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December 2016

Philadelphia

Come Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Glitter City Gala at The Bellevue

Just imagine. It’s a few minutes before midnight and the clock is counting down. Then we hit 11:59pm and our own special lit up Liberty Bell starts to fall.

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We inch closer to the new year and then everyone starts to shout “10, 9, 8….” all the way to “1”…  As the clock strikes 12, a Liberty Bell stops and tens of thousands of pieces of confetti explode on the crowd at the stroke of midnight to ring in 2017.  WOW IS RIGHT!  There will be something truly amazing happening at this event.  The very first Bell Drop™ – a moment you’ll never forget and you can only experience this at the Glitter City Gala.

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A Liberty bell drop will symbolize how our city showcases the idea of brotherly love by donating to three charities this holiday season. This year, the Glitter Gala has chosen to donate a portion of their proceeds to PAWS, Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House, and Big Brother Big Sisters.  “We believe that every great party should support charity.  That’s why we are donating a portion of our proceeds this year.  In addition, you can support these great charities by selecting a “donation” ticket,  and 100% of the money you select will be donated to charity. Giving back in a fun way is what we do,” says Dennis Gaudenzi, Founder of UpcomingEvents.com.

 

EVENT WEBSITE:  http://www.newyearsevetickets.com/philadelphia/?ref=hughe
(I’ll be there between 8 – 10PM so bring your smile with your glamour)

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The Last of the Christmas Parties: Fumo, James and Mark Segal’s

Happy week after Christmas. OMG so depressed this week George Michael , Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher gone. Two icons done in by drugs. How many superstars this year died of drugs or the results of long time drug use – Prince, Carrie and George Michael, icons dead too soon.   I never photographed GM, but had seen him in concert. About 3 years ago I photographed Carrie Fisher at a Minding Your Minds event, which is a youth suicide awareness event. Did I mention that Drew Bergman, Associate Director of Development at Minding Your Mind will be honored at AFSP Save a Life Gala is January 7th at the Curtis Center. Also Today and for the rest of the week I will be working on the BEST OF columns for best dressed, best photos, best celeb stories and BEST PARTY OF THE YEAR. Before I headed out to Charlotte for the most magnificent time with the family for Christmas Weekend, I hit a few parties I didn’t write about yet. Let’s enjoy the pictorial.

 

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Debbie Pastrana and former sen Vince Fumo, at their Christmas Party

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Moi, Carol Tamburino and Mike Toub

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Larry and Cindy Wanerman who finally moved into their dream apartment in Center City

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Ann from Ten Pennies decorated the Fumo tree and interior of the house, for as long as anyone can remember.

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Hacina it’s always great to see ya

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Tonya Whitmore Stack and Lt Gov Mike Stack

 

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Peter Nero

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Brandon Mandia, Alissa Frick, Justin Pizzi, CJ Honigman and Christie Mandia, Honigman Group and PR for James.
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William Arrison, and Danielle DeSandis from The Philly Voice

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The Donatucci’s. They endured an incredible loss of their son and brother, Michael, earlier this year. But created The Michael P. Donatucci Foundation
raising over a hundred thousand dollars to Raising Awareness of Mental Health. Bravo!!

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Ben Haney, co-owner of James (l) and Jamie McFadden fresh off of their wedding vows in St. Thomas over Thanksgiving Day weekend. In January they’ll be hosting a reception for friends and family at THE ARMORY. I can’t wait to see how spectacular it’ll be.  In the meantime James is open for New Year’s Eve. Stop by for a bite.

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Then there was Mark Segal and Jason Villmez‘s annual holiday soiree, which I ran in Liberty City Press this week

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Jarrod Williams‘ best dressed at any holiday party this year….

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Emily and her Entourage Battle Cystic Fibrosis (CF) in Philly

Emily has Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a progressive and fatal genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. Each day, Emily spends countless hours on breathing treatments, injects multiple shots for CF-related diabetes and takes over 30 pills in an effort to salvage every ounce of lung function and delay end-stage CF for as long as possible. Still, not even her most valiant efforts can halt the inevitable progression of this cruel, insidious disease. And she is not alone. Each year, approximately 1,000 people are diagnosed with CF.  Nearly half (over 45%) of the current CF population is 18 years or older and there are over 1,900 known CF mutations making it incredibly hard to treat.

 

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Liza Kramer, Coby Kramer-Golinkoff, Annie Kramer-Golinkoff, Julia  Kramer-Golinkoff, Emily  Kramer-Golinkoff, and Michael Golinkoff

Despite facing advanced stage disease, Emily’s energy is infectious and her Entourage is taking the world by storm. In July, 2015, the White House named Emily a Champion of Change for Precision Medicine.

Emily’s Entourage took place on December 3 to Help Find a Cure for Nearly 70,000 People Living with Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide. The event was held  Moulin at Sherman Mills

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Emily’s story has been featured on People.comTime.com, CBS’s nationally syndicated television program The Doctor’sThe Philadelphia Inquirer and more, where she has been called “defiantly optimistic and intensely motivated.” Emily
Beth Lavin and Julie Wetheimer

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Guests write down inspirational sayings on the wall

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There was an extensive silent auction to raise additional funds. The organizers tell me they raised over $400,000 at the event and raised over $35,000 in just the 7 minute donation countdown alone.

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Barbara Berley- Mellits, Joan Denenberg, Corri Bernstein

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Mariann Boston, Nickie Boston and Desie Boston who produced the event and executed the theme of the party.

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Bob and Marta Adelson

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Heather Burkman and Zack Schildhorn

 

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David Kramer, Franci Kramer, Danielle Barson and Louis Barson

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Michael and Bonnie Silverberg

 

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Linda Yoo and Chip Schubert

 

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Cheryl Jones, Charlene Locke, Madison Gale-Laman, and Esha Mehta

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Helen DeHaven, Norma Michaels, Hope Cohen and Nickie Boston

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The Most Unbelievably Interior Holiday Decorated House in The Area

My long time friend and former roommate in the eighties, Bob Strack, has always had a lust elaborate decorations. We had grand decor in our cute little Cherry Hill apartment.

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Fast forward a few decades, he falls in love and marries equally creative, Jack Wootten, and then we become Facebook friends where I get to vicariously enjoy all his creations through the the little box on my desk. I’m not sure if I ever noticed his over the top, but tasteful Christmas decorations of yesteryear, but I have noticed his general amazing decor, collection of barbie dolls, and his gallivanting to Halloween parties in costume, but this year I did and I must share them with you…. I asked him a few questions and he sent a lovely paragraph back with lots of details….They live in Newark, De.

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Bob tells me: This year I did it a little bit different. I did 3 themed rooms. Emerald city foyer , candy land family room and whoville dining room.

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I generally repurpose all of the items used on the trees and garlands. It is all stripped down and stored by color in clear totes. I usually start decorating the first week of November. The garlands go up first then the lights are placed on. The trees go up next and are lighted. Then i go room by room depending on theme and start to actually decorate the garlands and trees.

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candy land family room

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The last thing I do is accessorize the house. I get my color themes from seeing by what is left after Christmas at stores I usually buy the underdogs that haven’t sold well colorwise.

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I then take inventory of what I own and see i can make anything out of it. I sometimes get themes from Movies, friends sometimes tell me I should do this or that, and I also get inspiration from

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My husband Jack Wootten. He builds my crazy dreams and makes them a Reality. We met at Macy’s back in the 80’s. but didn’t become a couple until 1993 when I Moved To Delaware from Maryland. We got married last year on Valentine’s Day after 13 years together though we have known each other for 30 years. 

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whoville dining room

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The decorations will be up until the weekend of January 12. 

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Philly Style Magazine Fantastic Scenester Photo Booth Pixs

Philly Style Magazine hosted their annual Holiday Party

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at Aqimero, at the Ritz Carlton in Center City earlier this month. I was there, I took photos, some will run in Liberty City Press next week,

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but I wanted to bring you guys the photos that were taken in the photo booth. So fun and telling!!

See if you can guess who the scenesters are…..
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Conni Alexandrian McDonnell , Touché Accessories and Desmond McDonnell
Tonight head on over to Touché Accessories for their big 20% off the entire store sale. Pick up those
last minute gifts for the holiday, and I know you need a new dress for New Year’s Eve, or The Hair of The Dog party coming up on 1/7/17. They’re at KOP Mall, LL across from Macy’s. You’re not going to meet a nicer women than Conni.
I’ve admired her for years, and now she advertises on my blog.

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PR Peeps: Garden Logan leaves her 9 to 5 and returns to PR, Jaimi Blackburn leaves Loews Hotel, and goes to

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The most adorable siblings

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Yeah that’s my shot of Lionel Ritchie there. Check out PhillyStyleOnline.com for my weekly photos.

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Philly newest, hottest, lifestyle bloggers – Alex and Mike
Invite them to your events. They have an engaging audience, are interesting guests, plus they’re kinda hot and fashionable.
Alex and Mike Lifestyle Blog

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The Rittenhouse LadiesStyleIMC and his posse Alex, Mike Toni and Briana
Briana Louise Sposato
(bottom right) is a fantastic photographer. Her biggest client is Ian Micheal Crumm, her other clients Starr Restaurants to name a few. She shoots products and food.
That photo on my blog in the upper left, she shot it.
http://www.brianalouisephotography.com/

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Thanks http://cliquecam.com/ for the shots.