Crowds pack historic Sedgwick theater for annual ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?’ event

It was elbow-to-elbow inside the Sedgwick Theater on Saturday night as hundreds came out for Mt. Airy USA’s 10th annual “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” fundraiser. Guests dressed in their best flapper-era finery to take part in the night’s Roaring 20s theme — a tribute to the theater’s art deco history.

This year’s special guests included luminaries from the city’s creative class, including Bill Siemering, president of Developing Radio Partners and a founder of National Public Radio (NPR); fashion designer and Project Runway contestant, Kristin Haskins Simms; restauranteur Aimee Olexy of Talula’s Table and Talula’s Garden and the event’s live auction host, Pig Iron Theatre Company founder, Dito van Reigersberg.

Attendees dined on bites from neighborhood eateries Earth, Bread & Brewery, Avenida Restaurant, Malelani Cafe, Jyoti Indian Bistro and Little Jimmie’s Bakery Cafe. Pianist Rich Rudin, of Maplewood Music Studio, entertained during the silent auction.

Philadelphia’s School of Rock band kicked off the event presentations with their versions of jazz standards.

Former MAUSA Board President, Michael Cohen was recognized for his contributions to the organization as he formally passed on the position to new Board President, Howard Treatman.

A special tribute was given to the event’s co-chairs, Mary and Bill Hangley, for their years of community service. The long-time residents have been active in the neighborhood since 1972.

Shelly Yanoff, former executive director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth, was honored with the 2014 MAUSA Lifetime Achievement award.

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