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January 2012


The 1st Annual Sapphire Ball at The Franklin Institute

This weekend was chock full of exciting events, from the Black Tie Gala at the Auto Show (which you can read about in my online Philly Mag column tomorrow), to the Winter Jam 2012 at The Piazza at Schmidts, to Christine Phillips Fashion Show at the Armory to the grand daddy of them all, the Academy Ball and the baby of the bunch, the first year of Sapphire Ball at the Franklin Institute. Masks and sapphire attire was suggested, and I was impressed by the compliance. Now I didn’t get there til after the Academy Ball, which was around midnite for me. (Then I ran back into town about 1AM, and went to the AP party at Union League, that’s when I shot the cab accident at 19th Street.)
John Moeller, Joe Carlucci, Samantah Giusti, Amber Hikes and Christian Edge are decked out in their sapphire finest. Sapphire Fund was established in 2002 to support the organizations contributing to the health & well-being of Philly’s GLBT community and it’s supporters.
Chris Dougherty and Kristin Detterline-Munro, Deputy Editor, Philadelphia Style Magazine
Will Aldridge, Jay Anhorn and Noel Zayas
Stephen Falcnek (hmm that doesn’t look like it could be right?) John Offidani III (Johnny O), and Gabor Szuhay
Thom McIntyre, Owner and Artistic Director at Philadelphia Dance Center, Tim Murdaugh, Personal Trainer at PTrainer at 12th St Gym (No doubt he was thinking to himself, hasn’t HughE started his diet yet?) and Jeff Price
Dancing the night away, Maryann Helferty and Krystle Williams were on the dance floor grooving to Bounce for most of the night, but I caught them when they sat down for a breather.
Stella D’Oro, Will Aldridge and Anita Manhattan light up the night in their fabulous gowns.
Bryan and Amanda

Gallelli Paul Hamilton, Esq and Jessica Slack

Our Mission
Sapphire Fund was established in 2002 to support the efforts of organizations contributing to the health and well-being of Philadelphia’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community and those who support them.

Sapphire Fund identifies organizations that advance the GLBT community through education, advocacy, arts and cultural opportunities; in addition to HIV/AIDS research, education, prevention and treatment. To this end Sapphire Fund engages in activities that raise monies so that grants may given to those chosen beneficiaries in support of these goals.
Lisa Martinicchio and Domenic Gallelli is the Founder, President & CEO of Prodigal Private Security Inc. and President, Sapphire Fund


Love is in the Air, at Top of The Tower for Valentine’s Day 2/11/12

Your Valentine’s Day Weekend (2/11/12) could be very romantic and delightfully fun! Philadelphia’s Top of the Tower invites you to experience romance 50 floors above Center City. With stunning views, exquisite gourmet food, and entertainment by Eddie Bruce…this unique experience is designed to melt your Valentine’s heart.

  • $90 per person includes:
    sumptuous dinner stations, dessert,
    cabaret show, & dancing the night away
  • Full cash bar (All drinks under $10)

an Eddie Bruce Cabaret show, and all of that is topped off with dancing to a live band!
For More Info: HERE



Hope you’ll read my Academy Ball column at Philly Mag in the Philly Post section, under The Scene. It took me about 12 hrs to write, and I’m pretty proud of it. Sometimes I put photos up of fashion don’ts, but I have to say everyone looked awesome so enjoy. And like I will be doing on days where I will be posting on PhillyMag, I’m not going to give you a lot of details of the event on PhillyChitChat, you’ll get it over there. I might be more opinionated here though
Adrian Hardy was spinning at the Young Friends of the Academy Ball part at R2L. He’s so crazy.

Christie Honigman (not pictured) was the PR for the Young Friends of the Academy Ball and helped organize a wonderful event at R2L before the gala at the Academy. Alexis Williams, wearing Ralph Lauren, brother Mark Williams and Carly Haroutunian. The girls had a beauty day at Oggi Salon then over to MAC for their make-up before coming to the party.

Glamour, glamour, glamour. Not your traditional red carpet ready gowns, but an air of sophistication in dress. Elizabeth Zelov, John and Nancy Galloway at the Tiffany & Co party.
And although the ladies were looking fine, we’re still not at the “Oscars” so not everyone knew what they were wearing. I did forget to mention in my Philly Mag column that GN Kang was wearing a Heidi Hamels borrowed dress.
I’m so excited that we have an exuberant, emotional, exciting new music director in Yannick Nézet-Séguin. This director will attract people of all ages and walks of life. You can see his enthusiasm for his job. Sorry I think jazz pianist singer Diana Krall was boring. I found her comments to be insincere. Has she ever been to Philly before? Yo-Yo Ma was mesmerizing and expressive, as you can see here.
I love that these two just stayed in their box to watch all the action of the party that was going on in the famed music theater. Then the hall was converted into a beautiful party hall.
Kelley Reilly, Carolyn Nagy, Renee Haggerty, Natasha Van Der Griendt and Alex Nagy had a front row table on the stage to see all the action.Doc Holliday, Chief Revenue Officer at Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News,, (Philadelphia Media Network) and Sandra HollidayTina Lamsback with mom and dad at the afterparty.
I will be putting up most of these photos in my online album for you to buy in a week, only $7. In the meantime check out my Philly Mag Column Here.