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Photos: Arts + Business Council Charitable Giving and Soliciting Money for Non-Profits

Nearly 250 business and thought leaders attended the Arts + Business Council, a Council of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, morning networking event at The Prince Theater on June 14, 2017 on the subject of charitable giving and soliciting money from donors.


Jim Dever, President of  Bank of America; Danielle Amato-Milligan Senior Vice President, Practice Expert, Nonprofit Consulting & Planned Giving U.S. Trust and Chris Dumont, Market Executive for Pennsylvania and Delaware, US Trust, Bank of American

Danielle Amato-Milligan (c) Senior Vice President, Practice Expert, Nonprofit Consulting & Planned Giving U.S. Trust gave a presentation on the latest report ‘Giving USA’ where it was reported that donations Grew 1.4% to $390 Billion in 2016,

Patricia LePera, ‎Steege/Thomson; Danielle Amato-Milligan, US Trust; Amanda DiChello, Esq. Saul Wewing LLP; Valerie Jones, CFRE, CEO Valerie M. Jones Associates and Sidney R. Hargro, The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. Some of the highlights of the conversation was how to engage with donors. It’s important to have a good board, which good standing in the community and find out where strengths lie.   Build a relationship with potential sponsors. Engage the donor and build a relationship with them. Are there briefings they can attend or small dinners or breakfast meetings where they can ask questions? Make sure you explain where the money will go and the result of their donation. Give examples.  Thanks the donor, and continue a relationship with the donor. Be authentic and honest.

before joining the panel of regional experts in the philanthropic and nonprofit marketplace to discuss approaching donors as well as training board members to approach potential donors.


Mona Gaduar, Bank of America and Tara Orio, Phila Chamber of Business

Steven Gendler, MIS Capital and Bradford Mills, Tactix Real Estate Advisors Non-Profit
Ayanna Y. London, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Cheri M. Perron, Board Chair of Lupus Foundation and Annette Myarick CEO, Lupus Foundation of America Philadelphia


Karin Copeland, Executive Director, Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia and Skip Massengill, Baird Financial
Congrats to these two on their recent engagement!!




Christine Cox, Ballet X and son Wesley Miller
BalletX, the contemporary company known for pushing the boundaries of classical dance, is closing out its 11th season with Summer Series, a diverse program featuring works by two female choreographers and two world premieres.  The show kicks off with a new dance by BalletX co-founder Matthew Neenan, who is also resident choreographer for the Pennsylvania Ballet. BalletX performs its Summer Series July 12-16 at the Prince Theater.
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Deidra Duncan, Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia; Melissah Jabionski, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pa and Carla Hickey, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pa

Diane Billas, The Salvation Army; Kathy Seufert, The Clay Studio; and Lesly Attarian, The Clay Studio

Lisa Balley, Fox Chase Cancer Center; Connie Murphy, Learning Ally and Donald Green,  Fox Chase Cancer Center

Chris Taylor, Clay Studio; Jim Fulton, Fury Design and Ari Kushner, Arts + Business



Philly Gay Pride 2017 – So Many Flags, and Funtastic Photos of the Day

Philly Gay Pride 2017 and Funtastic Shots

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This year Philly Pride kicked off the day with a Pride Run with 260 participants running through the Gayborhood, past Independence Mall to Penn’s Landing. The same route as the pride parade, which kicked off a few hours later at 11:30am.;


PHILLY PRIDE PRESENTS, Inc. (PPP) is a group of volunteer coordinators under the leadership of an Executive Director and Senior Advisor which organizes “PrideDay” in June, “OutFest” in October. These are the only two events during which the Philadelphia Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community joins together and celebrates as a whole. PHILLY PRIDE PRESENTS is proud to be co-sponsors of the Phila. DYKE March and the Alternative Prom.


The purpose of our pride events shall be the advancement of LGBT rights through the visibility and awareness that our parades and festivals create. This purpose is to be achieved through our annual PrideDay parade and festival, our annual National Coming Out Day Block Party (OutFest) and other forms of community outreach as may be appropriate. “Coming Out” marks the beginning of the gay self-realization process, “Pride” marks its culmination. In addition to celebrating our uniqueness, our events help thousands discover the breadth of the LGBT community in the Delaware Valley, provide avenues for education, growth and self-realization, and increase the visibility and diversity of the LGBT community.

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PrideDay History

The first official Pride Parade was organized in an impromptu fashion at the end of the 1980s and was intended to coincide with rally planned by the Lesbian and Gay Task Force at Love Park. It was so successful that community members met and started an organization (Lesbian & Gay Pride of the Delaware Valley, Inc.) whose goal was to produce a parade and festival at Penn’s Landing each year to continue the community outreach and visibility that was achieved with that one rally. That organization evolved into what we know today as Philly Pride Presents. And that first rally grew into the largest celebration of LGBT pride in the region, now attracting over 25,000 people each year.

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so many flags

PrideIt was a flag explosion like I’ve never seen.  People brought flags that represented how they felt and it was great

HD1_9151 (Custom)Amber Hikes dropped off a few of the new black/brown rainbow flags to Eric R and Jim Donovan


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The Flaggots were on hand to wave their favorite colors

HD1_9142 (Custom)Gilbert Baker’s original flag was proudly worn


and waved

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The most popular flag at the parade. So many people sporting this flag.
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Check out Metro Philly online for more photos of the parade

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check out live performances at the festival emceed by Henri David.

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The headline act was duo Nancy and Beth, featuring Stephanie Hunt and “Will & Grace” star Megan Mullally; there was also a many other performing comedy and musical acts.

See you in October for Outfest

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Pride Coordinators

Fran Price (Executive Director)

Coordinators:  Denise Giannascoli Blum, John Brady, Tammi Coleman, Aaron Harris, Richard Lewis, Sal Loggia, Stephanie Love , John McNeill, Jay Pugh, Jamie Roberts, Kevin Turner

Pride Committee:  Jimmy “Archie” Archambalt, Danielle Archambalt, Albert Fernandez, John Fluehr, Bill Hunt, Jim O’Toole


Connor Barwin Moves to Fishtown, Babies, Weddings, Pride Day Philadelphia

Connor Barwin Moves to Fishtown, Babies, Weddings, Pride Day Philadelphia

Happy Father’s Day and Happy Pride Day Philly.

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This past weekend former Philadelphia Eagles, now LA Ram’s player Connor Barwin and bride, Laura Barwin, packed up the remaining belongings from their house on Delancey Street in Rittenhouse Square
and headed to their new Philadelphia digs in Fishtown. Connor told me earlier this year that he’d be staying in Philly, but only needed half the house as he’ll only be staying here half the time.  Fishtown seems to be on fire, earlier this year Little Pete told me if he were to open up another diner it’d be in Fishtown.

Speaking of Eagles players, artist Perry Milou met up with QB Carson Wentz recently after the 2nd year rising star saw Perry’s work on a friends FB page.

Speaking of Rocking it – Rocky is open again after a refresher. The sidewalk has been widened, and there’s a cute tiny fence installed around the popular statute to keep tourist off the grass, and not cut through the bushes to the side steps that make their way up to the Art Museum and city view.
This shot was taken yesterday afternoon during a drizzle. I hope to see you there today for the Gary Papa Run at 630am, which for me is in 4 hrs, yikes.

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Brett Rosenbloom and Tina Strausser


Congrats to former G Lounge GM, and now Owner/Chef at Masters Bar & Restaurant Waylon Nelson, and Francesca DiDomenico-Nelson on their upcoming baby boy.

Happy Pride Day to all

Thinking of you today Tara Lessard, longtime photographer of LGTBQ events, and everyday as you battle stage 4 ovarian cancer.

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Congrats ladies, and Happy Pride Day Barwin
I saw this Saturday , amazing that a small country town like Woodbury, NJ could have rainbow flags on poles, stating Everyone is Welcome.

As many of you know I attended my uncle’s funeral on Friday. My Aunt Mary addressed the crowd at the luncheon and said love one another, tell the people who are in your life
that they’re important, and when you are out in public, and you pass people by, strangers you don’t know, smile. A smile, a kind word and acknowledgment goes a long way. You never know how your day or their day is going to end. It’ll make a difference in both your days and a smile says so much.

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I spotted this guy on Chestnut Street on June 14 – Flag Day.
He wins the day, the week and every holiday this year in the best USA Pride.

Speaking of Pride and Flags….

I hope to see you at Pride today, smiling and waving whichever flag you feel represents you best:

bear flag, leather flag, Transsexual Flag, the black and brown rainbow flag

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or the Gilbert Baker original rainbow flag.
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Best Dressed of the Ball on the Square 2017

Best Dressed of the Ball on the Square 2017

Last night, The Friends of Rittenhouse Square held their annual Ball on the Square. Nearly 450 philanthropic fashionable guests attended the event that raises money for restoration and upkeep of the beautiful Rittenhouse Square. The dress was Black Tie and with the ladies wearing exquisite gowns enduring the near summer heat and humidity for a good cause. There were two galas happening simultaneously – The Ball on the Square, where VIP guests start the night at a lascivious cocktail party at Rittenhouse Hotel, before heading into the square for the Ball; the 2017 Young Friends of Rittenhouse Ball on The Square which was across the street at Stotesbury Mansion. The Young Friends enjoy lite bites, and dancing there until 10:30PM when they head across the street to enjoy dessert and dancing to the Eddie Bruce Band til nearly 1AM.

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Mark Nicoletti , Mary Duong, Ricki Lang and John Westrum
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Rick Celender and Flo Celender


Holden Hummel, COO Metropolitan Reporting Bureau, Betsy Hummel, president of the Friends of Rittenhouse Square and Scott Brown

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John Pcsolar  and Alan Sandman Best
Valerie Sings Gross and Geoff Gross Best
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Tyler McNeil, Ale McNeil, Adele Carr and Max Abbott

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Always Best Dressed – The Rittenhouse Square Ladies who Lunch, usually at Rouge on Fridays.
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Rachel Sill (looking stunning in her Cut Out Panel Dress) and Justin WineburghHD1_8111 (Custom)
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Barbara Eberlein and Jerry Wind Best

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Stunning Brigette Addimando with husband Leo Addimando and his current trend sneakers

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Congrats Ryan Kayson and Katie Clemm, not only are you the best dressed of the Rittenhouse Ball, but you got engaged last night too – Mazel Tov

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2nd Runner up: The Best Dressed of the Ball 2017 is the beautifully decorated and lit Rittenhouse Square Ball room by Evantine Design. I think Brian Kappra and his team out did themselves.
The one thing people were asking – where did he get those magnificent chairs.


Hot, Hot, Hot Pool Party Pixs at 251 Dekalb – KOP’s New Luxury Community

Hot, Hot, Hot Pool Party Pixs at 251 Dekalb – King of Prussia’s New Luxury Apartment Community

251 Dekalb, King of Prussia’s new upscale luxury apartment community, hosted a Heat Wave Summer Soiree on June 10, 2017.


Inspired by the vibrant vibes of South Beach, Miami, the free, open-to-the-public event centered around the community’s outdoor salt-water pool.


There was music by DJ Gun$ Garcia, specialty cocktails and lite bites served as the guest frolicked in the pool.


and mermaids too

HotHunter Clark, Sim City, Mara  and Casey Kunash

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Rachael Caron, and Desirée Kachnovitz

Alexia Zenios, Cassie Hepler, Stephanie Engstrand, Meg Arbo and Michelle Leonard
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Jay,Leslie & Corinne Rothberg, and Andrew LightfootluxuryAriana Heard, Gabi Outlaw and Vicki Lake

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Krissi Monae, Brittany Denehy, Kelly Moyer, Maggie Blehar, Sheela Shamisddeen, and Naimah May


Maikel Licea and Susan Diana

HotNichole Josefowicz, and Dino Scalia

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James Loughlin, and Jamie Beltrami



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Alex Lowy, and Lisa Herrmman

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Jenn & Yafim Goldring, Akansha & Purav Bhatt, and Olivia Mucha

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251 Dekalb is located at 251 West Dekalb Pike King of Prussia, PA and is managed by Candlebrook Management Company, a reputable property management company with verified listings on 251 Dekalb offers Studio to 3 bedroom apartments ranging in size from 543 to 1527 sq.ft. Amenities include Air Conditioner, Basketball Court, Business Center, Clubhouse, Controlled Access/Gated and more. Property is located in the 19406 ZIP code. For more details, contact our office at (610) 265-5251
251 DEKALB Apartments located at 251 West DeKalb Pike

Thanks to PCC Photographer Andre Flewellen for shooting this event.