Hatted hopefuls bling it on for “Jewels of Devon” Ladies Day contest
The gathering: Ladies paid $65 in advance, $80 at the door for light bites, live music, “Devontinis” and bubbly, and goody bags that included tickets to a long list of raffle prizes donated by Country Fair vendors. Just over 130 ticketholders picked up paddles to compete in the contest. A bit of a headache in recent years, party crashers were kept out by a barricade of picnic tables and volunteers checking wristbands.
The theme: “Jewels of Devon.” Open to loose and creative interpretation, e.g. “pearls of wisdom” from a horse trainer, the Sapphire Grand Prix, the Gold Ring (next to the main Dixon Oval), and tried-and-true Devon gems like lemon sticks and show ribbons.
The judges: The perennial leader of the pack was TV fashionista/author Carson Kressley, a standout in his lemon-festooned shirt. He cracked jokes, posed for a zillion photos, and later signed copies of his new book, Does This Book Make My Butt Look Big? (A seriously swell style guide for newbies, if we say so ourselves.) An accomplished rider who owns a horse farm near Allentown, Carson often competes (and wins) at Devon.
The fine print: Lots of local folks kicked in, among them: sponsors Malvern Federal Savings Bank, Bryn Mawr Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center, Baldwin School, Palm Bay International, Polka Dots in Paoli, Springton Tennis Club and Krinsky camps. Raffle prize donors included J. McLaughlin, Louella, the Owens, the Rosatos, Macy’s, Wink, and Cachet salon.
Alison Maxim of Wayne (runner up for “Best Hat to Toe”), Anya McDonnell of Radnor (in a hat she made herself), Leslie Padilla of Newtown Square and Ashley Meyers of Berwyn.
Gaye and Danielle Dougherty of Newtown Square, Enza DiMento of Havertown and Tracey King of Berwyn check in guests. Enza and Tracey are wearing hats made by contest judge and milliner Brenda Waites Bolling.
Ladies Day ticket holders wait to check in.
Hat contest judges Brittney H. Levine, Host of Marie Claire’s “The Fix”; TV personality/author Carson Kressley, Caroline O’Halloran of SAVVY Main Line, milliner Christine Moore, 6ABC meteorologist Adam Joseph and Kristin Detterline of Philadelphia Style, and milliner Brenda Waites Bolling. (Photo by Brenda Carpenter)
Judy Steck of Berwyn with daughter Kristy Rosenberger, Ladies Day co-chair.
A fashionable foursome in Zoya Egan fascinators: Donna Coghlan Pasquale of Malvern, Zoya Egan of Wayne (whose fascinator won for “Most Fascinating”), Sandra Yodetsky of Wayne and Elena Samane, owner of Scout & Molly’s boutique in Paoli.
A closer look. Zoya’s fascinator (right) showed the Devon zip code and showcased a different “Jewel of Devon”: a map of Jenkins Arboretum and the Devon zip code.
Devon Art Gallery Committee co-chair Buttons Corkhill of Paoli, Crissy Bowden of Newtown Square and Janet Heaton, Devon Country Fair PR and Promotions Chair.
The “Most Fascinating” prize went to Yana Ushakova.
Nancy Kadwill of Collegeville and Kathy Kenneally of Wayne. Nancy’s hat contains photos of what she thinks of as the jewels of Devon: the volunteers, the horses and spectators. Kathy was "Best Hat and Purse" runner-up for her pearl-encrusted Irish fascinator, pearl-covered pumps and her giant “pearl” bag.
Janice Wetherill’s riot of feathers and flowers won the blue ribbon for "Best Hat and Purse."
Joanna Elfering of Newtown Square and double winner, milliner Tiffany Arey, awarded Best Jewel of Devon and Best in Show. Tiffany also took home a raffle prize. (We hope she played the lottery, too.)
A closer look at the Devon & Co. jewel-themed hat worn by perennial winner (and auspiciously named) Tiffany Arey.
Yana Ushakova picks up her prize for best fascinator, with Kristy Sevag of Devon looking on.
Maria McCloskey is pleased as punch with her “Best Hat to Toe” blue ribbon. Her decorated mules put her over the top, the judges said. (Photo by Brenda Carpenter)
Taking first place in the group category, the “four jewels”: Sharon Bozentka, Joanne Bogan and Annette Brennan, all of Newtown Square, and Tina Aberant of Bryn Mawr.
Each hat in the winning group showed a traditional Devon gem: prize ribbons, the ferris wheel, lemon sticks and horse carriages.
Another look at the trippy ensemble that called itself “Imaginerium,” conceived and costumed by art photographer Claire Rosen (right).
Nina Shaffer, 10, and her lemon-stick-and-ferris-wheel topper took the runner-up prize for Most Fascinating. (In our book, she also gets the "Most Poised for Her Age" award.)
They didn't compete but these ladies sure enjoyed the people-watching: Deborah Craft of Devon, Pam DeLuccia of Berwyn, Suzanne Schoenhut (German for “pretty hat”) of Berwyn, Kathy Guenther of Devon and Nancy Sanborn of Berwyn.
Ashley Meyers monkeys around with Carson Kressley after he signs his book, Does This Book Make My Butt Look Big: A Cheeky Guide to Feeling Sexier in Your Own Skin & Unleashing Your Personal Style. (Photo by Brenda Carpenter)
Karen Denney, Sheila Wagner and Lori Horning, managers at Ladies Day sponsor Polka Dots Boutique in Paoli mug for the camera with Carson Kressley. (Photo by Brenda Carpenter)
Devon Horse Show gallops in with artful First Night
The Art Gallery at Devon ushered in the 2017 horse, dog (!) and hat show season with cocktails, conversation and fine art.
The first: First Night’s 225 guests got first dibs on the gallery’s 502 original works of painting and sculpture. Those not sold will remain on exhibit throughout the show.
The night: Guests perused and schmoozed in the gallery, chatting up artists and Devon devotées including 2017 Country Fair co-chairs Beth Wright and Lisa Estabrook. Plenty of partygoers enjoyed a stroll through the horse show grounds without the big crowds and some stocked up on Devon souvenirs.
The big reveal: A painting by Genevieve Snyder was unveiled as Devon’s official 2017 Poster Painting.
The bottom line: The 14th Annual First Night at Devon raised $28,000 for the Devon Horse Show Foundation, which helps improve and preserve the show grounds. Art sales benefit Bryn Mawr Hospital.
Patrons enjoyed alfresco cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, then moved inside to view the art. Photo by Brenda Carpenter
Sculptor Kathleen Friedenberg of Havertown, who's exhibiting five works in the Art Gallery, with Art Gallery Committee Co-Chairs Lori Friel of Devon and Sandy Floyd of Wayne, founder of the Art Gallery at Devon.
Priscilla Fosnocht of Malvern, owner of Flowers by Priscilla, who provided the floral arrangements for the evening, with Art Gallery Benefactor Sam Freeman of West Chester, senior vice president of Freeman’s auction house.
Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Board Chair Wayne Grafton of Unionville, Foundation Board Director Candy Guinan of Devon and Devon Country Fair Co-Chair Lisa Estabrook of Paoli.
Bryn Mawr Hospital President Andi Gilbert of Penn Valley, Devon Horse Show Director of Development and Sponsorship Claire Bailey of Berwyn, Devon Country Fair Co-Chair Beth Wright of Devon and Michael Criscuolo of Springfield, executive director of development for the Bryn Mawr Hospital Foundation.
Volunteer Jim Devine of Devon and his wife, Eileen, Executive Committee member and chair of the Soda Board, and Katherine Barthelmeh of Paoli, co-chair of the Art Gallery Committee.
Michael Dechiario of Berwyn and his wife, Jeanne, co-chair of the Art Gallery Committee, and Jennifer and Matthew Gelber of Berwyn.
Brian Dusinberre of Devon and his mom, Sheila, of Wayne. (Photo by Brenda Carpenter)
Artists Sandra Severson and Janice Peck. Photo by Brenda Carpenter
Perelman Jewish Day School marks 60 years, looking backward and forward
More than 400 friends saluted schools’ founders and past presidents, among them Judy and David Wachs and Fannie and Abe Birenbaum.
The tribute: Parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty and friends marked the milestone on May 24 at Penn Valley’s Har Zion Temple, where the school was founded. The evening concluded with dozens of alumni gathering to sing “Happy Birthday” to the school in Hebrew.
The theme: “60 and Forward.” Perelman parents Rebecca and Ben Kirshner and Sharon Musher and Daniel Eisenstadt represented the next generation.
The gift: A record 70 percent of Perelman parents contributed to the more than $3.36 million raised, including nearly $1 million for EITC/OSTC scholarships.
Remembered: Linda Grife, a beloved member of Perelman’s administrative team who passed away several months ago. Thanks to a $100,000 matching gift from Perelman parents Debra and David Magerman, $225,000 was raised for the Linda Grife Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Perelman Jewish Day School 60th Anniversary honorees Judy and David Wachs of Penn Valley.
Members of the Wachs family attending the 60th anniversary celebration included Abe Wachs ’13 and Judy Wachs of Penn Valley, Gabriella Wachs '03 of Philadelphia, David Wachs, Daniel Wachs ’15, and (standing) Rachel Wachs ’69 of Penn Valley.
The Kirshner family included Sydney '21, Rebecca, Ben and Isabella ’24, all of Gladwyne.
Rabbi Eric Woodward of Tiferet Bet Israel, Blue Bell, with Dan and Shelby Sulman, and Michael and Wakana Spina.
The Musher/Eisenstadt family included Daniel Eisenstadt, Sharon Musher, Elena Eisenstadt ’14 and (in front) Ariella ’19, all of Philadelphia.
Mothers from the Stern Center include Amy Fink of Merion Station, Perelman teacher Judy Bender of Villanova, Beth Rivkind of Wynnewood, Melinda Engel of Philadelphia and Debra Magerman of Merion Station.
Main Line marvels at local haunts depicted in Wayne Art Center’s 11th Plein Air Festival
Artists and patrons met at the Collector’s Soirée and Sale May 13, the climax of a six-day alfresco-painting frenzy.
The art: Thirty-two nationally-recognized painters had just six days to create a total of 250 landscapes en plein air – pastoral, urban, and suburban scenes, many of iconic spots like Ardrossan and Valley Forge Park.
The challenge: Blank canvases were stamped at the May 7 opening dinner to ensure that paintings would be created in their entirety – from rough sketch to varnish – in the ensuing week. Six nights later, the framed works were mounted and judged. Juror Dan Demers named 22 winning works, doling out $15,000 in prizes.
Fun facts: Artist set up their easels at first light. The week was so intensely creative that some painters told us they barely had time to shower and change clothes. Several patrons and committee members hosted artists in their homes.
The show: Paintings not snatched up at the Collector’s Soirée remain on exhibit at the art center through June 24.
Lauren Obee of Ardmore with Janet Reiser of Villanova and artist Neal Hughes. The two hold “Ardrossan Spring,” purchased by Reiser for $2,800. A regular Plein Air artist, Hughes took First Place for “Castle Roxx.”
Artist Patrick Lea accepts the festival’s top prize, Best in Show, for “Cruisers.” (Photo by Brenda Carpenter)
Patrons Sally and Michael Pillion of Wayne in front of Best in Show painting “Cruisers,” by Patrick Lea.
Chris and Meg Veno of Malvern and artist Alison Leigh Menke. Meg is pointing to Menke’s painting of the Veno’s barn at Willowbrook Farm, titled “Shabby But Not Always Chic.” The Venos hosted the kickoff dinner for Plein Air artists.
Plein Air hosts Jeff and Sherry Frank of Malvern, artist Tara Will, sponsor Barbara Berry and WAC Executive Director Nancy Campbell.
Co-Chairs Debbie Craley and Lindsay DuBarry with their husbands, Keith (left) and Joe.
Walter Elliott and Sandy McAlaine of Villanova.
Ginny Brookins and Marianne Cook of Wayne, Caitlin Gardner of Philadelphia and Jane Gardner of Newtown Square, a Wayne Art Center board member.
Artist Valerie Craig holds a bucolic painting bought by her Villanova neighbor Aileen Vaughan (right) for $1,400. With them is Deborah Cassidy of Bala Cynwyd and West Laurel Hill Cemetery, an event supporter. A seven-time participant in the Plein Air Festival, Valerie won the 2017 Princeton Brush and Ampersand Award for “Starbucks on the Run.”
Patron Denise Jefferson of Devon with artist Elisabeth Braun of Haverford and Valerie Clark Roden, patron and sponsor from Hotaling Investment Management of Wayne. Elisabeth Braun’s solo show, "Deep Space," ran at WAC a few months ago.
Shipley’s 43rd Secret Gardens Tour was straight out of a fairytale: lush grounds surrounding stunning homes.
The gardens: The Main Line was in full bloom and sunbaked May 17 when 300 Shipley School friends toured eight hidden gardens tucked away in Gladwyne, Bryn Mawr and Haverford. On display: Ponds, fountains, and an encyclopedic array of flower and trees, even a model train.
The secret: Inspired by their homes’ styles and personal hobbies, owners turned their yards into living storybooks. Angela Hudson used her home’s leftover stone to build an accent wall with waterfall. Train-lover Victor Barsky had a train track frame an oversized pond. Vivian Piasecki’s Italianate home was reflected indoors and out, with gardens evocative of Tuscan hillsides.
The fairytale ending: A final stop transported tourists to a coastal Italian villa. Flowers accentuated the geometric pool, pond and sculpture. The garden flowed seamlessly inside, where floral accents adorned the grand music and dining rooms.
Tour maps in hand, Leora Natan of Wynnewood, Kathleen Cannon and Luisa Rabe of Haverford, and Deb DeGrazia of Bryn Mawr stop at home in Haverford.
Jeannette Lindvig of Malvern, Maud Tierney of Bryn Mawr and Rory O’Brien of Malvern.
Marin Smith and Debbie Kelley of Bryn Mawr and Shipley grads Hilary Maner and Cyrene Christine of Villanova look over a stone accent wall with a waterfall at a Haverford home.
Chris Smith of Devon, Juliette Gerhardt of Chester Springs and Marie Keely of Malvern.
A sunny day meant hats were in order for Renate Brookins of Narberth, Martha Caeser of Bryn Mawr, Patricia Kolff of Villanova, Tara Kolff Shehan, visiting from London, and Christine Kanter of Villanova.
A love of trains inspired Haverford residents Victor and Gail Barsky to put a train and tracks around their pond and garden.
Laura Fontana of Berwyn, Cindy Terker of Bryn Mawr and Maryclaire Goodman of Radnor look over grounds that called to mind the Tuscan countryside.
Junior League welcomes new faces at May celebration
Awards were doled out and gavels passed at the Junior League of Philadelphia’s spring dinner at Merion Cricket Club on May 24.
A changing of the guard: Founded in 1912, the League welcomed 98 new members and a new board. It also passed the president’s gavel from Elizabeth Farr to Mary Peller.
Also celebrated: Another year of community service and leadership training. Special shoutouts were given to the Junior League Thrift Shop and to the Apple A Day Healthy Living initiative.
The awards: New Member of the Year: Ja’Netta D. Kennedy; Apple of the Day Awardee: Elisabeth Ilca, co-chair, Kids in the Kitchen Committee; Volunteers of the Year: Lauren L. Homel and Nina Lawall; Committee of the Year: Jesy Brackett and Natalie Kay, co-chairs of the Liberty Learning Exchange; Leader of the Year: Kelli Friedrichs Brown, chair of the Education and Volunteer Training Committee; and President’s Cup: Sustainer Chair Mary S. Hinds. Thirty-two members were recognized for donating more than $1,000 ea. in merchandise to the Junior League Thrift Shop in Ardmore.
The healthy grants: The JLP distributed $135,000 to five area nonprofits working to improve food security and health: Face to Face Germantown, People’s Emergency Center, Methodist Services’ Heritage Farm, Community Center at Visitation and MANNA.
Junior League Sustainer Joann Falciani of Wayne, Past President Annamarie Hellebusch of Wyndmoor, Incoming President Mary Peller of Philadelphia, and Past Presidents Jodi Kerr of Berwyn and Bobbie Cameron of Ardmore.
Junior League of Philadelphia’s Outgoing President Elizabeth Farr of Bryn Mawr and her husband, Chris.
New Sustainer Chair Jeannette Schlegel of Devon, former Sustainer Chair Joan Prewitt of Wayne and Outgoing Sustainer Chair Mary Hinds of Swarthmore, who was awarded the President’s Cup for her service this past year.
Enjoying time on the veranda at the Merion Cricket Club are May Celebration Co-Chairs Nancy Ahlum of West Chester and Abby Plesser of Philadelphia, Ashley Chiaradio of Philadelphia and Eleanor Good of Wayne.
Incoming Assistant to the COO Lauren Homel of Broomall, who received the Volunteer of the Year Award for her work as Editor-at-Large; Colleen Mita of Berwyn; and new VP of Marketing Elisabeth Ilca of Villanova, who received the Apple A Day Award for her work as co-chair of the Kids in the Kitchen Committee.
Amanda McBride of Churchville, Thrift Shop Committee member Jesy Brackett of Ardmore (who received the Committee of the Year Award for the Liberty Learning Exchange, along with fellow co-chair Natalie Kay), Membership Committee Vice President Nikki Lynne Stephanou of Newtown Square and Kelli Brown of Glen Mills, chair of the Education and Volunteer Training Committee.
Jane Siegfried of Merion Station, Elizabeth Brogan of Bryn Mawr and Emily Dvorchak of Narberth.
Former Sustainer Chair Pam Crutchfield of Berwyn, Sustainer Barbara Juda of Berwyn and Amy Webersinn of Wayne, chair of the Sustainers Garden Club.
Frolicking for Frolic’s memory at Radnor Hunt Races
Hundreds of locals converged on Radnor Hunt for one of the Main’s Line’s signature see-and-be-seen affairs.
The program: Themed tailgate picnics and hat contests, a mounted color guard presentation, then steeplechase races and carriage and fox hound parades, capped off by the running of the Preakness on a big screen. Day drinking and merriment throughout.
The purse: $210,000 spread over seven races.
Also at stake: Open space and clean water. In 38 years, the races have raised $4 million for the Brandywine Conservancy’s programs. Morans, Strawbridges, Wetherills, Wrights, Hamiltons, Sinklers, Nesbitts et. al. have kicked in oodles over the years. Chipping in the most corporate dollars: longtime presenting sponsor BNY Mellon.
What made this year special: It’s the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art’s 50th year. Cue the special tours and celebrations.
Also special: This year’s picnic tailgate theme, ‘“Frolic” Along the Brandywine,’ honoring the late Frolic Weymouth, lover of art, nature and good times and a founder of the Conservancy and museum.
Former TV weatherguy John Bolaris awards second place in the Theme Category to Shirley Zwicker for her artistic tribute to her late friend Frolic Weymouth. Looking on are judges Carolina West and Nicol West Segel.
Hat contest organizer Milica Schiavio; Miss Pennsylvania Carolina West, a Drexel freshman and hat judge; Lesley Brown of Villanova, a picnic patron committee member; and Janet Sidewater, a Chester County milliner, picnic patron and hat judge.
Celebrity picnic tailgate judges included NBC 10 weatherguy Bill Henley of Wynnewood, his wife, Susan; Broadcast Pioneers 2011 Hall of Fame inductee Steve Levy of Gladwyne, his wife, Pinkie; 2006 Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame inductee Bill Baldini of Drexel Hill and his wife, Joan; Matt Pressler of Villanova, owner/executive chef of Matador in Wayne, with wife Anne.
Nectar owner/chef Patrick Feury of Berwyn and Cody Todd, chef at Christopher’s in Malvern, helped judge the picnic tailgate spreads.
Race Committee members Rich Walkup and Perry Gresh.
Radnor Hunt tailgate regulars include Nancy Reiner-Wallace of Devon, Annie Bosch of Malvern, Hailey Wallace and Sophia Orr and Georgia Coyle, both of Berwyn.
In the pink are Chesco guys Jamie Milden, Jason Segern, Stephen Williams, Jeff Barton, Aidan Doyle, Doug Strang, Matt Doyle, Brian Wagner, Frank Tornetta, and in front, Tim Wagner channels Frolic Weymouth.
Hat contest judge Caroline O’Halloran of SAVVY Main Line meets up with pal Maggie Henry Corcoran of Haverford, society reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“Most Beautiful” hat winner Zoya Egan of Wayne, with husband James. Zoya tells SAVVY she completely changed her ensemble that morning due to the chilly temps.
Second-place winner for “Most Beautiful” Kathleen Kenneally of Wayne with blue-ribbon winner for “Best Theme” Tiffany Arey of Collegeville. A milliner, Tiffany’s top-hat ensemble focused on Frolic Weymouth’s love of nature.
Picnic patrons Colleen McCauley of Wayne and Gordana Loncar of Wynnewood, sporting one (or is it two?) hats created by daughter Milica Schiavio.
Children’s category hat contest winners Victoria and Zachary Taylor of Media.
Hat contest judges get one more look at some of the competitors.
Megan Rife of Malvern, Cynthia Sansone of Willistown and Sanora Litvin of Unionville.
Brad and Terry Parkes (right) with Brad Burns, all of Wayne.
Picnic patron Mary Ravenfeld and Andrea Strange, owner of Malvern’s Gallery 222.
Fabulously fashionable night at Neiman’s helps fight cancer
Area fashion cognoscenti – well-heeled and impeccably turned out – enjoyed the Art of Fashion in a tent adjoining Neiman Marcus on May 11. The splashy $1000/ticket affair benefited Abramson Cancer Center’s Philly Fights Cancer initiative.
The fashion: An edgy “ode to MTV” runway show presented by Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing. His other runway odes: religious, race, ethnic and age diversity. Hot tip from Ken: Everyone needs a biker jacket for fall. Jewelry designer Dena Kemp hosted the cocktail hour.
In the house and on the runway: Pioneering ’60s model Pat Cleveland, 66 and sensational. Pat was the first mixed-race African American featured in Vogue, Cosmo, etc.
The art: Hip hop-inspired Pop artist King Saladeen painted the runway’s backdrop in under two hours. Among the Philly-based artist’s canvases: fancy cars, clothes, handbags and cement. His creations were hot sellers at the event.
The exciting breast cancer talk: Dr. Angela DeMichele (Perelman Center for Advanced Cancer) spoke about a game-changing new test and treatment designed to cut breast cancer’s high recurrence rates. About a fourth of breast cancers show up later in a different body part, she said. Breast cancer survivors from around the country are invited to partipate in clinical trials and should contact the Center for testing.
Fred and Bryna Berman and Madlyn Abramson, co-founder of the Abramson Cancer Center. (Photo by Paul Loftland)
Penn oncologist Angela DeMichele discusses a promising breast cancer breakthrough.
Nigel Richards and PR queen Nicole Cashman and (right) Tammy Echols and Neiman Marcus personal stylist Evelyn Cintron of Gladwyne. (Photos by Andre Flewellen)
Erika Schwarz wth JoAnn Wurzak of Gladwyne.
Paige Dietz, Manayunk/Philly salon owner Artur Kirsch, and Neiman Marcus KOP Vice President and GM Missy Dietz. (Photo by Andre Flewellen)
Hope Cohen, Penn oncologist and guest speaker Angela DeMichele and Nicole Dresnin Schaeffer of Villanova.
Evelyn Cintron and Lori Gehret, both of Gladwyne.
Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing and iconic model Pat Cleveland.
With help from Main Line churches, St. James School turns dreams into bright futures in North Philly
Dressed as doctors, chefs, musicians and ministers, student ambassadors showed supporters their sky’s-the-limit career aspirations at the 3rd Annual Audrey Evans Scholarship Benefit.
A new high: More than 230 St. James School friends raised nearly $300,000 for student scholarships – a new record – at “Our Students, Our Future” at the Union League on May 16. VIP donors were treated to an early-bird guided tour of the League’s Heritage Museum.
The honorees: The Rev. Sean Mullen, board president and school co-founder; Dr. Keith Leaphart, longtime St. James supporter, and St. James board member Hon. Greg Montanaro.
The school: St. James offers tuition-free, rigorous academics along with counseling, tutoring and long-term mentoring to 63 students in grades 5-8 who live in the school’s under-resourced neighborhood.
The Main Line connection: Volunteers and funding come from a long list of local churches: St. Christopher’s in Gladwyne, St. David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne, Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, St. Mary’s in Ardmore, St. George’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore, Good Samaritan in Paoli, St. Peter’s of the Great Valley in Malvern, Christ Church Ithan of Villanova, Church of St. Asaph in Bala Cynwyd, St. John’s in Wynnewood and St. Paul’s in Exton. The Devon-based nonprofit ECHOES Around the World has also partnered with St. James.
School mascot Dakota the Huskie hangs with Kevin Todd, Rev. Frank Allan, rector of St. David's Episcopal Church in Wayne, and Mike Mayer of Berwyn.
Ingrid Serrell of Newtown Square, Susan Lewis of Gladwyne and Kristine Wood of Haverford.
Mark Miani, Katherine Lee, Rt. Rev. Edward Lee and Katherine Miani, a longtime St. James School volunteer, all of Merion Station.
Stewart Dalzell, with St. James School Co-Founders Dr. Audrey Evans and Rev. Sean E. Mullen.
Allyson Ross of Paoli, Tyler Myers of Boothwyn and Aliana Ross of Paoli.
Brian Bernhardt of Berwyn and his mother, Joyce Rehorst of Malvern.
Head of School David Kasievich and Rt. Rev. Daniel G.P. Gutierrez, XVI Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Philadelphia.
Jacqueline and Andrew Paluszkiewicz of Cinnaminson, NJ, and Lauren and Jon Mann of Havertown.
People’s Light embarks on auction adventure, “Treasures & Travels”
The cast and crew of Malvern’s professional theater company set sail on the S.S. People’s Light May 16.
The mates: More than 150 actors, staff, board members and theater patrons gathered in the new theater’s new Farmhouse Pavilion for cocktails and auction bidding by cellphone, then moved to the adjoining ballroom for dinner.
Onboard entertainment: After dinner, guests adjourned to the Haas stage for a sneak peek at The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, playing at People’s Light through June 4. A live auction – including trips to France, Cape Cod and LA to see Jimmy Kimmel Live! (with backstage passes).
The bounty: The annual auction funds Art Discovery programs at People’s Light, including free student tickets, help with transportation and scholarships for theatre classes.
People’s Light marketing manager Rose Devine and actor Tom Teti welcome guests to the party. A company member since PLTC’s founding in 1974, Tom tells us his favorite roles include the Admiral in Treasure Island and the title role in The Life of Galileo.
Erin Sheffield sells $100 raffle tickets for a luxury trip to Belize to People’s Light supporters Toby and Ron Agulnick of West Goshen.
Event Co-Chairs Ria Walsh of Collegeville and Barbara Austell of Haverford with their husbands, Mike Morgart (left) and Rhett Austell.
Committee members Pat and Bob Carlton of Wayne.
Kerrill and Wes Taylor of Elverson with Vanguard CEO & President Bill McNabb of Devon and his wife, Katie, vice president of People's Light Board of Trustees.
Susan Kotalik of West Chester and Diane Kolo of Malvern.
People’s Light Board of Trustees Treasurer Brian Zwaan of Paoli and his wife, Diane, with their daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Will Milne of Berwyn.
Former Wayne neighbors David and Donna Stone and Leslie Roy and Tom Johantgen, a People's Light trustee.