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May 2017


Fun at The 32nd annual Arts + Business Council Awards Celebration

Fun at The 32nd annual Arts + Business Council Awards Celebration

Hundreds of business leaders, art innovators and supporters turned out for  The 32nd annual Arts + Business Council Awards Celebration which were held Tuesday May 23, 2017 at the Philadelphia Art Museum. The annual event honors local arts initiatives and people in the arts in the City. Although many notable and worthy individuals were honored (listed below), the highlight of the ceremony had to be The Anne D’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence winner – Kevin Hart, American actor, comedian, writer and producer for his contributions in his field to Philadelphia.


Marc Brownstein, Board Chair of the Arts + Business Council, Kevin Hart, Karin Copeland, executive director of  Arts + Business Council, and Rob Wonderling, President and CEO of The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

Recently Hart finished filming a movie here with Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman called “Untouchable.” In August 2015, Kevin Hart played to 53,000+ audience at Lincoln Financial Field for his stand-up comedy movie ‘Kevin Hart: What Now?’ During his acceptance speech at the Arts + Business Council Awards Hart said “Expect to see me doing more, expect me to be giving more. As things get bigger for me in my career, expect me to put my City on a higher level.”


Mission: We work with connectors and community builders to lead, serve and inspire a more creative region. Culture and creativity are built into everything we do, from the way we envision new opportunities and evaluate outcomes to the way we collaborate across programs and cultivate deep partnerships.

For the first hour of the celebration there was a cocktail party held through out the Philadelphia Art Museum.
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Josh Goldblum,  ‎Founder + CEO, Bluecadet  (Creative Economy Award for Distinction in a For-Profit Creative Field) and Jane Golden, founder and executive director of Mural Arts Philadelphia (The PNC Arts Alive Award for Innovation in Honor of Peggy Amsterdam
Mural Arts Philadelphia’s 47 Stories) Rhonda Lauer, Foundsations, Inc and Rue McLaughlin, IBM Corporation
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Catherine Pelietier, Knoll Inc, Eileen Tognini, Eileen Tognini Designs, and Bob Wegbreit fun
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Kristen Alderson, actress One Life To Live,  Kathy Alderson and Sheila Hess, City Representative


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Amira Smith, Greater Philadelphia Film Office and Erica Hawthorne-Manon, Small But Mighty Arts
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Join Greater Phila Film Office for a rally for Philly’s film industry! Meet us at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, bottom of the Rocky steps, 10-11am. Bring your colleagues, family, friends, and anyone who cares about our industry! Let’s show how many people care about and depend on #PhillyFilm!


There was a larger screen above the stage and before the ceremony photos from their morning networking events flashed. I always recommend entrepreneurs and business folks attend this informative sessions; people are genuinely excited and engaged to chat with others at these events. They’re about 2 hrs long, include a continental breakfast, a panel discussion and a great speaker like Clayton Christensen who spoke in January. I shoot all these events for Arts + Business.

Brian Bernhardt, CFP, Morgan Stanley
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Edmond Ghisu, ‎Associate General Counsel and Chief Investment Counsel at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  accepts the Business on Board Volunteer Leader of the Year Award from Lori Armstrong Halber, Partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP HD1_4517 (Custom) (Custom)
Jacob Field, Accenture (Technology Connector Volunteer of the Year 2017 Award Winner) and Florentina Dragulescu, Dechert LLP
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 2017 Awards Celebration Winners:

Anne D’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence
Kevin Hart, American actor, comedian, writer and producer

G. Fred Dibona Jr Individual Leadership Award
Keith L. + Katherine Sachs

The PNC Arts Alive Award for Innovation in Honor of Peggy Amsterdam
Mural Arts Philadelphia’s 47 Stories

Creative Economy Award for Distinction in a For-Profit Creative Field
Bluecadet’s Josh Goldblum

Designing Leadership Alumni Award
John Orr, Executive Director, Art-Reach

Business + Arts Partnership Award: Large Business with an Arts Organization
Taller Puertorriqueno + PECO

Business on Board Volunteer Leader of the Year Award
Edmond Ghisu, Associate General Counsel and Chief Investment Counsel, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For board service to Rock to the Future

Technology Connectors Volunteer of the Year Award
Brendan McGeehan, Senior Manager, Enterprise Business Intelligence, Comcast + Jacob Field, Procurement Operations Associate, Accenture
For volunteer consulting work for Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center

Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Volunteer of the Year Award
Sekou Campbell, Managing Member, Law Offices of Sekou Campbell, PLLC
For work with Individual Artist Rashida Holmes

Business Volunteers for the Arts Volunteer of the Year Award
Christine Ostrowski, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, School District of Philadelphia
For volunteer consulting work with Rock to the Future


The Very Best Dressed at the Preakness on the Piazza

The Very Best Dressed at the Preakness on the Piazza

I’ve been covering the Preakness on the Piazza for quite some time now. It’s always a great party, but in the past it’s been a little damp, though that never stopped the dancing in the rain. This year it was spectacular, it was cloudy but no rain drops fell and the party spread out on Schmidt’s Commons at the Piazza.  Everyone was jovial, and dressed to the nines. Dare I say it but a better dressed crowd than the Radnor Hunt Races which I had attended earlier in the day, and had always been the must attend event on Preakness Day. Well let me hand the crown over to Preakness. It is the must attend event of the day.  The 5th annual Preakness at the Piazza event, was held the evening of the 142nd running of the historic Preakness Stakes!  100% of the net proceeds will support the National MS Society.

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Here are some of the Best Dressed attendees, and might I say serious horse race watchers. During the running of the Preakness all eyes were on the 400 inch tv hung above the piazza, there was cheering, there was disappointment and there was one guy going crazy cause he got the Trifecta on a bet he made online.

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Alex Holley was the MC and said today was the only appropriate day to JUDGE PEOPLE

HD1_3699 (Custom)The best dressed winners

Jordan Katz (Best Dressed with Mike Canino), Nick Weber, Lee Brown (Best Dressed Couple), Melody Wright (Best Shoes), Geoff Gross (our host and founder of Preakness on the Piazza), Jessica Jones (Best Hat), Rachel Goodman (Best Fascinator) and Mike Canino (Best Dressed with Jordan Katz)
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There was dancing to the tunes spun by DJ Royale, the hardest working DJ in the world. This was the 2nd of 3 events he was spinning at on this day.HD1_3708 (Custom) HD1_3711 (Custom)
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Kate Marlys, Philly PR Girl  has been the PR on Preakness on the Piazza since the beginning .
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Muckfest is next Saturday in Philadelphia. Support my friend Jackie Kollar as she raises money to fight MS


MuckFest® MS is the fun mud run in support of a world free of multiple sclerosis. The run is pure athletic hilarity (especially with me on the course) on a muddy course full of outrageous obstacles.

The “MS” part of MuckFest MS stands for multiple sclerosis, an upredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.  Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, and MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide. This is the reason we come together: to rally friends in support of people living with MS in our community.


251 Dekalb Luxury Apartments in King of Prussia Celebrates Milestone

251 Dekalb, a modern upscale gated apartment community situated on a 26-acre hilltop overlooking King of Prussia held a Pop-Up Party on the picturesque patio of their East building for their residents as a pre-memorial day celebration.


Candlebrook Properties, which bought the 5 building complex in 2014, invested $50 million to renovate the property which also includes a substantial art collection situated throughout the complex, many pieces stemming from the personal collection of Candlebrook Properties’ President, Neil Rubler. The complex also features complementary La Colombe bar, a salt-water swimming pool, game room, Kidville, fitness center, and lush green spaces.

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Celebrated architect Stephen Varenhorst’s modernist masterpiece and interior designer Michael Shannon’s fresh and captivating decor combine for a stunning landmark on the Philadelphia Main Line

Leah McVay, Anjelica Hicks, April Martinez, and Keeyah Doughty

Weiting Chang and Wenfei Hao

Anjelica Hicks and Donna Mottes

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Ani Okeke, Sim Singh, and Neil Rubler is President Candlebrook Properties


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Maikel Licea and April Martinez


Thanks to PCC’s Andre Flewellen for covering client 251 Dekalb’s milestone


20 Photos of the Most Memorable Radnor Hunt Race Fashions and Hats

20 Photos of the Most Memorable Radnor Hunt Race Fashions and Hats

The Radnor Hunt Races celebrated its 87th Anniversary on May 20, 2017. Thousands of guests were on hand to watch seven races, including the Preakness which was shown on TV screens high above the ground, after 6 Radnor Races concluded. Despite the gloomy weather, most guests dressed in their derby finest, although I did see a few ho hum dull colors dotting the landscape this year which was surprising; attendees enjoyed parading the grounds while party hoping from tent to tent, or enjoying  the races at tailgate parties, in sponsor tents or by pulling up a chair along the fence. All proceeds from the Radnor Hunt Races benefit the land and water preservation programs of theConservancy | Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
PS Please don’t take a photo off for 2 days, but instead link to the site to share the love. Thanks, and my mortgage thanks you too.

Alexander Hankin always delivers, his shoes are amazing with him are two beauties
Molli Weisband (she has the cutest Havanese named Frankie) and Jocelyn Waldes, who has already crossed Cuba and Marfa off her bucket list.

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This whole damn bunch is doing derby dress proud
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Eileen Wixted and Elizabeth Wixted
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Jenn Frederick and Kristy Sevag
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Corey Cohee, Kelli Cohee, Rebecca Howell and Isaac Howell


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Family fabulous:  Garrett Smith, Judy Quinter Smith, Stephanie Smith Desjardins and Garrett Desjardins Radnor
Not a bad thread in this bunch
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Ladies in waiting
Lana Salerno, Ava Salerno, Maya Salerno and Maggie SalernoRadnor

Fashionable, fun and fabulous
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Perfect Pair – Nicole Keshishian and Meredith West





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Best Dressed Couples: Gillian Beale-King,  (Live by the trinity of what is true, good, and beautiful.”) Alexander Christ
with Stacey Kracher in Nicole Miller and Brandon M. Morrison, Chief Operating Officer at PRDC Properties (740 Sansom St)

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Won for most beautiful and rightfully so from hat to toe they both look amazing
Millinery designer Zoya Egan and her husband James Egan

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Paul de Janosi and Lydia Brown, co-chair of the 2018
Academy of Music 161st Anniversary Concert and Ball

Winner of Best Radnor Hunt Race Derby Day Dressed:
Dave Maser, Zoe Maser and Allison Young, co-chair The Academy of Music Young Friends
Mommy and Me matching dresses

Tomorrow check back for Preakness at the Piazza Best Dressed.
That’s gonna be a hard one, everyone looked amazing

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Check out Philly Style Magazine today for several parties I covered last week including the

Bulgari Private Cocktail Party
Bourbon Bash 3


Scenes from The First Annual All Star Craft Beer and Wine Festival

First Annual All Star Craft Beer and Wine Festival

Good Monday morning. Gloomy yes, but this past weekend we had much more glorious weather than first predicted. Philly Chit Chat’s Mike Hirata was out and about covering lots of events. Let’s start today off with first annual “All StarCraft Beer and Wine Festival held at Citizens Bank Park.
Star Thousands of beer goers and wine lovers headed to the first annual “All StarCraft Beer and Wine Festival Saturday May 20, 2017. Guests enjoyed ballpark royalty with exclusive giveaways, activities, amazing craft beer and wine samples from around the world showcased throughout the entire concourse. With over 100 craft beer and wine vendors, food vendors, musical entertainment, and appearances by the Phillies Phanatic, guests are enjoyed running the bases and got their photo taken “sliding into home base.” Let’s see who was there….Star 61_0015 (Custom)

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The All Star Craft Beer and Wine benefited the Fraternal Order of Police and The Barkann Healing Hearts Foundation uniting a sense of community in the Philadelphia region. The Foundation provides financial assistance to families who are in need, due to recent adversity or tragedy and are immensely grateful to be a part of the festivalStar Mike, Executive Director of The Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation says, “The team at have been ardent supporters of The Barkann Foundation over the last four years through various events they have hosted throughout the Delaware Valley which have collectively raised more than $20,000. With the help of the direct proceeds raised at The All Star Craft Beer and Wine Festival, The Barkann Foundation will be able to provide financial assistance to (5) very special local families. We are so grateful to be a part of such a fun, unique event planned at Citizens Bank Park and each event attendee can walk knowing they made a significant difference in the lives of several local families through their support and generosity to The Barkann Foundation.” Plan on attending next year’s