Oh, what a night
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons performed at a private concert June 10 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue to benefit the American Cancer Society and the St. Ignatius Nursing Home in West Philadelphia. The two nonprofits teamed up to mark St. Ignatius' 20th Anniversary Gala and the American Cancer Society's eighth annual Coaches vs. Cancer Basketball Gala. Among the 800 guests were college basketball coaches Phil Martelli of St. Joseph's, Fran Dunphy of Temple, James "Bruiser" Flint of Drexel, John Giannini of La Salle, Jerome Allen of Penn, and Jay Wright of Villanova. The evening raised $450,000 for the American Cancer Society and $250,000 for St. Ignatius.
Run for the roses
More than 650 guests celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Morris Arboretum's annual fund-raiser, Moonlight & Roses, with cocktails in the arboretum's Rose Garden and dinner and dancing to the Janis Nowlan Band. The June 10 gala honored arboretum board member John Shober and his wife, Elizabeth, a member of the Directors' Guild. Cochaired by Alice Bullittt and Paige Yager, the evening raised $234,370 for the arboretum's annual operations and its Historic Preservation Fund.
Some enchanted evening
Commonwealth Youthchoirs held its seventh annual Gala Concert June 17 at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater. The nearly sold-out concert featured opera and Broadway singer David Pittsinger, who sang the role of Emile de Becque in South Pacific on Broadway, in a performance with 160 members of the Pennsylvania Girlchoir and the Keystone State Boychoir. Following the concert, a reception was held at the University of the Arts' Hamilton Hall. The benefit, cochaired by Melissa Vitek and Mary Zaharczuk, raised more than $25,000.
Face the music
Musicopia, founded in 1974 as Strings for Schools to provide music education in local schools, held its High Note fund-raising breakfast June 8 at the Union League. Highlights of the benefit were performances by Musicopia teaching artist Doc Gibbs and the Musicopia Drum Line, which featured students from several North Philadelphia public schools under the direction of Patrick Urban, the music teacher at the Gen. George G. Meade School. The event for 250 guests raised more than $45,000 for Musicopia's enrichment programs.