Local hotel transforms into Bond-inspired scene for charity

Local hotel transforms into Bond-inspired scene for charity

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*The original version of this story stated the event would take place Feb. 16. It will be held Feb. 15.

Locals are invited to participate in a James Bond-inspired event to play casino games and support a nonprofit organization.

The Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, Action Wellness, Tumbling Dice, Square 1682, E&J Gallo Winery, Yards Brewery and Philadelphia Distilling will come together to host the sixth-annual Glamsino Royale on Feb. 15.

This year’s theme is “Diamonds Are Forever,” which shares the name of the 1971 iconic 007 film. The annual fundraiser benefits Action Wellness, an organization dedicated to providing resources to people with chronic diseases. A spokesperson for Action Wellness said last year’s event raised $13,000, and the goal is to raise $15,000 this year.

The organization, formerly ActionAIDS, is committed to helping those living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses by providing services such as medical case management, health screenings, treatment as prevention, education, supportive housing and volunteer services.

This year, guests are encouraged to dress sharp for the chance to win a fashion contest. Prizes will be awarded in three categories.

“We are excited and grateful to be partnering once again with Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia for the most extravagant Glamsino ever,” said Action Wellness executive director Kevin Burns. “Our 2018 theme is ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ and we will be incorporating prizes for the best-dressed Bond, best-dressed couple and best-dressed overall. Winners will sparkle on the runway with our fabulous Bingo-Verifying Divas. What could be more fun?”

Kimpton’s 24th and 25th floors will be transformed into a Bond-inspired scene, where guests can participate in table games from Tumbling Dice. Each player attending the event will receive game chips, which can be exchanged for raffle tickets. Prizes will be featured from different retailers, restaurants, theaters and hotels.

The evening also will feature music by DJ Sharyn Stone and food by executive chef Bobby Surdam of Kimpton Square’s 1682. Beer from Yards Brewery, wine from E&J Gallo Winery and various signature cocktails from Philadelphia Distilling will be available.

Not only does the event raise money for a charitable cause, it also provides an opportunity to network, Burns noted. Attendees also can mingle with the Bingo-Verifying Divas, from AIDS Fund Philly’s GayBINGO!

Glamsino Royale will be held 6-9 p.m. Feb. 15 at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, 17 S. 17th St. Admission includes appetizers, beer, wine, signature cocktails and starting game chips. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.actionwellness.org/join-us/special-events/glamsino-royale/.

 


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