Stars of David Sidney week of 1/5/06


The only ones guaranteed a successful New Year, said an old skeptic, were those who sold calendars. Dunno, these "Stars" seem a safe bet to continue their winning traditions in 2006. Like who? Like these who not only kept up with the Joneses, but went farther: Kimmel center of honor? It's a major national award for Philadelphia philanthropist/humanitarian/ business mogul Sidney Kimmel, one of only three innovators nationally saluted by the American Cancer Society with its highest paean: The Medal of Honor. Kimmel landed the society's seminal Medal of Honor for Cancer Philanthropy, with the group citing his support and involvement in the Sidney Kimmel Foundation and Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research, as well as other endeavors on behalf of battling the disease. …

From the man who brought us "Radio" is his latest venture into TV – Philly's Mike Tollin is exec producer of ABC's "Crumbs," starring Fred "Wonder Years" Savage, as one of the saner sons in a family of misfits. The promising series debuts Thursday night, Jan. 12. … Dean's list: Larry Kane, Philadelphia's dean of broadcasting, hasn't left the medium that made him famous before his best-sellers about his hometown and the Beatles; he's back on the TV beat, as host of "Larry Kane: Voice of Reason," coming to CN8, the Comcast Network. … Girl power: In the theater, they call it a two-hander, a play for two actors. But for Miriam Wartell, a sweet and savvy 16-year-old, "two-hander" means a fistful of dollars for those she helped through charitable work. On the one hand: Miriam, an Akiba Hebrew Acad grad now at George Washington High School, came up with the idea and helped organize a benefit for those synagogues that fell victim to the cruel winds of Hurricane Katrina. On the other hand – she also raised funds, at the same benefit, for Israelis evacuated from their homes in Gaza. It all took place at Congregation Beth Solomon, where the Chanukah gift bazaar she helped engineer – with a great assistance from numerous vendors donating their wares – helped raise more than $1,000 for the two causes. …

Watchdog alert! Gene Cohen a retired judge also serving of counsel to the legal eagles at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, has been elected to the Committee of Seventy, whose watchful eyes at elections has earned them the reputation of the Jimmy Carters of the local community. … They've got plenty to sing about at the Opera Company of Philadelphia, thanks to Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest. Philly's prominent philanthropists have made an incredible $1.5 mil challenge gift to OCP, matching buck for buck raised through the end of the current season. That's some dowry which, doubtless, will help make for a bigger chupah at "The Marriage of Figaro" (May 5 to May 21). … Drawing even more national attention these days is the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The cherry on top of its already winning profile is the National Medal of Arts accorded it in an announcement by President Bush. … Veterans Stadium? A Veterans post! The Kelkey Post, Jewish War Veterans of the United States, is being renamed the Kelkey-Blatt Post on Jan. 8, in ceremonies honoring the late Edward Blatt, whose volunteer efforts on behalf of the post – including a 2005 fact-finding mission to the Mideast – are lauded to this day. Blatt was a former prexy of the National Museum of American Jewish Military History and director emeritus of the Haym Salomon Memorial Park, a Joseph Levine & Sons enterprise, in Chester County. … Designing woman? Take that Suzanne Sugarbaker! Megan Stein, studying for her master's at Drexel University, has been named winner of the Air France Fashion Design Competition held in Paris, the first USA contestant to sew it all up in the contest's history. Watching it all happen – with more than a stitch of pride – were her parents, Carol and Andrew Stein of Bala Cynwyd. Wonder if the French are fried over an American winning the thing.


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