Social Circuit

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons perform for 800 guests at the benefit for the American Cancer Society and St. Ignatius Nursing Home. American Cancer Society and St. Ignatius Nursing Home 8th annual Coaches vs. Cancer BasketBall Gala and 20th anniversary St. Ignatius Nursing Home Gala, Friday, June 10, 2011
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons perform for 800 guests at the benefit for the American Cancer Society and St. Ignatius Nursing Home. American Cancer Society and St. Ignatius Nursing Home 8th annual Coaches vs. Cancer BasketBall Gala and 20th anniversary St. Ignatius Nursing Home Gala, Friday, June 10, 2011 (Jim Roese)
Posted: July 06, 2011

Toque of the town

Chris Scarduzio of Table 31, Martin Hamann of 1862 at the Union League, and Tom Pizzica of the Food Network were among the 58 chefs and food purveyors who participated in the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society's seventh annual Chefs' Dinner, held June 27 at the Union League. With a portable oven and prep table, each of the 39 dinner chefs prepared a four-course dinner tableside for groups of 12 to 14 guests. The nearly 500 guests raised $231,000 for PAWS, the only no-kill shelter in Philadelphia, which this year will place 4,500 cats and dogs in permanent or foster homes.

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.

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