On Monday, August 27th, at the Crystal Tea Room, Heidi and Cole Hamels hosted their third annual Hamels Foundation Diamonds & Denim Event to raise money for their charitable efforts in Malawi, the world’s fourth-poorest nation. “Education Is the Answer” is the slogan, as the proceeds help to make education possible for Malawi’s population.
We have an album of Red Carpet photos from the event on our Facebook page, which you can see at this link:
It was the second straight year that Diamonds & Denim had graced the Crystal Tea Room, on the top of the architecturally stunning John Wanamaker Building, now over a century old. When it opened on December 30, 1911, it was dedicated in person by President William Howard Taft.
Originally known as the “Great Crystal Tea Room”, it is located on the ninth floor (six floors above the current Macy’s shopping area). It was the first-ever restaurant in a department store in America, before closing its doors to the public on the last day of 1988. Since then, the Crystal Tea Room has been available for private parties – and no party could match this one!
We had the good fortune to be able to photograph the plethora of athletes and celebrities who seemed to endlessly stream through to the event, via the red carpet – which was located on the balcony just above the ground floor, above Passero's Gourmet Coffee.
Many Phillies were there with their wives and/or girlfriends: Jimmy and Johari Rollins, Chase and Jen Utley, Kyle and Stephenie (LaGrossa) Kendrick, Laynce and Brooke Nix, Ryan Howard, and fiancée Krystle Campbell, Vance Worley, Cliff Lee, John Mayberry, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. & girlfriend, Jami Schnell – and, of course, the Phillie Phanatic.
It wasn’t limited to the diamond. Eagles Todd Herremans, Jon “Mario Brothers” Dorenbos, and former QB AJ Feeley were in attendance. In addition, former Eagle Vince Papale – the inspiration for the hit film, Invinceable, made an appearance. Also attending were a variety of reality stars from ABC’s The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor Pad; Ryan Bowers, Ashley Spivey, Jenna Burke, Philadelphia’s own Craig Robinson, Jaclyn Swartz, Ty Brown, Ed Swiderski and Sean Lowe.
Media celebrities abounded: Comcast SportsNet’s Michael Barkann; from WMMR’s Preston and Steve Show, Kathy Romano, Nick McIlwain and Marisa Magnatta.
Former Eagle Ike Reese, co-host of sports talk’s Mike and Ike Show on WIP, was there with his wife, Renee. WMGK's John DeBella and his wife, Lisa, were also in attendance.
The headline entertainment was a live performance by nine-time Grammy winner, John Legend, a Penn graduate.
Thanks to GN Kang, director of operations at the Hamels Foundation, for her assistance and cooperation.