Dancing capped a groovy evening of togetherness and fundraising to prevent domestic violence and help the victims of violence in Montgomery County. It was the annual Laurel House Gala, held at Green Valley. It was a 1960’s theme night. Through education, outreach, a hotline, counseling, safe haven, advocacy and more, Laurel House is a critical component in the drive to defeat domestic violence. My thanks to both Jackie’s and Alice, also Mary and Colleen, Stacey and the entire gala committee. You put on a great, effective evening. Leaders from Cabrini University, which has a focus on domestic violence, also were on hand. I might add that in my belief that Mummers are everywhere, I want to recognize the very talented Greg Phelan (at the microphone), a member of the band American Deluxe, who were awesome. Greg is with Fralinger and formerly of Greater Kensington String Band.
I look forward to seeing many folks tonight at SugarHouse. We’ve got a few books available or bring one you purchased elsewhere and I’d love to sign it. Feast before the fast.
Congratulations and thanks to the Fancy Brigades for putting on a wonderful banquet this weekend. Congrats to Sonny Weneck of the Stars for induction into the Hall of Fame and to First Prize Champion South Philly Vikings.
Cabrini University’s students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends this hour launched the official attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most pairs of socks delivered in 8 hours.
The current record is just under 2500 pairs. Cabrini has been inspired by the nonprofit Joy of Sox to gather new pairs, mostly quality wool socks, for people experiencing homelessness. Socks are an often overlooked key to health and eventually opportunity for people who are homeless.