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HOLLAND: Flowering the World, will showcase the extraordinary plants, creativity and talent of this region’s top horticulturists and designers along with award winning landscape and floral designers from the Netherlands.
Set in the heart of center city Philadelphia, across from the famed Comcast towers, James offers a sophisticated yet approachable American dining & bar experience in an urban chic atmosphere. 1835 Arch Street on the NE corner of 19th and Arch.
Ellen Rubesin , Executive Director Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Francis X. Gallagher, CEO of Global Traveler Magazine and TrazeeTravel.com
LLS Representatives: Ally Fisher, Marley Greene, and Helen DeHaven.
Jared Torgan and Benjamin R. Picker.
George Hofman, Kevin Ryan, and Mark F. Seltzer.
Chuck Evans, Floyd Carl, and George Hofman.
George Hoffman, Christine Gallagher, and Bob Keyes.
Meredith Gardner and Chris Britton.
The 2017 Red & White Ball Mercedes-Benz raffle tickets are on sale now! Purchase a raffle ticket for $100 to have a chance to get behind the wheel of the all- new 2017 GLC300 4MATIC SUV. The winner of the Mercedes-Benz raffle will be announced the night of The 2017 Red & White Ball*. The vehicle was generously donated, which means that The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) will receive 100% of the ticket sales.
Today, the Kenney administration announced that Amber Hikes will take the helm of the Office of LGBT Affairs as Executive Director. She will begin this post on March 6th.
“My diverse experiences in the vibrant Philadelphia LGBTQ community first as a student, then as a professional, then as a business owner and finally as a community leader, afford me the unique opportunities to view LGBTQ community work in this city from multiple vantage points,” said Hikes. “I’m eager to serve my community during this pivotal time by increasing the accessibility of the Office, listening to community members and implementing initiatives to serve LGBTQ Philadelphians more efficiently and effectively.”
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Social Work Program, Hikes has served on the board of the William Way LGBT Community Center from 2011 through 2015, and was an organizer for the Philadelphia Dyke March from 2007-2015. She currently serves full-time as director of Upward Bound, a federally funded student service program at California State Long Beach providing education and resources to low income, underserved students. Hikes has worked with the national organization since 2009, and spearheaded the successful writing of a multimillion-dollar Department of Education grant to refund the Upward Bound program at the University of Pennsylvania for five years.
Additionally, Hikes organized seasonal community service events and fundraisers benefitting LGBTQ organizations such as GALAEI, William Way Community Center, Attic Youth Center, and ACLU-PA among many others.
*I’ve known Amber for several years, and I’m ecstatic for her. She is a great community organizer, and a friend to everyone
Good Sunday, hope you’re keeping dry today. I’ll be working columns, then I’m headed to Panorama for a Valentine’s Day Pawty with my best canine friend, to benefit Saved Me. Panorama is hosting an afternoon cocktail party, where guests can celebrate the holiday with their beloved pets. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit local non-profit www.savedme.org. Then taking a tour of the new Blue Gin Distillery, then watching the GRAMMY’s, so excited. What a line up. OK Here’s some fun Philly Gossip this Sunday.
Actor James McAvoy was walking around RittenhouseRow with his Philly girlfriend Saturday. So far he’s gone to Wawa, and CVS #MustBLove Local artist Larry Collins has a drawing that is featured in the movie James is in, M Night’s Split, which I’m sure will be near the top of the Box Office again this weekend. Split as you know was filmed in Philadelphia last year.
This year we have an awesome movie with Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston. Here are the extras cast by Heery-Loftus Casting backstage at the Kimmel Center on Thursday where they shot a scene.
I’ve been photographing them all week and tonight on CBS3 Philly Tori Woodill will have a segment with me on how to see the stars while they’re in town.
Congrats to the Spain’s on 55 years of marriage. Super nice couple and very philanthropic.
CELEBS IN PHILLY
Big Rube always hanging with the stars, here he’s with Jadakiss at the Meek Mill’s concert Friday night,
and promoting his own line of sexy TShirts
Speaking of stars, Team Derek caught up with Jesse Metcalfe as he arrived at the PHL airport.
and Rick Springfield was leaving town. He also caught Denice “Let’s Hear It For the Boy” Williams, and Babyface, all of who
were making appearances in the area.
Over the weekend The Tattoo Convention was in town. Thousands attended and many of them got new ink
from the artists that gathered from around the world.
I was so sad to hear about 6ABC’s Wendy Saltzman, who was recently announced on her FB page she diagnosed with breast cancer.
God speed my friend, Philly is praying for you.
Here’s the story on Philly.com
Hope you had a great week. Thought I’d drop a few shots on Saturday here. Many of you may not follow me on Instagram where I post about 4 shots a day, a lot are newsworthy, which means a new store, a sale or something interesting. Plus I shoot things in general and just run out of time to post them, maybe on Saturday’s I’ll post them here.
On Thursday I headed to the Untouchables film set, which was at the Kimmel Center. It was still snowing, but worse it was freezing. Thankfully when I arrived Kevin Hart’s limo had the engine on, so I knew it wouldn’t be long before he popped out to head back to his trailer.
A video posted by Philly ChitChat (@phillychitchat) on
I could have stayed and caught a few more of the actors, but I noticed the trees were stunning with their new snow coats (That’s the wardrobe trailer on the right – this is the shot that told me get out and see beauty.)
and I decided to go capture this rare sight
Sometimes after a snow storm it’s windy and the snow doesn’t sit in the tree too long, plus I knew the sun was coming out soon and it would melt
It was the right decision
I’m sure this women appreciates me grabbing this shot, although I was really obsessed with the guy’s hat on the right
Adorable doggie shoes
Everyone who has owned this house in Rittenhouse, has always put interesting things in this window.
More Snow Photos and a different one of Kevin Hart over at my column in Metro Philly
Also tune into CBS3 Philly Saturday night after the Grammy’s for a little piece they did on me and how to find the celebrities in Philly
Last night I caught the very beginning of the Lunar Eclipse, but then went to the Susan G Komen party, which I’ll be writing about next week. The walk is coming up May 14
This week I covered Simon’s Fund Soiree in both Philly Mag and Philly Style Mag It’s interesting both online mag’s started off with similar photo or ie the most notable people in the room.
Check back with PhillyChitChat on Sunday for Philly Gossip and Good News, a regular column appearing Sunday’s and Thursday’s
Have a great Saturday.
With the young professionals community representing the next generation of leaders to take up the fight to end breast cancer, Komen Philadelphia is taking specific steps to bring them into the breast cancer community of activists now. Aside from cultivating new leaders, the organization works to bring young professionals into the movement because it is important to them… that is, they not only have mothers, aunts and sisters who have been diagnosed by this disease, but at this stage in their lives their peers are being diagnosed as well.
Here are the basics of the Happy Hour for the Komen Philadelphia Young Professionals community:
When: Thursday, February 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Rarest at the aka Washington Square, 834 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
Newly opened in November, Rarest has already been named one of the hottest bars in Philadelphia by Zagat. Moreover, it’s executive chef is a winner from CNBC’s Restaurant Startup
What: Happy hour + Race for the Cure registration rally
Special: $25 donation to Komen Philadelphia includes: entrée into the event, appetizers, beer and wine and one adult registration for the 2017 Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure (typically a $30 fee)
All $25 donations and Race signup will be made at the door and every penny benefits the lifesaving work of Komen Philadelphia as well as breast cancer research.