Dan Gross: Olney guy's arm is 'outta here'

Posted: April 21, 2009

SOME Harry Kalas tributes last forever. Artist Rob Fiore of Inkwell 309, in Montgomeryville, spent nearly three hours Thursday tattooing a color portrait of the legendary Phillies broadcaster on Michael Schwarz's right arm.

The tattoo is accompanied by Harry's famous "That Ball's Outta Here," in cursive lettering. Schwarz, 22, an Olney resident, says that he had an appointment booked at Inkwell for another tattoo, but decided to get the Harry portrait instead. Schwarz, a union tilesetter, said he was "hit hard" by what he considers "somewhat of a personal loss."

Local filmmaker Eric Moyer ("A Halfway House Christmas") was on hand to tape the tattooing and posted a video online that you can see at PhillyGossip.com.

A benefit for Laura The Butt

Playboy model Laura "The Butt" Grillo is usually the one doing charity work, but as she needs heart surgery and has no health insurance, this time she's on the receiving end. Elite Personal Training (571 W. Uwchlan), in Exton, is holding a fundraiser for her on Saturday. $15 gets you an hourlong training session (8-9 a.m. or 9-10 a.m.) and all proceeds benefit Grillo, who will sign autographs and take pics with fans.

Grillo got her nickname from 93.3 WMMR's Preston & Steve, and she will appear on their show tomorrow to discuss the event. Grillo has supraventricular tachycardia or SVT, an irregular heartbeat. The single mom's surgery could cost $40,000. Her friends Casear Augustus, of Augustus Films, and Matthew Sgro, of Boot Camps with a Purpose, arranged the benefit.

'Nova is not the life of this party

Villanova basketball stars Dante Cunningham and Scottie Reynolds are not hosting a party Thursday at Fiso (15th & South), as we reported yesterday based on inaccurate information provided by a party promoter.

"Both were surprised to learn that their names had been attached to this event," a Villanova spokesman told us yesterday. Anyone who considered attending the party billed as a Final Four Appreciation should know that the team will not be there, and any fliers advertising their appearance is beyond misleading.

Erin Elmore's hips don't lie

Congrats to Erin Elmore, who won the Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars event Sunday night at the Crystal Tea Room with a salsa dance to Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie." The attorney and former "Apprentice" cast mate was partnered with Nodari Tetruashvily, of the Society Hill Dance Academy, in the event, which raised money for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. Elmore, who now covers events for StreetTalkin.com, wore a custom-made dance costume by local designer James Nelson.

Donovan is dad of the year

Donovan McNabb is one of three Father of the Year award winners chosen yesterday by the American Diabetes Association of Greater Philadelphia. McNabb, whose charitable foundation focuses primarily on raising money for diabetes awareness, will be honored June 11 at the Loews Hotel. Campbell Soup CEO Douglas R. Conant and Anthony J. Conti, managing partner at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, are the other honorees. McNabb, wife Roxi, and their three children are also shooting a video promoting the ADA, to be released online in June.

6ABC's Nydia Han will emcee the June 11 awards ceremony, for which tickets are $250. For more info, call 610-828-5003 ext. 4644 or visit diabetes.org/foty.

Out and about

_ The women at the Borgata's mur.mur nightclub presented DJ Nick Cannon with an anniversary cake while he worked at the club Saturday night. He just celebrated his first wedding anniversary with Mariah Carey. Cannon gave a shout out to his wife and then played her song "Fantasy."

* Eagles president Joe Banner ate ice cream and popcorn with his sons Sunday afternoon while taking in the Flyers victory from a Wachovia Center suite.

* A film crew was at City Tavern (138 S. 2nd) yesterday, where Sabine Renault-Sabloniere lunched with her children. Renault-Sabloniere is a descendent of the Marquis de Lafayette and was being interviewed at the restaurant, which opened in 1733, for "Looking for Lafayette," a documentary about the Revolutionary War general. *

Visit PhillyGossip.com for Dan's latest. Have a tip? Call 215-854-5963, or e-mail grossd@phillynews.com. For recent columns, visit go.philly.com/dangross.

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