Nearly 1,000 guests attended the Preview Party for the 50th annual Philadelphia Antiques Show, held April 8 at the Navy Yard. The party was chaired by Katharine Booth and Sandy Nesbitt. Since its founding in 1962 by volunteer members of the Board of Women Visitors, the show has raised more than $17 million for the Penn health system, now known as Penn Medicine. This year the proceeds will benefit the Penn Ovarian Cancer Research Center. Chaired by Patty Cheek, the 50-dealer show of 18th- and 19th-century American antiques and folk art was held April 9 to 12.
The Support Center for Child Advocates set a fund-raising record at its annual Benefit Reception and Auction, raising more than $500,000 for the nonprofit, which provides free legal and social services for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia. The evening, held April 13 at the Crystal Tea Room, honored University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann. Richard J. Gelles, Ira Harkavy, and Christopher E. Dunne were among nine others who also were honored. The event, attended by 920 guests, featured more than 300 auction items, including a one-week golfing trip for five at Glen Mhor Cottage in Glenelg, Scotland, that went for $7,000, and four VIP tickets to a taping of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart ($3,750).