International House Philadelphia, which provides housing in West Philadelphia for 400 students, scholars, and interns from 94 countries, celebrated its 100th anniversary Friday at its Chestnut Street building. Among the 350 attendees was special guest Mika Brzezinski, author and cohost of MSNBC's Morning Joe, who toasted the nonprofit's centennial year during dinner. The black-tie benefit, chaired by International House board of trustees chair James M. Papada III, and his wife, Susan, raised $150,000 to support IHP's arts and cultural programs that also are open to the public.
Tavis Smiley, host of the PBS show Tavis Smiley, was honored at WHYY's 10th annual President's Dinner May 5 at WHYY. During dinner, Fresh Air host Terry Gross interviewed Smiley about his childhood, his career, and his latest book, Fail Up, which was published in April. The event for 230 guests raised $200,000 for the PBS station.
The Council for Relationships honored therapist Stephen R. Treat, the council's former chief executive officer, at a cocktail reception hosted May 5 by Suzanne and Norman Cohn. Among the 80 attending were guest speaker and former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies and Dr. Brendan Greer, who last summer was named the council's new chief executive officer. The event, held at the Cohns' Center City penthouse apartment, raised $130,000 to establish CFR's Treat Family Education Fund, which will provide scholarships to postgraduate students in the Council for Relationships' training program.
The Women's Board of Abington Health Foundation held its annual June Fete Gala fund-raiser April 30 at the Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing. The event for 360 guests featured a dinner of filet mignon and jumbo lump crab cake, dancing to Central Park, and fireworks sponsored by Sandy Muller of Muller Inc. The black-tie gala, Moon River, was cochaired by Carol S. White and her daughter, Anne White Zweidler. Proceeds will benefit Abington Memorial Hospital and Lansdale Hospital.
Philadelphia Young Playwrights held its annual benefit, Write On! A Celebration of Student Voices, May 3 at the World Cafe Live. The event honored Samuel Hirsch of Community College of Philadelphia; Diane Dalto Woosnam, chair of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; and State Sen. Vincent Hughes. The evening featured performances of plays written by students who have participated in the program. The benefit for 200 guests raised $51,000 for Young Playwrights, whose playwriting program serves 1,700 students in more than 38 local schools.