Bill Clinton, Eva Longoria no-shows at Liberty Medal ceremony for Hillary

PHOTO: HUGHE DILLON Gathering for the Garces Family Foundation are (from left): Dr. Beatriz Garces, chef Jose Garces & mayoral candidate Tom Knox.
PHOTO: HUGHE DILLON Gathering for the Garces Family Foundation are (from left): Dr. Beatriz Garces, chef Jose Garces & mayoral candidate Tom Knox.
Posted: September 12, 2013

THERE WERE a few faces missing from last night's Liberty Medal ceremony.

Former President Bill Clinton was not present at the National Constitution Center to support his wife, former secretary of state and likely presidential candidate Hillary, who received the award last night.

Clinton was recently on the road stumping for ObamaCare and seen attending the U.S. Open (he tweeted congrats to Serena Williams on her win).

Either way, it's weird that Bill wasn't there to support his wife receiving such a momentous award. He once received the award himself, along with former President George H.W. Bush, in 2006. Other past recipients include Muhammad Ali, Tony Blair and Steven Spielberg.

Politically active actress Eva Longoria ("Desperate Housewives"), a Clinton booster, was also scheduled to attend the Liberty Medal event. The Constitution Center promoted her presence, but her name had been absent from recent promotional material.

Why aren't they attending? Reps from the Constitution Center said Longoria had obligations on a film set. But she'll be in Watertown, Wis., with Michelle Obama tomorrow, according to multiple news outlets, working on the first lady's "Let's Move!" anti-obesity campaign.

They stayed mum on Bill's whereabouts, and a missive to the Clinton Foundation went unanswered.

Lisa Hillary leaves

Comcast SportsNet's Lisa Hillary is leaving the network. The Flyers beat reporter has been in Philly since 2010 and was in CSN's D.C. bureau for three years before that.

Hillary is leaving for the sunnier environs of Anaheim, Calif., where she'll serve as a sideline reporter for the NHL's Ducks on Fox Sports West.

"It's a little bit more exposure for me," Hillary told me while browsing at Old City boutique Adresse (45 N. 2nd St.). "Even though my family is in Ottawa [on the East Coast], but at the end of the day I said, why not?"

Hillary plans to drive from Philly to Cali in her F-150 with her yellow lab, Buddy, on Sept. 20.

Other than her co-workers and Philly's walkability, Hillary said she would miss the passion of Philadelphia fans.

Hillary had no idea who would replace her.

Chazz-ed up

Actor Chazz Palminteri will be at the Hero Thrill Show kickoff pep rally today. The "Usual Suspects" actor is in town performing his adaptation of his film "A Bronx Tale" at the Prince Music Theater. The event will preview the Hero Thrill Show on Sept. 21 at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Hero Thrill Show will take over Market Street between 18th and 19th, starting at 11:45 a.m.

Also planning to attend are 92.5 XTU Radio morning-show hosts Doc and Andie, Hero Thrill Show prez Jimmy Binns and WOGL radio personality Bob Pantano.

The Hero Thrill Show benefits the children of injured or deceased police officers and firefighters.

OUT AND ABOUT

*  Jamie Moyer celebrated the release of his new book, Just Tell Me I Can't: How Jamie Moyer Defied the Radar Gun and Defeated Time, written with former Daily News editor Larry Platt, at Vie on Monday with a healthy turnout, including the Greater Philadelphia Film Office's Sharon Pinkenson, Vince Papale, Pat Croce, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, radio host Michael Smerconish and Sports Illustrated's Mike Bamberger.

* Chef Jose and Dr. Beatriz Garces gathered with supporters at the Center City home of Linda and mayoral candidate/businessman Tom Knox on Monday night to preview goings-on at the Garces Family Foundation, which will hold its own swanky gala Oct. 3 at the Kimmel Center (get tix at garcesfoundationgala.brownpapertickets.com). The foundation serves Philly's immigrant community. Yesterday, Garces and the Eagles Youth Partnership's Christina Lurie helped open the Green Light Pantry at Casa del Carmen in North Philly.


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