Friday, March 16, 2012

More Fashion & Fun at the 12th Annual Red Ball

Last Saturday the Red Ball was held at the Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park. Nearly 1300 people attended the black tie gala and proceeds ($300,000) benefit the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Red Cross and
the Red Cross House – the Center for Disaster Recovery, a one-of-a-kind short-term housing facility in West Philadelphia. Every year, hundreds of local families find refuge at this facility and begin their recovery from fires, floods and other disasters.
Artist Glenn Stevens and Perry Milou create a one of a kind painting that was donated at the end of the night.Some of the 1300 guests in the main room
On my Philly Mag column I insisted my readers wear Red to be including. On PhillyChitChat fashion rules no matter what people were wearing.
Jamyra Perry and Mike Toub with their accents of red.
PhillyChitChat readers in the house: Kelly Harant and Michelle Voli
Guests at the annual “red tie gala” sampled culinary delights prepared by Philadelphia’s hottest chefs and for the second year got the chance to vote for their favorite restaurant. This year’s restaurant winner is This year’s restaurant winner is Cakes and Candies by Maryellen. Dana Herbert of Desserts by Dana and winner of TLC’s Next Great Baker, presented the glass award
to Cakes and Candies by Maryellen owner Maryellen Bowers.
. (I missed this shot as I was wondering what Kate Gosselin's fortune was at that time.)
Amber Joi Watkins, Reid Rosenthal and Kate Beaver
Old Hollywood Glamor: Laura Elliott wearing Ralph Lauren and Donna O'Brien in Nicole Miller.
Ender Alexander and Kevin Wilkins
Lisa and Ross, with Laura BurkhardtCTO Entertainment had three musical acts going on all night long. CTO TriBeCa and CTO park central in the main room. Dj ricky lee and c:fusion above Also akarma electric strings.
Erin Como, NBC10's Jillian Mele and Sheena ParveenErica Dietrich, Joe Rafter, Carol Drumstas, Brown Forman, wearing Badgley Mischka, John Stevenso and Paula Romano who's wearing Nicole Miller.
LinkChad Dion Lassiter and Gladys Perez. Chad runs the Red Cross House which benefits from the Red Ball. He told me he is overwhelmed and grateful by the generosity of the turnout.
Kerry Auge and Senior Master Sargeaant Matt Giacobbe,
Lisa Long, Jason Long, Key Account Manager for Pennsylvania at Edrington Group (Brugal Rum was one of the sponsors tonight) with Jill Yanga and Marc Yanga, Sofitel Hotel

Professional Tarot Presentations Marilyn Sukonick-Zeff and son Sam Zeff, 21 & a senior @ Cabrini College...majoring in Human Resource Management.

Sabrina Tamburino and Lauren O'Dorisio
Buck Klupp and Mary Ann Kleshick
Kristyn Aldrich
Guests danced the night away with entertainment provided by CTO World Entertainment Productions, enjoyed the museum’s exhibits, mingled with Philadelphia’s social and business leaders, bid on luxury items in the silent auction, and learned more about the mission of the Red Cross. The VIP room, sponsored by Exelon and catered by Max and Me, featured carousel rides, a cigar bar, and gift bags.
Bill Donahue, Tia Triplett and Patrick Mullen
The End. PS Thanks for your patience this week with my posting. I did a lot of posting over at and that takes up a lot of time. Each entry on either site, takes about 2-3hrs to write. Then you know I was caught up in that Kate Gosselin mess. In hindsight I wonder if it was all for publicity for her. Or what photo did she think I took, and worse why are people so obsessed with her. It was interesting to say the least. Thanks to my advertisers and everyone that hired me this week to shoot their events.
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 (last night Thursday 3/15/12 crazy packed) 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 cause there is only so much cake you can eat, really, I learned that the first year I went. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Philadelphia Union El Jimador Party VIP Meet & Greet Party at Chickie & Pete's

Last night the Philadelphia Union El Jimador Party VIP Meet & Greet Party at Chickie & Pete's
The party started at 6:30PM, and the line was already a half a block long. Originally the plan was to have season ticket holders for the first hour, then open it up to the general public for the 2nd hour. But after 850 season ticket holders RSVP'd for the event they had to loop off the public part. It pays to be a season holder.I found the fans to be hugely supportive and very appreciative to have an opportunity like this to get up and close with their favorite players. The Philadelphia Union have been hugely popular since their arrival in 2010. (Above: Sarah, Raymond & Theresa)
El Jimador is an official sponsor of the Philadelphia Union and Crab Fries are the signature dish at Chickie & Pete'sThe Union has sold out the majority of games at the Chester PPL Park, which opened in June of 2010. The Union averaged more than 19,000 fans per game in 2010, their inaugural MLS season. Last year PPL Park attendance averaged 99% of capacity for Union regular season games.Holly Kinser, Carmela Yeatman and Sheri Dannaker
Pollyanna and mohawk'd Billy Myers get signatures from Chase Harrison and Greg Jordan Jack McInerney
Franco Fusaro and Frank Schwartz are looking forward to the opening home game on Sunday.
Carol Drumstas, Brown-Forman and Aimee Cicero, Manager of Communications
Carlos Enrique Valdés Parra and Josué Martinez
wait to meet the fans. Chickie & Pete's Play 1 is a great place for this kinda meet and greet as the playzone cubes are separated by a wall from the main room. It's easy to get fans in and out in an orderly fashion. There's also two floors. You might remember when I covered the Philadelphia Soul Cheerleader tryouts, afterwards Jon & Julie Dorenbos, as well as Joselio Hanson & his GF played the dancing video in one of the cubes.
El Jimador Shot gals: Amber & Kay. Look for them at the game. I think you'll like their uniforms.
Brian Samartino and Nikki Varoutsos are fans, but just came to enjoy the atmosphere. They're not into collecting autographs, but they like to go to every game.
These two Irishmen who are looking forward to St. Patrick's Day: Kevin Murtaugh and Shawn Coakley. Kevin's heading to Boston to enjoy the weekend. Says they have one of the best parades in the country. He's trying to see them all. Next year he's going to Savannah, Ga. Both guys say the best party can be found at Finnegan's Wake, but don't count out Moriarty's, Slaine or McGillin's, those places rock the more traditional shing digs.
I saw a few guys wearing mohawks in honor of the captain of the Union
Jerry Graff is excited to add a new wall hanging to his office. Says he always enjoyed soccer, but it wasn't until the Union came to town that he really got into the game. Now he tries to go to every game. Last year he had the Union flags signed, which now hang in his office.
Philadelphia Union defender Danny Califf greets a few of the fans.

HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex to Visit Philadelphia

Once again Philadelphia will be one of the proud destinations chosen for a Royal visit. On April 26th, HRH The Prince Edward, KCVO will be visiting our fair city. As the new Patron of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, His Royal Highness’s visit will showcase the Philadelphia Students participating in this unique program.

Founded in 1956 in the UK by Her Majesty the Queen’s husband, HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the international Award boasts operations in 132 countries around the world and is now entering its fourth year of operations in the United States.

In just three years, the US Award has grown to over 21 states and enjoys thousands of participants annually. The US Award continually strives to expand its operations in efforts to positively influence the lives of America’s youth.

Over 7 million people have received the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award since its inception. The Award’s fundamental philosophy and Four Tenant operational format have proved resilient, attractive, and adaptable, and it remains as relevant today as ever before. Last year, more than 140,000 participants from around the world earned a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has recently formed strategic partnerships with the Boy Scouts of America, the Miss America Organization, the Police Athletic League, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Living Classrooms and T. Rowe Price – and many others – to diversify its participant base and make the Award available to every youth in America.

The mission: to positively influence the lives of America’s youth by inspiring youth to grow and achieve.

As always, this is a very exciting time for us all and a reception is in the making where you will be able to see HRH Prince Edward and the fine students who are diligently working to achieve their goals in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. For further information or an invitation, please contact Debbie Webster at


Exclusive Breakfast with HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex


Friday, April 27, 2012
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Program

The Rittenhouse Hotel
Grand Ballroom
210 West Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Please join the BABC for this very special breakfast with Prince Edward, the first senior member of the British Royal Family to visit Philadelphia in four years. Prince Edward will be in town to raise awareness and funds for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. This international program was established in 1956 by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, to inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development and to recognize their achievements. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Philadelphia Program was launched in September 2009, bringing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program to Pennsylvania for the first time.

The Honorable Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael A. Nutter will welcome Prince Edward and will formally thank Dan Phelan, Senior Advisor to the CEO of GlaxoSmithKline for the company’s $5 million contribution to the Youth of the City of Philadelphia, and the $500,000 that is designated to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Philadelphia Program.

A portion of proceeds from the breakfast will be donated to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Philadelphia Program.


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Registration ends Thursday, April 26, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

8th Annual Chefs' Dinner for PAWS - Classy, Fun Fundraiser

It's that time of year again: the 8th Annual Chefs' Dinner for PAWS is the singular event of the year that brings chefs and patrons together for an interactive evening of food, fun, and fundraising.
On Monday, June 25, more than 40 of the region's best chefs will create an extraordinary gastronomic experience at The Union League of Philadelphia. Attendees will enjoy 4-course food and wine pairings prepared tableside by the chefs for 12 guests in decorated pods. All proceeds benefit PAWS' lifesaving initiatives, including adoption and foster care programs, spay and neuter surgeries, low-cost vaccinations, and more.
Tickets & Info HERE

KATE GOSSELIN - The Good, the Bad and The Ugly

(Thank gawd i have an editor at Philly Mag. I wrote this kinda fast as I have work to do.)
For the past 3 days I was subjected to the Khater's (Kate Gosselin haters), the Kate Lovers and then Kate Gosselin chiming in every once in awhile to call me a liar. On Saturday I went to an event and Tweeted I had a photo that would be seen around the world. Here's what I reported on my Fox 29 appearance , you probably read my Philly Mag column on the subject. The twitter war started by Kate Gosselin was picked up by and then the National Enquirer. The Khaters wanted a scandalous picture, and were my new best friends on Sunday. The Kate lovers wanted me to follow my moral compass and not kiss and tell. Then Kate Gosselin chimed in. She blew the story way out of proportion by tweeting that I was a liar and she didn't even know what I was going to say. You would think a women under this much scrutiny would know not to react to a random tweet of a local blogger wanting to promote his upcoming media outlets, unless they she was being sly as a fox and knew this would grab the attention of the mass media.

I did ask her to write me so I could tell her what I was going to say, but she didn't.

When my reports came out Monday morning, the Khaters thought I sold out, cause they are so obsessed with their hate for her they. Then they were accusing me of pulling my pictures saying she pressured me.

The Kate lovers were like I told you so about the Khaters and repeating Kate's mantra that I hyped it up to get fame and fortune. I did get carried away a bit with promoting my segment.
Seriously this is what happened Saturday night, and my thought process for my LOCAL PHILLY readers as well as my photos being distributed through my agency WENN, where I just sent the photos w/o great details (A good example, PEREZ HILTON who says she went to the event alone, you know why. I didn't add a story to the photos except to say where the event was. I included other peeps in the set too.)(talk about making crap up, the Radar Online story just ran with it.)

OK here goes: I really thought the money shot was Kate with the Professional Tarot Card Reader Marilyn Sukonick-Zeff. For those of you who thought anyone could get famous off a celebrity for one teeny weeny story (as Kate and her followers have accused me of; let's face it, I'm sympathetic to Kate, but she's a D List celebrity sliding into obscurity if something doesn't happen to change that.) For Me I already have a column in a major magazine in Philly, I have an entertainment segment on a Philly morning show and one of the most popular blogs in the City.

I've been photographing celebs for nearly 6 years in NYC. Courtney Love calls me the gentleman paparazzi. Writing about Kate Gosselin helped her career more than mine at this point in our lives. Everything I stated was factual. The bit about her and the Steve walking with his arm around her was not intended to come out. I said it in a private email with Radar Online who wanted the link to my photos. I saw Steve and Kate come out of the carousel room, she was on his right side and I believe I saw his arm around her waist but they it wasn't a snuggle kind arm wrap, it was a guiding one. Maybe he was consoling her because her dress was too short to ride the carousel, who knows. I didn't think anything of it. (Sure I wish I took the shot now that it is such a big deal, but at the time I thought I had the fun shot. I think it's funny that the Khaters don't see the humor in the shot I got.)
Comment from a Khater on a message board.

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No balls, no glory. Dumb ass journalism at its very best. Maybe Steve called him and threatened to delete his camera OR maybe Katie was right (gasp), he was trying to make a name for himself. OR maybe she cried to his boss, "Please stop your photog from publishing the picture of Steve with his hand up my dress and his tongue down my throat! I won't be able to feed my kids their daily slop, I mean, meals. And I won't able to cloth them with donated, I mean cheap, I mean clothes I buy on sale with coupons."

NO balls, NO glory! Only ridicule for being a kool aide drinker. Sheeple are saying the non-fans were punked. Dumb asses, the photog was castrated! That's my storyline and I'm sticking to it.devil

I say get a life and leave Kate alone, but as long as you're not I'll be photographing her and now the Phila American Red Cross chapter is know on a national level. Thanks. I hope does more events in Philly, and I hope she brings more press to these events. She has 80,000 followers, and polarizing or not she is a celebrity that attracts press and readers.
There's a whole list of things the Khaters could do to protect children than to attack Kate Gosselin. Don't buy the magazines, or visit the entertainment sites, step away from the computer, take a look at your own life. What's your cat doing right now, do they need to be petted, your dog walked, your kids hugged? Check out what I thought of Bethenny Frankel's reality in my Philly Mag column. She might be mad I blew the cover on her cozy life. What I don't understand is these ladies call themselves Christians, but they torture and judge Kate. Odd especially during Lent. Ladies, her show is over. Your work here is done. It was like you weren't satisfied until I had Kate Gosselin's head on a skewer. I guess when you do a reality tv show and open yourself up, you give permission for others to judge you. But the Khaters should ask themselves why are so obsessed? I love this site and how wrong they got the story, but fun to see Kate is getting some press again. Whispering Down The Lane theory proven: Rumor Fix If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then Steve and Kate are dating people. Kate take the advice I said on my morning segment the other day. Pitch a new story, Kate Plus 8 and the Bodyguard, the next chapter. No doubt it will be a ratings bonanza with the Khaters and the Lovers tuning in week after week, then burning up the message boards with their opinions. You still got it girl. (BTW if you're a fan of Kate Plus 8 they're going on a cruise and you can too: )