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March 10, 1992 | by Ron Goldwyn, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 28, 2008 | By John Shiffman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
July 10, 1998 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
December 24, 1990 | By Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 15, 1999 | By Frederick Cusick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
December 17, 1986 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
NEWS
May 11, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
FOOD
March 4, 1998 | by John McCalla, For the Daily News
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.
BUSINESS
December 10, 1990 | By Gilbert M. Gaul, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 4, 2009 | By Joseph Tanfani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 5, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 26, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 14, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 8, 2015 | By Sarah Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
NEWS
February 7, 2015 | By Chris Palmer and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
January 24, 2015 | By Ben Finley and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. - They bashed President Obama, praised each other's leadership, and shared a hug on stage. Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Gov. Christie, who campaigned for Romney in the run-up to the 2012 election, were together again Wednesday - this time at a fund-raiser for the New Jersey Republican Party that doubled as a 52d birthday celebration for Christie. And this time Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, is the one publicly mulling a bid for the Republican nomination in 2016 - though he assured attendees Wednesday night that he was focused on his "main job" as governor.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Paula Rae Barvin, 57, of Elkins Park, a professional fund-raiser who developed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis two years ago and wrote powerfully about her experience with the disease, died Thursday, Sept. 4, at her home. Born in Houston, Ms. Barvin graduated from Barnard College with a bachelor's degree in history. She had a long career as a fund-raiser for environmental and consumer rights organizations, including New Jersey Citizen Action, New Jersey Environmental Federation, and Pennsylvania Public Interest Coalition.
NEWS
September 9, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he heard about nurses in Africa dying from the Ebola virus, Leo Geain of Delaware County called his mother in Liberia. "I speak with her every day, but she works with TB patients," he said with a nervous smile. As a nurse in the local hospital in Liberia's capital city, Monrovia, Geain's mother, Martha, also treats patients with leprosy in a Ministry of Health hospital ward; his father works in a drugstore. Both his parents could easily be exposed to the deadly virus. Luckily, Geain's parents are fine.
NEWS
August 16, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
The self-deprecating comedy whiz from Upper Darby Township probably didn't think of herself as the cool girl. In her youthful days, Tina Fey was the theater nerd embraced by the Broadway geeks, she writes in Bossypants , her best-selling 2011 memoir. But to Bethany Paxson, Fey was the coolest. As a young teacher and director at the Upper Darby Summer Stage community theater program, Fey made theater so much fun that Paxson, a member of the chorus in Fey's Pippi Longstocking , was inspired to go pro. For that, Paxson, now an actress based in Orlando, Fla., has long wanted to say thanks.
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