Honoring great human resources personnel tonight at the Crystal Tea Room.
Lunching with Karen Delaney Shideleff and others in the ALS Philadelphia chapter at the annual ALS Phillies luncheon at the Loews Hotel. This marks 30 years of this relationship started by Bill and Nancy Giles. Millions of dollars have been raised for research and support. Curt Schilling is here and looks and sounds good. Cody Asche and Geoff Geary are here. Larry Bowa and others. ALS families and the Phightin’s leading the way!
I talked today for an upcoming In Focus” show with NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins. Wilkins, who played mostly for the Atlanta Hawks, lives with diabetes. He developed Type 2 diabetes around the age of 40. He says however, that diet, exercise and medication help him keep his diabetes under control. It’s a deeply personal journey for him, having lost his father and grandfather to complications from diabetes.
Dominique earned the nickname, The Human Highlight Film, in his playing days. He was one of the best dunkers the NBA has ever seen. He recently became a vice-president with the Hawks organization, but Dominique Wilkins is also passionate about encouraging people to work toward managing their diabetes and is in Philadelphia to do just that.
Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey talked before about 500 people attending the annual Committee of Seventy breakfast this morning at the Bellevue on Broad Street. Both men have a friendly, respectful working relationship with each other, but their answers to my questions suggest that they view the path ahead in Washington as both having potential and frought with obstacles. Each suggested areas where they can find common ground, such as the Keystone XL Pipeline and the ABLE act, but there are still areas of principle disagreement that one should not expect to see quick resolution of. Immigration reform and the speed with which it happens and how much the President can do on his own is a case in point. The politics of 2016 are in play. They believe the Senate will go to a 5-day work week in DC, from its present 3. Kumbaya is not likely to be heard along Pennsylvania Avenue.
The annual celebration of the transformational power of art known as the Hopeful City Gala benefiting BuildaBridge Int’l is underway in Old City. Fire Comm. Sawyer, Cnclmn Oh among the dignitaries. Wonderful art work from a cross section of the city raising money to enable the healing power of art.