• Sunday , 21 January 2018

At the Horse Races – Preakness at the Piazza for MS

By Dana J. Prophet

Although the sky threatened to rain, nothing was going to stop this year’s Preakness at the Piazza – a fundraiser to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. Saturday, May 16th marked the date of the city’s largest spring charity event. Attendees strutted their stuff – with ladies wearing flamboyant and fun hats and gentlemen sporting smart and sassy bow ties.

Although the The Piazza at Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties is a distance from the 140th Preakness Stakes the energy was just as high. MS is a unpredictable disease that affects over 2.3 million people worldwide. Guests were there to show their support and help fight the devastating illness.

Starting in the afternoon well into the evening, everyone mingled, sipped custom cocktails, and snacked on delicious appetizers before, during, and after the race. It was a sea of happy people wearing bright colors of their fanciest wear for an additional purpose. Everyone there were part of an ongoing fashion show where the Best Dressed was announced after race.

The temperature or possible threat of showers did not put a damper on this gathering of good times. This year’s Preakness at the Piazza saw its largest attendance and the most money raised than in the previous years!

With such a great turnout, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society received even more strength to fight such a debilitating disease until the battle is no longer necessary.

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A sea of smiles!

Looking for something on the sweeter side? Try a key lime tartlette, bourbon pecan pie, and a mint julep truffle.

Looking for something on the sweeter side? Try a key lime tartlette, bourbon pecan pie, and a mint julep truffle.

Looking fantastic while sipping their cocktails were Colleen Hollis, Heidi Hudek, Jason Miles, and Gina Cozzone

Looking fantastic while sipping their cocktails were Colleen Hollis, Heidi Hudek, Jason Miles, and Gina Cozzone

Punctual, positively, and perfect in pink!

Punctual, positively, and perfect in pink!

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The racers are in the home stretch!

Although the race was less the 2 minutes long, the excitement was tense!

Although the race was less the 2 minutes long, the excitement was tense!

The tension was building!

The tension was building!

There wasn't a bad seat in the house to watch the Preakness.

There wasn’t a bad seat in the house to watch the Preakness.

These ladies were ready for the races!

These ladies were ready for the races!

Grazing menu included a veggie slider and more from Andreotti's

Grazing menu included a veggie slider and more from Andreotti’s

Place your bets!

Place your bets!

One lucky raffle winner won this basket of booze.

One lucky raffle winner won this basket of booze.

Preakness Committee Members welcomes the guests.

Preakness Committee Members welcomes the guests.

Looking wonderful as usual are sponser 97.5 The Fanatic’s Pat Gallen and host FOX 29’s Alex Holley

Looking wonderful as usual are sponsor 97.5 The Fanatic’s Pat Gallen and host FOX 29’s Alex Holley.

 

The race is about to start!

The race is about to start!

Looking sharp is Matt and Dawn Zapiec & Brittney and Shariff Adams

Looking sharp is Matt and Dawn Zapiec with Brittney and Shariff Adams.

Keep the sun out of your eyes with this lovely number.

Keep the sun out of your eyes with this lovely number.

Forgot your hat? Sponsor Christine A. Moore Millinery has  the perfect chapo for you! Jenna Glendye was on hand to help!

Forgot your hat? Sponsor Christine A. Moore Millinery had the perfect chapo for you. Jenna Glendye was on hand to help!

 

 

 

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