, Herb Kolben, Senior Vice President at ULLICO, William G. Schwartz, and Cecil Baker, architecture at the ground breaking earlier this month. I photographed the event and the photos are in the Business Journal and will be in Philly Mag.

 and contacted my client as I just photographed the grand breaking ceremony for them, who told me "...the rumor about Jay Z and Beyonce is just that. Wouldn’t it be nice though…" But let's take a look at what Queen Bey and Jay are giving up...

The lobby is pretty fly

 This would be the unit Beyonce and Jay would be buying.

 Here's the gym

 The building has it's own masseuse
Nice roof deck
 with a fireplace

 There's a community room. Can you imagine Jay and Bey as your neighbors playing a little 8 ball?
Unfortunately their fannies won't be sitting in this Board Room as my contact at 500 Walnut tells me that there's no truth to the rumor, even though they wish it were true. What an opportunity missed by the Carter's, did they even check out the automated garage where your car drops you off at your front door then parks the car for you?

#WoofWoofWednesday - Fun, Philly Dogs & A Cat Get Their Fifteen Minutes

Well this week was easy to capture a few Philly dogs since it was National Dog Day on Monday.

Thank you to Team Pepita: we won yesterday's vote and will be moving up to the next round in the Tournament of Tails! The next voting round is Saturday, March 28, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, this little lady needs a home! Please go meet Pepita at PAWS' Northeast Adoption Center at 1810 Grant Avenue or learn more at She's 6-10 years old and likes every person she meets. With other animals, she likes to be the queen of the castle, so contact our staff if you have pets at home.
 Happy Birthday this weekend Hans!!

 Feeling left out I included Stewart
 CBS 3 and The CW Philly’s sixth annual Ronald McDonald House Charities Phone Bank, a 14-hour on-air fundraiser that aired live across both television stations, raised more than $1.1 million today.  The phone bank brought in exactly $1,176,590, its largest total to date, upping the funds raised for the charity to more than $ 5.1 million since the first phone bank in 2010.

RIP Mick Seroka, who passed away this week from cancer.