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Charity Register: Late Fall 2012

Opportunities to give.

October 08, 2012


CAMP OUT FOR HUNGER

GOVBERG SHOPPING BENEFIT
The Host: Govberg Jewelers and Living Beyond Breast Cancer
The Cause: Empowering all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life
The Details: Thursday, October 11, 6 to 8 pm, at Govberg Jewelers. Suburban Square, 65 St. James Place, Ardmore, 610-664-1715

THIRD ANNUAL CHEESESTEAK CHALLENGE HIGH STEAKS! BLOCK PARTY
The Host: Square 1682 and Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
The Cause: Expanding life and economic options for Philadelphia public school students through career-focused programming with Philadelphia Academies
The Details: Sunday, October 14, 2 to 5 pm, at Square 1682. 121 S. 17th St., 215-563-5008

FIRST TASTE FUNDRAISER
The Host: First Person Arts
The Cause: Transforming real-life drama into memoir and documentary art
The Details: Wednesday, October 24, at 6 pm, in the Omni Hotel at Independence Park. 401 Chestnut St., 267-402-2019

QVC PRESENTS “FFANY” SHOES ON SALE
The Host: QVC
The Cause: Providing televised information on breast cancer research and educational awareness
The Details: Wednesday, October 24, online and on television nationwide, 5 to 8 pm, 212-627-1000

THE PINK TIE MASQUERADE BALL
The Host: Susan G. Komen for the Cure
The Cause: Making a world without breast cancer
The Details: Saturday, October 27, 6 pm, at Loews Philadelphia Hotel. 1200 Market St., 215-238-8900

BREATH OF LIFE GALA
The Host: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The Cause: Finding a cure for cystic fibrosis
The Details: Saturday, November 3, at 6 pm, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. 1201 Market St., 610-325-6001

BACCHANAL WINE GALA AND AUCTION
The Host: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
The Cause: Raising money for student scholarships to this fine arts academy
The Details: Saturday, November 10, at 6 pm, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. 128 N. Broad St., 215-972-7600

BUTTERFLY BALL
The Host: Living Beyond Breast Cancer
The Cause: Educating and supporting women with breast cancer
The Details: Saturday, November 10, at 6:30 pm, at Loews Philadelphia Hotel. 1200 Market St., 610-645-4567

A NIGHT IN PARIS
The Host: The Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation
The Cause: Raising awareness and funds for the Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania program
The Details: Monday, November 12, at 7 pm, at the National Constitution Center. 525 Arch St., 310-525-3755

CAMP OUT FOR HUNGER
The Host: 93.3 WMMR’s Preston & Steve Show
The Cause: Collecting food for Philabundance, a nonprofit food bank serving Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley
The Details: Monday, November 26, through Friday, November 30, at the Metroplex Shopping Center.
2620 Chemical Road, Plymouth Meeting, 610-771-0933


 

Charity Register - Fall 2012

Opportunities to give.

August 24, 2012

Philadelphia Eagles, Flight Night.

Eagles Flight Night
The Host: The Philadelphia Eagles
The Cause: Raising funds for the year-round programs of Eagles Youth Partnership
The Details: Sunday, August 26, at 7:30 PM, at Lincoln Financial Field. 1 Lincoln Financial Way, 267-570-4000

Cruise for the Kids
The Host: Children’s Crisis Treatment Center
The Cause: Providing high-quality, comprehensive behavioral health services to Philadelphia’s children and their families
The Details: Thursday, September 6, at 7 PM, at Water Works Restaurant and Lounge. 640 Water Works Dr., 215-496-0707, ext. 1137

Phestiv-ale
The Host: Delaware Valley Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The Cause: Raising funds for research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis
The Details: Saturday, September 8, at 12 PM, at Sheet Metal Workers Hall. 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., 610-325-6001

Feastival
The Hosts: Stephen Starr, Michael Solomonov, and Audrey Claire Taichman
The Cause: Benefiting and supporting Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe
The Details: Wednesday, September 12, at 6 PM, at Pier 9. 121 N. Columbus Blvd., 215-413-9006, ext. 24

Hunger Symposium
The Host: Philabundance
The Cause: Fighting to end world hunger
The Details: Thursday, September 13, at 7:30 AM, at The Hub at Cira Centre. 2929 Arch St., 215-339-0900

The Dude Hates Cancer Grand Finale Bowling Tournament
The Host: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Cause: Raising funds for lifesaving blood cancer research
The Details: Saturday, September 15, at 11:30 AM, at North Bowl. 909 N. Second St., 610-238-0360, ext. 6769

Magic Beyond the Gardens
The Host: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
The Cause: Funding PMG’s core educational programs, including school outreach workshops and professional art exhibitions
The Details: Saturday, September 22, at 6 PM, at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. 1020 South St., 215-733-0390

PASA’s Bike Fresh Bike Local
The Host: Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
The Cause: Raising awareness and funds for family farms in Eastern Pennsylvania
The Details: Sunday, September 23, at 7 AM, at Victory Brewing Company. 420 Acorn Lane, Downingtown, 610-458-3956

Style Wars 2012
The Host: Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa and Salon
The Cause: Helping children and their families cope with cancer through the Adopt a Pig program
The Details: Sunday, September 23, at 5 PM, at Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa and Salon. 243 W. Baltimore Pike, 610-459-4663

Cathy Miller Night at the Phillies
The Host: The Cathy Miller Cancer Fund
The Cause: Raising funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer
The Details: Wednesday, September 26, at 7:05 PM, at Citizens Bank Park. 1 Citizens Bank Way, 609-706-4254

Sixth Annual Back on My Feet Bash
The Host: Back on My Feet and Stroehmann Bakeries
The Cause: Celebrating members, volunteers, and supporters of Back on My Feet and recognizing their efforts
The Details: Thursday, September 27, at 6:30 PM, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. 1201 Market St., 215-772-1080

20th Anniversary Gala Concert
The Host: Astral Artists
The Cause: Promoting the future of classical music
The Details: Saturday, September 29, at 7:30 PM, at Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center. 1500 Walnut St., 215-893-1999

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DREW HALLOWELL


 

Charity Register - Summer

Opportunities to give

June 25, 2012

HIGH STEPPING TO SAVE LIVES FASHION SHOW
The Host: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the National Marrow Donor Program
The Cause: To provide hope and a cure for blood cancer
The Details: July 13 at 7 PM, at The African American Museum. 701 Arch St.

ATLANTIC CITY FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
The Host: Caesars Entertainment and The Community Food Bank of NJ
The Cause: To support New Jersey’s central food distribution center in fighting hunger and poverty
The Details: Various events at Caesars Atlantic City Casino Hotel. 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, 800-736-1420

THE IRISH PUB TOUR DE SHORE
The Host: The Irish Pub Children’s Foundation
The Cause: Benefiting needy children
The Details: July 29 at 7 AM, at The Irish Pub. 2007 Walnut St., 215-568-5603

TEAM LIVESTRONG CHALLENGE PHILLY
The Host: The Lance Armstrong Foundation
The Cause: To improve the lives of those affected by cancer
The Details: August 18 and 19 at 8 AM, at Montgomery County Community College. 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell

LUNG CANCER FUNDRAISER
The Host: Susan G. Komen for the Cure Philadelphia
The Cause: Education, prevention, and treatment of breast cancer
The Details: Sunday, May 13, at 6 AM, at Eakins Oval at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., 215-238-8900

DIAMONDS AND DENIM
The Host: The Hamels Foundation
The Cause: To improve and enrich the lives of children through education
The Details: August 27 at 6:30 pm, at the Crystal Tea Room. 100 Penn Sq. E., 610-551-8800

 

PHOTOGRAPH BY DANIEL BRUCE PHOTOGRAPHY (HAMELS)


 

Charity Register May/June

Opportunities To Give

April 26, 2012

PCCY 2012 SUPER PARTY
The Host: Public Citizens for Children and Youth
The Cause: Improving the life and community awareness of children through advocacy
The Details: Wednesday, May 2, at 5:30 PM, at The Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building. 100 E. Penn Sq., 215-563-5848

 

AN EVENING IN FRANKLIN SQUARE
The Host: Historic Philadelphia, Inc.
The Cause: Strengthening Greater Philadelphia's role as the destination to experience American history through interpretation, interaction, and education
The Details: Thursday, May 10, at 5:30 PM, at Franklin Square. Sixth and Race Streets, 215-629-5801, ext. 207

 

 

UTLEY ALL-STAR ANIMALS CASINO NIGHT
The Host: Chase and Jennifer Utley
The Cause: Helping the Pennsylvania SPCA in its mission to raise awareness about animal cruelty
The Details: Thursday, May 10, at 6:30 PM, at Electric Factory. 421 N. Seventh St., 215-627-1060

 

 

STEP INTO SPRING GALA
The Host: Steppingstone Scholars, Inc.
The Cause: Helping educationally underserved students in the Greater Philadelphia region achieve academic success
The Details: Friday, May 11, at 7 PM, at The Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park. 100 N. Horticultural Dr., 215-508-5150

 

SUSAN G. KOMEN PHILADELPHIA RACE FOR THE CURE
The Host: Susan G. Komen for the Cure Philadelphia
The Cause: Education, prevention, and treatment of breast cancer
The Details: Sunday, May 13, at 6 AM, at Eakins Oval at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., 215-238-8900

 

 

CAMP IN FOR KIDS' CANCER
The Host: Alex's Lemonade Stand and the Philadelphia Eagles
The Cause: Raising funds and awareness for children fighting pediatric cancer
The Details: Saturday, May 19, at 5 PM to Sunday, May 20, at 9 AM, at the Lincoln Financial Field. 1020 Pattison Ave., 610-649-3034

 

WALL BALL
The Host: The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
The Cause: Uniting artists and communities transforming public spaces and individual lives
The Details: Thursday, May 31, at 5:30 PM, at Vie. 600 N. Broad St., 215-685-0754

 

 

CHILDREN'S CRISIS TREATMENT CENTER'S ROUNDUP
The Host: Children's Crisis Treatment Center
The Cause: Provide high-quality mental and behavioral health services to Philadelphia's children and their families
The Details: Friday, June 1, at 7 PM, at Pêche Sherman Mills. 3502 Scotts Lane, 215-496-0707, ext. 1137

 

GREATER PHILADELPHIA TOUR DE CURE
The Host: American Diabetes Association
The Cause: Funding research and increasing awareness in the fight against diabetes
The Details: Saturday, June 2, at 6 AM, at Temple University's Ambler Campus. 580 Meetinghouse Road, Ambler, 610-828-5003

 

A PERFECT FIT: PORTRAITS OF PROGRESS
The Host: The Career Wardrobe
The Cause: Empowering women in transition to achieve self-sufficiency
The Details: Thursday, June 7, at 6 PM, at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. 200 S. Broad St., 215-568-6693

 

 

 

GREAT CHEFS EVENT
The Host: Marc Vetri, Jeff Benjamin, Jeff Michaud, and the Vetri Foundation for Children
The Cause: Raising money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, benefiting Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and Vetri Foundation for Children
The Details: Tuesday, June 12, at 6 PM, at the Urban Outfitters Headquarters at the Navy Yard. 5000 S. Broad St., 215-732-3478

 

GARY PAPA RUN
The Host: Prostate Health International
The Cause: Raising awareness of prostate cancer and promoting research and education of prostate cancer
THE DETAILS:Sunday, June 17, at 7 am, at Eakins Oval at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., 215-732-2300

PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICK VALINOTE (UTLEY FOUNDATION)


 

Charity Register: February/March

Opportunities to give hope and lend a helping hand this month.

February 27, 2012

American Red Cross
The Cause: Prevention, preparation, and response to a variety of emergencies
Event Planner: Katerina Koperna
How to Help: Show support by attending the Red Ball, on March 10 at 8 pm, at the Please Touch Museum. 4231 Avenue of the Republic, 215-299-5491

City of Hope
The Cause: Research and treatment for life-threatening diseases, including cancer and diabetes
Senior Director of Development: Harry Giordano
How to Help: Taste the offerings at the Let Them Eat Cake wedding cake design competition, on April 2 at 6 pm, at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. 1200 Market St., 800-344-8169

The American Liver Foundation
The Cause: Promoting education, support, and research for the prevention, treatment, and cure of liver disease
Executive Director: Ivory Allison
How to Help: Enjoy a gourmet dinner at the Flavors of Philadelphia, on April 3 at 6 pm, at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. 1200 Market St., 215-425-8080

SPIN
The Cause: Helping children and adults with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities
CEO: Kathy Brown McHale
How to Help: Participate in the Possibilities in the Park 5K Run, Walk, Roll, on April 14 at 8 am, at Industrial Park in Northeast Philadelphia. 10521 Drummond Road, 215-612-7512

Donors are Heroes/Gift of Life Donor Program
The Cause:
Promoting education and awareness on the importance of life-saving organ donation.
Donors Are Heroes Founders: Don and Renee Freeman
The Event: Attend the Donors Are Heroes ‘The Party’ on April 27, at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. 1 Logan Sq., 215-557-8090


 

Charity Register: December/January

Five opportunities to give this holiday season.

December 05, 2011

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA
The Cause: Supports patient care, research, and education programs at CHOP
Cochairs: Elizabeth Proctor and Suzanne Lentz
The Event: The Holiday Boutique Event, hosted by The Women’s Committee of CHOP, December 1 at 5 PM and December 2 at 9 AM, at the Merion Cricket Club. 325 Montgomery Ave., Haverford, 267-426-6500; giving.chop.edu

ALEX’S LEMONADE STAND FOUNDATION
The Cause: Childhood-cancer research
Cochairs: Liz and Jay Scott and Melanie and Billy King
The Event: The 2012 Lemon Ball, on January 14 at 6:30 PM, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. 1201 Market St., 610-649-3034; alexslemonade.org

MARCH OF DIMES
The Cause: Working for stronger, healthier babies
Chair: Dan Finnerty
The Event: Comcast SportsNet’s Shining Star Awards, on February 3 at 6 PM, at the Westin Philadelphia. 99 S. 17th St., 215-952-5944; shiningstarawards.com

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
The Cause: Building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and strokes
CEO: Nancy Brown
The Event: The Heart of Philadelphia Heart Ball, on February 11 at 6 PM, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. 1201 Market St., 215-575-5215; heart.org

FLYERS WIVES FIGHT FOR LIVES
The Cause: Supporting more than 100 Philadelphia area charities
Cochairs: Lauren Pronger and Nadine Coburn The Event: The Flyers Wives Carnival, on February 19 at noon, at the Wells Fargo Center. 3601 S. Broad St., 800-298-4200; flyerscarnival.com


 

Charity Register: October/November

Gala season gets into full swing with philanthropic soirées supporting worthy causes—from the arts to the animals.

October 10, 2011

 

The Pie In the Sky 2011 bake sale on November 10

 

Pie In The Sky 2011
The host:
Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA)
The cause: Provides meals to individuals coping with life-threatening illnesses
The details: Thursday, November 10, at 11 AM at Marathon Grill. 1818 Market St., 215-496-2662; mannapies.org

3-Day For The Cure
The host: Susan G. Komen for the Cure
The cause: Breast cancer research
The details: Friday, October 14, through Sunday, October 16, at 7 AM, starting at Willow Grove Park Mall.2500 W. Moreland Road, Willow Grove, 800-996-3329; the3day.org

PAFA Bacchanal Wine Gala and Auction
The host:
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)
The cause: PAFA’s student scholarships and education programs
The details: Saturday, November 12, at 6 PM, at PAFA. 118–128 N. Broad St., 215-972- 2037; pafa.org

Little Smiles Stars Ball
The host:
Little Smiles
The cause: A black-tie gala to benefit children battling serious illnesses
The details: Saturday, November 12, at 7 PM, at the Please Touch Museum. 4231 Avenue of the Republic, 610-765-1272; littlesmiles.org

Good Dog Gala
The host:
Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The cause: Animals in need
The details: Saturday, October 15, at 6:30 PM, at the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing. 201 S. Columbus Blvd., 215-426-6300; pspca.org

Party With A Purpose Gala
The host:
Friends of the American Cancer Society
The cause: Pancreatic cancer research and patient services
The details: Sunday, October 16, at 6 PM, at the Please Touch Museum. 4231 Avenue of  the Republic, 215-985-5350; friendsofacs.org

Scaredy Cats 2: the Shriek-Quel
The host:
City of Hope, HopeCuts, Raylon Corporation
The cause: Cancer and HIV/AIDS research and treatment programs via City of Hope
The details: Saturday, October 22, at 8 PM, at Voyeur Nightclub. 1221 St. James St., 800-344-8169; hopecuts.org


 

The Chrysanthemum Festival Blooms

Fall’s rich florals wake up at Longwood Gardens.

September 05, 2011

As the green thumbs at Longwood Gardens know, Mother Nature paints her most stunning landscapes in the fall. Appropriately, the full palette is on display at the annual Autumn’s Colors exhibit.

“This is the most intensive horticultural effort we engage in,” says Longwood Gardens director Paul Redman.

“Autumn’s Colors is one of the most beautiful times of the year here, and with its displays set against a background of brilliant fall foliage, it provides a perfect escape for the busy Philadelphia urbanite.”

The incredible array of berried shrubs, fruit trees, flowers and even seasonal vegetables are on view September 5 to November 20 (though it moves indoors after the first frost), the peak season for fall florals. We suggest visiting the gardens when the Chrysanthemum Festival, a seasonal display within Autumn’s Colors, opens on October 29. It will feature more than 20,000 mums, the highlight of which is a possibly record-breaking chrysanthemum plant with more than 1,000 perfect blooms. Says Redman, “It is truly a showcase of amazing horticultural feats.” 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA

—MEGAN MULRINE

 

Philly Fringe Live Arts Returns

The Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe are back with another year of thought-provoking performances.

August 24, 2011

Back in the late ’90s, Nick Stuccio dreamed of fashioning a festival to showcase Philly’s burgeoning experimental arts scene. Fifteen years later, the dream, which originally started as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, a singular five-day arts festival in Old City, has morphed into the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, two of the city’s most beloved— and provocative—events. “Every year the festival gets better,” says Stuccio, a classically trained ballet dancer who cofounded the festival. “Our audience grows every year, and so do we.”

For about a fortnight (this year, September 2 to 17), the two citywide festivals showcase cuttingedge dance, theater, music and interdisciplinary works from some of the finest international and Philly-based artists. As the producing artistic director of both events, Stuccio has become the city’s unofficial arbiter of arts and culture. “Above all, the Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe is an adventure,” says Stuccio. “It’s fun. It’s innovative. It’s an exploration of new ideas. We are committed to bold thinkers on the local scene, and we are able to bring the best and brightest from all over the world to our city.”

The Live Arts Festival has emerged as the carefully curated (under Stuccio’s watchful eye, of course) half of the festival, the segment that brings in internationally renowned performing arts groups and affords Philadelphians the opportunity to experience refined experimental art in ways many people have not before. Philly Fringe is its wilder sibling, the unfiltered venue where anything goes. It is uncurated, unapologetic and open to any artist with a point of view and something to share.

Despite the differences, both festivals share an overarching theme: The only thing you should expect is the decidedly unexpected. This year’s Live Arts Festival lineup includes 16 performances by leaders of the contemporary art world from Philly and beyond, nine of which are world premieres. This year also features a festival within a festival where acclaimed artists from around the globe come to perform works centered on questions about cultural identity in society. “We are doing all of this because we are inspired by the Barack Obama phenomenon,” says Stuccio. “Our president is this 21st-century man. How many cultures does he represent, and how does his cultural background play a role in his identity? We are fascinated by what he represents.”

Highlights include the Festival’s first visual arts installation, called Zon-Mai, which consists of a giant house of screens showing projections of 21 dancers performing inside their own homes, as well as an experimental contemporary circus called Traces, to be shown at the Merriam Theater. Pig Iron Theatre Company, a Phillybased troupe and one of the festival’s top tickets every year, is premiering one work: a staging of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will.

As for Philly Fringe, more than 200 shows will be self-produced by thousands of artists the world over. “The Philly Fringe has zero barriers,” says Stuccio. “Anybody doing anything is welcome to participate. We have no need to create a ceiling on the amount of artists who can present their work. You never know what you are going to see.” livearts-fringe.org

BY MARNI PRICHARD MANKO

 

New Exhibit: Rembrandt

“Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus” brings biblical masterpieces to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

August 01, 2011


Head of Christ, by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn

One of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s most groundbreaking exhibitions of the year, “Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus” opens on August 3 and comprises 22 paintings, 17 drawings and 9 prints done by the Dutch Golden Age master. Greatly anticipated works in the exhibition include the newly restored Supper at Emmaus, on loan from the Louvre, and Christ and the Woman Taken Into Adultery, coming to the United States for the first time ever by way of London’s National Gallery of Art. Through October 30.

—CHRISTINA PELLEGRINI

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