1. Avenue of the Arts, Inc., the organization that champions investment in Philadelphia’s theater and cultural arts district on South Broad Street, presented the organization’s inaugural Visionary Awards to the Honorable Ed Rendell and developer Carl Dranoff, president and CEO of Dranoff Properties, at its annual gala, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. The event took place at The Lucy a new venue on Broad Street, Philadelphia. For more than 25 years, Ed Rendell and CARL Dranoff have led the charge for the Avenue of the Arts and pioneered efforts to transform South Broad Street into Philadelphia’s premier cultural, entertainment and living destination. Rendell, the former Governor of Pennsylvania and Mayor of Philadelphia, was the lead advocate for the rebranding and expansion of South Broad Street around its arts district during his terms as Mayor, spearheading the building of the Kimmel Center, which changed the face of South Broad Street and brought the Avenue of the Arts brand name to life. In his remarks, the Governor also paid special recognition to his former wife, Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, for her key role in making the vision a reality. Carl Dranoff, among the first and largest private investors and developers on the Avenue and one of its most supportive residents, saw the potential for the Avenue to become a residential hub, and developed Symphony House, the first ground-up high-rise condominium on the Avenue of the Arts. Carl Dranoff and Ed Rendell, holding the elegant award, exited the stage with AAI Board Chair Dianne Semingson and Paul Beideman, president and CEO of The Avenue of the Arts.
3. Paul Beideman, his wife Caroline and daughter and son-in-law Kate and Jim Heitzenrater.
4. Gene Brignola of Energy & Design, West Chester, and his wife Donna, paused for a photo with Paulette and Julian Rackow.
5. Laura Emanuel, Adam Deringer and Amy and Matt O’Connell were pictured with AAI Board Chair Dianne Semingson (center)..
13. Dorothy Kardon and Charlene Guyer.
15. Rebecca Frisch, Elise Halter, Grant Grundlock, Josh Guelbart, Sarina Rose and Hailey Schneider.
18. Sarina Rose, Carl Dranoff, Paul Beideman and State Senator Larry Farnese were pictured at the event.
19. Madeline Apollo chatted with George and Kathy Brunner.
22. Sandy Goldberg paused for a photo with Dr. Laura Picciono, Dr. Thanuja Hamilton and Deborah Finn.
23. Darrell Davis (left) chatted with Jeff Guaracino, Rachel Ferguson and Michael Newmuis, all of Visit Philadelphia.