Decked out women and men hit the cobblestone of Rittenhouse Square last night to attend the 28th Rittenhouse Ball on The Square, was held last night, Thursday, June 17, 2011. The prestigious evening of glamour is always held on the third Thursday in June where the proceeds raise funds to make significant capital improvements to Rittenhouse Square. The gala event was co-chaired this year by Nicole Cashman, Barbara Eberline, Audrey Claire Taichman and Richard Vague, here with the committee.
The decor was done by Stephen Starr Catering, decor by Evantine and lighting by Eventions. When I arrive at an event done by Brian Kappra and his crew I immediately run to the dining room as he is a genius is decor. This year he did not disappoint, the theme must have been jeweled of bedazzled because there were jewels in the table cloths, hanging from the guard house, in the table runners, on the centerpieces. Really beautiful. The Starr menu was 4 courses and included lobster and fillet. The lighting was dramatic, subtle and playful.
Pretty in pink Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Film Office, outfit was complete with pink pumps for the garden black tie party.
I ran into my friend and former "boss" from my former life as a paralegal, Charles Goowin, Esq. He's a partner at Berger Montague and my firm assigned me to work on a case with his firm for 2 years. I actually went to work there everyday, which was a joy since it was only a block from Rittenhouse Square. His wife Nicole Galli is also an attorney, but at a different law firm.
A.J. Marsico and Annie McCormack. AJ just got back from a trip to Pittsburgh and checked out one of his favorite stadiums PNC Bank, which has a really great view of the City.
Rich Castor and Mary Parenti. Mary owns one of the beautiful private homes on Rittenhouse Square, what a treat it must be to have the park as your front yard.
Dr. Whitney Pollock and Harris Bock. Dr Pollock, Pottsville, was recently named national spokesperson for a NovaSure medical procedure.
Kelly Boyd was a stunner in her glimmering gold number with Fabio Granato (Owner Serafina NYC & soon to be Philly 6/24) and James Scott.
Nicole Melchiorre and Nina Stanley. Behind them was where the table place-cards were located, among beautiful white roses and lilies. As the guests first walked in they would pick the place card up telling them which table they were sitting.
Rittenhouse Square unofficial mayor as opposed to Wendy Rosen who is the official mayor, Sal D'Angelo and his beautiful wife Inga. You want to learn the history of Rittenhouse talk to Sal.
Nigel Richards, Nicole Cashman, Sabrina Thorne, Lauren O'Dorisio, guest, Noel Bruno and Matt Noone
Our FEASTIVAL pals Liz Trasmundi and Jason Norton. The 2011 Feastival is September 14.
Matt Wolf and Rebecca Quinn-Wolf. You can't see it very well in this shot but Matt is sporting his Phillies bow tie, "representing he said."
Todd Drake and Denelle Green-Drake. Love her Philip Lim outfit that she picked up at Neiman Marcus
Dave Maser and one of the evenings co-chairs, Barbara Eberline
Nicole Cashman, Brian Kappra, with David Hall and Creg Oosterhart
Former senator Bob Rovner makes his way through the crowd
Senator Larry Farnese with Jin Hee Park, was one of the few "official" politicians under the big tent as the city officials like Councilman-at-Large James F. Kenney and Mayor Nutter were ironing out the budget in City Hall. Nancy Alperin Regni and Dr. Jerry Regni.
Chris Sellon, Debra Hamilton, Linda Richardson and Dr Paul Richardson
Others spotted were John Colabelli, Robert Stern, Carol Tamburino, Steve Thorne, David Lipson, Linda Johnson, Eileen Kennedy, Peter Madden, Kate Wilhelm and Chris Chimicles, Laurie Phillips, David Schwartz, Carol and Joe Shanis, Irene and Fred Shabel, Joel Koppelman, John Westrum, Justin Wineburgh and Judie Weinstock
Diane Johnson and Christian DiCiccoTamar Olitsky, Co-owner of Table 31 (have you tried their new menu yet?) and Brooke Dillon. Both woman's outfits came from Brooke's boutique where she specializes in vintage clothing.
Anthony Casey, Nina Tinari, Mia Tinari and Dave Fisher
co-chaired this year by Nicole Cashman, Barbara Eberline, Audrey Claire Taichman and Richard Vague with Rittenhouse Square President Betsy Hummel, CBS3's Chris May and Susan Barnett looking on.
Dinner then dancing was on the menu as the Young Friends of Rittenhouse Square made their way over from Smith & Wollensky at about 10PM. More on their party on Monday.
The Eddie Bruce band performs
Kate Kosarek, Friends of Rittenhouse Square Park and Scott Barnes, Starr Catering
Ralph and Suzanne Roberts, stunningly dress and a great way to end the entry with style and class. (Scott Barnes is helping Mrs Roberts navigate the cobblestones and rain.