May 22, 2015 |
AFTER A RESOUNDING win in the Democratic mayoral primary, Jim Kenney mingled with Gov. Wolf, Republican challenger Melissa Murray Bailey and area homeless. Kenney joined a mishmash of political elites and poverty-stricken locals at a luncheon and fundraiser at Broad Street Ministry, in Center City. The luncheon, which was free to attend, was Kenney's and Bailey's first postprimary election event. BSM board co-chairman Richard Keaveney praised Kenney for celebrating his primary victory with a fundraiser instead of a ritzy lunch.
May 21, 2015 |
The Boys and Girls Club in Germantown has all the trappings of the pre-World War I building it is: a third-floor gym; warrens of dilapidated rooms on multiple floors; a chained-off, caved-in pool. Not for much longer. On Tuesday afternoon, Comcast Corp. announced that it would spearhead a $40 million fund-raising drive that will allow the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia to demolish the Germantown club and replace it with a modern one named after the founder of the media and cable company, Ralph J. Roberts, 95, who lived in Germantown as a young man. Improvements to what will be called the Ralph J. Roberts Boys and Girls Club include a double gym for sports tournaments and a hockey rink financed through Ed Snider's charitable foundation.
May 10, 2015 |
With 10 days until the primary, real estate agent Allan Domb and education activist Helen Gym have the most cash on hand in the race for at-large City Council seats, campaign-finance reports filed Friday show. In the most competitive Council district, the Second, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson has raised more money than his opponent in the Democratic primary, Ori Feibush, and has more going into the final stretch before May 19. Candidates for Council and mayor on Friday issued campaign finance reports showing how much they raised from Jan. 1 through Monday.
May 1, 2015 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Board of Ethics yesterday fined Deborah Watson-Stokes, who's running for judge, $300 for sending out a fundraising flier and planning her retirement party as a fundraiser before she'd officially quit working for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Watson-Stokes worked for the D.A.'s office from September 1990 until Feb. 6, according to the ethics board. In January, she told her colleagues there that she planned to resign and run for judge in Municipal Court and Common Pleas Court - and that her retirement party would be a fundraiser, according to the ethics board.
March 5, 2015 |
Once a Democratic fund-raising wheeler-dealer who counted mayors and congressmen as friends, Samuel G. Kuttab took a hit to his reputation when a 2002 tax-evasion case sent him to federal prison for two years. His political fortunes appeared poised to sink further Tuesday as he pleaded guilty to charges involving the use of his influence to sway a civil lawsuit in his favor. In a hearing before U.S. District Judge Juan R. Sanchez Jr., Kuttab, 55, said that in 2011, he enlisted the aid of then-Municipal Court Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr. to fix the case.
February 26, 2015 |
Bernard Borine, 92, a Cheltenham Township commissioner and a fund-raiser for Jewish causes, died of heart failure Monday, Feb. 23, at his home in Cheltenham. Mr. Borine was the owner of Capital Brokerage Co., a food brokerage in Philadelphia. He retired in 1988, leaving the business to his son. He was most widely known, however, for the volunteer work he did over the years on behalf of Jewish agencies and causes at the local and national levels. Mr. Borine served as a campaign chairman for the Philadelphia Allied Jewish Appeal and as an officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
February 14, 2015 |
Philadelphia's biggest hurdle in securing the 2016 Democratic National Convention was convincing the selection committee it could come up with the money, organizers said. Now that the gig belongs to the city, it comes with an $84 million fund-raising challenge. Amid celebration Thursday were promises Philadelphia can bring in the money, even with a concurrent fund-raising push to raise $45 million for Pope Francis' visit in September. Mayor Nutter said the plan was to rely on federal and private dollars and use no city funds for the weeklong political fest.
February 8, 2015 |
The memorial fund-raiser Friday night for William "Wild Bill" Guarnere was anything but black tie, but it was clear he wouldn't have wanted it that way. About 200 people came to raise money for a statue commemorating the South Philadelphia-born hero, who came back from his World War II exploits in Easy Company of the 101st Airborne Division - the one featured in HBO's Band of Brothers - with one leg. The fund-raiser was hosted by the Guarnere family...
February 7, 2015 |
A Bucks County man charged in a $20 million insurance-fraud scheme with his wife, a prominent Republican fund-raiser, killed himself outside a Buckingham Township home Thursday afternoon, authorities said. Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler identified the dead man as Thomas French, the husband of fund-raiser Claire Risoldi. French, 64, was a retired Bucks County sheriff's deputy. Details about French's death were not immediately clear, and detectives at the scene declined to comment Thursday night.
January 24, 2015 |
The Risoldi family calls its white-columned mansion "Clairemont. " Surrounded by 10 acres of rolling farmland outside New Hope, Bucks County, it boasts a swimming pool, six bedrooms, and a ceiling mural of family members dressed in flowing robes, looking down from the heavens. The manse has caught fire three times in five years - and the Risoldis could not have been more lucky, state prosecutors said. Receiving $20 million in insurance payouts from the blazes of undetermined origin, the Risoldis allegedly bought six Ferraris and two Rolls-Royces, $1.2 million worth of jewelry, and another house while spending millions to renovate the damaged one. Matriarch Claire Risoldi, 67, a prominent Republican donor and fund-raiser, was charged Thursday on a slew of felony charges, including insurance fraud and corruption.