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Celebrating Our Destination City

Local tourism industry recognizes success and networks for the future.

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) held their annual luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at the National Constitution Center. Rep. Dwight Evans led a toast to PHLCVB's Diversity Division for a decade of raising Philadelphia’s profile as an ethnically diverse convention and visitor destination by showcasing the city’s vibrant multicultural communities. On hand to join the toast were Mayor Jim Kenney, Nicholas DeBenedictis, chairman of DiscoverPHL board, Julie Coker Graham, president and CEO of PHLCVB and Gregory DeShields, executive director PHL Diversity. In all, over a thousand business leaders, hospitality employees and decision makers got together to network and celebrate another year of tourism and growth for Philadelphia.

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That’s What Friends Are For

Local and national notables fete Dionne Warwick

The Marian Anderson Award — named for the legendary soprano from South Philadelphia — honored Dionne Warwick this year. The star-studded gala was held at the Kimmel Center. The night began with a cocktail party, then guests settled down for a delicious dinner by Garces Catering. Afterwards, everyone headed into the performance hall for a musical tribute to the iconic star. Her long time friend Clive Davis...

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PAFA Wine Event is Impressive

Annual fundraiser benefits students and the community.

The 19th Annual Bacchanal Wine Gala & Auction took place Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Bacchanal is the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts’ flagship wine affair. The event was attended by over 350 wine and art lovers and raises over $500,000 annually to support PAFA student scholarships and community education programs.

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Circadium Rhythms

Circus school hold first ever gala

The inaugural gala for the Circadium School of Contemporary Circus was held Nov. 4.  The much anticipated gala had over 200 guests, including over 40 volunteer artists.  The sold out event held in West Mt. Airy, at 6440 Green Street, included performances by aerialists, acrobats, jugglers and more to entertain the guests.

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Responsible Revelry by the River

Cause-driven gala benefits cancer research

The Friends of the AACR Foundation hosted a “Party with a Purpose” at the Hyatt Penns Landing. The gala benefitted the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) with this years funds designated to fight Ovarian Cancer. This year’s honorees were Dan and Sarah Keating, and Dr. Gina Mantia-Smaldone.

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Night’s Star-filled Night in Fishtown

Shyamaween had celebrities out to be bad and do good

On Saturday, Oct. 28, film director M. Night Shyamalan and his wife Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan, hosted Shyamaween at Punchline Comedy Club in Fishtown. The tagline for the Halloween extravaganza or guest to “Be Bad. Do Good.” Currently Shyamalan is filming “Glass” in Philly, a movie starring Bruce Willis, Sarah Paulson, and Samuel L Jackson. The stars attended the fundraiser along with nearly...

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Ping Pong-A-Palooza

Halloween cancer research fundraiser is full of surprises

Philadelphia Eagle Rodney McLeod hosted a Halloween Ping Pong-A-Palooza Fundraiser at SPiN Philly ping pong club. The event benefitted the American Association for Cancer Research Foundation. Rodney and his teammates greeted guests, signed autographs and joined in games of table tennis. Guests also enjoyed an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and bid on silent auctions. Rodney is an ambassador for AACR in honor of...

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Philadelphia Theatre Company Season Opens

Powerful play celebrates Philly premiere

The Philadelphia Theatre Company celebrated the opening of their theater season with the Philadelphia premiere of “Wrestling Jerusalem.” The one-man play, written and performed by Aaron Davidman, runs through Nov. 5 at the Suzanne Roberts Theater. Guests at the opening reception enjoyed light bites and cocktails, while enjoying the opportunity to meet the artist and ask questions about the show.

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Cocktails With a Kick

Starfinder Foundation fundraiser benefits soccer programs

Cozen O’Connor hosted “Cocktails with a Kick” which raised funds for Starfinder Foundation earlier this month. Since 2002, Starfinder’s soccer, educational, and personal development programs have been inspiring young people from underserved communities to achieve success both on and off the field. Starfinder helps youth become healthier, more successful in school, and...

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Fall Gracefully

PA Ballet Gala showcases upcoming season

The Pennsylvania Ballet hosted their Fall Gala titled “A Night of Enchantment” to celebrate their new season. The event took place at The Union League, where guests enjoyed a cocktail hour before making their way into the Lincoln Ballroom, where they enjoyed dinner and performances from the season’s most popular shows, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.

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Up on the Roof at Bok

Local chefs serve up spectacular delicacies with a spectacular view

More than a dozen of East Passyunk Avenue’s award-winning chefs served up dishes way up at the Bok Bar during the 2nd annual “Up on the Roof” fundraising party. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and small plates, a raffle, a cash bar, DJ Christophonic and a spectacular sunset over the Philadelphia skyline. Proceeds from the event go to EPA programs and services.

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Liberty City Press is an independent weekly newspaper distributed by the Philadelphia Multi-Cultural Media Network whose members include Philadelphia Sunday Sun, The Philadelphia Gay News, Al Dia, The Metro Chinese Weekly and The Metro Viet News.

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