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December 2017


Happy New Year : ChitChat -Lots of Engagements & No Surrender

Happy New Year. I usually do my best of the year entries this week, but as I am going away to Disney World in 2 weeks I’m going to save those entries for that week. It’s Friday so I’m going with my regular around town column ie gossip column where I share with you news of engagements, weddings, new business, celebrity sightings, cute pets, original content, tips from readers, info from PR peeps and of course news curated from Social Media.

Recently Billy Penn asked me where couples should get engaged in Philly. I picked the Waterworks as my favorite spot to get engaged because of the spectacular views of the City skyline and Boathouse Row. HappyAnd mentioned too cliche would be Rittenhouse Square, but why not anyway – it’s beautiful!!

As I expected many couples got engaged over the holiday, let’s see who’s going to the chapel….

Philly Mag featured a cute engagement of a couple on Philly’s other miracle street- Addison. I love that these days future grooms capture the moment either by hiring a photographer,

or taking selfies.
Oh it looks like someone read the Billy Penn article as Matt Malinowski popped the question to Charles Lentz at
the Waterworks, and then continued the celebration at Rittenhouse Square, which was the cliche place I mentioned to pop the question, especially during the holidays. What do guys give when they get engaged, sometimes a wedding band, cuff links, or in this case a watch as Matt gave to Chuck. Congrats guys.

Another friend of mine popped the question this weekend – Paul Smith. Paul and I both worked at Kohn Swift in our early careers. Paul and I went on to start our own successful business. Congrats to Paul and Sarah Ann!

Loren Robinson, MD, MSHP said YES to her fellow doctor. Earlier this month Loren was noted as 40 Under 40 Leaders in Health Awards Winners for 2017 Congrats on both accounts!


Tattoos for Heroes

My friend Eddie Alderson, 23 and my niece Nicole Rae, 21 are in the battles for their lives, literally and they chose to commemorate the battle with their own “scar”. Both have been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Nicole was diagnosed nearly 2 years ago, and is done treatment and has returned to school, Eddie is still undergoing treatment. They both have been public with their battle, and are winning. They don’t know each other, but they both traveled to NYC this past week to get tattoo’s to represent the battle.

Eddie Alderson (ex-Matthew, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), who now lives in the suburbs of Philly, tweeted earlier this month to Bruce Springsteen that he’d be seeing his Springsteen On Broadway – “Hey @springsteen ! “No Surrender” has been my motto and go-to song throughout my current fight against Cancer. I’m seeing your #BruceOnBroadway show Dec. 27, and would LOVE to get you to write No Surrender on my arm, for my first tattoo! Thank you for being my inspiration!” His former co-stars added their support and pleas to the singer on Twitter. Renée Elise Goldsberry (ex-Evangeline) posted, “Thank you @Eddie_Alderson for inspiring me since our days on #OLTL! I stand with u! #NoSurrender @springsteen!” Melissa Fumero (ex-Adriana), wrote, “Eddie, you’re the best and you inspire me with your strength and bravery! Please, @springsteen give my friend the Xmas present he deserves. Sign his arm!! #nosurrender.” Josh Kelly (ex-Cutter), added, “When I grow up I wanna be @Eddie_Alderson … just my thoughts for the day. #NoSurrender … oh and @springsteen … please sign his arm.” Terri Conn (ex-Aubrey; ex-Katie, AS THE WORLD TURNS), posted, “@springsteen, you will find no more an inspiration, a talent, or a kind and pure heart, than in @Eddie_Alderson! #makeadreamcometrue #BruceonBroadway #NoSurrender.”

See the video of Bruce signing Eddie’s arm at Soap Opera Digest
Then Eddie headed to Fun City Tattoo today to get the tattoo done.

Nicole who finished her treatment a year ago, and is well enough to return to school wanted to mark this time in her own way, with 13 bats for reasons she is keeping to herself. What we do know is she’s been a fan of Megan Massacre: tattoo artist, model, fashion contributor, and TV personality for sometime and made an appointment a few months back, as Megan books out months in advance.

I asked Nicole if it was painful, and she told me it was less painful than the constant needles she had to endure during her cancer treatment.

Nicole’s dad Tom also got a tattoo of a bat with Nicole’s initials to honor his daughter (his first tat is a circle stamp honoring his dad who passed away several years ago).

Megan Massacre, Nicole DeFeo and Tom DeFeo

Kristin Alderson and Eddie Alderson


Eddie & Nicole congrats on your tats, and for being an inspiration to us all.
God bless you, and Happy New Year!!







The Most Fantastic Party I didn’t Attend, but wish I had – Decor Delight

The Most Fantastic Party I didn’t Attend, but wish I had

Medical Guardian (1818 Market Street  Suite 1200, Philadelphia, PA 19103) held their annual holiday party earlier this month at VIE in Philadelphia. Geoff Gross, Founder & CEO at Medical Guardian hosted friends, family and employees of the life saving Medical Alert System which serves seniors nationwide. I was supposed to attend, but something came up and I missed it. After attending in the past and knowing that Valerie Sings GrossVal Sings Events was producing the event, I knew it’d be a party we all needed to see

Valerie Sings Gross and Geoff Gross

Santa’s Workshop was the theme

Santa was there

Cescaphe always has one of the most delicious spreads chock full of seafood and see food

Gorgeous champagne display as you walk into the lobby


Valerie Sings Gross

A wall of employees photos from past parties

Val Sings Events did a sweet job on this event.
Happy Happy Holidays, what a wonderful holiday season. I for one am not bothered when the commericals, and the music and the holiday cheer starts in November because when December 26 rolls around I’m already nostalgic for it.


Wrap Up: Holiday Parties – Craft House Fundraiser, Klehr, Harrison & NACE

Wrap Up: Holiday Parties – Craft House Fundraiser, Klehr, Harrison & NACE

Happy Holidays continues as I catch up on postings and parties I covered in the celebratory month of December. In this post I’m going to cover three events, two I hit in one night.

Matthew Ray, Chatterblast and Melissa Magee, 6ABC

On Thursday, Dec 14 at the Craft Hall Pop-Up Restaurant (North Side of City Hall by the Christmas Tree) former “Olive Garden 1997 National Mixologist Champion” Matthew Ray returned to the bar! The one-night-only appearance is to benefit the KIDS. $1 per drink purchased will be donated to the Philadelphia Department of Human Services to support children in foster care during the holiday season.

The City Reps Office

Mike Jerrick stopped by and then we headed to the legendary annual Klehr, Harrison, Harvey Branzburg holiday party which took place at the  Hyatt at the Bellevue Hotel on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Attendees enjoyed cocktails, buffet supper, as they networked and enjoyed the festive atmosphere.

We knew it’d be a classy party when we ran into Mark Nicoletti, who was attending with Mikaela Schwartz and Kara Schwartz

Gordana Loncar

Councilman Mark Squilla

Mike with jet setter Melisa Leonard

Mike with fans. He always has time for them. He’s definitely an iconic Philadelphian.

Amanda Dougherty, Kerry Slade and Kelsey Hughes – Blaum of Klehr, Harrison
The lighting and decor was spectacular, and the stage was on fire, nearly with the pyrotechnics every once in awhile, which makes photos a bit sexy smokey.

Guest, Jamie Joffee and Hope Cohen

Frankie Mancuso and Kristen Foote

Paul Steinke, Executive Director of The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, guest and John Grady, PIDC

Fran Fattah and friends
Andrew Still, EisnerAmper LLP and Momin Sheikh, Founder/Principal – ‎MerakiCMO

Mike Barmash, Colliers International and Despina Belsemes, Colliers International

Gaetano Piccirilli, Maria Quattrone (congrats on your marriage to Chip this past weekend) and Dara Ellis.

National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) held their Annual Holiday Party & Awards at the Ritz Carlton earlier this month.  Thank you to our participating sponsors Campli Photography, Marilyn Sukonick-Zeff Professional Tarot Card Presentations, Jon Ardito Entertainment – Philadelphia Wedding Bands and DJs, AFR Furniture Rental and SHOUT Graphic and Print Solutions! A very special thank you to our Title Sponsor Philadelphia Wedding Magazine!

Gail Malcolm, The High Point, Barbara Belotti , Sue Cunnane, ONE North Broad St and Samantha Aimee Kravitz, PartySpace

The NACE is the first, non-profit, national organization for caterers, event planners, and event professionals the provide education, certification, and a network of resources for members in all segments of the hospitality industry.

The Ritz Carlton folks served a delicious buffet dinner, and the cutest cookies

Denis Sinelnikov, Media Components LLC and Benjamin Yoblick, Lafayette Hill Studios

Membership Director Billy Handy (r)

Happy Holidays, on Thursday I’ll be posting the most impressive Holiday party with eye popping decor