Temple University's Fox School of Business presented PNC regional president J. William Mills III with its Musser Excellence in Leadership Award at a dinner held Nov. 10 at Temple's Mitten Hall. PNC's commitment to early education inspired the event's decor - tables were decorated in primary colors with children's books as centerpieces - and a reading of a Dr. Seuss book by the event's master of ceremonies, Tyler Mathisen of CNBC, to his 5-year-old son, Mack. The dinner's 350 guests raised more than $300,000 for the Dean's Fund for Excellence, which provides student scholarships.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts held its 12th annual Bacchanal Wine Gala and Auction Nov. 13 at the museum, raising more than $445,000 in support of PAFA student scholarships. The black-tie evening for 350 guests, which celebrated pinot noir from around the world, honored the proprietors of Bindi Wines of Australia, Domaine Serene winery of Oregon, EnRoute Winery of California, and the winemaker of Maison Louis Jadot of France. New this year was a live auction for the recently created Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Fund, which raised $30,000.
The Auxiliary of Albert Einstein Healthcare Network hosted its 58th annual Harvest Ball Nov. 6 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The gala's 500 guests raised more than $1 million for the hospital's Vocera Instant Voice Communication System, a small, wireless, hands-free device using voice commands that will allow the medical staff to communicate instantly with one another. The system will replace pagers and eliminate the need to wait for a return call. The black-tie event honored the Gilbane Building Co.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art's Women's Committee presented its 34th annual Craft Show Nov. 11 through 14 at the Convention Center, featuring 195 craft artists selected from more than 1,300 applicants. Chaired by Marta Adelson, the show included 25 craft artists from Germany. Katie Glusica, an emerging fiber artist from Savannah, Ga., won Best in Show. A preview party was held Nov. 10 for 925 guests.