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March 2017

Philadelphia

Pixs: BalletX annual fundraiser The Premier Party at Sky Philadelphia (Formerly Top of the Tower)

 BalletX annual fundraiser The Premier Party at Sky Philadelphia (Formerly Top of the Tower) 1717 Arch Street
On Thursday, March 23, 2017, BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet and resident dance
company of The Wilma Theater, will hold its annual fundraiser The Premier Party. This year BalletX and co-chairs Linda E. Johnson and Rebecca Malcom
Naib honor

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Damian  Woetzel è Artistic  Director  of  Vail  International  Dance  Festival,  former  Principal  Dancer  with  The  New  York  City  Ballet,  and  member  of  the  President’s  Committee  on  the  Arts  &  Humanities,  appointed  by  President Barack Obama and Janet and Jim Averill è longtime  Ballet  advocates  and  support

Christine Cox addresses the guests

Christine Cox, Artistic & Executive Director, Co-Founder of BalletX welcomes the guests

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David Schellenberg,  President and CEO of LinguiSearch and a member of  Pennsylvania Ballet’s Board of Trustees and Janet Averill, she and her husband Jim Averill were honored for their support of BalletX. Janet and Jim Averill longtime  Ballet  advocates  and  supporters,  Board  Member  at  Pennsylvania  Ballet and  The  Salvation  Army  of  Greater  Philadelphia  (Janet),  and  Board  Member  at  Free  Library  Foundation (Emeritus), Rosenbach Museum and Library, Foreign Policy Research Institute, and National Lands Trust (Jim)

Michael Sheridan and Geni Klein

Michael Sheridan and Geni Klein

Russell Druker, Pennsylvania Ballet Corps de Ballet Member and Pennsylvania Ballet's artistic director, Ángel Corella

Russell Ducker, Pennsylvania Ballet Corps de Ballet Member and Pennsylvania Ballet’s artistic director, Ángel Corella

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Francesca Forcella, (A Day In The Life of Francesca) Anna Marie Grossman and Skyler Lubin (I was going to ask her if she was from Cherry Hill. I grew up with her parents in Charleston Riding, I think. They were a couple years older than me.)

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Roberta Marcus and Bryan Park, volunteers at the gala

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Diane Heard and Matthew Neenan co-founded BalletX with fellow dancer Christine Cox.

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Wynrhys Coghlan, The Welsh Soicety, Nancy Davis, Mural Arts (when I was a paralegal, Nancy was our firms Lexis/Nexis rep. I think we’re both glad to be out of the law field) and Karen Naugle

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The one – night – only event  includes cocktails and seated dinner, a wine tasting by Moore Brothers Wine Company, a Live Auction and  Raffle, and  featured BalletX in world premiere work choreographed by the dancers themselves, as well as a very  special guest performance by Memphis Jookin star Lil Buck and cellist Wendy Sutter.

Roderick Phifer, a new dancer to Ballet X, Megan Dickenson, and Skylar Lubin

Roderick Phifer, a new dancer to Ballet X, Megan Dickenson, and Skylar Lubin

 

All proceeds from The Premier Party go toward supporting BalletX’s mission of producing original  choreography that expands the vocabulary of classical dance for all audiences

Philadelphia

The New Capital One Café and The #BankingReimagined Tour Comes to Philly

Hello Thursday. Hope everyone is having a great week. Finally today the sun is scheduled to shine. Last year you’ll recall I broke the news that Capital One Café was moving across the street from the south side of 17th and Walnut, to a larger space on the north side of 17th and Walnut Streets at the Latham (source) The time has come, the new Capital One Café has opened and they are redesigning the banking experience.

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We’ve been lucky enough to have Capital One Café for quite a few years across the street from the current one, but the new location brings with it additional excitement with Capital One’s Banking Reimagined which helps people understands their finances and the beneficial services which Capital One provides in an inviting space where you can go to get answers to your financial questions, recharge your devices, enjoy free wifi or simply connect with people.

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I’ve already had two meetings there since they’ve opened.

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There’s also a coffee bar serving Peet’s Coffee and treats from Philadelphia Bakery Merchants, High Point Cafe, York Street Market, and Bakeshop on 20th.

3-28-2017 1-19-14 PM (Custom)The pastries, sandwiches and snack boxes are reasonably priced (I had the fruit and cheese snack box it was $3.78) , and Capital One card customers get 50 percent off coffee and tea.

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There are nooks with seating, as well as plenty of tables on both levels. great Peet’s coffee, pastries, lunch items, products and banking services.

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There are demo bars to learn digital tools for banking. As well as screens where you can learn banking, and financial services.
3-29-2017 2-17-42 AM (Custom) Capital One Café Coach Jimmy shows me how to use the digital tools which are mounted on the wall.  The interactive screens, designed by the same company as the Smithsonian, each of which features interactive quizzes and content built around financial education.

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Coach Jimmy also gave me a tour of all the amenities Capital One Café offers, like private meeting rooms, and conference rooms, which both can be used for non-profits free of charge; there were also private meeting offices available for clients to interact privately with ambassadors about the best solution for their financial goals. Capital

Did I mention the new cafe is two floors, and the 2nd floor looks down onto the first floor, and guests can enjoy people watching at it’s best as they look through the two level windows that look out onto Walnut Street

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There are four ATM’s which allow you to take out any denomination of money. If you need $12, you can take out $12, which is great cause the ATM’s these days usually only dispense $20s. You can also make deposits, and transfer funds between accounts at the ATM’s. The other two ATM’s can be accessed from the street 24hrs a day. All the ATM’s are free of charge whether you have a Capital One card, or another banks debit card.

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In addition to everything else, this year Capital One will offer free workshops and sessions with a money coach. The  Money Workshops, are a series of complimentary 1-2 hour long sessions at the Capital One Cafes on topics like “How to Talk Money With Your Honey”, “How to Make Your Golden Years Shine Bright”, “Wise Wedding Planning” and more!  The Money Coach works with you to help you align your values, beliefs, goals, and spending to move toward what you want in life.

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The workshops range in topics from planning for your wedding to preparing for your golden years and everything in between. You can visit Capitalone.com/cafes to see which workshops are available and get all the info about attending.

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Philadelphia-based artist Paul Carpenter might be considered a “jack of all trades.” After graduating from the University of Delaware, Carpenter pursued his interest in a variety of different mediums—painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design and digital arts—to make himself more hirable in the commercial field. As a freelance artist, Carpenter didn’t have the luxury of relying on a steady paycheck to help him pay his bills, so early on he prioritized commercial commissions over personal passions. (source)

3-28-2017 1-20-10 PM (Custom)This weekend the Banking Reimagined Tour stops in Philadelphia at Dilworth Park April 1 and April 2

As part of their commitment to redesign the banking experience, Capital One’s ‘Banking Reimagined’ Tour is coming to Dilworth Park in Philadelphia on April 1st-2nd from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM. Capital One’s ‘Banking Reimagined’ Tour will provide Philadelphians a hands-on digital experience designed to get them thinking and talking about personal finance in a new and engaging way. At the centerpiece is a state-of-the-art 54-foot trailer housing a smart, personal digital experience that recognizes participants at every stage. The experience includes

  • Interactive Touchscreens that allow people to scroll through values and goals, giving them an understanding of how their outlook shapes the way they view their money
  • A cutting-edge, Augmented Reality experience that lets people interact with 3D holographic imagery in real space and time, bringing their financial goals to life
  • Video Selfie Booths where participants can record a message for their future selves with the knowledge they’ve gained from the experience
The tour is designed to get people thinking and talking about personal finance in a new and engaging way. (Source)
To learn more, go to www.capitalone.com/bankingreimagined and follow them @CapitalOneCafe  #BankingReimagined

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Thank you Capital One for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own and were not directed by Capital One.  To learn more about Capital One, visit www.capitalone.com/cafes OR www.capitalone.com/bankingreimagined

Philadelphia

Philly Currents 5th Annual #PCpicks2017 Party at Revolutions at Penn Treaty

It’s hard to believe that Eddie Keels founded Philly Currents  FIVE YEARS AGO. I remember when I heard about this start up magazine, and really was taken aback that an entrepreneur would venture down that road of a print magazine, since the pundits were saying PRINT WAS DEAD. But here were are five years later for Philly Current’s 5th Annual #PCpicks2017 Party at Revolution

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Cover girl for the all important issue was pretty in pink Karen Hepp, of Fox 29. Over the years many of Fox 29’s personalities have graced the magazine, and many of them were there on the 5th anniversary party.

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Gina Gannon, Eddie Keels and Renee Patrone

Eddie Keels: This wasn’t just another issue for us – this was a labor of love, whose sole mission was to showcase the amazingness we have going on in Philly! Isn’t that PC’s whole reason for existing? Yes. But pack 100+ slices of incredible into 48 pages, and that’s a recipe for the extraordinary! // One category went a step further and featured 4 individuals that are really upping the community standard in this great city of ours. We tipped our cap to @the_brittjames, @robs10kfriends, @hidden.mickey, and @cheyennegil, as they made up one spectacular page. We love what you’re doing day in and day out! // Everyone: if you don’t have this issue in print, now’s the time. We all deserve to feel good after reading a mag. Let us be your sliver of optimism 😃 [phillycurrent.com/subscribe]

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Congrats Toni Moshen & Joshua Moshen of Sweet T’s – it’s a girl due May 1.

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There were plenty of #PCpicks2017 on hand to feed the crowd including The Blue Duck, Slice Pizza, Yards, Pastificio Deli, Cupcakes by Ruth ! Florida Style Pizza,

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Kory Aversa and Mom Aversa

 

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Lauren Johnson and Alex Holley, both of Fox 29

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A great crowd turned out to celebrate the monumental occassion

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Sheila Hess, City Rep, Marla McDermott, Walnut Club and Charlie Kline

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Serena Scanzillo and Andrew Marson

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Tres Mack and Jarreau Freeman

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Alloyius Mcilwaine, CEO/Founder of Cultures Clothing Company, PhillyCurrent’s Mover and Shaker Dave Luber with fiance and soon wife in May, Lizandra Borges and sister Kelsey Luber

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Elizabeth Babson with her sister Karen Hepp

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The Revolutions Team

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With Renee Patrone, Jennifer Lynn Robinson, Priyanka Setty, Michelle Leonard, Deborah Penny Cassidy and Ruth Levitt Scott at Revolutions at Penn Treaty.

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Ashley Smith Baptiste and Gus Calabrese

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Jesse Robinson, Mitzi Jackson ,  Elise Keels and Eddie Keels

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Tony Bruno, Podcaster, Humorist, Observationist with producer Robin Austin with Laura and Walt Martin

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Tammy Jean, Eddie Keels, publisher and founder of Philly Current and Revati Dostti

Happy 5th Anniversary!!!

What a great asset to Philadelphia.

Subscribe to Philly Current for good quality content.

 

 

 

 

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What’s New at the Ballpark – Phillies Clothing, Bobble Heads and FOOD

On Monday, March 27, the Phillies and Aramark hosted an exclusive preview of what’s new in food, fashion and fandom at Citizens Bank Park in 2017.  The invite-only event was held in the Diamond Club. Guests enjoyed delicious ballpark cuisine, wine and spirits tasting  there was a Celebrity Media Fashion Show highlighting the latest in Phillies apparel & novelties

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Phoebe Phanatic was on hand to help with the fashion showPhillies

The Phillies now have big, tall and plus size apparel they proudly announced

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Tori Woodill and Alex Holley on the catwalkPhillies

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This season there’s going to be a lot of different hats
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PhilliesA Salute to Veterans cap being given out July 4th

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OMG how crazy is this 9 pattie burger, at 2200 calories at $30 by Waybach. Guess what it’s delicious, I had one of the samples next to it.

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Two notable concerts this year will excite you
The Avett Brothers Jun 3, 2017
and
Hunter Hayes July 29, 2017

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At first I thought it was a ghost buster

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Seriously how adorable, a bobble head to celebrate Charlie Brown’s 50th anniversaryPhillies

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College Night is Monday April 10

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There is a theme night this season for everyone

HD1_1178 (Custom)South Philly fries with hot peppers. It was hot.

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People on instagram are loosing it over Signature Dog’s hot dog mac & cheese. It was delicious and definitely different

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WOGL FM the Breakfast Club’s Frank Lewis and Cindy Webster, CBS PRPhillies

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Marilyn Russell was a celebrity bartender. She loves her new personal jersey.

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Primo Hoagies will make its debut in Ashburn Alley.
They predict their most popular sandwich will be the Buffalo Chicken, as it was the fasting moving at
last nights event.

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One thing I did notice, while at the ballpark was there will be plenty of steak sandwiches

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There’s healthy selections as well. New this year Farmer’s Market Grain Bowl at Harry K’s

At the Majestic Clubhouse Store you’ll be able to pick up the new
Topps Opening Day “Incredible Eats Trading Car” set
with all your favorite ballpark bits featured.

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I love these Phillies tote bags which will be given out in June.

New 2017 Theme Nights include
7/3/17 – Game of Thrones
7/5/17You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown
9/26/17 – Star Trek night: with an exclusive Phillis Captain Picard bobble head

Phillies Opening Day Watch Party will be held at Xfinity Live
The first 500 fans will receive a free cheesesteak and a drink. Fans will also enjoy free hotdogs, games and giveaways including
John Kruk augtographed jerseys, Phillies tickets and my Phillies swag. Plus the Phillies Phanatic will be there
and surprised guests.

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Pixs: Women in Wine Event at New Century Trust 3/15/17

Women in Wine Event was held March 15th at New Century Trust (1307 Locust Street) in conjunction with women’s organizations Les Dames d’Escoffier and The Walnut Club

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March is Women’s History Month and a group of remarkable women gathered last week to celebrated, mingled, enjoyed some wine and light bites generously provided by Lynn Buono and Feast Your Eyes Catering, and heard from a panel of Women in Wine.

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Lari Robling moderated a discussion with winemakers Tanya Hacker Kemorene Wines; Jules Donnini, owner/winemaker at Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery; and Jill Weber, owner of Jet Wine Bar. These women have shattered the glass ceiling to become industry leaders in a male-dominated field.  HD1_9252 (Custom)

Meghan Talbot,  Amber Slattery and Meghan McGrath

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Kamilah Jackson, M.D., M.P.H., Diane Sharp, Cynthia Little and Elaine Jones

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Lauren Rutkowski, PMP, Laurel Gaither Grbach and Teena Ferroni, HR Director at Aramark

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Linda Riley and Sandy DiGiuli

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Dana Friedman and Maggie Bosak, Director, Program Management at Comcast

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Shari Bernstein and Jackie Zoller

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Michele Weckerly and Anastasia Wohar, Esq. 

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Nancy Miller, Lila Colello, Joanna Dauber, Emily Eshleman and Gail Mitchell

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Tanya O’Neill, Trevor Reynolds and Rachel Dukeman

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Angela Harris, Marla McDermott, Walnut Club, Elizabeth Livingston, Walnut Club and Natanya DiBona, Les Dames

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Diana Larisgoitia demonstrates how to create gift winepouches


Carey Morgan, Executive Director of New Century Trust

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It was great to hear the panel discussion on why and how these women got into the wine business, and concepts on running a business in general. Women’s organization like New Century Trust Les Dames d’Escoffier and The Walnut Club which are special organizations that are essential and a great place for women to connect, collaborate and network.