Friday, December 9, 2011

PAWS, PALS, FRIENDS AND A COUPLE PARTIES

LAST NIGHT it was a jungle out there as it was obviously OfficeHolidaypalooza, and by that I mean the co-workers were struggling to stand up as they wandered the streets of Philly at 10PM as their office parties let out. First I headed to the Christmas Tree Lighting at Christmas Village in Love Park. You know I love my City officials, but the stage was set in the Fountain (there was no stage really), which is about 10 feet deep from where the LOVE statue stands, so there was no view for anyone that wasn't in the first row of viewers, which was good for the shops cause they were poppin. Get down there, great buys, unique items, food and it will definitely put you in the holiday spirit. Then it was over to Table 31 to party with pals of the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) at the Comcast Center (Which by the way has daily Holiday Light shows in the lobby at the top of the hour, don't miss it. Plus check out Omega Optical in the Comcast Shops, that's where I'm getting my glasses. You know how blind I am, I can't even recognize some of you.)
Dana Spain, Leeza Garber, Erin Elmore, and Britney Harter

Steve Olitsky and Tamar Olitsky, Scarduzio & Table 31 co-owners. Which reminds me I tweeted earlier ladies please don't wear white, purple or yellow bras under black shirts or sweaters, I get tired of Photoshopping boobies. (Tamar didn't have this problem)
The PAWS Happy Hour was a screaming success. Screaming cause I had my toes stepped on so much as I maneuvered the crowd. Hope lots of puppy awareness and doggie dough was raised.
I mentioned yesterday that my childhood friend Sarah had passed away. I love that her mom wrote in the letter to me: "Her dogs were taken to a foster home and will not be euthanized."
Joan and Bernie Spain, with Chef Scarduzzio, Table 31
Dana Spain and Eric Cahill. (They're not fuzzy in real life, I just screwed the pix up. I usually take two shots, but someone stepped on my toes. See above.)
Congratulations to Menaka Sampath-Hughes on her recent marriage, here she arrived shot gun with Heather Heo. I see a new fashionable line of purses in the works. Tag line: Build your wardrobe and bicep with these helmet bags.
Stephanie Rybczyk, Wally and Jill Jacobson
Dana Farrell, Harvest, Sophia Stogiannis, Waterworks Restaurant, Kaci Metz, Lindsay Kravitz and Donna Coghlin, Advance StagingThanks to
Kevin von Seldeneck
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it was a pleasure finally taking a moment to Meet you tonight. Keep up the great work.
shot. I was running out and didn't have a moment to properly say hi to Christie Honigman who just walked in the door with Sabrina Tamburino. Dana is greeting Sabs, as I'm greeting Crhistie
Then I walked myself over to a hired gig (Addison Realty Holiday Party held at Twenty-Two Gallery 236 S. 22nd St., which is having their monthly 2nd Friday Opening House Tonight. You should go, laid back, maybe you'll meet someone. Don't keep doing the same thing and expect to meet someone new. Get out of your comfort zone.) in Fitler Square that you will read about next week. After that I went to the Rittenhouse Row Young Friends Party held at Whisper Nightclub.
Only $25 and a toy to get in to the open bar and Krispy Kreme doughnutsJustin Drew, Tammy Cumming and Lisa Mittelman (I think Justin and Lisa make a cute couple, not only because they read PCC, but they seemed to have a lot to chat about.)
no one is more friendly then Eric Giuliano (Hey Eric I found this nugget on the internet. Glad you got another license, you showed me it last nite, but did you ever wonder what happened to yours. I found this on the 'net )
Matty G, Randyl Case and Alexander Hankins
Antonio Atacan, The Atacan Group and Georgine Atacan, Director of Team Development for The Atacan Group. with Anthony Masapollo, Le Castagne
http://www.toysfortots.org/
Chris Kammerer and Lauren Steuls. Lauren will be at the Shops of Liberty Place today for Philadelphia magazine's Great Holiday Cookie Bake-Off from 12PM - 2PM. Free COOKIES.
alot of peeps were hitting me up last night to fix them up with peeps. If you're under 40, these Young Friend parties are chock full of single guys, it's up to you to figure out the prince and the toads, just sayin' Oh and then I last night someones told me about something called Grindr where gay guys meet other gay guys for friendship or fun. I was wondering if they had one for straight peeps. They do it's called Blendr, these names so funny.
Jt Christensen, Studio: Christensen Joanna Barbarakos and Arturo Vafela, Senior Reporter at ponte AL DÍA
All in all it was a successful night for two great charities. PAWS and Toys For Tots. You can still participate in the toy giving by dropping off an unwrapped new toy in any of the boxes located in a Center City office building. And think about giving $$ to PAWS, it's tax deductible and it is the end of the year. (OMG it's the end of the year, I have to get a years worth of receipts in order.)
This chick is obviously a partying professional, cause she's doing just fine navigating Walnut St. See you this weekend, somewhere. Just tell me you are a PhillyChitChat fan and you'll see your mug, and hopefully fun story on these pages. Be safe and as my advertiser KORBEL California Champagne says drink responsibly

David Akers Kicks for Kids foundation w/Jon Dorenbos, Jimmy Rollins, “The Vanimal” & Julian Vandervelde

The David Akers Kicks for Kids foundation has been helping kids at C.H.O.P. since 2001. This year the foundation held a Wine Dinner at the Cescaphe Ballroom on Wednesday December 7th to benefit the Little Rock Resource center for visually impaired and blind kids at C.H.O.P.
As David Akers was out of town, this years event was hosted by Philadelphia Eagle Jon Dorenbos. For Jon it marked a welcome return to the location where he and Julie Dorenbos got married. Julie could not attend as she needed to work at her spa Skin Palette, she's heading to Miami with Kiajfa Frink (Vick) and the girls to crash on South Street before the big game Sunday.

Vance “The Vanimal” Worley of the Phillies with host Jon Dorenbos of the Eagles. Who has the better hair?Kyle Miller with his wife Birthday Girl Alison Miller and former Eagle Mike Mamula (right).
Kicks for Kids board member Jim Calla, with Phillies Jimmy Rollins and Jerrold Colton.
Philadelphia Eagles Jon Dorenbos with car Dealer Gary Barbera and his son Gary Barbera Jr.
Eagle player and singer Julian Vandervelde with girlfriend Paula LisenBee. (I think she owns a lot of yellow, since there's a bee in her name.)
(Thanks to Mike Hirata who shot this event for PCC, as I had another gig in Center City)

Thanks to my advertisers this week: Secrets Limo ; CTO Entertainment;
Recess Lounge; Teuscher Chocolates; The Shops at Liberty Place; Del Frisco's - Book your holiday party now, and get $100 gift certificate with every booking. The LAB; Anne Woodford Reserve; The Sporting Club (I've started training with Cliff there.) Fleming's Prime Rib Steakhouse and
Hair of the Dog Ms Tootise

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Events: Varga Bar 2012 Pin Up Girl Calendar Party Pixs

Last night I headed over to the 3rd Annual Varga Bar Calendar launch. It was dreary outside, but that all changed when I walked through the doors to
the warm glow of Miss January...
My friend Erin Como, here with her colleague at NBC10 Doug Shimmel, and Erin's dad, Mr Como.
George Anni (r) and Val Anni are big supporters of the USO and last year, began donating 25 percent of all calendar proceeds to the Liberty USO (the local chapter). On the left is Joseph Brooks, President & COO, Liberty USO of Pennsylvania and New Jersey,
Danny Schuyler with RAW: natural born artists Showcase at G Lounge host Fred Calang

Out on the town last night, former cad turned celebrity interviewer Arthur Kade will be seen on the Biography Channel at 10 tonight night as a commentator on a special called "Never Satisfied: Why Powerful Men Cheat." Kade, discusses philanderers such as Jesse James, Anthony Weiner, Brett Favre, Tony Parker and Ted Haggard. Hanging with the Kade is Marissa Magnatta, producer from the Preston & Steve Show on WMMR, and Kate Ryan, Kate Ryan PR, who reps Varga, Valanni and Mercato restaurants.

Michelle - Miss September, George and Dawn - Miss August
Linh Dang - Miss April 2012 and Gennifer Whiston - Miss March 2010
Doctors in training from Brazil. These folks are at Wills Eye Hospital for a few classes, and return home next week after finals. Varga bar is a fun hang out, and they love Philly. Adding NYC is nice, and everything, but the history and quaintness of Philadelphia can't be beat. The people are so nice. (GPTMC let's get these folks in a Love Philly campaign.) L-R Roberto, Fernada, Monique, Moe and Gustavo.
Did I mention it was packed? the sponsors were: Dollface Studio-photography
AMS Salon-hair, Just B Beautiful and Shelah Layton-makeup, Velvet Lily-wardrobe
Bill Callahan-graphic design

Hmm pork and meat loaf sliders
Erin Como and her beau Danny Schuyler
Miss May, but I think it should have been Miss June as an homage to Gay Pride Month since she's wearing an outfit with the Rainbow Flag colors on them.
Varga Bar Chef Evan Turney, guest Michelle Demsky and Chris Pesotski
Check out my Philly Mag column on The Girard College Screening that happened at the Independence Seaport Museum the other night. Thanks. Here


This post is dedicated to my friend Sarah Jo Robinson. Right before I attended the Varga event, I received a letter from her parents telling me she had died a few weeks earlier of a heart attack at her home in Colorado. She had beaten the meth addiction 2 years before, begun to rebuild her life, working with a charity drug & outreach program to help others who were in her situation, but the damage to her heart had already been done. She was 43.

Update:
I should have picked a happier song for Sarah, like Walking on Sunshine or Simply Irresistible. The Susan Boyle song reflects how I feel, she was more like this song.

We were together when it first played on the radio, I was shocked and she was like Hughie embrace it. It's about women being in charge. Over the years we would sing it to each other cause it was such a one hit wonder. She was a lovely girl, from a good family, she had class, she was grounded even during those years I though I had lost her (I had a lot of patience during those years), and she was a great friend. In the past few years I had less and less time to chat with her, and she understood. I have a card on my desk from her that was sent in July. She had just moved into a new house to be closer to her son, who had been placed in foster care. It was my reminder to write or call her, I never found the time, but I knew it would be soon as I just bought stamps yesterday to send her that card. I wish I had called instead. I'll miss her.

Pix of Desean Jackson & Mya, JOE JONAS Spotted Everywhere In Philly;

Yesterday Joe Jonas stopped by Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania to visit with the kids. Jonas was in town to participate in the Q102 Jingle Bell Ball at the Wells Fargo Center. He arrived in town on Tuesday night, and bunked at the Omni Hotel over looking the historic district. In the evening he headed up town with 2 friends, and had dinner at Whiskey Burger. A few people recognized him, but he ate in peace. (Twitter Photo)Surprise, surprise Eagles player, and I mean player, Desean Jackson did show up at G Lounge on Sunday night to celebrate his birthday. But you know a contract's a contract whether it's on the field or playing the field. He's been a trooper (ie signed a contract to appear) and has made appearances at nearly every Sunday night party held at there since the beginning of the season. The party was hosted by Draya of VH1’s “Basketball Wives”, who stopped by Geno's Sunday afternoon. (Twitter Photo)LinkThe following night DeSean attended the 10th Annual Philadelphia Sports Fans Choice Awards, with singer, Dancing with the Stars contestant, Mya. (Now why did I skip that event, ugh. I went last year.) Check out Crunktastical.net for another shot of D-Jac and his birthday cake.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

More Cashman Holiday Party Pixs & Tidbits

Last week was the Cashman Holiday Party. Oh so many fun people were there, and although I wrote a column for Philly Mag, I left out stories that should be told.

Like the fun cocktail list. Rum Relations, Cash Out and Buzz Worthy.
Philebrities like getting pixs with other Philebrities: Michael Schulson snapping a shot of Rob Waserman and Sharon Pinkenson
Eric Grilly and Maria Valetta looking fashionable as usual
Sports anchor CBS3's Lesley van Arsdale and NBC10 reporter Aditi Roy. So happy to be in the same town again.
Milana Sigal and Irina Sigal, the stylish dressmaker. At Joan Shepp on 12/14, Irina will be displaying her exclusive evening wear collection perfect for the holiday. Also Wolford's new Spring '12 collection of legwear, bodysuits and swimwear will be on hand. 10% of all sales donated to the Parkinson Foundation.
Sorry to Chuck Peruto for not making his holiday party last Friday. I was so burned out, probably from shooting this party. SO many people and stories I was just spent by the time Friday came. I went to bed by 9PM with my headache.
Here comes trouble: Cashman & Assocs, Chief of Staff Keith Petrowski with Jacqueline P. Kelly. I've known Keith for a couple years now. He gets things done, and is the right fit for Cashman & Assocs. A charitable guy, affiliated with several organizations, including Alex's Lemonade, Lemon Ball, which is where I met him. Keith is looking great with his camel hair blazer, black v neck & white t-shirt. Casual, but dressy at the same time.
Jeff Miller, GM Park Hyatt, guest, Laura Burkhardt, The Lab and Vincent Vienne, General Manager Sofitel Philadelphia. GM's get along.
Jeanette Arthur, Development Associate Fairmount Park Conservancy and Kathryn Ott Lovell, Executive Director of Fairmount Park Conservancy tells me that the 2012 Centennial Celebration will be held at The Horticulture Center in the Centennial District of West Fairmount Park on April 26, 2012. This year they will be honoring Ryan Howard.
Kristine Kiphorn, Police Athletic League of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, Dan Gross, Phila Daily News and Shelley Hoffman, Public Affairs Manager, CBS3/CW Philly
Photographer Andre Flewellan and Deirdre Affel, Where Magazine Publisher
Lauren Richmond, and former Philly.com's Jim Barry is now the Director of Digital Communication's at the Constitution Center.
The Chestnut Club has a grand room decorated with lighting and draping, with cushioned chairs and sofa's making the room intimate too. Lighting helps set the atmosphere for an event. This set up is by Brian Toner, of Eventions, who created an intimate setting with lighting and decor.
Looky who else was there, I completely missed her but she wrote later to say "HughE when are we going to meet?" Shannon James (Hunter Pence's girlfriend. Heather says the trip to Cabo was divine, and Hunter is a laid back gentleman.) With my bud Heather Lee. Not sighted Sen Larry Farnese a who attended the Passyunk Avenue Holiday Party with Councilman Mark Squilla, who did make the Cashman event. I did see the senator at the Keller Williams party the night before right after his appearance at the Rittenhouse Square Christmas Tree Lighting.
Kimberly Jolly has a home with her husband (standing nearby, so don't start any rumors), here in the States as well as in Australia. She'd love to set up shop with her Physical Therapy practice here in Philly, but the jobs are scarce. Hanging with friend, Caleb Wilkerson, NBC Sports. Caleb is dating pretty Monica Devlin, who was unable to make it to the soiree.Lauren & Philippe Colomb found a comfy seat for two.
At first I thought it was J-Lo, but it turned out to be the just as lovely Aneris Roman, with hubby Edwin Roman, Vice President TD Bank, Commercial Lender
Excellent Party Nicole Cashman, here with beau Nigel Richards, President of 611. In fact 611 is having a Pop-Up

2011 Annual Holiday Pop-up Shop
2011-12-02

Clothing, Art, Photography, Music & Cocktails all in one place!

Fri. Dec.16th 11am -8pm
Sat. Dec.17th 11am-8pm
Sun. Dec. 18th 11am-6pm

225 S.18th St Unit 103, on Locust St
between 17th St & 18th St (behind Parc)

DJ's spinning all weekend long including:
Dave Mass, Jeff Heart, Theefunklord, Elvis Suarez, Dj Ghost, Jay Shok, Seraph, Jay Yo, carl Michaels, Willyum, Deann Dylema, Devant, Art Cuebik, John G, Eddie Tully and more...


The after party was at Rumor nightclub, where owners Ksenia and Gary Shusman were on hand to show us a great time. Gary gave me a personal tour, explained the concept and should be very proud of the outcome. The place is beautiful, spacious and exciting. BTW have I mentioned what a gold mine 500 Degrees is now. It was always great, but now it's open til 3AM feeding the masses as they leave Rumor. Gary would like to see more business open late in this area to enjoy in the success.
Relaxing after a night of spinning at the Cashman Party, DJ Adrian Hardy hangs with Sarah Coosan at Rumor.
Check out today's Philly Mag column here. It's about Girard College documentary, and I ran into Gary and Larry who gave me a little more info about the new restaurant with Chef Matt Levin. http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/2011/12/07/hughe-dillon-girard-college-film-screening/