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A look at the social events, galas, functions and fund-raisers in the area.

Dasha Yermakova tries out a SimCraft motion-simulator race car at the UBS Motor Cars Under the Stars benefit for cerebral palsy.
Dasha Yermakova tries out a SimCraft motion-simulator race car at the UBS Motor Cars Under the Stars benefit for cerebral palsy.Read moreDAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer

Classy chassis

United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia & Vicinity held its sixth annual UBS Motor Cars Under the Stars benefit June 3 at the Simeone Foundation Museum in Southwest Philadelphia. More than 400 guests were wowed by Dr. Fred Simeone's collection of 65 racing sports cars and a one-night display of privately owned performance cars from the late 1940s to early 1960s, including Ralph Lauren's 1950 Jaguar XK120. The event, which honored Maddy and Harvey Rovinsky, owners of Bernie Robbins Fine Jewelers, raised more than $200,000 for UCP.

An evening alfresco

Historic Philadelphia Inc. held its first fund-raiser, An Evening in Franklin Square, on May 28. The outdoor buffet dinner for 300 raised more than $140,000 to help maintain the square, which was renovated by Historic Philadelphia in 2006 and features Philly Mini Golf, playgrounds, a carousel, and a modest summer menu served by Starr Restaurants. The top auction item was an evening with Gov. Rendell to play Philly Mini Golf, dine at City Tavern, and take the Independence After Hours tour, which was snapped up by Lou Katz for $6,000.

Fashion forward

It was a night for fashionistas at the National Museum of American Jewish History's annual Only in America gala held May 14 at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue. The gala showcased the contributions of American Jews in the fashion and garment industries with a runway show sponsored by Neiman Marcus and gift bags donated by Saks Fifth Avenue. The gala for 440, chaired by Jill and Jon Powell, raised $538,000 for the museum.

Outer space

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists celebrated the opening of its new 3,500-square-foot gallery at 1521 Locust St. at its seventh Annual Benefit, held May 13. The event raised $250,000 for CFEVA, which also is maintaining its original gallery space at the Barclay, featuring its permanent collection. The evening for 200 honored Maida R. Milone, who stepped down last year as CFEVA's chief executive officer after seven years at the helm. CFEVA named its resource center in Milone's honor.

Stepping out

Judith Jamison, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, was honored at the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia's 26th annual awards luncheon, held May 15 at the Convention Center. Jamison, a Philadelphia native, received the council's first Anne d'Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence. Among others who were also honored were Don Caldwell and William Haines. The luncheon, attended by 1,300 guests, raised $383,000 for the nonprofit.