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November 2011

Philadelphia

OCCUPY PHILLY ENDS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, I Tweeted it Live and Got More Than a T Shirt

I was Philly’s trending leader in play by play tweets at 4AM, beating 6ABC, my buddy Chris May at CBS3, #OccupyPhilly and Panties. How about them cookies!!

Also I would appreciate if you guys could go over to Philebrity and vote for moi in the category of
“Which Philadelphian most represents our town as a living, breathing monument to all that is “fabulous?” I really am so honored to even be mentioned, and now mortified I will be last. I know someone has to, but I’d rather it not be me – LOL.
Thanks http://www.philebrity.com/awards/ Then check out the Occupy Philly Eviction shots over at Philly Weekly Photographer/reporter Matthew Petrillo did an outstanding job for the duration of the occupation.

Philadelphia

The Claddagh Fund Celebrity Rock-n-Bowl Tournament – Flyers, Fans and Fun

First off I would appreciate if you guys could go over to Philebrity and vote for moi in the category of
“Which Philadelphian most represents our town as a living, breathing monument to all that is “fabulous?” I really am so honored to even be mentioned, and now mortified I will be last. I know someone has to, but I’d rather it not be me – LOL.
Thanks http://www.philebrity.com/awards/

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Monday night the Claddagh Fund held it’s inaugural Celebrity Rock-n-Bowl tournament at North Bowl in Northern Liberties
created by Ken Casey, of the Dropkick Murphys, to raise money for the most underfunded non-profit organizations that support vulnerable populations in our communities.

Initially started in Boston, Ma, Casey is branching out to other cities, the first being Philadelphia. Monies raised here, will stay in the local community and support great charities like Stand Up For Kids and the Limen House.

The event was well attended, with sponsorships of the lanes selling for $1,000 allowing 5 players to play, joining a celebrity. And there were actual celebrities here like Hell’s Kitchen contestant Jason Santos, and Kevin Chapman, star of CBS’s Person of Interest, one of the greatest boxers Micky Hart
and Philebrities like Flyers players Ian Laperriere, Zac Rinaldo, Matt Read and Harry Zolnierczyk, Comcast Sports Michael Barkann, Big Daddy Graham, WIP, Marshall Harris, Comcast Sportsnet, and
Miss Pennsylvania, Amber-Joi Watkins, who gives up her crown December 3. She wore it well.
Ian Scott, Ken Casey, of the Dropkick Murphys, Barry Hanrahan, Assistant General Manager of the Flyers.
Micky Ward, retired American junior welterweight professional boxer, Samantha Trasatti, Mixologist at Rouge, and a former WBU champion, Ken Casey, of the Dropkick Murphys. Folks not bowling only had to pay $5 to get into the place, and if the timing was right you could get a photo with one of the celebs. The low price was really about getting awareness to the organization, and it worked as about 50 people turned out to watch the action.
John Gonzalez, CSN Philly, and fiance, Colleen Wolfe, Update Anchor at Sports Radio 94WIP
Arthur Kade, Kate Beaver, Courtney Grant, Billy Riddle, of Ela and no dummy – Nicole Segal who is a Research Assistant Center for Electric Power Engineering Laboratory at Drexel University
Where’s Shelton Mercer been lately? When he’s not reconnecting with childhood friends, he’s being his entrepreneur self, or doing charitable good deeds. Look for the blow up of TwitChange. Shelton is now the Chief Business Development Officer at TwitChange. He’s with the lovely Timyka “Tiki” Artist, a reporter working at Pittsburgh’s NBC affiliate WPXI. Timyka grew up in Philly, and is a graduate of Temple University. 6ABC’s Kenneth Moton, Kevin Brown, Nicole Segal and Melony Shonfield,
Kendra Kirk, Bd Member of Claddagh Fund (CF), Christine McMahon, ED CF, Boston, Kate Diehl ED CF Philly
Eric Fox (2nd from right) was a sponsor of a lane. On his team was Ryan McDevitt, guest, Taylor Morganti, and Al Moganti, National Hockey League Analyst,
Celebrity Boston chef from Hell’s Kitchen Jason Santos with his signature blue hair and Samantha Trasatti.
Arthur Kade, who’s been out and about interviewing some of the biggies in the celebrity world of late (Check out his Kevin Hart from last weekend.) What’s fun about watching these interviews in Kade is coming from a complete fan angle, he’s a fan of these folks and his admiration comes through. He’s asking questions that you or I would ask, not a seasoned pro. I wish him luck, it’s certainly a new day for him. In the center is Hacina Saadi, and restauranteur JD.

Philadelphia

RJ Cacciutti – A Great Man, Gone Too Soon.

One of the best things about being PhillyChitChat is meeting so many wonderful people, some of them have become friends, which is hard to do because I have so little time to cultivate friendships. When I met RJ Cacciutti we talked for over an hour at the Law Abiding Citizen screening party at Del Frisco’s April 2009. (And for many of you, you know how rare that is as I am usually in my working mode, but that’s just the way RJ is, very engaging, and Erin was sweet too. We had a lot of laughs.) He told me about his family, his life and the business that he ran with his brother, Chuck, the West Philadelphia Bronze Corp. He told me how he cared for his workers, knew them by name, and their families. He sent them holiday cards, and personalized them. That was impressive. A dying art, the handwritten note. Something my mom still does today. Shortly after that we became email & FB friends (til he left FB), catching up on life, comparing schedules to see when we would run into each other again and meeting at Del Frisco’s, or Public House when he was around. He was living a charmed life. Working hard, doing charitable work, connecting people all over the world, and had a close relationship with his family and friends. He always had time for me, gave me great advice, we discussed politics, I would introduce him to my friends as my favorite Republican, but don’t hold it against him. I’d played match maker and fix him up with girls I thought would be a good match as he said he was getting to that age, and it was time to settle down. He went on a few dates with some of my choices. Doc Parghi, Kate Slattery and RJ Cacciutti at PIFA April 2011
RJ was eager to introduce me to his parents at the Radnor Hunt this past year: Dolly and Ralph Cacciutti. May 2011. That was really endearing. He told his mom and dad all about what I do, and I sat down with them for a bit as RJ attended to his other guests at The Freedom Council of Valley Forge tent. Then took a few photos of people with the Ronald Reagan cut out. (I’ll tell you a secret, the NBC10 tent was next to his tent and I was supposed to introduce him to one of my friends that day. Unfortunately, she had a last minute engagement and didn’t come to the Radnor Hunt. I later learned she didn’t like blind dates, bummer she missed out on someone special.)
Last month I ran into him at the Good Dog/Bad Dog Gala October 2011. William Firth, RJ CacciuttiDoc Parghi, and Kate Slattery. He said what he usually says, is Mike here? (My partner of a decade). Usually I say no, but this time…I was finally able to introduce him to Mike. They immediately hit it off, like I knew they would. They chatted for about 20 minutes or so. When I joined them, RJ said to me. HughE I want you to have this honorary membership coin from The Freedom Council of Valley Forge in recognition of all the charity work you do. Carry the coin proudly as it signifies honor and the good works of all men. – RJ it was an honor to have known you, and I will miss you. I never made enough time to see you. I never made it to the beach. I never called when I said I would, I never slowed down. I think you’ll be happy to know I’m going to work on those things, cause you never know when time has run out. So long my friend.

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