Philly POPS 5th Annual Ball

Gary Frank with Dottie and Frank Giordano.

Gary Frank with Dottie and Frank Giordano.

More than 250 people danced to Frank Sinatra tunes played by the Philly POPS’ 65-piece orchestra at the group’s fifth annual ball. During this major fundraiser, held at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, former POPS board chairman Sal DeBunda was honored for his service, and his successor, Gary Frank, was officially welcomed into his new role.

Beth Botel and Bob Green.

Beth Botel and Bob Green.

Among the speakers was Mayor Jim Kenney, who praised DeBunda and Frank Giordano, president and CEO of the POPS, as well as the orchestra as a whole, for their contribution to children in the School District of Philadelphia. Through the POPS in Schools program, the orchestra is enhancing music education by providing instructional activities and bringing musicians into classrooms to mentor Philadelphia students. In fact, additional schools in the district that will be participating in the program were named at the ball.

Mayor Jim Kenney (center) and Sal DeBunda (4th from left) surrounded by representatives from Parx Casino: Tony Ricci, Bob Green, and Marc Oppenheimer.

Mayor Jim Kenney (3rd) and Sal DeBunda (4th) surrounded by people from Parx Casino: Tony Ricci, Bob Green and Marc Oppenheimer.

A founding resident company of the Kimmel Center, the Philly POPS is now entering its 39th year of offering concerts to the community, including July 4th Independence Week performances, and the Salute to the Military and First Responders. The POPS’ 39th anniversary season is being sponsored by Parx Casino.

 

Jay and Sharon Ruder with Debbie and Steve Appel.

Jay and Sharon Ruder with Debbie and Steve Appel.

Roz and David Marion.

Roz and David Marion.

 
 

Photos: Bonnie Squires.

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