Friday, May 8, 2009




It was hard for me to comprehend what this event was about, but all the movers and shakers in the tourism industry were here...
Tom Muldoon, PCVB

· Vince Albeser, Doorman, Four Seasons

· Julie Coker, Hyatt

· Christine Duffy, Maritz Travel

· Ed Grose, Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association

· Albert Lee, head concierge,

Independence Visitor Center

· Laura Linton, National Constitution Center

· Michael Lyons, GEP Philly

Below is Albert Lee, head concierge, Independence Visitor Center, this kid is going to be Mayor someday if not the City's Head Concierge. He knows this City backwards and forwards. In fact I loved his quote at today's event where he said and I paraphrase I know the visitors are visiting your places, because I send them to you, and I want to know what more can I do for you. Then he went on to talk about how great the City was and it's potential. Stating that he was raised in Chinatown and he was a Philadelphian. Back in February Albert won a contest that the National Geographic held title "I Heart My City"
Did you know that starting Saturday it's National Tourism and Travel Week (May 9-17, 2009); On May 12, 2009, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) will reveal a brand-new tourism marketing campaign developed in direct response to the current economic climate. This campaign, set to launch before the busy summer travel season, is designed to boost leisure visitation and overnight hotel occupancy. Mayor Michael Nutter left a meeting regarding the casinos to attend this meeting. Now in the media Ben Franklin is a good get to get some press, but having the Mayor show up is a done deal as far as local media, and for that matter on a national level too.
This week is National Pray Week. On the west side of City Hall there's a set-up with folks praying 24/7. This lady was nice enough to come into the courtyard and say a little prayer that the economy will pick up, meetings will again be happening, and money will flow to the coffers.
This weekend: Tonight the Magee Rehab benefit, check the PhillyChitChat Calendar for info. Also the Please Touch Story Book Ball, again check the calendar. On Monday:

A Special One-Night Only Free Screening of

"The Far Side of the Moon "

directed by Robert Lepage,

May 11, 7 pm, Gershman Y, 401 South Broad St., in Center City.

Thursday, May 7, 2009


A few weeks back (OK months as I had planned a tie in to their annual event which you will see below) Donna invited me over to watch her clean out her closet all in the name of donating the clothing she doesn't wear anymore to the Career Wardrobe, one of our favorite charities. Donna invited a few friends over, just to ease the pain, plus it was an excuse to share some bubbly, snacks and gossip.
The Career Wardrobe is the nation’s largest community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting women in their transition to work by providing professional attire, networking and career skills trainingStarted by a group of Philadelphia volunteers in 1994, including my friend Abby Siegel. The Career Wardrobe has assisted over 50,000 women to date.
Assisting Donna is professional organizer Dana Persia. Dana Persia is the owner of DP ImageConsulting, a company specializing in individual and group image consulting. Her expertise includes makeup and grooming, etiquette and interpersonal communications, wardrobe analysis and personal shopping. Dana's site
Then it was onto the shoes. Not too many of them got out alive and into thedonation bin, because well girls love shoes. It was a Carrie Bradshaw wet dream.
Donna's taste in shoes was so varied there were shoes in there that I wished I had had for Halloween 10 years ago when I was svelte and pretty.
But I still would have had to beat her one friend off of them as she got all the pretty pairs.
So remember when you do your Spring Cleaning, keep Career Wardrobe in mind, or the Salvation Army, or whatever is most convenient to help someone else in these difficult economic times.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS, AND BUY TICKETS because on June 3, 2009 plan to attend The Career Wardrobe’s 8th annual fundraiser; A Perfect Fit. This years theme Recycle a Suit, Renew a Woman’s Life will feature your favorite female local news anchorwomen and media personalities including: Monique Braxton, Dawn Timmeney and Denise Nakano from NCB10; Sue Serio, Kerri-Lee Halkett, Nefertiti Jaquez, Dawn Stensland-Mendte and Michelle Buckman from Fox 29; Mary Stoker Smith from CBS3; and Eric Grow from 6ABC. These lovely ladies will be donating the clothes right off their backs. This extravaganza will showcase a fashion show, live music performed by someone I can't praise enough, she is well worth the price of the ticket to this awesome event: singer/songwriter Karen Gross, opportunities to win some fabulous gifts, and a silent and live auction of celebrity signed handbags custom made locally by Viv Pickle Handbag Boutique. This year’s celebrity inspired and signed handbags include Steve Carrell from The Office, Sarah Jessica Parker, Harry Kalas - Phillies Announcer, Ron Howard, Melissa Etheridge, Bette Midler, and TR Knight and many others.
For tickets or corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities contact (215) 568-6693. A Perfect Fit will be held Wed., June 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Park Hyatt at the Bellevue. Check out or Paige Wolf's website for more info

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival IS THIS SATURDAY 5/9/09

Last night I attended the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Kick Off Reception held this year at the Four Seasons. The festivities began at 6 p.m. and the evening featured the musical stylings of DJ Joey Blanco, a silent auction, door prizes, food samplings by some of the most popular eateries in the Rittenhouse area and
a wine bar from PLCB Chairman's Selections, cocktail creations from Diageo, and Infinitini's in where else but the Intiniti Louge. This even is the cornerstone to raising the funds for The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival which will take place THIS Saturday, May 9th from noon to 5p.m., rain or shine.
One of the best commercial photographer in Philadelphia, Christopher Gabello, another favorite Where Publisher Laura Burkhardt and aspiring photographer and Ukele player Chris Fireoved. Stop by Loftus Cafe for a coffee or peanut butter sandwich and say hi.
Ann Ternas and of The Latest Dish Dallyn Pavey,
Jill Rizen and her man Andrew Hennig. I don't think I have ever photographed Jill in the same outfit, wish I could say the same thing for a person that favors the color purple too much. Is that snarky?
The Infiniti Girls in the Infiniti lounge. They had a coffee table that had a LCD in it, good for display or meetings, not so good for watching Jerry Springer, like I am because I am too lazy to grab the remote and change the channel, as you will be hitting the table top/screen over the dumb actors, er I mean people who make bad choices. Jamie Wenger, Maureen Kolodzieg, Don Rosen and Melissa Bizzak
Cuisine by Rittenhouse Row’s Fine Restaurants
Alfa : Alma de Cuba : Akoya/Pearl : Audrey Claire : Barclay Prime :
Bistro St. Tropez : Butcher and Singer : The Continental Midtown :
D’Angelo’s Ristorante and Lounge : Devon Seafood Grill : DiBruno Bros. :
Du Jour : La Colombe : Ladder Fifteen : Le Castagne : Marathon Grill :
Meritage : Metropolitan Bakery : Naked Chocolate Café : Parc : The Palm :
The Prime Rib : Rouge : Roy’s : Smith’s : JL Sullivan’s : Susanna Foo :
Twenty Manning : XIX

I believe in miracles
Where you from
You sexy thing
I believe in miracles
Since you came along
You sexy thing
- Megan Stecher, Lindsey (hmm I can't read your writing) and Jill Schoenfeld.
My it girl Sabrina Tamburino with mom Carol and the dynamic and innately talented Scott Barnes as the newly appointed Feastivities Events Director of Marketing & Public Relations. I hope to get invited to cover a lot of the Feastivities Events as I enjoy their work.
Thank you to all who donated to the silent auction. The money raised goes to off set the Rittenhouse Row Festival THIS Saturday May 9.

Smiths with Barry Garozzo and Mario Sabillon. Come for the food or eye candy.
Katherine Moore of the famed Moore Wineries, who you might have to ask for donations of booze as Nam Lee is no longer with Southern Wine & Spirits Of America Inc.'s, but has changed career direction and is with Gyro Worldwide Advertising, Inc.Beth Orvis, Jessica Hawkes, Scott Webster, Anh Nguyen, Brett Perloff, and Janice Lim. Anh says "Make sure you come out to PEARL this THURSDAY NIGHT for our JACK AND JILL 'S SPRING/SUMMER Fashion show thrown by Rosie Kim !!!!" It's at 11PM. Their spring line. Coming up in a few weeks they will have a show featuring their topless bikini's recently featured in Dan Gross' Gossip Column. I will definitely notify you of the date and time for that event.
David Mizrachi with NBC10's Matthew Nadu
Erin Elmore and Janice Lim self portrait. Why do people stick out their tongues when they take photos of themselves? I'm having breakfast with Erin at 10AM, so I will ask her.Along Walnut Street from Broad to 19th Streets will be closed to traffic, giving you a pedestrian and stroller-friendly experience. Popular Center City restaurants will bring their most delectable dishes onto the street, so families can sample gastronomic delights without dropping a lot of cash. Just make sure to arrive early to enjoy all the offerings before they sell out! Besides the food, enjoy multiple stages of live music, all-day fashion shows, and loads of family fun like parachute games, storytellers, face painting and children’s dance DJs. (I was good I only took a picture of the cake)Ok you two knock it off. Actually these two are so cute who wouldn't want to photograph them, alot. Talk about bringing sexy back, Jill!
Elina Safin and Eric Safin. I met Elina earlier this month at an event I didn't write about yet, see how bad this is when I get behind. You may ask yourself why is HughE writing this before those other events, well this one is time sensitive as the Rittenhouse Row Festival is THIS Saturday, remember that. It's going to be 73F, Sunny and beautiful. My mom says maybe she'll go with me. I've never gone as I am usually in NYC shooting celebs during this week. Last night I wrote about make-up artist Ursula Augustine 215-557-1562 Ursula's About Phace, well Elina is the masseuse at About Phace, and she works miracles. give her a call, and visit About Phace. At tonight's event Ursula did the make-up for the models from JS Models.
Models from JS Models wearing styled by Knit Wit, Plage Tahiti and Joan Shepp. It never hurts to have a few beautiful women mingle among the guests. These two lovely ladies are from the Horticultural Society. Did you know that this Thursday is The 2009 Azalea Garden Party from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. It really is a must on your to do list. The weather is supposed to be beautiful, and the Azalea Garden is in full bloom (I can't make it, I have a paying gig, which bump everything else; a guys gotta pay off his camera you know.) If you are interested in attending, please call Ellen Wheeler at 215-988-8830 or click here . Adriene Simpson and Laura Hoover.

Inga D'Angelo who will be starting a Karaoke night at D'Angelo's soon. Sounds like fun. With her is the equally nice Monica Malpass. Another fashion plate in Philadelphia, as well as an iconic newswomen.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Dancing With the Philadelphia Stars - Sickle Cell Disease Association of America

The 2011 Dancing with the Philly Stars Photos

Check out this 2010 information on the event:

On Sunday, April 19, 2009, Brownstone PR presented the First Annual Dancing With the Philadelphia Stars. Participants danced the night away at the Crystal Tea Room in efforts to benefit the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Philadelphia/Delaware Valley. Looking stunning in her headpiece Wanda Lewis-Campbell with Deneen Hendrick
Erik Brown and Ediomi Utuk check out the silent auctions. Sadly they didn't bid on "The Color Purple" cast & Oprah signed poster I donated. No one met the $500 minimum so I will resubmit it to another charity in the future.
Stephanie Rybczyk, Sabrina Strickland, Erin Elmore, guest, guest, guest, and Danielle Poe (single again and looking for the right guy)The excellent Megan Smith of Brownstone PR who put this whole thing on on behalf of the Sickle Cell Disease event.

The judges, more on this later, but this photo courtesy of Philly Mag.
Varsovia Fernandez getting a last minute touch up by the fabulous, sweet, super professional, make-up artist Ursula Augustine 215-557-1562 Ursula's About Phace

Always great to Bonnie Grant out and about, with her is her son Shane Grant.
Erin Elmore's cheering section filled with three tables of friends and family.
Erin and her dance partner, Nodari Tetruashvily. None of the "Celebrity" dancers had experience, they donated their time for 6 - 8 lessons; Society Hill Dance Studio donated 4 lessons, the rest were picked up by the charity.
Varsovia Fernandez, head of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Frank Laurenz
And everyone took the competition very seriously including CW's Christian Ramirez-
Coll and his dance partner.
Philadelphia Magazine's Michael Callahan and Kati Slovich
Mariska K. Bogle, director of Strategic Planning and Business Development at the Philadelphia Tribune and husband
Jimmy's cheering section
Jimmy "Style" Contreras and Audrey Julienne doing the "Quick Step"
Now about these judges (go back up and look at that picture after u read this), they were entirely tooooooo serious, too many Simon Cowel's and not one Paula Abdul. This was a charity event, as one guest put it, "there's a way to give someone helpful hints on their dancing and it wouldn't be to tell them you were so bored you wanted to take a phone call. Pathetic." Another guest said, "Why should the judges, who own dance studios, compromise their values when judging amateurs?" Answered another guest "I think there's a classy way to do it, I'm not sure if these judges are familiar with that term."
The winners were Erin Elmore and Nodari Tetruashvily who are surrounded by Erin's 93 yr old grandfather who flew in from Pittsburgh, friends and family.
This event was a SMASHING success. Over 450 tickets were sold for the 5 hr, Sunday night 1st annual event. There will surely be a 2nd annual one, and I want to be involved.