Philadelphia Phillies’ second baseman, Chase Utley and his wife, Jennifer Utley hosted the 4th Annual Utley All-Star Animals Casino Night to raise funds for the Pennsylvania SPCA’s efforts to fight animal cruelty at the Electric Factory on 7th Ave near Callowhill.
The red carpet for the Utley event started at 6:30PM, but I had another event I wanted to shoot first which I will write about next week.
To see this guy protesting that Chase wasn't living up to the Utley Foundation Mission, which is "Our mission is to educate the community in the proper treatment of animals and raise funds for the fight against animal neglect, pain and suffering." The guy went on to say that last year Chase served a vegetarian meal, this year it he was serving chicken. "Do you know how inhumane it is for chicken's to die for dinner." He told me. I was kinda shocked I would have thought Chase would serve steak. I was surprised that someone would protest an organization that was doing good by animals and making a difference in saving so many lives by promoting the adoption of dogs & cats from kennels instead of having them bred or buying at a pet store. As well as the awareness of dog fighting as being unacceptable. I can't stand protesters that throw the baby out with the bath water. (UPDATE: I've heard from one of my vegan readers who is upset with my remarks: I'm sorry I just think it's ridiculous to protest someone who is making a real difference in the world of protecting animals, even if it doesn't go all the way to the point that agrees with vegan-ism. He has a right to protest, but I am happy that someone as recognizable as the Utley's put themselves out there to support this important cause.) A whole lotta people supporting a good cause at the Electric Factory
CBS3's Susan Barnett and Michael Barkann from Comcast Sports do the MC honors.
One of the Russian roulette tables near the red carpet. I later found out that my friend Jill Rizen was one of the big winners of the night. Congrats. Stephenie and Kyle Kendrick. It's great to see them back in the City. Both are very excited for their first child to be born in September. So nice those two. (Later that evening I ran into them [& the Hamels] at Table 31 with my buddy G-N Kang.)I really didn't have a very good spot on the red carpet, because I arrived late all the press was already in position, - Béke Beau did Jen's make up. and then I was also trying to monitor who was walking behind me so that I could catch a photo of one of my peeps like...Jimmy Kazanjian and Lisa Gaudio Kazanjian who came close enough to the Red Carpet for me to get a shot of them. We weren't allowed to wander through the crowd like we were two years ago. (I didn't go last year)
Ryan Howard and fiance Krystle Campbell. They just got engaged and are glowing.Jesse Rendell and his dad, Gov Ed Rendell with Jen & Chase Utley. (Not in the photo is Beka Rendell.)
Jimmy and Johari Smith with The Utley's
At the end of the "official" red carpet, er black carpet I was able to round up a few peeps standing nearby like Adam Spivak and Karen SajdaAnnette and Perry Swartz were excitied to mingle with the players
Michelle Helfrich and Kathy Kittle; I wonder if Michelle is related to Andrea Helfrich who was just Miss Philadelphia?
Jess and Jake
Allison and Aaron Greenfield. Looks like there was more than one lady in the house expecting a little one this year.Cole Hamels signs for a fan with GN Kang & Heidi Hamels looking on. (If Michael Klein was still doing his column, this is the shot that would have gone in it.)
And on my way out I caught Don and Renee Freeman, with Lauren O'Dorisio and Philadelphia Style Magazine Publisher John Colabelli strolling in. For more info on the Utley Foundation contact them here. (PS I'll be away from my computer all day so I won't be able to publish any comments. Happy Royal Wedding Day!)