2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference Reception

2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference Reception

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is the business voice of the LGBT community, the largest advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people, and the exclusive certifying body for LGBT-owned businesses.


Philadelphia’s Independence Business Alliance welcomed National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to Philly for their National Convention at a reception Reading Terminal Market


The SOLD Out conference attracted over 1,300 entrepreneurs, corporate decision-makers, affiliate chamber leaders, and government officials from across the country and around the world. The opening night reception reflected the must attend event as it sold out as well.

Many local business leaders were on hand as well including Romulo Diaz – Vice President and General Counsel – PECO Energy and Deb Shinn, PECO
Eric Douglas, Russell Heid, Abraham Rivera, Dave McCann and Joseph Finnegan all of IBX
Magdalena Rodriguez, Board Member Golden Gate Business Association and Jose Carderon, Chevron

Anthony Reisinger, Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus and Wendy Lambour, Philadelphia Gay Mens Chorus

Mark Segal, PGN Publisher greets a representative from Borgata
Stephen Tornetta, Chatterblast and Jeff Smokler, Imre health


DjAktive’s Dope Ass Party, Alex Holley Flying High, Pat Croce Spotted

Hughe Around Town this week: DjAktive’s Dope Ass Party, Alex Holley Flying High, Pat Croce Spotted

Wicked weather came our way yesterday. Hope everyone arrived home safely. Back in the spring I do recall the weather people predicting a wet August, and a hot September. I don’t want to wish this month away, but I wish the rain would stop and we could enjoy the final rays of sunshine for the summer.
Let’s see what’s happening around town…

Philly’s DjAktive finished up the 2nd leg of the tour with Janet Jackson and Outside Lands (It resumes in the fall for a few more dates including a stop at AC’s Hard Rock Casino) in San Francisco Sunday , returns home this weekend and is throwing a “Dope Ass Party” at the Piazza. Stars scheduled to perform include:
Marsha Ambrosius
Mr Hollywood DJ
and many more
INFO and Tickets Here

Speaking of the Hardrock Casino, DJ Elephante spun at Daer Nightclub Sunday night, and was kind enough to pose with Rocco Cima, formerly a Q102 Dj, and currently the owner of Fuel, health food. DJ Elephante stops by NOTO  November 16.

Speaking of Down the Shore: On any given day  at Steve and Cookies you’re going to see a local celebrity, and on occasion a real one. Over the past few weeks I’ve heard Councilman Allan Domb was dining, across the room was Pat Croce who snapped his annual “we have to stop meeting like this” photo with PR gal Dallyn Pavey Uosikkinen, nearby  Lynsie & Evan Solomon were dining with Dana and Ron Donatucci, which reminds me that Ron Donatucci’s foundation “Michael’s Giving Hand” is being honored next year by the Philadelphia chapter of American Foundation of Suicide Prevention; plus Ron will attend and speak at the annual walk October 7, 2018

Alex Holley tried her hand at the flying trapeze last week, which aired on Fox 29 on Friday. She passed with flying colors, sailing through the sky with the greatest of ease. Now it’s your turn as the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts announces the grand opening of Philadelphia Flying Trapeze. Philadelphia’s only permanent outdoor flying trapeze school now offers two-hour outdoor flying trapeze lessons at Circus Campus, 6452 Greene Street in West Mt. Airy – conveniently directly next to the Upsal SEPTA Station. Lessons will run Wednesdays through Sundays, through October 28, 2018, with weekday lessons running 11:00am to 1:00pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00am to 12:00pm, 1:00pm to 3:00pm and 4:00pm to 6:00pm.
I noticed the other day that has changed its branding a bit, it’s more than just a bar, they serve coffee as well, plus delicious food.

This spot at 20th & Arch, has gone through many incarnations, now it seems that Indian Cuisine is rebranding as
Thanal an Indian Tavern. Best of luck to them.
Opening soon in Spring Garden, at the City View Apartments, is Art City Vets where MIGA restaurant used to be located.

11am – 4pm The Schmidt’s Commons | Northern Liberties, Phila

With Love: Super Adoption Day will once again be the largest event of its kind in Philadelphia history and one of the largest pet adoption events nationwide. Organized by Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia (an animal welfare advocacy group), there will be rescue groups and shelters with adoptable animals for the public to meet and hopefully adopt! The event is going to be held on Saturday, September 8th from 11:00am – 4:00pm at The Schmidt’s Commons, formerly The Piazza (an 80,000 square foot open-air plaza in Northern Liberties) and will feature music, refreshments, shopping, special guests and more!

Here are important dates to remember if you haven’t registered to VOTE, or you’re going to be out of town on Nov 6.
That’s about it for HughE Around Town today. See you tomorrow for more event coverage, and follow me on Social Media for current, real time news. On Instagram and Twitter click on hashtag #SaveTheDatePHL for upcoming events.


Favorite Pixs from Philly Free Streets Saturday

Favorite Pixs from Philly Free Streets Saturday

Philadelphia held the third edition of Philly Free Streets on Saturday, August 11, 2018 where they shut down a 4 mile stretch of North Broad Street from City Hall to Erie Streets from 8am to 1pm , to show off what is dubbed the longest street in an urban setting.

During Philly Free Streets people walked, biked and played along the 8 mile route (4 miles in each direction)

which was lined with programing and historic sites, including a live jazz band,


mural art panting (they say with one rain storm it will wash away, I wonder if it’s there today), roller skating

and even a pop up beach at Master Street where kids played in the sand. Philly Free Streets was inspired by the 2015 Papal visit where the City was shut down for security reasons, and people took to the streets to enjoy the sites from a vantage point they had not experienced before – North Beach

I walked part of the way with Hadas Kuznits, here with her family who we ran into

And then ran into Kevin Lessard and Michael Newmuis from Visit Philly, spending the rest of the afternoon with them with Matthew Wolf, GM The Met Philadelphia which is scheduled to open later this year.

We randomly ran into Malcolm Kenyatta at a corner where his campaign sign was posted.

Chantale Belfanti, North Broad Renaissance, James Murray and Antoinette Minor, North Broad Renaissance
Until next year Philly Free Streets…