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Dr. Marisa Weiss, left, founder of, and board member Joanne Gillis-Donovan at Rock the Ribbon.

Rock the Ribbon

Harry Connick Jr. performed at's 10th anniversary celebration, Rock the Ribbon, held Saturday at the Academy of Music. His performance before an audience of 2,000 was classic Connick, including music of the big-band era, romantic ballads, and New Orleans jazz. The evening included a sponsors reception for 350, held in the Academy's Ballroom, and an after-party for more than 600 in the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue's ballroom. The gala grossed more than $1 million for, an online resource for information and support founded in 2000 by Dr. Marisa Weiss, director of breast radiation oncology at Lankenau Hospital.


En pointe

Pennsylvania Ballet opened its 47th season Oct. 20 at its annual Fall Gala with the company premiere of Roland Petit's Carmen. Following the performance at the Academy of Music, 300 guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, and dancing with Pennsylvania Ballet dancers to the Renaissance Orchestra at the Union League. The gala, chaired by Kina and Harry Clark, Georgiana and Eric Noll, Christa and Calvin Schmidt, and Molly and Fabio Terlevich, raised $130,000 for the ballet.


Mister right

Comedian Bill Cosby was among the nearly 300 guests who attended Cheyney University's first Ed Bradley Scholarship Gala, held Oct. 7 at the university's Marian Anderson Music Center. The gala, named for the noted television journalist who was a 1964 Cheney alum, was a benefit to generate scholarships for the university's Call me MISTER program. The teacher education program for urban K-12 teachers is focused on "producing more male teachers of color," said university president Michelle Howard-Vital, "and more female teachers in science, technology, and math." The evening ended with Kathy Sledge, a member of the original Sister Sledge group, singing "We Are Family."


Host with the most

Dan Fitzpatrick, the regional president and chief executive officer of Citizens Bank, was honored at Philadelphia Hospitality's 17th annual Vision for Philadelphia Award dinner, held Sept. 30 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The event for 443 guests, cochaired by Charlie and Elise Pizzi, Ed Ryan, Bill and Debbie Sasso, Richard and Diane Dalto Woosnam, and Hal and Sharon Yoh, raised $214,000. The nonprofit arranges for Philadelphia visitors to see the private side of city life – ranging from receptions in private homes on Rittenhouse Square to after-hours museum tours.


A launch to leadership

Actress Jane Seymour, astronaut Mae Jemison, and actress Geena Davis were in town for the Celebration of American Women, an event held Oct. 21 at the National Constitution Center during the launch of a national, nonpartisan initiative, Vision 2020. The initiative, cochaired by Lynn H. Yeakel and Rosemarie B. Greco, seeks to advance equality and bring more women into leadership positions by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. A delegation of 116 women from around the country met Oct. 21 and 22 at the center to create an agenda and give delegates a framework to launch projects in their home states. Vision 2020 is a project of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine.