Besides many of our favorite Phillies players, celebs and local celebs, it has the distinct pleasure of hosting the Reality Stars from ABC's The Bachelor franchise, which includes The Bachelor, The Bacherlorette and Bachelor Pad. This year the Bachelors are attending with heavy hearts as their good friend, and fellow contestant on the Bachelor Gia Allemand (center in 2011) passed away yesterday.
Craig Robinson, Cole Hamels, Tyler Vermette, Chris Lambton, Gwen Goia, Alli Travis, Jackie Gordon, Jesse Csincsak, Ann Lueders, Gia Allemand, (I'm missing a few names)
One person who stood out was Gia Allemand. So sweet and excited to come this year with her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Pelicans. Reviewing her twitter timeline, and talking with her friends, it was a complete surprise for the turn of events that she decided to take her life. The papers say it was because of her faltering relationship, perhaps he decided not to come to Philly to attend the events and she didn't want to see her friends, or deal with a heavy emotion such as a break up in public. Or maybe the pain was to dark, and she didn't see a way out, or want to live in a world without Ryan, even though so many people from around the world loved her.
during those dark hours. No doubt she knew she was loved by so many, I can see it from the out pouring of grief on Social Media, and by the interactions she had with people right up until her suicide. But when you are in that moment, those moments, the pain is so unbearable that you can not see passed it.
Last night as her friends came into town, they first went to the Top of the Tower for a low key SIPS happy hour, but left as it was crowded and they realized they just needed to be together, sitting around, eating dinner at Sampan, and celebrating their friend Gia Allemand. They may be smiling in this photo for me, but I can tell you they were all shocked and devastated, many barely holding back their pain. They conveyed to me that through the Bachelor experience they have made strong connections and friendships from the show; a tragedy like this brings them closer together, and it's more important than ever to support each other. A few of them just saw Gia last week in NYC at the screening of the finale. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary. No doubt many of them are re-living their last encounter with Gia to see if there was something amiss. But sometimes it's something that can't be seen.
Craig Robinson, Frank Neuschaefer, Ashley Spivey, Chris Bukowski, Sarah Herron, Reality Stars from The Bachelor and Bachelorette and current hosts of HGTV’s ‘Going Yard’, Peyton and Chris Lambton
Sadly for her friends and family this great loss will linger a lifetime. If you need grief counseling, or just someone to talk to you can contact
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and they will give you the tools to deal with this tragic loss.