Amy’s Fund

A beautiful blue sky inspired us us today at the annual Amy’s Fund 5K Run and 2.2K Walk in Northeast Philadelphia. The run/walk in memory of Amy Kligge Vengels  took place at Holy Family University.

Amy died in December of 2004 as a result of cervical cancer.

Amy’s Fund began in 2005 and has grown to keep raising awareness, emphasizing prevention and raising money for research into several cancers affecting women.

Money raised this day will support the Women’s Cancer Center at Fox Chase Cancer Center.  Thanks go to Lisa Perfidio and Dr. Sarah Kim from Fox Chase. They are making the world a happier place.

Gratitude is expressed, too, to students from Holy Family University who volunteered their time, and thanks to all the participants, runners and walkers.

But special thanks go to Amy’s mother, Denise, her whole family, and Amy’s husband, Dave, and his family.  Before she passed away Amy hoped that her work and openness would save a life.  Amy you have done much more.

Efforts like these by Amy’s family and friends, by the Mummers earlier, and others make a difference.   I want to say thanks as well to the students at Council Rock High School South and all the dancers from the Philadelphia region to who helped raise money last month at the “Dance for a Cure.”  I had fun emceeing their good works.  All you have to do is talk to the physicians and researchers who have seen the success stories and who hold out hope for what is on the horizon to know that these efforts  are important.

Bear Affair

The 12th annual Harmelin Media Bear Affair was a roaring success Thursday night at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City, Philadelphia.  I again had the opportunity to emcee and auction off a few items to benefit the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance.  I was joined by Mike Missanelli, of 97.5 The Fanatic (great job Mikey Miss), plus Philadelphia Eagles Chad Hall and Riley Cooper.  Pete Ciarrocchi, of the Philadelphia Soul, and Don Tollefson stopped by to help out.

The biggest stars of the night were the survivors, and the police officers, the workers at the Department of Human Services, of course the Alliance folks, and all the corporate and other contributors who know the importance of  preventing child sexual abuse and of helping rebuild lives if that abuse has occurred. A big moment is when young ladies, members of the Daisies and Brownies, brought teddy bears they had made to make them available to kids who could use the comfort of a good bear.

Probably the biggest fun moment of the night was how enthusiastically Riley and Chad allowed themselves to be auctioned off.  As I said to the bidders, they are wide receivers, you’re allowed to make a pass at them.

Mummer Power

Great turnout last night at SugarHouse Casino for the annual Mummers Against Cancer event in Philadelphia.  Mike and Deb, and daughter Debbie, worked hard to put on the event and carry it off. That’s Deb and Deb to the left.

The proceeds are going to the American Cancer Society.

SugarHouse also contributed to the success of the event with the venue and with a card deal for supporters of Mummers Against Cancer.

The band, Big House, also rocked part of the SugarHouse Casino.

As we say goodbye to the first weeks of spring, we look back and see it’s been an active period in the world of Mummery.  The String Band Association held its annual banquet at the Union League.  President Marty Good led the recognition of the participants and award winners from New Year’s Day, plus the special honorees, including the new Hall of Fame members.  Congratulations to all.

Great banquets as well by the Wench Brigade Association and by the Fancy Division and Fancy Brigade Association.






Murray Comic Club held its annual  banquet, which is always a fun time.  Murray also excels with its annual Easter Seals drive.

Woodland String Band held its victory lap weekend with the 1st Prize Gala and the Serenade.

The Mummers Association celebrated the 2012 season and the Mummers Museum held events marking  the resurgence of the museum and the tradition.

Clubs continue with appearances and get ready for the parades that begin to fill the calendar and then, before you know it, it’s time to hit second and third gear in the run for 2013.

For the Kids

A fabulous celebration last night in Center City, Philadelphia for the National Adoption Center!  The Center, based here, celebrated its 40th anniversary.  I got a chance to auction off a couple of items as part of the fundraising event.  Special congratulations go to founder Carolyn Johnson and to advocate for children and families, Alba Martinez.  Hall of Famers, they are.  As Ken Mullner, Gloria Hochman, and all at the Center say, there are no unwanted children, just unfound families.  Thanks to the work of the individuals at the NAC, more than 23,000 children have found homes. Yes, for the kids!

Champion’s Night to Remember

The members of the Woodland String Band gathered last night at Nicole Renee Occasions in South Philadelphia to celebrate their victory on New Year’s Day.  It was a night of genuine celebration at the Championship gala.  The family that is Woodland was joined by well-wishers from other bands and included Mummers Association President and former Quaker City Captain, the legendary Bob Shannon, Jr.  The highlight of the evening was the arrival and brief address by Frank “Auggie” Roberts.  Auggie’s struggles and his ongoing contribution to the pride, spirit and accomplishments of Woodland hit the night out of the ball park.  (I know a team that could use him right now, but Woodland has him and he’s not up for trade.  )  Congratulations to President Tom Loomis, Captain Tom Robison, heart and soul Dave Anderson, Jr., and all the Kings of Broad Street 2012, Woodland String Band.

Shining Brightly

The stars shined like the Mummers Museum spire last night at events in South Philadelphia.  It is so great to see the tower radiating light again.  2nd & Washington is evermore the beacon.


The champion Murray Comic Club, led by President Rich Porco, celebrated another successful year and recognized its stellar members at its banquet held at Epiphany of Our Lord School at 13th and Jackson.  Rich is a great leader who truly values each of his members.

The family of the late Jerry Murray was on hand to witness Jerry’s induction into the Hall of Fame.





Recognition continued at the Mummers Museum banquet at EOM in South Philadelphia. Among those honored was Dave Anderson, of Woodland String Band, awarded the Al Heller award for his contributions to Mummery.


As the museum tower suggests, the future is bright.