Friday, February 17, 2012

The Heart Ball - or how I screwed up this entry

Ugh. So bummer I can't find the notebook for this event (I'm in the middle of re-organizing my desk and it is lost among the mess). Now I know I have it cause the same night I went to the Top of the Tower event, and I wrote that on Tuesday. Ugh, i could have completely skipped over this event, but I think the message is important and that is why I am bringing it to you... The Heart Ball brought out the ball gowns and tuxedos Saturday Night at the Marriott Downtown in Center City.Aleta Rupert Executive Director, Vice President of Development at American Heart Association and James Eisenhower, The American Heart Association's Board of Directors. The Heart Ball celebrates: our work and mission; our donors and volunteers; and – most important – the lives saved and improved because of everyone’s efforts.
Judge Rene Cartwright-Hughes, chief at Red Cross, Phila and Shirleen Alicott, 6ABC news anchor was MC for the nights event. The 2012 Heart of Philadelphia Honoree's were Daniel J. Hliferty, President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, and the 2012 Edward S. Cooper, M.D. Honoree was Howard H. Weitz, M.D., Jefferson University Hospitals.
Last year their mother won the bid on the trip to Africa. It was for 5 days/4 nights. The family has extended it to 2 weeks and they are going this summer. This year it went for $5,500
African Game Preserve: Spend an unforgettable 5 days/4 nights on safari in the exclusive Ongava Game Reserve located next to Etosha National Park in Namibia. The package allows the winners to choose between staying at Ongava Tented Camp or Ongava Lodge. A combination of both properties is also possible. Both tented and lodge accommodations include the “creature” comforts of private baths, luxury suites, and cooling units. All with fabulous views looking out at the preserve and waterholes. Meals are served either in the main dining room under thatch with a view, or on the dining deck under the stars.
So cute. I spoke to someone who won this last year and they said it was FABULOUS. Which is probably why it goes for a pretty penny.
Tuscan Country Villa: In the heart of Tuscany lies a beautiful, enchanting country villa with 5 cozy bedrooms. Enjoy swimming in the sunny pool, playing tennis on the private court, or simply strolling the 40 picturesque acres surrounding the house-sleeps 10. Perfectly situated for day trips to Florence, Sienna or Pisa. Stay in touch with good telephone lines and internet access. Sensational cook and charming tennis instructor available for hire. Dollars Raised: $20,000
Oh I'm so sad I can't find this booklet, but you know it has to be at least two years since this has happened. I think I have too many booklets. Some need to be retired. Mrs. Philadelphia, on left, tells me that the Mrs Pennsylvania contest is coming up in the next few weeks and will be held in Atlantic City. I found that odd since, but then she told me they jointly hold the Mrs. New Jersey contest at the same time and place. Interesting.
Christina and John Saler. So glad to run into them. John was the co-chair of the Academy Ball and I just couldn't find them that night. I always thought the co-chair appeared on stage at some point. John tells me he was on stage, he gave Diana Krall her flowers. I found the pix but it wasn't really a good angle of John, but he was on stage and he made her laugh. It was cute.
Best dressed couple. She has the most beautiful ginger hair. The Heart Association has great nutritional tips.
I loved this dress. These two were the only peeps I shot that didn't have a stitch of red on them, but I really enjoyed her dress. Sorry for the abbreviated post, it really is driving me crazy where I put the notebook that contains this event.
Thanks to my sponsors who keep me clothed in those nice black outfits you see me sporting. Make this weekend special, pick up some new threads & new shoes at the Shops of Liberty Place, rent a limo to take you to dinner at Del Frisco's while enjoying a glass of Korbel. nibble on the best chocolates from Teuchsers Philadelphia at the Bellevue. Then head over to Philly's favorite playground Recess for some late night dancing. For your next party think about hiring a band or DJ from CTO Entertainment be sure to stop by the Cool Pix Photo Booth. Stop off at your full service attorney's office Zarwin Baum before you take the plunge. On Monday hit the gym, The Sporting Club, and call The Lab for marketing advice. Pick up your tickets for Philly's most outrageously fun cake decorating contest, where you get to eat as much wedding cake as possible & bring some home. Let Them Eat Cake. on April 2nd. I suggest you bring your own container. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Yesterday I checked out the new Bruce Springsteen exhibit at the National Constitution Center: From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen

I do love that I have my days free to take advantage of these press luncheon's with the insider news. Which you will read about today in my Philly Mag Column when it goes live about 10AM here.
Erika von Tiehl is co-anchor of Eyewitness News This Morning on CBS 3 and The CW Philly (CBS3 is the official sponsor of the event.) Usually that means they will promote the event with in-kind commercials and on their news outlets. But other stations and news media will too as it is a newsworthy event.
Bruce's Harley from the early 00's. There's also many of his outfits from the concerts and album covers. The curator from the Rock & Roll hall of Fame says that whenever Springsteen comes across something significant he adds it to the collection.
In the evening their was a gala in the main hall, right near the exhibit. Read about it in my PhillyMag column on The Philly Post today.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man & Woman of the Year Kick Off at Fleming's Steak House & Wine Bar in Radnor Township.

Earlier this month the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man & Woman of the Year Kick Off at Fleming's Steak House & Wine Bar in Radnor Township. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man & Woman of the Year (MWOY) campaign is a fundraising competition in communities across the U.S. in which participants vie for the title of Man or Woman of the Year. They raise funds for blood cancer research in honor of local children who are blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year. The titles are awarded to the men and women in each community who raise the most funds during the ten-week campaign; the top local fundraisers in the country also win the national titles. Above - Anthony Falco (left), is competing for the title of Man of the Year. With his sons AJ and Jake, and wife Keli.
Michael Walsh (second right) is running in the campaign in honor of his brother was his a blood cancer survivor. With his wife Lauren (left), son Michael, and younger sister Francesca Walsh (right).
15 year old Ryan Clark (second left) is a candidate for the campaign. With him his is father John Clark (left), younger brother Brendan Clark (second right), and mother Cindy Clark (right)
Funny man Matt Krueger, is one of the candidates for the Man of the Year. He took time to take a photo with Bryn Henry.
Joell Alter is 2011 Man of the Year.
Sarah Lindenmuth (left), Director of Light The Night, Ellen McGolderick (second left), Betsy Shoustal (second right), and Maida R. Milone (right), Executive Director of the Eastern PA Chapter.
Group photo of all the candidates.
Back Row: Gary Rathsmill and Rob Shangraw
Middle Row: Bridget McMullin, Matt Krueger, Anthony Falco, Michael Walsh,
Megan Miller, and Brian Klick
Front Row: Bryn Henry, Andrew Clark, and Ryan Clark
Not pictured: Denise McQuillan and Zach Capetola

RANDOM TIDBITS Upcoming Events,Swarovski Crystal & Gossip

Events Coming Up:


Actor Kevin Bacon makes an appearance in Philadelphia for the Kimmel Center 10th Anniversary special event, Clips and Conversation with Kevin Bacon, on Wednesday, February 15, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Perelman Theater. Noted Philadelphia film critic Carrie Rickey hosts Clips and Conversation with Kevin Bacon, and will reflect on the Philadelphia native’s film and theater career with a montage of movie clips and a candid discussion with the actor.
$20 - 7:30PM Tixs


Tonight: Channeling Your Inner Sport: Athlete to Executive; 5:30PM - 7:30PM
WHO: Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer & Toddy, P.C.; Center City Proprietors; Comcast Network's Arthur Fennell; Peter A. Luukko, President & Chief Operating Officer, Comcast-Spectacor and Chairman, Global Spectrum; Don Saleski, Executive Vice President at PRN Professional Receivable Network; John S. Spagnola, Managing Director at The PFM Group; Reginald W. Wilkes, Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor, The Wilkes Group
Cost: Free for guests of Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer, Toddy, P.C.

RSVP by Noon:
The Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow returns to the EXPO Center at Oaks February 16-19! Find gear for hunting, fishing, boating and camping from hundreds of exhibitors. Strengthen your technique by attending on-going seminars from renowned fishing and hunting experts. INFO:

Saturday Night: 8PM

Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, co-founder and lead MC of the legendary group, the Roots, will host “Let's Move it Philly!” a charity concert party to raise funds for Black Thought’s GrassROOTS Community Foundation. “Let’s Move It!” Philadelphia is the first step in a 13 city initiative that will address childhood obesity in the African American community. Guests will party to the sounds of Rich Medina, DJ Diamond Kuts, Nikki Jean, Money Making Jam Boys, Questlove, and Black Thought of the LEGENDARY Roots Crew.

3/4/12 - The Bellevue Gets Engaged 1PM $50Link
Sip signature cocktails and enjoy hors d’oeuvres while meeting with Philadelphia's most elite merchants in the bridal industry.

The other day I covered the Brad Lidge signing at the Shops of Liberty Place. A pix appeared in my philly mag column here. What was interesting is right after you had your item signed, the Man Cave (Sporting Cave) had folks right there authenticating your newly signed item. That was pretty cool.

Speaking of Shops at Liberty Place, at 16th & Market. There's a Swarovski Crystal Store there. I noticed in the old Democratic office building on the 1500 Block of Walnut, they're going to open another store there in the Spring. It's across from Tiffany's & Co.

Valentine to the Market Gala Fundraiser is 2/25/12

Show your love for the Reading Terminal Market! Join us for an evening of dancing, food & drink, and entertainment to celebrate the Market?s 120th birthday. Proceeds benefit the Reading Terminal Market Preservation Fund and will be used to preserve and enhance the historic Reading Terminal Market for future generations. For tickets and more information please visit
LinkLinkOn Valentine's Day, Judge Minhart married several Philadelphia couples in the Reading Terminal Market’s Center Court seating area.
In the evening Mike and I headed over to Il-Portico, 1519 Walnut Street for a V-Day dinner. I hadn't been there for about 4 years, and forgot how charming it was with it's luxurious decorations. I love the chairs. Reminds me of my Italian mom's living room.
I had the caprese salad and lamb. Delicious. Mike had the Veal Shank which he loved. It was an amazing deal with a price fixed menu at $100 for two for a three course dinner. There's a popular dance club on the 3rd floor, Club Adesso, who has quite a following on Saturday nights. Look for it to be open on other nights with specials like Latin night, Jazz night, GLBT & Baby Boomer night (You know I've been fighting for a night like that. I wanna hear some early Madonna, Bee Gees and music that reminds me of Memories of Margate.)
We ran into our friends Chip & Henry. They're coming up on their 20th Anniversary together. They're married in about 2 states.
George & Garden Logan. They're having a baby in June. Congratulations. They're the 2nd pregnancy I heard about today. This morning on Good Day Philly

Congratulations to Good Day Philadelphia's co-anchor Sheinelle Jones (hubby Uche Ojeh) announced that she was having twins this summer. They have a son Kayin, 2

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


The weather outside was frightening, as Philly got it's 2nd snow storm of the season, but high about the salted streets people were warm and fuzzy enjoying the Third Annual Top of the Tower Valentine's Day Cabaret with Eddie Bruce.The Top of the Tower Team: Laura Burkhardt, The LaB, Managing Partner Lou Kochman, Mickey Rowley, Partner Top of the Tower, Vanessa Garcia, Guest Services, and Richard Bond.
Nearly 100 people came out for a full course meal, as food stations of lined the hallway outside the ballroom.
Prime Steak Diane with cognac sauce, Lobster Newburg, Cider-glazed organic chicken with fennel jus and Porcini mushroom tortelion in brown butter & sage sauce and Tower Caesar salad with parmesan tullieThere are about 5 rental rooms at the Top of the Tower. There are also terraces which are great for happy hours, sponsor parties and get togethers
City of Hope's Harry Giordano and Michele DiVeterano. Coming up next for LinkCity of Hope, Let Them Eat Cake on 4/2Matt and Melissa RadicoJim and JoAnn Chadwick
After dinner we headed over to another room to enjoy the sweet sounds of Eddie Bruce

Crooner Eddie Bruce covered Tony Bennett, Liza Minnelli and did an amazing set on Sammy Davis, Jr
JoAnn and Edward Tyson. Every year they go out for a romantic Valentine's Day date. Each one takes a turn choosing a date. This year JoAnn picked, and Edward couldn't have been more happy. This event might just become an annual date for them.
John Brigandi, Sarah O'Doherty, Kara and Paul Brigandi
Harry and Lori SchiauiAfter the cabaret, the guests headed back to the dining room, which was now transferred into a cocktail party with dancing.
And as we went into the 3rd hour of the 3rd Annual Valentine's Day Cabaret, the dance floor filled up. There was touch dancing, fast dancing and I think I even saw someone do the hustle.
Brittany Ballard and Matthew Colip. This was the 2nd time they attended the Eddie Bruce Top of the Tower Valentine's Day

Andrew Kochman, Loraine Izzo, Kimberly Izzo and Joe Izzo
John Cavuto and Rosina Kagel
Did I mention the views.
Mrs Toub and Mike Toub
Did I mention desserts. It really was a great night. I've always loved the Top of the Tower space for parties. It's the highest rental space in the City with panoramic views, terraces, multiple rooms, a liquor license, it's own chef and much more. Give them a call.