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May 2009


CHASE AND JEN UTLEY’S 2nd Annual Utley All-Star Animals Casino Night (with the Phillies)

Last night was the 2nd Annual Utley All-Star Animals Casino Night to benefit the Philadelphia Chapter of the SPCA. Many of the well heeled, sports watching folks attended the $250 person a ticket event. The proceeds benefited the Pennsylvania SPCA. Jaime Apody from ABC6 writes “They’re Philadelphia’s ‘it’ couple (An “IT” couple you say, where have I heard that before?) He is a World Champion on the field and together they’re true champions for animal rights. “I grew up with animals, Jen had some animals growing up, that’s why I’ve always been fond of animals, and years it kind of started when Jen began to volunteer at the SPCA,” Chase said. Jen now serves on the shelter’s board.

Outfielder Stylin’ Jayson Werth of the Philadelphia Phillies, and wifeJulia Werth, Jennifer Utley and Chase UtleyI asked Chase if he had a few of these Bud’s with the Phillies World Series logo at home on a shelf? He said “No, great idea, you know what I’m going to buy a case” (This is Chase’s actually beer [Jen’s water]. Should I have swiped it and sold it on Ebay?)
The ladies were sporting some stylish shoes

The food was done by Feastivities Events ( has created the finest corporate galas, weddings, and social affairs in Philadelphia & Main Line Suburbs, New York City, and throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region for over twenty years. The menu was vegetarian. Jen Utley is a vegetarian, plus it was an animal event, it’s probably not polite to eat them. (It reminds me of the time I was covering Pam Anderson at a PETA event and the girl from Law & Order showed up (married to football player) in a mink coat. Pam kicked her ass out of there.)Jimmy Rollins is one of the most dapper Phillies, and he and girlfriend Johari Smith will appear in a Playboy fashion feature, most likely in the June issue and on video on Playboy’s Web site. (Chris Cabott of the Center City law office of Lloyd Remick/Zane Management coordinated the Johari Smith & Jimmy Rollins Playboy shoot on behalf of Rollins and Smith. [which would explain why I saw Chris Cabott in the house near Jimmy)
Me trying to capture a candid shot for Michael Klein’s column. (Like 2 weeks ago and the photo I took of Heidi Hamels throwing a baseball in her party dress)Almost a decent candid, but the angle is all wrong. You can see Jayson Werth’s Championship ring fairly clear here, which makes this almost a good shot. There was a table to my left and I was stuck in an odd place unable to move, as it was I missed a few people at the step-up-and-repeat trying to get the candids. When I shoot an event with VIPs, I wear three hats. 1) I shoot for the blog, 2) for my national/international photo agency WENN 3) INQlings and/or other media where they might be interested in a shot.
Philadelphia’s Picnic Company Is Created To Sustain Events in Tough Times
These are food shots from the Festivities Catering Co. I’d like to know what kind of camera was used, I love these shots.

I don’t follow baseball, but does Clay Condrey, always look so damn serious? It’s the Red Carpet Man lighten up? His wife Elizabeth on the other hand, adorable.The Hamel’s so clean and fresh. Seriously these two need to get into commercials they are so squeaky Doris Day and hot. I’d buy a car from them.
This year was even more successful than last year and the room was packed for the Utley event benefiting the PSPCA. Last years event raised over $200,000 for the organization.

Although I didn’t roam around it might be tough for a guy of my size. Did I mention that on June 1, I will begin the NBC10/Fusion Cross Training – Philly’s Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge. That’s right you can see me sweat on TV, then follow my progress here on Philly Chit Chat. We already filmed a segment and it was a laugh a minute, when I wasn’t straining from the pain.
Here’s last years Utley SPCA event. These shots will give you a better idea of how the room was probably set up:


CELEBRITIES IN PHILADELPHIA, recently & in the future

On Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, 2009, the Free Library hosted its third annual Free Library Festival. Drawing our largest crowd to date–estimated at 35,000!–the Festival presented more than 50 authors, performers, and programs, and 80 exhibitors at the Street Fair and Literary Marketplace. Thanks to our Festival Sponsors, the City of Philadelphia, and the Fairmount Park Commission, to the Free Library staff, and to our more than 200 dedicated Festival Volunteers for another fantastic fest!One of the headliners was Kristin Chenoweth who read from her book A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth (and ghostwriter Joni Rodgers, which is listed on the cover too. Is it a biography then?) On the main stage she did a Q&A with Tamela Edwards. Towards the end of the session Edwards mentioned that she had heard that Chenoweth could tell the weather with her hoo hoo. Chenoweth explained that she had fractured coccyx doing a split. “The lasting legacy of the Cooter Smash is that I’m the first to know when it’s going to rain. That’s right. I both sing and predict the weather with my hoo hoo. Mozart, meteorology, plus all the usual stuff.” Edwards asked her if the Phillies would get their game in the next day before the predicted rain. She said yes, and she was correct.
I am a Christian and I don’t want there to be any confusion about what I believe or who I am. I don’t believe gay people are going to hell. I believe that judgment is left to the one upstairs and I believe Jesus is all about love. If I can live my life even just a smidgen the way God made his son for us as an example, I’m happy. I do not judge other people for what they believe, but for me, this is what works.
– Kristin Chenoweth

She met with her fans, signed and posed for photos
Three fans from the Philly area made her Chenolicious White Trash Cookies” — basically, a sandwich of cookies made from commercial chocolate chip dough with a generous slathering of store-bought vanilla cake frosting. She ate two of them on the spot.
John Quiñones is a co-anchor of the ABC newsmagazine Primetime, a correspondent for 20/20, and the sole anchor of the popular Primetime limited series What Would You Do?, which uses hidden cameras to capture people’s unscripted reactions to compelling ethical dilemmas.
Peter Yarrow. Great to see him in person, and interacting with a new generation
The largest audience had to be for the author John Green.
I never heard of him before, but I was in the minority
*Family: Married to Sarah Urist Green.
Education: Graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, with degrees in religion and English.
Books: “Looking for Alaska,” published in 2005; “An Abundance of Katherines,” 2006; “Paper Towns, 2008; “Will Grayson, Will Grayson,” a collaboration with David Levithan scheduled for publication in 2010.
A few weeks back I took this photograph of Heidi Hamels. I wasn’t sure if it would be picked to be in the paper, but a different one of Heidi ran, but I thought 57% of my readers might enjoy this shot of the hottie Heidi. Tonight I will get to see Heidi again at the Chase and Jen Second Annual “Utley’s All-Star Animals” charity casino night benefiting the Pennsylvania SPCA. Chase and Jen are dedicated to the fight against animal cruelty and are focusing their efforts on raising funds toward ending animal abuse in Pennsylvania.
Meet JOE FRAZIER at FYE on June 4th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ 12:00 PM!!! (100 SOUTH BROAD STREET, PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania 19110)
Reese Witherspoon is not in town yet, but her people are looking for a place for her to live. Rumor has it that her ex-hubby Ryan Philippe will also be filming or baby sitting the kids this summer (a friend received a texted message and told her to get her party shoes on because it’s gonna be a wild summer. Did I mention Octo Club is opening on 6/17/09) Their time here will overlap for about 3 months. I predict a few celeb sightings as they share custody of the kids taking them to many our great Philadelphia attractions.