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March 2013


PHILLIES FINALIZE OPENING DAY ROSTER and Flyers acquired 6-4, 205-lb defenseman Kent Huskins

Saturday, March 30, 2013
            The Phillies have finalized their Opening Day roster for the 2013 regular season.
club made the following transactions today: catcher Humberto Quintero
had his contract selected; infielder Pete Orr, catcher Steven Lerud and
right-hander Zach Miner were reassigned to the minor leagues;
right-hander Michael Stutes was optioned to the minor leagues;
outfielder Delmon Young was placed on the major league disabled list,
retroactive to March 22 (right ankle surgery).
            The Opening Day roster includes 12 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders and five outfielders.
(12): Right-handers Mike Adams, Phillippe Aumont, Chad Durbin, Roy
Halladay, Kyle Kendrick, Jonathan Papelbon, and left-handers Antonio
Bastardo, Cole Hamels, John Lannan, Cliff Lee, Jeremy Horst and Raúl
            Catchers (2): Erik Kratz and Humberto Quintero.
Infielders (6): Kevin Frandsen, Freddy Galvis, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Michael Young.
            Outfielders (5): Domonic Brown, Ender Inciarte, John Mayberry Jr., Laynce Nix and Ben Revere.

            The Phillies are at 40 players on their 40-man roster.

The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired 6-4, 205-lb defenseman Kent Huskins
from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft,
according to general manager Paul Holmgren.


Huskins, 33 (5/4/1979), played in 11 games for the Red Wings this
season, as well as two games with the Norfolk Admirals of the American
Hockey League.  Huskins has appeared in 310 NHL games for Detroit, St.
Louis, San Jose and Anaheim over parts of seven
NHL seasons, scoring 13 goals and adding 54 assists for 67 points.


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Todd Herremans Foundation Hoops for Help – Or what Todd will be doing all summer long…

Last night Philadelphia Eagles player  lineman Todd Herremans hosted the First Annual Todd Herremans Foundation Hoops for Help at the West Club of Lincoln Financial Field

THE FAT RAT BASTARD Jeff Pirrami, Todd Herremans and Marisa Magnatta, Preston and Steve Show during the live auction. What was so great during the auction, every time an item needed a little boast they would throw Todd in to accompany the folks to events, whether it was the Sixers game, golf and even a night on the town. His dance card is full this summer.Later this morning, if you’re in town across from the Kimmel Center, Marisa and several of our friends like Kristina Jenkins, uwishunu,’s Maria Papadakis and Kristin Detterline from Philly Style Mag, will be doing the Flying Circus School’s trapeze (part of PIFA Philadelphia which started yesterday. You can buy tickets and do it too, it’s open to the public.)

Today I photographed 6ABC’s Adam Joseph and that’s why I missed the cocktail hour of Herreman’s event.

Here’s Todd Herreman with Lisa Friedlander, Project Director, No Place for Hate at Anti-Defamation League. No Place to Hate is one of the 6 charities being helped by the event last night. The others are American Cancer Society, Cooper Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, Magee Rehab – Brain Injury Research ( which is in the news of late after so many football players suffer those injuries) and Autism Research. Todd said that every year he would raise money for charities that applied to the foundation for help. I will certainly be putting the word in for Gilda’s Club in the name of my sister who you all know passed away from Ovarian Cancer in 2009.

The room set up. The event coincided with March Madness, and the games played on TV through out the room. On each table was a basketball centerpiece signed by a current player on the Sixers. In an interesting twist the winner of the center piece was the oldest person sitting at the table.  Each table was randomly assigned one of the final 16 teams in the
tournament; giving everyone a team to root for over the next two weeks. 
All guests of the Championship team table will win an iPad Mini and
guests of the second place team table will receive an autographed Todd
Herremans jersey.

 Which I’m sure none of these ladies were, or at least no one would ever admit their age as it’s not polite to ask a lady. Kellie Gagliotti, Heather Mitts Feeley, Mary Beth DiStefano and Jenn Frederick. Both Mary Beth and Jenn are wearing sparkling Nicole Miller.

Drew “The Mayor” Carballo, manager of Del Frisco Steakhouse is stepping out in style with his baby Marissa Frommer. Check out the color coordination between these two sweethearts.

Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos was on hand doing his fantastic magic tricks; at one point he had the audience participate and for the “winners” he sent Shady McCoy into the audience to give out hugs to a few lucky winners.

 Fred Lee Barnett is a former professional American football wide
receiver in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles and
Miami Dolphins and Fox 29’s sports anchor Howard Eskin

 Derek Vietro, Traci Coulter and Tim Howell
 Michael Vick signs an autograph for a fan. Each guest paid $175 a ticket, which included dinner,  

a football and the ability to get as many players to sign them as possible.

 Steve Olitsky and Dennis Shea

 Former Eagles Players Mike Mamula and AJ Feeley, setting up a shot with beautiful blonds.

 Todd Herremans, LeSean “Shady” McCoy, and Todd’s mom Marilee Herremans, who was all over the place selling raffle tickets.

 Alp Aktan (sitting) is now back in Philly and is GM/managing partner for an unnamed Gentleman’s Club in the former Christine’s Cabaret place which will be having their grand opening by the summer.

 Emily and Steve Saunders
 Michael Smith and Danielle Tomko
Albert Young, Minesota Vikings, and Philadelphia Eagles Brian Westbrook

Boxer Michael Grant greets The Executioner boxing great Bernard Hopkins as John Conklin, Resorts’ International vice president of player development, Hopkins became the oldest boxer to win a major
title on Saturday night, scoring a 12-round unanimous decision over
Tavoris Cloud to claim the

Julie Dorenbos and the recently married Lauren McCoy. Julie owns local spray tanning salon, Skin Palette with Susie Celek on 19th Street in Center City. The duo opens another spot inside the Bellevue Sporting Club on Tuesday.

 Joe Opella, Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce play indoor basketball. After a warm up the guys took Herreman’s score as their mission to beat. In 3 mins Todd was able to get 90 points alone, after 3 mins these two only got 94 points total to squeak by Herrremans and win a bet.

 Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback AJ Feeley signing a ball for guest Frank Price, as Feeley’s wife professional soccer player Heather Mitt’s chats with a friend. Heather recently announced her retirement from soccer via twitter on March 13, 2013.

 Amanda Hartung, General Manager at Cherry Hill Imports and Louis DiMattia (Amanda is wearing Nicole Miller)

 Curi and Tim Williams. Check out the Herremans Foundation and see how you can help.


Spring has sprung inside the Center City Macy’s Store

Spring has sprung inside the Center City Macy’s Store…so you want to escape this winter that is lingering into spring…


The annual Flower Show, now in its fifth year, transforms the department store into a veritable greenhouse. This year’s theme, The Painted Garden, intends to recall the landscapes of southeast Asia with lush displays of tropical flora.

In addition to the gorgeous floral displays, Macy’s hosts a number of events during the two-week-long display. In the historic Grand Court, listen for the sounds of the famous
Wanamaker Organ and catch special performances in conjunction with the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, every day except Sunday. For a complete schedule of times, click here. (Source uwishunu)


Zarwin Baum Ps & Qs of March Madness Party

On Thursday, March 21, as basketball enthusiasts everywhere gathered for the first day of the
NCAA’s March Madness Tournament, Philadelphia firm Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer
Toddy P.C., HUB International (HUB), a leading Insurance Brokerage, and 2500 guests took
part in the March Madness mayhem by raising $40,000 and collecting 1000 pounds of food for
Philabundance – more than double the amount collected last year! – at the 11th Annual Zarwin
HUB March Madness. This year’s Zarwin HUB March Madness topped last year’s efforts by

 Today I’m posting a few more pixs and chatting about the room set up too.

 I cover a lot of events here and this was by far the best set up I’ve seen. Often the room is dark and hard to navigate, but this year Stacey Kracher, Marketing Director at Zarwin Baum did a great job at setting up the room. I like how the silent auction table was long and in the back of the room. It was done electronically, and you could register your credit card with Philabundence beforehand. (The annual bash is also a fund-raiser for Philabundance)

Great job lighting the “stage.” If there’s one thing that drives me crazy is having a stage with a speaker that is not lit. Mitchell Kaplan, partner at Zarwin Baum, and Dennis B. LeVasseur, HUB International.

I have to say last week when the United Way had their Women’s Initiative
night here at the Crystal Tea Room, Scott Mirkin also did a fantastic
job at lighting the stage. So PR people, lite the subjects, it makes a difference.

Another thing that is so great with the Zarwin/Hub March Madness party, not only were there plenty of screens to catch the latest NCAA games on TV, but it was also a great place to network, it was like a mini trade show with vendors who could help out with your business or your stress like Apple Vacations.

The Zarwin/Hub March Madness experience included a game room (swish Aida & Allison), with an adjoining cigar room. Former NBA player and current Director of Player Development for the Toronto Raptors, Alvin Williams; former NBA player Cuttino Mobley; former NC State basketball player and Fordham University basketball coach Dereck Whittenberg; former Mayor John F. Street; 610 WIP host and former Philadelphia Eagle Mike Quick; comedian Joe Conklin; a thin Sheriff Jewell Williams; he told me the doctor was going to put him on Insulin unless he changed his eating habits, and he did. Check out his picture in my PhillyMag column to see how great he looks.
Philadelphia Senate members Larry Farnese, Jose Miranda, and Shirley Kitchen; Philadelphia
City Council members Cindy Bass, Jim Kenney, David Oh, Kenyatta Johnson, and Jannie
Blackwell; Kevin Dow,
Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director of Commerce; Comcast
Network on-air host Arthur Fennell, other city leaders and a host of Zarwin Baum/HUB clients
and invited guests caught up with old friends and made new business connections, all while
watching 9 full hours of the NCAA tournament on large projection screens at the Crystal Tea

Where Jorge was able to make your cigar as you waited.
Lisette Gonzalez  Executive Director at Friends of Seth Williams and Zeli Colon Pennock, MMA, Director of Hispanic Outreach Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office

Joann Goodwin and Stephanie Luongo

Karin Copeland,  Executive Director Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia
Happy Birthday Larry Giuffra of Replica Creative
Paul Smith and Pat Jankowski

The Brownstone PR firm was doing a fantastic job with the Social Media aspect of the party, creating a #ZarwinMarchMadness hashtag, which was helpful to me cause then I saw that Caria Brescia was in the room and I sought her out for a photo. (as well as several other folks.) (They have a cool new website too. Check it out

Cary Simons, Stacey Kracher and Carie Brescia
The annual Zarwin HUB March Madness has grown to be one of the largest networking events
in the city of Philadelphia; and a truly one-of-a-kind event to raise funds for Philabundance,
the region’s largest hunger relief organization fighting hunger and malnutrition in the Delaware
Valley, and an organization of which Zarwin Baum has been a longtime supporter. This year’s
March Madness event went specifically to support Philabundance’s efforts to build the nonprofit
grocery store, Fare & Square, in the city of Chester, PA.
Kecia Babb-Jordan  Director, Sales and Marketing at Amtrak and Mariska K. Bogle  communications marketing expert
Fashion Forward: Victoria Hammonds and Felicia Bethda
Roi Ligon, legislative assistant and job development liaison for City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and Kenyatta Johnson
‏, Councilman-2nd District. Check out my PhillyMag for additional photos from this event, including former Mayor John Street who makes a rare appearance.
Founded in 1960, Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer & Toddy, P.C. is a full-practice law firm that
currently maintains offices in Philadelphia, PA, Bethlehem, PA, Marlton and Jersey City, New Jersey, and
now Wilmington, DE. To learn more, visit; follow the firm on Twitter @ZarwinBaum;
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