This Wednesday, December 4, an evening-long fundraiser in support of Phase One of the Rail Park will be held at Union Transfer. Join Friends of the Rail Park for an extraordinary evening of entertainment filled with opportunities to learn more about the project. The evening starts at 6 p.m. with a cocktail party and fashion show hosted by WXPN's Michaela Majoun. The reception will present a fashion show curated by Melissa D'Agostino featuring Arcadia, Commonwealth Proper, NINObrand by Bela Shehu and Bus Stop. Enjoy performances by Lux Arati (where fire meets belly dancing) and New Sound Brass (a miracle of 2 street). Catering is being donated by 13th Street Kitchens (Prohibition Tap Room, Café Lift and Bufad). If that is not enough entertainment for one evening, there is more to come.
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On Nov. 22, the dynamic Drexel Smart House (DSH) hosts The Smart Affair, an evening of fundraising for the award-winning student-led experiment in sustainable urban living innovations, and Grid readers get in for half price.
The evening will begin with a presentation of the seven-year-old DSH’s most recent progress, keeping past financial supporters up to speed on new projects and informing potential donors of the ever-widening scope of future interdisciplinary research. Current and former Smart House presidents and co-directors — as well as a representative of the house’s former occupants (the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity) — will speak about the past, present, and future of smart initiatives implemented on the property.
More than just a fundraising event, “the Smart Affair aims to connect students with like-minded community members and industry professionals,” says Farrah Goldsmith, a Drexel senior and student co-host for the evening. Following the information session, students and other guests can network while enjoying a three-hour cocktail reception. Drexel a cappella groups will provide entertainment, and a photo booth sponsored by LinkedIn lets guests “capture the evening.” Proceeds from a raffle will benefit the DSH. The event will be hosted in Drexel’s Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, a LEED Gold certified building boasting the largest living biowall (75 feet) on the continent.
The DSH has also graciously offered a 50 percent discount on tickets to Grid readers. Enter the promo code "GRID" on the event’s ticketing page to purchase a general admission ticket for $23.34 or a student ticket for $9.05. No paper tickets will be issued in accordance with DSH’s goal of creating an overall sustainable event. Cocktail attire is requested.
The Smart Affair presented by Drexel University, Fri., Nov. 22, 6 – 9 p.m., Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, 33rd & Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104. For more information about the DSH and the Smart Affair, visit drexelsmarthouse.com.
Danielle Wayda is an editorial intern at Grid and a recent graduate of Mount Holyoke College.
Grid Alive! is coming, Thursday, November 14! And in addition to snacks, beer and ice cream -- and fascinating interviews -- you can also jump-start your holiday shopping with a selection of great Grid gifts, including our new Grid gift bag, which includes: a limited edition Grid tote from fabric horse, a Grid T-shirt of your choice, and copies of Judy Wicks' memoir Good Morning Beautiful Business and Drift, the acclaimed GMO thriller from Grid editor in chief Jon McGoran (who will be on hand to sign and personalize books). Visit the Grid store for more information, to order great Grid gifts or to register for Grid Alive.