Pittsburgh Steelers owner Daniel M. Rooney received the
's Gold Medal Award at its 110th annual dinner Saturday at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Among the 1,600 movers and shakers were Gov. and Midge Rendell; Mayor Nutter and his wife, Lisa; former governors Tom Ridge and Dick Thornburgh; Sen. Bob Casey; Sen. Arlen Specter and his wife, Joan; and Pennsylvania Society president Roy Zimmerman. The program included a speech by Rooney and performances by the Pennsylvania Girlchoir and Irish tenor Ronan Tynan.
The Chestnut Hill Historical Society held its annual
benefit Dec. 6 at the Crefeld Street home of Nancy and Michael Verruto. The historic home, with its sweeping views of Fairmount Park, was once owned by Eleanor Widener Dixon. The black-tie evening for 250, which featured dinner by Bacchus Catering and dancing to the 11-piece John Hoey Orchestra, raised more than $27,000.
celebrated its 160th anniversary at a benefit dinner and Philly Pops holiday show Dec. 7 at the Kimmel Center. During the concert, Girard president Dominic M. Cermele gave the school's Corinthian Award to Philly Pops conductor Peter Nero. The concert featured a performance by the von Trapp children, the four great-grandchildren of Capt. and Maria von Trapp. The Girard gala for 200, chaired by Carol Tinari and Salvatore M. DeBunda, raised $65,000 for the inner-city boarding school for children from single-parent families.
More than 500 guests, including families with their children, attended Cradles to Crayons' first-ever benefit,
A Family Time to Give