The Valley Youth House hosted their 5th Annual “Always Bet on Youth” Casino night to benefit homeless and foster youth of Pennsylvania on Mar. 14, 2015, at Union Trust in Philadelphia, Pa.
The event was packed, with about 400 friends and supporters of Valley Youth House. Guests enjoyed a delicious spread by Finley Catering and played fun casino games all in support of raising money for the programs at VYH. Their programs offer support, career planning, mentoring, life skills training, and housing and budgeting assistance that enable youth to break the cycle and become productive and successful adults.
Several guests were also honored at the event. Sharmain Matlock-Turner accepted the 2015 Individual Achiever award in her role as President and CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition. Comcast was honored as the 2015 Community Achiever due to their dedication and support within the Philadelphia community, especially with youth. And finally, Safiya Washington was recognized as the first-ever Young Achiever- an award that celebrates an outstanding young person who has shown dedication, commitment and positivity in their transition to independence.
Tim BlackwellFor this week's edition of Philly After Dark, photographer Tim Blackwell made stops at "Little Big Things" with DJs Personify, Case Bloom, Froz1 and special guest Nitekrawler at The Trestle Inn on Friday, "Hot n Fun" with DJ Craig Dash at Medusa Lounge and "6th Annual Chili Bowl" hosted by Big Bite Philly. on Saturday.
Last night U-Bahn (1320 Chestnut St.) held its opening party.
Named for the metro system in Germany, the new underground bar and music venue from Teddy Sourias, the owner of Brü Craft & Wurst and Finn McCools, has a great cool vibe where guests can enjoy delicious bites, beers, bands and dancing. There's a section of the room with vintage games like Ms Pac Man, Asteroids and Mortal Combat. The menus, which are inside old album covers, feature everything from Philly street food-inspired sandwiches to local cheese boards, house-made pickles, dips, deviled eggs, popcorn and more.
There's table service as well as two bars that pour 18 rotating drafts and plenty cocktails, too. They also offer PA-based wines and canned beer. Musical entertainment will feature a few rotating house bands and one time performers as well. They're always looking for bands to perform on their stage so apply online.
The National Museum of American Jewish History held its 3rd annual Masquerade Ball in celebration of Purim on Saturday, March 7, 2015.
Over 350 people from the Young Friends of NMAJH, some dressed in their best costume garb to honor the Jewish holiday. Guests danced to the tunes of DJ Adrian Hardy and took part in a costume contest at the end of the night.
My favorite was Marge and Homer and the group dressed as fishing nets. Guests also enjoyed an extensive buffet which included light bites, desserts by Betty the Caterer, and an open bar in the NMAJH Ballroom which overlooks Independence Mall.
Tim BlackwellThis past weekend photographer Tim Blackwell made stops at "The Bounce" with DJs Emynd, Bo Bliz and host Chris Vance at The Barbary on Friday and "Hooked" with DJs Shawn Ryan, DEL and Michael the Lion at the recently opened Frank Bradley's on Saturday.
Nick Vadala and Serge Levin
Fair Food Philly brought its Brewer’s Plate event to the Kimmel Center Sunday evening for its 11th anniversary, along with enough craft brews and eats to satiate even Philly’s most discerning foodies. And it was all for a good cause.
More than 50 breweries, restaurants and tastemakers showed up at the Kimmel yesterday to feed Brewer’s Plate's hungry (and very, very thirsty) patrons, with food pairings from Varga Bar, Alla Spina, Di Bruno Brothers, White Dog Cafe, and more. Amada, however, had the pairing of the night with its poached figs in Serrano ham alongside a glass of Yards’ Brawler.
Libations came via a host of breweries, many of which are within 100 miles of Philadelphia. Which, of course, means that guests enjoyed brews from local favorites like Dogfish Head, Troegs Brewery Company, Vault Brewing, and Weyerbacher Brewing. Downingtown’s Victory Brewing, for its part, debuted Bon Vivant, a saison brew designed with Michigan’s Brewery Vivant.