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November 2008



Remember earlier this month when I didn’t give you enough time to visit the
Marketplace Design Center, well another chance is coming up next week and you can help out a good cause too. I received this email earlier this week:

I am one of the volunteer producers of a Public Service Announcement for the TOY EVENT….

It’s a 1 minute PSA for the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund & Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s TOY event. FYI : TOY is a fundraising event that collects toys for the children in CHOP’s HIV/AIDS unit and raises money for the DVLF – two great causes! Before last year – these brave children in the HIV/AIDS unit were overlooked COMPLETELY by other toy drives. They didn’t even get coal. DVLF and CHOP teamed up to create an event to ensure that those kids DO have a good holiday. This year, we are all determined to make them have a bettter one.

We made this PSA with a voluteer crew of actors, directors, camera people, and production people – straight, gay, bi, black, white, Hispanic, you name it…. Kelly Burkhardt, of TLA and PIGLFF, assembled an incredible team who did all of it for nothing. They were wonderful….We even had KIDS who signed up after seeing how their siblings were affected by last year’s efforts. The one young girl (Dari – the oldest in the final scenes) remembers how much it changes a very terrible week when volunteers brought gifts to her ill brother – AND HER AND HER SISTER. She and her mother took time out of their day to drive an hour and a half from DE to be part of the shoot. For no money…and to suffer throw me running around screaming “QUITE ON THE SET!” (well, not really – i was the producer not the director)

The event is Dec 5th – we’d love to have you there….and we want it to grow into THE LGBT & STRAIGHT ALLIED EVENT of the Christmas season!

Marc Phillips Showroom. Marketplace Design Center 2400 Market St, Philadelphia. For more info and to see the CLIP:


PHILADELPHIA HOLIDAY THINGS TO DO December 2008 (Will add to this list as I come across things)


My coverage of the Philly City Hall’s Christmas Village PHILLY FUN GUIDE HAS A LIST OF THINGS TO DO

The Comcast Experience Video Wall, the amazing display of images and sounds at The Comcast Center, is presenting Philadelphia with a holiday spectacle unlike any other.
From Thanksgiving Day (November 27) through New Year’s Day, the Video Wall will project The Comcast Holiday Spectacular, a 15-minute program filled with the images and sounds of the season. 10am – 8pm More info here.


According to Philly Speak from 11/27 – 12/24
Pajama Jam at The Bellevue including Pajama-clad carolers, free bagels and JAM and 10% off at Teuscher and Williams-Sonoma for those who donate a pair of warm children’s pajamas to The Pajama Program. Nicole Miller will also donate 10% of sales that day to The Pajama Program.
WHEN: 11 am to 3 pm, Friday, November 28, 2008

WHERE: The Bellevue
Broad and Walnut Streets, Philadelphia

WHY: The Pajama Program donates warm pajamas and books to children in shelters and the foster care system.

VISUALS: Santas in the Lobby
Pajama clad carolers
Early shoppers enjoying bagels and JAMSANTA ARRIVES AT THE RITZ-CARLTON AT 11:00AM11/29


HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU, I am really grateful for your visit

I’m thankful for you my readers.

I grew up reading the “social” columns, the “What’s Happening” section, the “Neighborhood” articles, I always loved reading the Welcomat, The City Paper, The Suburban and I wanted to create something on a similar level. SO in July 2007, I created Philly Chit Chat. My goal was to cover the social scene, book signings, write about people, but mostly to promote Philly, especially charity organizations here and on a national level;
My blog is based on 2 specific blogs in NYC that I read while I was living there on a paralegal assignment (actually I had read The New York Social Diary even b4 I moved there.) These were the launching pads for my first blog Confessions of a Paparazzi, a behind the scenes look at the red carpet.

SO when I returned to Philly I wanted to capture the social events in my hometown, and Philly Chit Chat was born.

So number ONE I am thankful to you, all my readers, I really, really apreciate you stopping by; I also want to spotlight two of my longest readers, as they came over from my other blog Confessions of a Paparazzi, and now read PCC – Lisa from KC and Alex Rodriguez who loves nyc during the holidays. I just met Alex (with her mom) in person last Sept while I covered Fashion Week in NYC. She came up and said “Are you Philly Chit Chat?”
I want to thank Philebrity, Uwishunu, Foobooz, WHYY, NBC10, Geekadelphia, PhillySpeak,, Phawker, Will Do , The Clog, Kannon on Wired 96.5, Valerie Knight, Michael Klein, Dan Gross, Philly Style Magazine, The Metro, Christopher Gabello , Where Magazine and Laura Burkhardt, The Beat 100.3, Team Derek, folks who give me tips on celebrity photo ops, and anyone else who gave Philly Chit Chat a shout out or featured a story on their blog. Thanks!
Thanks to the PR Firms that invite me to events, who give me ideas, who mentor me, who trust me and who have become my friends.
Thanks to the law firm where I work for being so flexible, so I can be so flexible and create PCC.
Thanks to my friends who I only get to see on Facebook, and for the new friends I’ve met this past year who I photograph a few times a month. And the ones who I keep promising we’ll get together, or I will do a better job at the PCC Calendar.
I am always Thankful for my family, for their support and not complaining too much that I look tired and I don’t visit them anymore. (Ray, Marg, Judy (sitting), Janine, Me, Mom (sitting) and Tracy)

and Crista (here with mom)
I’m thankful that Mike is on the road to recovery and allows me to have the freedom to create Philly Chit Chat even though it takes me away from us, but it makes me very happy especially when I can give PR to a charity or organization that does so many good things for its benefactors. (Mike with her mom at her 75th Bday 2 weeks ago.)