IT'S THE SMOKING hot question of the week.
Women across the city - and some men, too - have been wondering: Who is the Art Museum Hottie? Is he single?
HughE Dillon of Philly Chit Chat kicked the mystery off over the weekend after he photographed the man people were calling the "Art Museum Hottie" on Saturday with his shirt off and muscles bulging.
The mystery stranger was doing one-handed pushups and also something called elevated burpees, in which he moved his body from one step to the other while doing the full-body exercise.
Now, the workout maven's identity has been revealed. He's Geoff Peirce, an indoor air-quality production manager with Peirce-Phelps Inc., a family firm based in Blue Bell. Peirce also works as a fitness model and sometime actor.
Peirce, who describes himself as British and Mexican - "elegance with a tan" - lives in the Graduate Hospital area and, yes, he's single. In addition to being featured on Philly Chit Chat, Peirce appeared on Fox 29's "Good Day Philadelphia" yesterday, where he did pushups with host Alex Holley sitting on his back.
Since his name has gone public, Peirce has been hearing from people he hasn't talked to since graduating from Upper Dublin High School back in 2005. Social media has taken notice as new fans have flocked to his Instagram (@fiercepeirce).
"Everybody's congratulating me," Peirce told the Daily News yesterday.
"It's unbelievable. I'm just riding the wave right now."
Striking out for charity
This year they're used to seeing three strikes, but if the Phillies' offense can transfer that trend to the bowling alley maybe we'll see a perfect game tonight.
Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz and some of his teammates will be bowling tournament-style at South Bowl (19 East Oregon Ave.) on behalf of Philadelphia Futures, the nonprofit for low-income, college-degree aspirants. The tourney runs from 6 to 9 p.m.
This is Ruiz's fifth year hosting "Get in the Game," the fundraiser from which Philadelphia Futures benefits.
The Phillies contingent will be joined by 6ABC's Rick Williams, NBC10's John Clark, Comcast SportsNet's Jillian Mele and Marshall Harris, Jennaphr Frederick from Fox 29's "Good Day," and ballpark artist Max Mason, who has drawn three 10-by-30-foot murals of Philly baseball stadiums that grace Citizens Bank Park.
'Today' show co-host honored locally
Temple University grad and NBC "Today" show co-anchor Tamron Hall will speak to more than 300 attendees tomorrow morning for the Women of Courage Awards Breakfast.
Tragically, Hall's sister, Renate, was murdered in 2004 by a man who was never brought to justice.
Hosted by the nonprofit Lutheran Settlement House, the annual fundraiser celebrates the courage and spirit of remarkable women who have overcome obstacles and advocate for those most needy in the community. It's from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Double Tree Hotel (237 S. Broad St.) Tickets are still available at lutheransettlement.org/women-of-courage.
"My perspective is from a family member who feels or wishes that they could have done more," Hall told me yesterday.
"I've tried to use my personal experience to let people know that we have to take that step, to cross that line, dare I say - be nosy . . . If it means causing sore feelings along the way, that's OK."
Hall lives in New York City, but calls Philadelphia her "second home," and still visits family and friends in North Philly whenever possible.
Side note: Did you know Hall used to be a hostess at the old Houlihan's restaurant at 18th and Walnut?
- Daily News columnist Jenice Armstrong contributed to this report.
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