News Briefing: Sept. 8-14

News Briefing: Sept. 8-14

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Anti-bullying nonprofit hosts annual fundraising gala

A local anti-bullying nonprofit this month will host its annual fundraising gala.

Fifty Shades of Purple Against Bullying will present Arts Against Bullying 2-4:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Ibrahim Theater, 3701 Chestnut St.

The program will include a brief youth ballet performance from the Philadelphia Dance Academy with music from Debra Lynn Cotterall and Opera Soprano. Mixed-media artist Chris Klapper and her husband, Patrick Gallagher, will also present a TEDx-style talk entitled “Symphony in D Minor.”

Proceeds from the event will go toward anti-bullying campaigns. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.


Pride returns to South Jersey

Southern New Jersey LGBTQA Pride this weekend will once again stage its annual festival. Pride in the Park will take place noon-6 p.m. Sept. 10 at Cooper River Park, 7000 N. Park Drive in Pennsauken.

Local performer Josh Schonewolf will headline the free event, which will also include performances from Queen Mother Carl Max as Whitney Houston, Queen Robert Ginger Alley Loser, King Daddy “O” Rasta Boi Punany, King Mr. T and the cast of LesBe Real Radio Talk.

For more information, visit

 — Jeremy Rodriguez


Local chefs cook up fundraising for PAWS

The city’s best restaurants and bars will come together to support a local animal-welfare agency next month.

The annual Chefs Night for Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society takes place from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 2 at Skybox, 2424 E. York St. Guests can sample bites and drinks from dozens of local eateries and watering holes, with proceeds benefitting PAWS’ rescue work.

Participating venues will be grouped according to neighborhood to give guests a taste of the many different areas of the city. Featured neighborhoods include Midtown Village, Rittenhouse, Passyunk Square and Old City.

Tickets are $175 or $250 for VIP admission, which includes access to a preview hour, butlered food and the opportunity to mix and mingle with local chefs.

For more information or tickets, visit  

— Jen Colletta

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