BARBRA STREISAND held a private dress rehearsal at Temple University’s Liacouras Center last Friday. Special invitations went out to friends and family of Temple VIPs and Trustees. Streisand has been rehearsing for her American tour at Temple, but needed the energy of a dress rehearsal. The show was more than three hours long and featured Streisand’s son Jason and a world-renowned orchestra. Streisand reportedly has lost nothing from years of performing. She looked and sang beautifully at the tender age of 72.
Among the lucky invitees where former STATE SEN. BOB ROVNER and his lovely assistant HANNAH MONBLATT, local AFL-CIO PRESIDENT PAT EIDING, former CONGRESSWOMAN MARJORIE MARGOLIES-MEZVINZSKY and government affairs specialist KEN LAWRENCE. PATRICK O’CONNOR, the Chairman of the Temple Board of Trustees, hosted a dinner at the Four Seasons hotel. The occasion was to salute the Board of Trustees as well as some generous Temple University donors. Among those in attendance were LT. GOV. JIM CAWLEY, STATE SEN. MIKE STACK, REGISTER OF WILLS RON DONATUCCI, Federal JUDGE TED McKEE, former City MANAGING DIR. JIM WHITE, and Republican super-fundraiser MITCH MORGAN. O’Connor has been the Chairman of the Board for four years and has presided over Temple’s growth in size and national stature. O’Connor is also one of the managing partners of the famous law firm, Cozen O’Connor.
Speaking of unprecedented growth, Community College of Philadelphia also continues its upward swing. Its PRESIDENT STEVE CURTIS continues to improve and build more facilities. At one time, nearly 35,000 students were taking at least one course at the community college. LYNETTE BROWN-SOW, VP for marketing and government relations, is a key player in power circles. She has helped quarterback the growth of CCP. She was a long-time trusted confidante of HARDY WILLIAMS, and also serves on the Board of City Trusts.
MIKE McALLISTER, president of the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union and former head Jury Commissioner, was honored by the Glen Foerd Leadership Foundation. McAllister is another example of scrappy Northeast Philadelphia Democrats who, through hard work and focus, emerge as distinguished business and community leaders. Mike was accompanied by his beautiful wife MAUREEN McALLISTER. Also in attendance were COUNCILMEN BOBBY HENON and BILL GREEN, Polonia Bank PRESIDENT TONY SZUSZCZEWICZ, and former CONGRESSMAN BOB BORSKI and his wife, and Philly Parks power player, KAREN BORSKI. Notable board members attending the event were MIKE DRISCOLL, KATHY RADWANSKI and her husband TONY. Tony served for a number of years as COUNCILWOMAN ANNA VERNA’S spokesperson.