In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Eagles 1980 NFC championship, nearly 40 members of the 1980 squad, including former head coach Dick Vermeil, Ron Jaworski, Harold Carmichael, and Jerry Robinson, gathered Nov. 30 at the Sheraton Society Hill for a benefit dinner hosted by the Otho Davis Foundation. Also among the 300 guests were former Eagles general manager Jim Murray and former Eagles players Randy Logan, John Bunting, and Vince Papale. The evening raised more than $40,000 for the foundation, which awards college scholarships to students studying sports medicine.
Lawyer William T. Coleman Jr., coauthor of the legal brief for the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, was in town Dec. 7 to promote his new book at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Coleman's new autobiography, Counsel for the Situation: Shaping the Law to Realize America's Promise, covers his nearly 70-year career. Born in Germantown, Coleman was the first African American to join a major U.S. law firm, Dilworth Paxson, in 1952. He was senior counsel on the Warren Commission (1964), and served as U.S. secretary of transportation during the Ford administration from 1975 to 1977.
Betty Moran and members of her family cut the ribbon at a dedication ceremony Dec. 14 for the new Jimmy Moran Competition Pool at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. Named for Moran's son, who died in 2008, the 10-lane, competition-grade pool in Nicetown is designed for recreational swimming, lessons, water polo, and swim meets. The center's senior aquatics director, Jim Ellis, will hold tryouts Jan. 8 for children 6 to 15 for the center's first swim team.
Monica Vachher and Jerry Selitto hosted the Chestnut Hill Historical Society's 26th annual Preservation Potpourri Dec. 4 at their neo-Georgian home, "Four Seasons," in Chestnut Hill. Nearly 200 guests enjoyed cocktails, buffet dinner, and dancing to the John Hoey band. Cochaired by Christina and Dean Fournaris and Lisa and Matt Mancuso, the evening raised $22,500 for the society's programs and services.
Former Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen, who founded the Moyer Foundation in 2000 to help children in physical, emotional or financial distress, hosted the foundation's first "Happy Merry Happenings" Dec. 4 at Sigma Sound Studios. The party's 100 guests included Phillies Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibañez and Eagle player Jon Dorenbos. The evening raised $73,000 for the foundation's largest initiative, Camp Erin, a bereavement camp for children and teens.