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November 2017

Philadelphia

Friday Chit Chat: Denise Nakano; Christmas Dates; IAN TV, Events I’m Shooting

Happy holidays is in full swing, despite that autumn looking tree outside your window.  Let’s see what happy news is happening to our friends.

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Congrats to Denise Nakano, NBC 10, who announced her engagement earlier this week, at the same time as dropping some headline news: Megan Markle’s engagement and that her diamond is not from Botswana. Botswana was where Prince Harry and Megan went on their 3rd date, and her engagement ring contains a diamond from there.  Denise tells me that her fiance got down on one knee, and just like Megan, she answered YES before he was done asking the question.


Speaking of engagements, Congrats to Michelle Conron, Cashman & Assocs. on her engagement to fiance Chris. A 2018 wedding is
planned.

Congrats to Stephanie Humphrey on her new gig on The Harry Show. She still appears locally on Fox 29’s Good Day Show

Celebrity Sightings: LeBron James ignoring a fan while cruising through the Ritz Carlton lobby to waiting buses to take his team, Cleveland Cavaliers, to Wells Fargo on Monday 11/27/17

Holiday Happenings: Despite last night’s earthquake the lighting ceremonies of Holiday Tree happened across the City including in East Passyunk and Old City.

Tonight the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest celebrates their Holiday Tree Lighting Powered by PECO from 6-9PM. This year, multi-award winning R&B songstress Chanté Moore will headline the event, singing songs from her first-ever Christmas album, “Christmas Back To You,” which consists of classic remakes and original songs alike. I’ll be heading to the Philly Pops Christmas Concert at the Kimmel Center, through December 19, 2017. TICKETS HERE. Tonight it’s Christmas Salute, the Philly Pops entertain military, as well as fire and police families in Philadelphia.

On Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, Ardmore will get into the holiday spirit with the fourth annual Cricket Cringle event along Cricket Avenue in Downtown Ardmore. Cricket Cringle will be open TONIGHT, December 1 st from 5pm-9pm and Saturday, December 2 nd from 10am-6pm. The market will feature more than 40 curated merchants, food trucks and vendors in the holiday marketplace selling specialty merchandise at all price points. Vendors will carry local or handcrafted items including jewelry, housewares, clothing, greens, wreaths, and gifts for all ages. I’ll be there Saturday afternoon photographing all the fun festivities. Don’t forget to participate in their popular and beneficial Downtown Dollar Program. Check out the information here.

Denise

Saturday December 2 I’m heading to Suburban Square to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to the courtyard! Santa will arrive in style and wants to have his picture taken with all the good boys and girls (I’ll probably get coal)! You get to take home a free photo with Santa. There will also be village carolers, a magician, kids crafts and lots of treats! I’ll be shooting Santa’s arrival between Noon and 1PM Suburban Square is located in the heart of downtown Ardmore on Lancaster Avenue (Route 30), just a few miles west of City Avenue.

 


SUNDAY IS THE JACK DANIEL’s Hot Toddy 5K – Register for the 2017 Jack Daniel’s Hot Toddy 5k before it sells out! Registration ends Friday night. I’ll be on hand to capture the run from 9am til 1PM Hope to see you.

THEN it’s off to cover the South Street Holiday Tree Lighting. Celebrate the spirit of the season as South Street Headhouse District presents our annual extravaganza Winter Wonderland on Sunday, December 3, 2017, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, at the Historic Headhouse Square Shambles on 2nd Street, 200 Pine Street .


What a year for this young man. A Philly Mag spread, hosting events in Philly and in NYC and now congrats to Ian Michael Crumm on the launch of his lifestyle Wellness Travel Style TV program launches – IAN TV.  Take the journey with Ian and subscribe to IAN TV.

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The Fashionable Ladies of the Mainline Enjoy the 15th Annual In Fashion Show

The Mainline Ladies Come out to Support Cancer Support Community

The Cancer Support Community (CSC) Greater Philadelphia held their 15th Annual “In Fashion!” Luncheon & Fashion Show in conjunction with Neiman Marcus. This year though they held the fundraiser on the Mainline at the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford and not in the store at King of Prussia Mall as had been done the past few years.

Mainline  For this year’s fundraiser, CSC partnered with Neiman Marcus who carries fashion designer Brunello Cucinelli clothing. Brunello Cucinelli’s ready-to-wear, handbag and shoe collections represent an expression of everyday luxury and sophistication, where comfort and style come together in an inseparable combination.

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There was a pop up shopping area where guests could buy Brunello Cucinelli’s designs. 10% of the proceeds would go to the CSC. Cucinelli regularly donates 20% of his profits through the Brunello Cucinelli Foundation.

Kathy O’Mara, Development Director Cancer Support Community and Kelly Harris, CEO Cancer Support Community.

Cancer Support Community supports men, women, and children living with cancer by offering free counseling, music therapy, support groups, educational workshops, exercise classes, and specialized programs for children and teens.

Cancer survivor, Lisa Barsky, who also volunteers many of her free hours at CSC and Paige Stengel, Marketing Coordinator at LaHoda Natural Health Centre

Petra Halloran, Erika Gabriel and Amanda Burch

Donna Celentans, Lynn Charlton and Julie Schellenger

Sandy Edelstein, Shana Schwartz, Robin Lovett, Nicole Schaeffer and Andrea Alexanian

Ali Bristow and Samantha Anne

Noelle Wein, JoAnn Wurzak and Ginny Salaman


Tara Lessard reigning over the beautiful fundraiser luncheon

Jeff Kellmer, Evelyn Cintron and Joann Massengill. Jeff donated a $5,000 bracelet which was auction off during the luncheon.

Stephanie Stahl, CBS3Philly emceed the event, where two young ladies whose mother is a cancer survivor, were models in the fashion show

 

Auctioneer Jeff Hammond working his magic raising additional funds for the organization. Not only is Jeff a great fundraiser, but a great MC as well.

Hilarie Morgan and Babs Snyder enjoy the fashion show


Marjorie Honickman chats during lunch

Lunch


Many guests slid over to the other sides of the table to get the best view of the gorgeous clothes
There were audible ahhs for this beautiful outfit

It was a successful event. I loved the new venue. Please check out Cancer Support Community and all their wonderful services, and pass the word. There are so many wonderful organizations out there to help those in need. They need our support, but most of all they’re there if you need them. Many times people don’t realize these programs are available, unless they hear about them from their case worker.

Look for additional photos in the February issue of Philadelphia Magazine and in the next issue of Liberty City Press

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Luxury 55+ Rental Community Comes to Cherry Hill – Plaza Grande

Luxury 55+ Rental Community Comes to Cherry Hill, and is located on one of the last free spaces on the former Garden State Racetrack properties. I used to work at the racetrack in the 80s, the new one, rebuilt after a devastating fire destroyed it April 14, 1977. By the time the new racetrack was built, in 1985, the times had changed and it was never really able to recapture the excitement again. Having grown up in Cherry Hill, I still have a nostalgic love for this property, and am excited for all the development that has happened to the land, especially the Wegman’s, the developments are great, but I really like this new one – Plaza Grande.

Community

I love the community, the social interaction which is key at 55-plus communities and which Plaza Grande has. I love that the PR company Jenna Communications brought back a former jockey who raced at Garden State Park, to the hard hat press day to showcase the property.

Community
The Plaza Grande at Garden State Park,

Photos from the private collection of record-holding jockey in North American Thoroughbred horse racing, Anthony S. “Tony” Black, were on display as a remembrance of Garden State Park Racetrack, where Tony Black, 66, has raced.

Tony Black himself also paid the Plaza Grande a visit and shared stories of his racing days during the tour!
Tony Black told us that this location was where the horse stables were, and where the jockeys slept. He told us about the day of the fire and how they saved a man asleep in one of the buildings, and they escaped with just their personal affects and their lives.

Afterwards developer John Fasciano, of Tristate Ventures, L.P.  gave us a tour of the property

The apartments are all named after horses

Amenities include: Attached Garage , Parking Lot , Air Conditioning , Valet Trash , Dry Cleaning Drop Off ,  Microwave Oven
Pets Allowed: Cats, Small dogs, Large dogs and there’s even a Pet Washing Station.

State of the art kitchens as well. There are 5 Floorplans and each unit is named after a kind of horse. Rents range from
$1,650 – $2,450/mo .
Check out the Floorplans here

The Clubhouse which includes 18,500 SF private clubhouse with TVs throughout, Indoor swimming pool & hot tub;

Luxury lounge area with fireplace & intimate seating
State-of-the-art health & fitness center with yoga studio, cardio equipment,

weight machines, saunas & massage room;


Wireless cafe & business center

Movie theater with 95″ screen & digital surround sound

Click here to read about Tony Black in Philly.com! You can also watch a recap below from 6 ABC!

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GRIT: Secret Recipes of Successful Women Entrepreneurs

GRIT: Secret Recipes of Successful Women Entrepreneurs

On November 17th, Philadelphia celebrated its first annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) at Moore College of Art and Design.  Led by Philadelphia WED Ambassador Elissa Bloom, this inaugural observance of women leaders in tech, business, non-profit, and education will come together to celebrate, empower and support each other at this full day conference.

GRIT

On a global scale, WED was celebrated in 144 countries, and empowered, motivated 4 billion unique women and inspired 250 million girls living in poverty to achieve their dreams. By participating in this first time Philadelphia event, participants were part of a global movement that will change the lives of so many.


Elissa Bloom, WED Ambassador & Executive Director of Philadelphia Fashion Incubator and Marjorie Margolies, President of Women’s Campaign International

Bloom says “We are dedicated to creating more role models for Philadelphia women to enter into business and leadership positions, as well as to help strengthen their business networks.  With celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, we are also committed to gathering a think tank of inspiring women leaders in Philadelphia who can amplify our message of expanding businesses in the region.”

Nina Ahmad, Deputy Mayor for Public Engagement with City Representative Sheila Hess who delivered Women’s Entrepreneurship Day proclamation to WED Philadelphia Ambassador Elissa Bloom.


Rakia Reynolds, Owner, Skai Blue Media (Happy birthday a date late) was keynote speaker, who chatted about balancing a family while making positive impacts in the world of business.

Betsy Braun, Jennifer Lynn Robinson, Elissa Boom, Dafna Yachin , Lauren Raske, and Britt Killeen

About Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is the world’s largest entrepreneurial and financial empowerment initiative dedicated to celebrating, supporting and empowering women worldwide. WED encourages four billion women worldwide to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, with the goal of bringing hope and alleviating poverty.

For more information please visit www.wedphiladelphia.wordpress.com.

Thanks to Norma Velez for shooting this event

 

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Philadelphia Fund Alliance Raises Over $65,000 for Cradles to Crayons

Philadelphia Fund Alliance Raises Over $65,000 for Cradles to Crayons

More than 200 Philadelphia-area asset management industry professionals gathered on Nov. 2 at The Logan Philadelphia to raise money for Cradles to Crayons and to celebrate Philadelphia’s deep roots in national financial markets and services.

Alliance
The evening started out with a book signing with New York Times contributing reporter and author Diana Henriques was the keynote speaker. The New York Times investigative reporter and author is the author of The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust.

AllianceDiane Henriques (author and New York Times contributing reporter) & John Alshefski (SEI Investments)
Her new book, A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History, was published on Sept. 19, 2017.

Philadelphia Fund Alliance Cocktail Reception

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String Quartet from Settlement Music School


Stradley Ronon Associates Paul Pan, Jennifer Hillman & Claire Olivar


Shawn Hendricks, Miranda Sturgis & Kevin Boyle (all with Stradley Ronon)


Michelle Lombardo (Hartford Funds), Bill Kingsbury (Montgomery McCracken), Ted Edwards (Pepper Hamilton LLP), Barbara Dugan & Terry Reilly (Montgomery McCracken)


Robert Tribuiani (Murray Devine & Company), Molly Borgese (Morgan Lewis) & Frank Devine (Murray Devine & Company)


Evan Busteed (Morgan Lewis) & Cassie Juste (Pepper Hamilton)


Speaker Bruce Leto (Stradley Ronon )


Philadelphia Fund Alliance Dinner

Michal Smith (Cradles to Crayons)
Cradles to Crayons provides children living in homeless or low income situations with the basic essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.


Davis Lebisky (Lebisky Compliance Consulting) & Donna Rafa (Aberdeen Asset Management Inc.)


Michal Smith & Susan Hight (Cradles to Crayons) & Gillian Facher (Stradley Ronon)

 


Speaker Stephen Sypherd (FS Investments)


Brian McNally (Mill Creek Capital Advisors), Mark Sheehan (Stradley Ronon) & John Alshefski (SEI Investments)

$65,000 Check Presentation to Cradles to Crayons
From left: Bruce G. Leto, Partner and Investment Management Group Chair, Stradley Ronon; Michal Smith, Executive Director, Cradles to Crayons; Susan Hight, Director of Development, Cradles to Crayons; Stephen Sypherd, Managing Director and General Counsel, FS Investments; Tim Levin, Philadelphia Managing Partner, Morgan Lewis; John Alshefski, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Investment Manager Services division of SEI Investments.

 

Photo Credit: Mike Hirata