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June 2011



The Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation held it’s annual Basebowl event at Lucky Strikes Monday.The Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation strives to help children and young adults living with arthritis by providing funds and awareness about the disease. We also support families who are struggling financially with extracurricular activities that promote healthy living through exercise and proper nutrition.There was food everywhere with pizza, onion rings and fries, yumJimmy Rollins thanked everyone for coming and for supporting his event. Here he is with Big Rube
there was a cool cake created over a weeks time by Matty Benigno and his staff Stephanie Russel and Angela Park at Potito’s Bakery in South Philly
Phillies outfielder Ben Francisco with outfielder Shane Victorino. Come out and Support Shane’s charity fashion show being held at the Union League August 25
NBC10 friends Lu Ann Cahn and Mina Sabet with Johari Rollins
Glowing future parents Stephenie and Kyle Kenderick. Stephenie tells me that their baby is due right before Kyle goes out on a long road trip in September. She’s hoping the baby comes before he goes or they might have to help mother nature a bit. Steph tells me she’s been eating a lot of meals at her restaurant Gigi’s and complained she gained a lot of weight. RIGHT, look at her she’s beautiful!
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
Chase Utley poses with a fan. Yesterday his mother confirmed on B101, what I tweeted weeks ago, that Jen Utley was pregnant
Although there was a no autograph sign at the door, the players still signed graphs which was nice.
Mark Marsden came up to me and told me how much he loves watching my segment on The Scene on NBC Non-Stop, Ch 248. Then he told me about how great the Jimmy Rollins Foundation is and how it benefits his daughter Lacey Marsden. She really enjoys going to the camp that benefits from the funds raised from this event, especially since she meets other kids with arthritis. I think that’s pretty special.
Shaquille O’Neal’s shoe up for auction, next to my android phone.

Cole and Heidi Hamels, co-founders of The Hamels Foundation, are hosting the first annual Philly Financial Day on Friday, July 8th, 2011. Several of the leading financial service institutions in the Philadelphia area will donate a significant fixed percentage of their institutional trading commissions and transactional revenues to a pool of charitable foundations founded by Phillies’ stars Cole Hamels, Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley. In addition, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) will be a beneficiary of funds raised that day.

I guess I didn’t win this cause I didn’t get a call. Lately I’ve been bidding on auction items to pay it forward and auction off at my charity event to benefit Gilda’s Club. The event will be held in September at Flemings Steakhouse Marlton NJ in honor of my sister who you may know died of Ovarian Cancer 12/09


Parkinson Disease Council – Summer Solstice at Table 31 & a Meet & Greet with Earth Wind & Fire

The fun and fabulous of Philadelphia came out to honor Pat and Jack Parker on
an magnificent night al fresco at Table 31 at The Comcast Center to support the Parkinson Council. What a venue for a beautiful summer evening! Owner/Chef Chris Scarduzio and Event Manager Tyrone Blakely hit it out of the park with mini sliders, margarita pizzas and delicious light bites.

The event, attended by over 200, celebrated the summer solstice and served as
the annual kickoff to the 2011 Parkinson Golf Classic, which will commenced
Monday June 27, at Philadelphia Cricket Club (and was sold out!). The party was
chaired by Karen Jacobson and Barry Milberg and was attended by iconic Philadelphians such as Larry Magid, Pete + Jan Albert, Kerry Pacifico, Lisa DiBattista, (daughter of famed Jimmy’s Milan), Jon Felix, Bonnie Young, Babs Snyder and Dr Matt Stern.
The Parkinson Council, which is based in Bala Cynwyd, connected with Earth Wind
and Fire’s Maurice White through committee member Bob Cole of World Wide

Stereo. Also on hand, Vine Street Imports, Louis Latour Wines, Kiehls goodies and a sneak preview of the prelaunch of all time philly favorite…PEANUT CHEWS. McIntosh – the Rolls Royce of all audio systems was also a key sponsor – giving the crowd a reminder of the sweet sound of Philadelphia with tunes from Teddy Pendergrass, McFadden + Whitehead, The Spinners and of course Earth Wind and Fire – who will also be doing an in store appearance at World Wide Stereo’s Montgomeryville location on June 30th.Parkinson’s affects more people than Leukemia, MS, and ALS combined. According to the National Institutes of Health, about 50,000 new cases

are reports annually. Events such as the annual Golf Classic enable the Parkinson
Council to continually raise funds to provide financial grants to local hospitals
and universities dedicated to promoting research into the causes and cure for the
disease in addition to educating patients, caregivers, health professionals and the
general public about the chronic neurodegenerative illness
Howard Lipschutz CPA, Bob and Barbara Lewis
Teresa Katz, and Rusty Silverman. Rusty is a board certified family doctor and a local photographer. He has been photographing scenes of the Jersey shore and lifeguards for about 40 years.
Karen Cole and Susan Kleiman

Betsy Rubenstone, Claire Stuempfia, and Babs SnyderBonnie Young, Co-Founder of The Do Gooders, Dan Forman and Jen Albert
Susie Krupnick and Neesa Procaccino, is an Art Teacher/Artist at The Philadelphia School
Chair for tonight’s event Karen Jacobson with author Carol Saline and Paul Rathblott. I admired Carol’s jewelery and she told me the funny story how she had seen it on jewelers Caroline Wiseman neck and admired it so. At the end of that event Caroline sold it right off her neck and it went onto Carol’s. I think it was a great buy as it’s so much fun.
Pete Albert, Larry Magid and Frank Ventresca. It was cool to meet Larry Magid after reading about him for my entire life.
Table 31’s Chef Scarduzio takes a turn at the charity hole in one green

Dr Matthew B. Stern, MD. Parker Family Professor of Neurology with co-chairs Barry Milberg and Karen Jacobson
Pat and Jack Parker and Barry Milberg
Jim and Judy Veghte
Lynne Edwards and Barbara O’Neill. Lynne is with Korman Suites, which just took over the Ben Franklin House (which I had tweeted back in March). She tells me they are re-branding the building to be called The Franklin Residences.
Carolyn Curci and Diane Sarkisian. Diane is a Center City Real Estate Agent. Which A -List star does she look like. If you guest Cher you’d be right. They are cousins.

Jamie Joffee and Bob Cole of World Wide Stereo – who really stepped up the live auction, raising tens of thousands of dollars and awareness for the Parkinson Disease. TONIGHT: Earth Wind and Fire make a special appearance at his store in Montgomeryville at 6:30PM to kick off the holiday weekend!

Don’t forget you can catch a full concert by Earth Wind and Fire on July 4th at the Phila Art Museum followed by fireworks. Check out all of the July 4th Celebrations, especially events that are going on today through Monday HERE and on their FB here

This post was partially written by Jamie Joffee with the support of The Parkinson Council


“Picture Yourself in Philly” Photos of You at Iconic Locations July 4th Weekend

I just received this email and wanted to pop it up here as it seems a lot of fun:

  • Over the Fourth of July weekend we are doing a “Picture Yourself in Philly” promotion.
  • We are going to have a professional photographer at the following iconic Philly locations photographing tourists.
  • We will then upload the images to the VisitPhilly Facebook page so that visitors can see and tag their photos.
  • The next day, I will share these pictures on Wawa Welcome America’s FB page.
So here’s the schedule for Picture Yourself:

  • Friday, July 1, 11am-1pm, Betsy Ross House
  • Saturday, July 2, 11am-1pm, Penn’s Landing
  • Sunday, July 3, 11am-1pm, Franklin Square
It’s a great opportunity for a family, couple, group of friends to be immortalized by a really good photographer in front of a historic site!


Lunch is on Wawa today. Come on down to the Independence Mall, 6th and Market Streets at Noon and get a piece of the mile long hoagie as Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will join Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, Wawa associates and hoagie-lovers across the Region to celebrate Hoagie Day 2011. This year, Wawa will honor our soldiers and local heroes by partnering with the USO. Wawa will be serving a 4.5 ton Hoagie salute on Independence Mall in front of the Independence Visitor’s Center. Hoagie Day will also feature a variety of activities including a charitable hoagie building competition between Philadelphia police and firefighters and members of the Pennsylvania Army Guard and the Pennsylvania Air Guard, a Hoagie Day feast and a special Hoagie Day proclamation.
Half of the huge hoagie will be Italian and half will be turkey. The morning builders will create it from hundreds of pounds of ingredients that will be loaded onto a refrigerated truck and served free to attendees later that day. Wawa also will send 5,000 hoagies built that morning to the Philabudance food bank.


As part of Wawa Welcome America and Philly @ the Movies Philadelphia’s favorite movie or at least favorite movie shot in Philadelphia – ROCKY will be playing tonight at the Art Museum. Find a comfy seat on the Rocky Steps, face the beautiful skyline of the City and enjoy the movie in it’s entirety.
Details: Philadelphia Museum of Art | 26th Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway | (215) 683-2200 | welcomeamerica.comOther Movies on tap for this week are
The Devil Wears Prada Date: June 30 (Can you say DiBruno’s picnic basket?)
Details: Rittenhouse Square | 225 South 18th Street | Hairspray Sing-Along
Date: July 1
Details: Love Park |15th and Arch Streets | welcomeamerica.comThere are events scheduled every day this week so keep up with the latest information by visiting or check out the event on Facebook or Twitter

This post is brought to you with the support of Wawa Welcome America.


ex·traor·di·nar·y, ex·quis·ite, ex·cit·ing – 7th Annual Chefs’ Dinner for PAWS 2011

I just love covering the PAWS event, not only because it supports a wonderful cause, but for all the beautiful people who attend as well as the stories that need to be told. (PS Sorry in advance if your photo didn’t make it in this entry. Next time I promise, just ask PCC reader Valerie Johnson [who did make it this time].)
Dana Spain is the founder and president of the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), the city’s largest rescue partner which operates an adoption center and a public low-cost vaccination and spay/neuter clinic. Here she’s calling everyone in for dinner after the delicious and spirited cocktail hour where I found a few new peeps and old friends enjoying themselves for a good cause.
Singer – Songwriter – Pianist Jessy Kyle entertained us all night. She played one of my fav songs that I keep playing in my head today.

Erika Santana and Arthur Wolk. Thank you to all the sponsors including Mr Wolk who was one of the Furry Friend Sponsors; the evening couldn’t have been the fantastic success it was without everyone’s support, big and small, so thank you.
Ryan Maestas, Alicia Nuss, Giovanni Badalamenti and Joe Greco.
Delilah’s girls: Carmen, McKatle, Isabella, Jana and Angela helped out with the raffle for the evening.
Christie Honigman, Jimmy Delaurentis and Caitlyn Joyce were on hand to make sure the event ran smoothly. Jimmy is a Personal Stylist Home/Wardrobe at The Jimmy DeLaurentis Company i Philly. Looks stylish to me.
Damian Muziani and Adriana Alveario. Damian is the host for WPHL17’s Better Philly. He tells me that the show has been focusing on the ladies of late, and recently had a show called Baseball 101 teaching the women every little detail about the game so they can hang out with their bo’s and understand what’s going on.
Susan Morrison and Lee Leung, Seasons 52
JoAnn Huth, President/CEO at Accessories by JoAnn and Evan Evans, Le Meridian
Sue Manchel, Gail Goldman and Robin Van Laer. Robin and I grew up in Cherry Hill about 2 blocks from each other. She taught me to skateboard, we had a little fort and we would hide away for hours coloring and gossiping with Connie. She saved me once when I choked on a dorito, and helped me clean her parents foyer; when I showed her how if you lit a match near a spray can spray you could create a torch, of course the unburned spray paint will color your white tile floor. We snuck into the Charleston Riding Swim Club after hours and took dips, we played flag football in the Rykiel’s back yard every Friday night and then Dr Rykiel would take us to the Cowtail Bar for ice cream. We collected acorns for acorn wars in the fall, and sled down Box Hill in the winter. Good times!!
Laurel and Tony Werner enjoying their SonomaCutrer
Uri Jacobsen, Andi Pesacov and Lou Chirgott. Andi tells me she’s changed real estate agencies and is now with Sierra as President Northeast Region
It’s like a reunion of my childhood. Robert Sliwowski, aka Bobby Chez and Linda Sliwowski. My high school job was as a dishwasher at Bobby’s restaurant in the Coliseum in Voorhees NJ. It was great the Flyers used to play there on the ice, and there was a strip club in another part of the complex. It was a great youthful molding experience. Bobby tells me that he and his crab cakes were on QVC the night before and they sold out 30,000 in six minutes. He’s done his dad proud using his crab recipe.
Ellen Babb-Kane, and it was nice to see Molly and Frank Napolitano who have been busy with home life, Peter Flaherty, and Maryellen Cammisa
Grey Goose holding Adam Spivak with the beautiful Karen Sajda. The duo are headed out of town this weekend to a warmer climate with white sand and tanned bodies.
The ladies who helped you check in and helped check you out with your auction items L-R: Valerie Johnson, Sarah Kudlack, Amy Fitzpatrick, Michele DiVeterano and Leslie French.
Over 40 restaurants participated in 7th Annual Chefs’ Dinner for PAWS. Chefs creating 4-course food and wine pairings (Sonoma Cutrer Chardonay and Pinot Noir) tableside for 12 guests in decorated pods. Other drinks were available at the open bar including my favorite diet coke as well as Grey Goose, Vodka FinLandia, Jack Daniels Woodford Reserve Bourbon and Sapphire Gin)
Charles Pasquale and Donna Coghlan
Davio’s chef David Boyle tells me that at least twice a season they prepare meals for the Phillies post game dinner. Tonight will be a little different as Chef Boyle and owner Steve DiFillippo will be preparing a meal of veal chops, lobster tail, brochette, potatoes etc and desserts including chockolate chip and peanut butter cookies for both teams. Why? Well Davios first restaurant was founded in Boston Mass, and tonight the Phillies are playing the Boston Red Sox. (Isn’t that a fun story?)
Chef Christopher Lee, Huntington Social, Huntington NY and Bob Huth enjoy some vino
Thanks to Chef Peter McAndrews for my Porchetto Tonnato from Modomio
my Cherry Tomato Confit, Sea Urchin from Monsu. (Plus I got to hang out with Patti Klein for a bit) Chef tells me that he is starting a catering company called “Club Del Buon Gustaio” which means Club of Good Taste. Yesterday was their first day of operation with his partner Robert Moskowitz. They can serve from 6 – 60 people. Give them a call 215-380-1535
Tom Coyne and Dave Hoy enjoying their braised short ribs at Lucky Strikes.
Thanks to Chef Anne Cole of Meritage for my delicious sweet potato and duck dish. Yum!! Plus I got to hang out with Robin for a bit.Jon Adams and Shari Wood both sat at Tony Rim’s RAW. Tony tells me that Raw at the Piazza is going next. WOW that was speedy. Tony was one of those restaurants that had more than one restaurant participating in the event. His other place The Corner was there too. Chef Scarduzio had both Mia and table 31, chef Peter McAndrews was there with Modo Mio and Monsu, Seasons 52 was represented at both their locations. I saw my buds from Del Frisco’s and I would be amiss if I didn’t tell you about their new $99 four course dinner they are serving now. A surf & turf.
Michele Romano, The Union League’s 1862’s Chef Martin Hammand, Carol Tamburino and Capital Grille’s Chef Rob Gary. Michele tells me that the former Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders will be having an alumni day cheering on the Philadelphia Soul on July 22. The event will benefit the Susan Komen cancer organization. Let’s Go!!
James AJ Revels, Kevin Sbraga and Jesmary Sbraga. He just returned from the Aspen Wine & Food event and is gearing up now for the late fall opening of his his new place in the Symphony House on the Avenue of the Arts.Michael Schulson from Sampan is a scream and had all the fun people at his table. Have you been in Sampan lately. You have to try the Lobster Gazpacho. Tell them I told you it was the best, yum!! Matt Levin of Adsum served rib eye with peach infused beer. (Guess he’s saving the Four Loco.) He had the entire Spain family sitting front and center.
Sean Reilly, Robert Bogle, Mariska Bogle, Jimmy Contreras, Matt Vlahos and Carol Drumstas (Brown & Forman). The black eye Matt is sporting is not from domestic violence or rough housing, but from a terrible mugging Matt endured last Thursday night around 11PM at 24th & Walnut. So be careful out there.
Zavinos table: Owner Greg Dodge, Steve Gartner, Carmen Tomassetti, CTO Entertainment
No doubt she is giving the thumbs up to Kate Wilhelm and Chris Chimicles news that they are engaged!!
One of the most beautiful settings Chris Scarduzio’s Mia. WOW
Me, Tamar Olitsky, Nicole Cashman, Nina Tinari and Patricia Benitez. I’d better start using some Grecian formula

Brad Waxman, Joan Spain, Bernie Spain, Joan Pileggi and Sharon Phillips Waxman.
Table 31′s Chef Chris Scarduzio and Darlene ScarduzioGarrett Miller and Marla Mazzocco with Jenine and David Neff
Emil Buccilli and Scott Lean of SweetTooth has a sweet story about providing candy to Katy Perry’s meet and greet over the weekend. I’ll write about it tomorrow.Steve Pottash, Steven Olisky, Rouge Chef Michael Yeamans, and Sky Strouth
Dan Cronin, Danielle Tomko and Michael Spain Smith. Dan tells me that Hair of the Dog is changing venue’s this year. It will have the run of the entire Westin Hotel in Center City.
This lady was on her way out and her bag caught on to the SweetTooth’s candy display and like a piece of toilet paper caught on a shoe dragged the whole display off the table leaving a trail of Reese Cups in her wake til I caught up with her half way down the hall. It was kinda funny except there were none left for me.

What a great night for a great charity and every one had a fantastic time. I can’t wait until next year. In the meantime support PAWS and all that it does for your or someone’s future pet.