March 10, 1992 |
The departure of Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin from the Democratic presidential race leaves one of Philadelphia's most potent political fund-raisers at liberty - and in no hurry to land. "I feel these candidates have to show me something, and they're not," said Bill Batoff, the insurance executive who served as Harkin's Middle Atlantic finance chairman. Harkin, who failed to win a primary and drew 6 percent or less in most contests, finally tossed in the towel yesterday, leaving three survivors for Democratic nomination.
March 28, 2008 |
For years, Robert M. Feldman was something of a political kingmaker in Philadelphia. He raised more than $1 million for Democrats, dazzling veteran politicos with the ability to raise from $25,000 to $50,000 in a single day. Feldman, 60, was the second most proficient fund-raiser for former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, and he became a leading force behind Sen. Bob Casey Jr.'s rise in Pennsylvania. He raised $230,000 for Gov. Rendell and $546,000 for Mayor John F. Street. The bald and courtly insurance consultant was a dashing persona on the city's political scene.
July 10, 1998 |
A high school baseball player who has provided much inspiration will now see others step to the plate in his behalf. A benefit beef and beer for John Fuscellaro, who will be a junior at Highland, will be held tomorrow from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Brooklawn American Legion hall, Railroad Avenue and Lake Drive. Fuscellaro soon will undergo a kidney transplant. The kidney will be donated by his half brother Anthony, a 29-year-old Gloucester Township resident. When Fuscellaro was an infant, a disease attacked his system, destroying one kidney and leaving the other functioning at just 50 percent.
December 24, 1990 |
Services were held yesterday for Marilyn Klein, who took a leading role in numerous charity fund-raisers during the past 25 years. Klein, who died Thursday, was 54 and lived in Center City. For the past three years, Klein was chairwoman of the Friends of the Library and recently organized the first Antiquarian Book Fair. The largest event she organized was the Scheie Odyssey, bringing out more than 800 people to the fund-raiser for the Sheie Eye Institute 10 years ago at the Benjamin Franklin Hotel.
December 15, 1999 |
S. Harrison Dogole, 77, a former security-firm head who was also a major fund-raiser for Jewish philanthropies and Democratic politicians, died Monday in Wellington, Fla. Mr. Dogole, who was widely known by his nickname, "Sonny," held senior positions at Globe Security Systems, one of the country's largest detective and security firms, for 46 years. He was chairman and chief executive of the firm when he retired in 1989. Mr. Dogole's prowess as a fund-raiser for Jewish causes earned him repeated honors from the State of Israel Bond drive and the Jewish Theological Seminary, and his skill as a Democratic Party fund-raiser earned him a place on President Nixon's enemies list.
December 17, 1986 |
The president of the conservative National Endowment for the Preservation of Liberty yesterday denied reports that his organization had received money diverted from Iranian arms sales. The president, Carl Russell "Spitz" Channell, 41, issued a statement calling the allegations, reported Sunday in the Lowell (Mass.) Sun, "outrageous, libelous lies. " "Neither I nor any of the organizations I have founded and managed received any funds other than those we solicited from patriotic American citizens who ardently support the policies of President Reagan," Channell said.
May 11, 2011 |
Patricia Sweet Clutz, 80, of Radnor, a volunteer who headed fund-raisers for several organizations, died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Tuesday, May 3, at home. Mrs. Clutz served on the women's committees of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Academy of Natural Sciences. In the 1980s, she was a volunteer publicist for Super Sunday on the Parkway, a fund-raiser sponsored by the academy and Art Museum. In 1983, she was chairwoman for the annual holiday Fairmount Park Houses tour, sponsored by the Art Museum.
March 4, 1998 |
Next week, activism and eating out truly enjoy a marriage of huge proportions as diners all over the country take part in Dining Out for Life, a fund-raiser created seven years ago by Philadelphia's ActionAIDS. In Philadelphia this year, more than 160 local restaurants and 25,000 patrons are expected to raise more than $100,000 for AIDS service agencies. Sponsoring restaurants donate 33 percent of their food income for the entire day. Since it started as a local event, Dining Out for Life has grown to include other organizations sponsoring similar events in 30 cities in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
December 10, 1990 |
Attorney Francis X. Meehan has served as chairman of the board of Northeastern Hospital for the last decade. Now, Meehan, a self-described neighborhood kind of guy, is taking on an additional role. After a reorganization at the hospital this fall, Meehan was hired by the board he chairs to be fund-raiser for Northeastern's parent: the Northeastern Hospital Foundation. Meehan said he did not take part in the board vote and did not view his new position as a conflict. He said he already had been helping the fund-raising company hired by the hospital.
June 4, 2009 |
Once-prominent Philadelphia fund-raiser Robert M. Feldman has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor campaign violation, in a federal case that ensnared the governor of Puerto Rico but yielded convictions only of some of his associates. Feldman admitted in court papers that he helped conceal the source of $6,000 in campaign funds for the unsuccessful 2008 reelection campaign of Gov. An?bal Acevedo Vil?. Feldman was reimbursed by C?ndido Negr?n Mella, a Delaware County dentist who had reached the limit on contributions to the campaign.