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May 2012

Philadelphia

Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer, and Toddy Celebrates New Partner Marc Neff

Prestigious Law Firm Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer, and Toddy 
held a Happy Hour at their offices on Wednesday May 23rd. Guest of Honor Marc Neff gets introduced by Zarwin Managing Partner
Mitchell Kaplan.
Jim Pearl, Brielle Bandola, and Neil Rubin.
Lovely ladies; Amber Goins, Stacey Kracher,  Anne Nikolaus, and
Aida Sparta.
Norman Zarwin, Darrel German of TD Bank, Timothy Roseboro of Concordis
Key Advisors, Ron Matthew of TD Bank.
Guest of Honor Marc Neff with his wife Michele Neff.
Executives Gary Devito of Zarwin and Tony Tutoni with Marsh.
Judge Joan Brown with daughter Antoinette.
Darwin Beauvais of Zarwin and John Dunfee of GreenTree Brokerage.
Zarwin founder Norman Zarwin and Michael Winheld.
Brian Taylor and Zack Burgess from the City of Philadelphia, City
Council.  (Thanks to Mike Hirata for shooting this event for PhillyChitChat.)
 
Philadelphia

Beyoncé #BeyHive Fashion #Beyutiful Shoes a plenty

As you know I spent the whole weekend at my new favorite place Revel in Atlantic City, NJ This weekend was The Premiere and they kicked off their universe with a Beyoncé  “Back to Business” concert, or 4 as it were.  The last night was the best night, and even the Queen B said so, because we were the group/fans that almost didn’t get to see her as the final night was an add on and we were grateful and excited. The following are photos from every night, but Friday of the fashion. The BEY’s turned it out with fabulous style and SHOES. I wish I could have asked them all where did they get those shoes?

 Katrina
Moise. She was the winner of a Good Morning America Beyhive Costume
Party in Times Square, which gave two “Beyhive” tickets to the show
(right in front of the stage), an overnight stay at Revel, spa therapy
at Bask, dinner at one of Revel’s restaurants and a dress from House of
Deréon International Collection, a kick-off the summer beach towel  and a
beach bag from the House of Deréon Collection to the winner. There were
also three runners up who won just tickets. More than 300 people
competed for the grand prize.

A few fans heading into the #BeeHive VIP Party. The folks who attended the party were all staying in the hotel, and paid a special premium price to attend the party, and concerts. Beyoncé left them each a present of her lotion, perfume and a handwritten note thanking them for coming to her #BEYWeekend and being part of the #BeyHive.
Sasha Fierce would be proud!!
Orange is in

Are they fierce?

Looking hot mama, and on vacation this week: Christine Maddela – NBC10’s evening traffic reporter, now moving on up to reporter. Christine was a reporter from the last station she came from, but there were no openings when she came aboard, now a few people having left and I see she’s movin on up.

Near the #BeyHive

 AmberJoi Watkins and Tommy Domalski

I came across this couple just after he had popped the question to her; She said YES!!Congratulations Maureen Bekheet and Robert Girgis over Outerbridge, NJ

Margaritaville ie Jose Garces – Distrito Cantina

I know I worked for them this past week (for one night), but I have to say I do love the place. Lots of eateries, seating, sights sounds, can’t wait for the club to open in August and I really can’t wait to stay there. So many amenities when you are a hotel guest. You get the 10,000 gallon pool, the 2 acres of by the beach sitting among the NJ wild greenery, pool, air hockey and a vacation inside a vacation. The casino is nice too – NO SMOKING, lots of games, great energy. If I’m going to be in Atlantic City, my choice is always going to be Revel
Saturday night it was like Mardi Gras at Revel. Lots of craziness going on.
Revel PR team which also includes partner agencies Weber Shandwick, Lisa Johnson Communications and Outthink
So wonder to see my sister (orange top) last weekend. She and her friends, their husbands had dinner at Amada. They raved. Later in the evening their was a Flamingo dancer which was quite enjoyable.

#BEEHIVE

Angela Ferguson, GPTMC and Robert Williams

Brother Beys
What the hell, the poor zebra’d abominable snowman wants his boots back.

Simple, elegant, green
Nice, Kristen Insalaco is currently reading “Freedom”

Super bass
John and Amy Dunfee,
This guy was funny. He is hawking Oui black stretch pants with Beyonce on the cover of the box. I said has she sued you yet. He said “I’m hoping she would, I could use the publicity.” And there you have it.  Maybe he could looking into “Shark Tank.”

Oh why couldn’t I shoot her direct n her face with that aqua blue green lip stick. “Born this Way” baby.
TATTOO’S & TOES

Spikes on those shoes.
SASHA DAMN FIERCE!! – but who’d want to undo all those buckles if you were a little tipsy or tired.

Thank you Revel, The Revel PR team which also includes partner agencies Weber Shandwick, Lisa Johnson Communications and Outthink and everyone I met this weekend. What a great place to work or play.

Philadelphia

Pennsylvania Innocence Project 3rd Anniversary Party – Helix Dancing

Pennsylvania Innocence Project’s (PIP) 3rd Anniversary Celebration was celebrated with a cocktail reception last week at the Power Plant in Old City.

The innocence movement and the Pennsylvania Project have enjoyed a busy, productive year; they have exonerated or have been awarded reduced sentences for over 290 wrongly convicted people based on the advance development of DNA science.
James Giles, Samantha Southal, Denis Lawler and Howard Scher; The Project works to exonerate those convicted of crimes they did not commit and to prevent innocent people from being convicted. Based at Temple University’s Law
School, the Project is working with a small dedicated staff as well as partnering with several prestigious law firms in Pennsylvania; they do not limit themselves to cases in which biological evidence
exists for DNA testing, but they also look at cases in which
questionable forensic evidence or other investigatory issues are
identified

Chermei Wong, Chris Hanson, Mary Creamer and Dan Berman
Joseph Nullmeyer, Ryan Hancock, Jen Sperling, Mike Lee and Jennifer Tobi; PIP is a Pennsylvania non-profit
corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Law
students from Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova Law
School, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, and the
University of Pennsylvania, earn credit while working for the Project
investigating applicants’ cases.
If the facts that are uncovered through investigation reveal new facts
that support an innocence claim, the next step is to prepare a petition
for a new trial; most often, this is in Pennsylvania state court using
the Post-Conviction Relief Act (PCRA). Generally, law students will
write the first draft, with either the legal director or the staff
attorney working with them to perfect the filing. Before we file the
PCRA petition in court, we invite a firm to co-counsel with us, pro
bono. If co-counsel has particular concerns or suggestions for the
petition before it is filed, then we all work together to have the
petition in perfect order before filing in court. Once the PCRA
petition is filed, Project lawyers and pro bono counsel share in the
work and responsibility of moving the case forward as quickly as
possible, including meeting with prosecutors to discuss the merits of
the case and a possible disposition.

Doubles Helix was a special aerialist performance by AirPlay Entertainment

At the event they honored Pepper Hamilton LLP (Pepper Executive Partner receiving it is Bob Heideck) with the “Hero of Justice Award” which was presented by Richard Glazer, Esq. Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project,

Lacey Soslow, Rob Whitmore and Jen Sperling

Theresa and Jim Figorski , Dechert LLP

Another “Hero of Justice Award” given was given to John Thompson (r), who was saved 
from execution at the hands of the state of Louisiana by Morgan
Lewis& Bockius lawyers J. Gordon Cooney (L) and Michael Banks (who wasn’t present), who
represented him for 23 years. Check out the The Pennsylvania Innocence Project.  
Thanks to event sponsors: 

Pepper
Hamilton, LLP; Frank and Denise Quattrone Foundation; Kairys, Rudovsky,
Messing & Feinberg LLP; Ballard Spahr LLP; Buchanan Ingersoll &
Rooney PC; Glazer Family Foundation; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP;
David Richman and Janet Perry; Anthony B. Creamer and Navigant
Consulting, Inc.; Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller;
Greenberg Traurig LLP; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Joan C.
Mazzotti and Michael C. Kelley; Raynes McCarty; Cornerstone Legal
Consultants; Fox Rothschild LLP; Montgomery McCracken Walker &
Rhoads LLP; DLA Piper US LLP; Glickman-Pivnick Family Foundation;
Kenneth and Susan Kaiserman; Cozen O’Connor; Anne Poulin; Sam Silver;
Joseph A. Sullivan; Rich Myers; Jeff Lindy.

Philadelphia

5th Anniversary Post: Philly Style Mag’s White Party 2008

Oh boy PhillyChitChat.com’s 5th Anniversary is coming up on July 7 (07/07/07). I had been planning since the begining of the year to do a few special 5th Anniversary Posts, but the time has escaped me. So I give you one now, and throughout June I will pop a few more up. On twitter I will highlight a notable party or two, and the occasional random entry from my nearly 3,000. I haven’t missed a day in 4 years. Sorry I  may be rambling cause that’s what I do best, it’s a conversation, I don’t have an editor, I never took formal writing or even photography courses, but I’ve always been curious. That’s how these pages started, I’m curious and then I like to share the results with youse. Thank you for that.
For the first three and a half years of PCC I was a paralegal, and the blog was my hobby. Since January 2011 it’s been my full time job. Before 7/7/07 I didn’t know anyone I covered on these pages, sure I knew of some of the more notable people like
 Sharon Pinkenson, Mary Patel or Mayor Nutter, and by knowing them, I mean from reading about them in the newspaper, never met them. My anniversary is in a month, I had planned all year long to revisit some of my favorite parties every month but I ran out of time as I was keeping a busy schedule. Now here at 2AM on the eve of a holiday weekend I was thinking now is as good as time as ever, even though I do have at least a half dozen current events I need to get to.

Although I started in 2007, this party – The Philadelphia Style Magazine White Party – which was held in August 2008, was really the beginning of my foray into covering social Philly life, the previous entries were really chitchat about anything, especially the celebrities I covered on my trips to NYC. Plus I had covered the Phila Film Festival and followed Thom Cardwell around, but a lot of that I’ll save for my book called “Off The Record”, which I definitely won’t be writing for at least 20 years, I’d like to still eat lunch in this town again. (Does anyone remember that book?). Actually I’m only kidding, it was great having him as my mentor and chronicling his life. It’s how I got my first photo published in a Philly Newspaper, in Dan Gross’ column. It was at one of the film festival parties I met the biggest mentor of my career, Michael Klein, and then we subsequently worked together for 4 years.

guest, Thom Cardwell, Farley Granger and James Dugan at the PIGLTF 2008

On occasion I would cover charity events, but I really didn’t know how to get invited to them, or even what a PR person did or that they were the key to to accessibility.  Over the years the blog has been our teacher to the elements that go in throwing a party, (what does PR do, who created the environment?) events, or getting publicity for a client. Above Sarah Doheny and John Soden. Over the top and stylish, I named her the Style PR Diva after seeing her in this Bjork inspired outfit, and the name stuck as I believe she uses it in her moniker.


This was the time in my life where I hadn’t yet adopted my trademark of wearing black. In the first 2 years when I started PCC, once or twice a week after working 8 – 3PM (no lunch) at the law firm, I would hop a train to NYC and cover a red carpet or three, hop back on the train at 11PM or sometimes at 3AM. (Sometimes I would go straight into work w/o sleep.)

I remember for this party I had to buy white clothes. I don’t look good in white. In this picture we have Nathan Lerner (with black jacket on). He’s a writer and the king of movie ticket giveaways. i realized I made it in this Philadelphia Social World when I made it on his VIP movie list for tickets. I’ve never had the time to use any of his tickets. After years of harassment  I gave a pair of Mann Music tickets to Mike to take his mom. Nathan has been a tremendous mentor to me, especially in the beginning when I was completely clueless. On the right, David Wagaman, Capriccio Cafe Cret and and Dennis Fee, Co-owner of Tavern on Camac & Uncles.

Jill Rizen (3rd from left) – 5 years later she’s in love and planning a wedding to Andy Henning, Elaine Grabar (2nd from right) and Michelle Ranieri. This was the first time I photographed these girls.
Sheryl Raskin and Meredith Trotter – two PR peeps you don’t see on the social scene as much anymore, but still working in their fields and raising their families in the burbs. 

Carrie Nork, now Minelli and hubby Dino Minelli. Carrie at the time was VP for Cashman & Associates and is not the Marketing Director at Parx Casino. I’ll see her tonight when I photograph the Mob Diva’s at 7PM, stop by. Dino represents Devotion Vodka.

Nicole Cashman, President and founder of Cashman & Associates Public Relations Firm.  In 2008, Cashman was the Queen of PR. She set a standard that PR peeps today still look to for promoting clients, whether it’s creating a buzz or throwing fabulous parties that will have people talking about them for days, months or even today. Once I heard she sent invitations to a party for a client and it came in a block of ice.  Now that’s memorable.

Michelle Miller. I didn’t know her back then. When I was reviewing my shots I saw her in them. I remember shooting this photo thinking a delicious tall glass of something beautiful.
Matt Vlahos, he had only been in town about 8 months by the time of the White Party, and really hit the ground running making his mark. A former reporter he is meticulous, organized and has a creative mind, all of which makes for a good PR. Once he included a cantaloupe in everyone’s gift bag at the James restaurant opening.

Susan Helfrich and Rich Wolff, They were heavily on the social scene, but have now taken a back seat to their thriving film studio. Right now they’re at the Cannes International Film Festival selling their products.

I think this is the party I where I met Donna Coghlan. Sweet, engaged now.

Man of Mystery: The guy on the left was always at all the right parties, but I don’t know what he did or what his name is but he is always with the beautiful ladies.

Mary Patel, was a political writer for the City Paper, plus appeared weekly on the news show hosted by Monica Malpass. She was probably the “biggest” name that I photographed in that first year.  She had a brilliant command of the political social scene, and no one has ever replaced her. She lives in LA now with her fiance. 
Carly Walko, John Colabelli and Lauren O’Dorisio. This was the first photo of them together taken. They had gone out on about one date and a lot of people didn’t know they were dating. There was no Sabrina Tamburino on the scene yet, that was to come as I met her in the fall of 2008. Have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. I’ll have a special entry on Monday, and coverage of Beyonce next week. I think these two look exactly the same since August 2008.