West Oak Lane's

Christopher McClellan

, 9, was among the kids selling hundreds of bracelets at Friday's Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center gala for a game of chance called Heads or Tails. Prize: a two-year lease on a Lincoln or $10,000.

One of his customers was

Stephen Spinelli

, president of Philadelphia University. Spinelli, who in a past life was a founder of Jiffy Lube International, jotted down a promise to give Christopher a full college scholarship if he won.

The outcome was announced to cheers. Through his secretary, Spinelli said he wasn't going to buy the bracelet, but when the Holy Cross fourth grader persuaded him to buy it, he knew the boy was special. The evening's other winner was the AAYTE, which raised $1 million.

Christopher's mother,


, who was volunteering at the gala, said she was in another room when she heard, "and I was completely in shock, then completely overjoyed. I still am."

Anchors' wild life

TV anchors

Dawn Stensland


Larry Mendte

spent Saturday rescuing a newborn raccoon that their German shepherd, Buddy, found in the woods behind their Chestnut Hill home. The pooch "carried it gingerly in his mouth and left it on the deck," says Fox29's Stensland, who put on gloves and tried to feed it with an eyedropper, and then placed it back in the wild, hoping the mother would return. After awhile, Mendte, of CBS3, drove it to the Schuylkill Center in Roxborough, where a staffer yesterday said it was doing fine.

Briefly noted

One of the odder doubles pairings: World TeamTennis and King of Prussia Mall. In a bid for higher visibility, the Philadelphia Freedoms will play this summer not at Cabrini College but in a tent set up near Route 202 in the parking lot in front of Macy's and Bloomingdale's. (Yes, the court at the Court at King of Prussia.) The Freedoms'

Billie Jean King

will be at the Morton's in King of Prussia today for a luncheon announcement. On the calendar are matches featuring

Venus Williams

(July 9),

John McEnroe

(July 14), and



Mike Bryan

(July 16).


Ted Allen

is international spokesman for this year's Dining Out for Life. On Thursday, hundreds of local restaurants (list at

» READ MORE: www.diningoutforlife.com

) will donate one-third of proceeds to agencies that help people living with HIV and in the fight against AIDS. The fund-raising event was founded by Philly's ActionAIDS 18 years ago. As for Allen's favorite food: "I have something of a weakness for potato chips. An enormous weakness, actually. I live and die for salty, crispy food. I'd rather have potato chips than ice cream or chocolate."

Steak 'n' sheikh

Saudi Prince

Nawaf bin Mohammed

showed up late Saturday afternoon at Jim's Steaks on South Street. The prince, president of the Saudi Athletics Federation and the Saudi ambassador to the United Kingdom and Ireland, was here because the Saudis fielded runners in the Penn Relays. Jim's

Abner Silver

says a security guy called first to say the prince wanted the "Philly cheesesteak experience." When they arrived, they realized that such an experience involved waiting in line, so staff ushered them behind the counter. The prince got a cheesesteak wit and ate it there.