Tiger Jam X in Las Vegas, the top auction item for the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis & Education Center's annual gala Friday night, nearly went to a tiebreaker. But in the end, Russ and Suzanne Naylor of the Elite Group of Exton nailed it with a winning bid of $38,000 for two VIP passes to attend a private golf clinic with Tiger Woods, followed by an 18-hole sponsor outing at Cascata Golf Club, and including tickets to Tiger Jam concerts with Bon Jovi and Hootie & the Blowfish and a luxury stay at Mandalay Bay. Proceeds from Rally on Ridge, which raised $1.1 million, benefit the Arthur Ashe center, which serves more than 10,500 boys and girls year-round at its new $12.5 million facility in East Falls and through outreach programs in the area. Spotted hobnobbing with gala cochairs Jerry and Raye Johnson were auction emcee Bud Collins, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, tennis greats Tony Trabert and Vic Seixas, and former Flyers goalie and NHL Hall of Famer Bernie Parent.
From her lofty perch as head of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Risa Lavizzo-Mourey oversees $1 billion and many ambitious initiatives including the campaign to eliminate children's obesity by 2015. In recognition of her leadership, the Institute of Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel's College of Medicine, led by women's champion Lynn Yeakel, bestowed on Lavizzo-Mourey the fifth annual Woman One Award on April 23 at the Rittenhouse Hotel. The event, cochaired by Buntzie Churchill, Leslie Anne Miller and Yeakel, also recognized the talents of eight med students at Drexel. The students are beneficiaries of the Woman One Scholarship Fund, which has raised more than $1 million since 2003 to provide scholarships for minority women committed to serving disadvantaged communities.
Talk about dancing with the stars. The 250 guests at Philadanco's benefit gala on April 20 at the Four Seasons Hotel hit the dance floor with the company's 18 dancers to learn the latest moves to the latest dance - the Philadanco Stomp - to the song "Love Train" by Philly's own Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Taking choreography from several of the company's most popular pieces, Philadanco created the line dance for the gala, where a new dance craze was certainly born. Also in the spotlight were Spencer Wertheimer and Beverly Harper, honored by Philadanco founder Joan Myers Brown for giving more than 30 years of service each as board members of the company.
In town Wednesday night to receive the Philadelphia Art Alliance's Award of Merit at the Rittenhouse Hotel were esteemed architects Richard Meier and Michael Palladino of Richard Meier & Partners. Meier and lead designer Palladino are the architects for Mandeville Place, a 43-story ultra-luxury condominium tower at 24th and Walnut Streets that's begun presales. A typical unit will be 5,000 square feet, boast lots of glass, and start at $5.5 million. The project, developed by Chuck Block, includes a redo by Richard Meier & Partners of the Rosenbluth Building next door, which will feature new office and retail space as well as a swanky roof-top restaurant and bar. Also honored at the Wetherill Ball was Don Caldwell, who received the Art Alliance's Award of Merit. The gala raised $190,000. A state grant of $65,000 also was announced during the evening by Gov. Rendell.