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Recap: The Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation’s A Night In Paris To Benefit Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania

Jimmy and Johari Rollins of the Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation hosted their 2nd annual event, A Night in Paris at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on November 12, to benefit Prevent Child Abuse PA. Their mission: to create a unified, statewide approach to preventing child abuse in all its forms.

Johari & Jimmy Rollins 

Johari & Jimmy Rollins (Photo Credit: Al For)

The evening featured delicious French inspired dishes from Chef J.C. Nuñez paired with aperitifs and fine wines, two dazzling performances by Alec Mazo and Edyta Sliwinska of Dancing with the Stars” and an opportunity for all to dance well into the evening while a live band played today’s favorites. A silent auction with nearly 100 donated items included sports memorabilia, hotel stays, gift certificates to local shops and spas and more. The live auction, which drew all attendees’ attention and raised thousands for the cause, featured dinner with the Rollins and two Phillies teammates, a Seth Mushrush original painting signed by Jimmy Rollins, Ryan HowardChase UtleyRoy Halladay and Charlie Manuel, as well as a trip for two to see “Dancing with the Stars” live in California.

Mark F. Magazu, president and CEO of St. Francis Veterinary Center & MVP event sponsor with Mary Faris

Mark F. Magazu, president and CEO of St. Francis Veterinary Center & MVP event sponsor with Mary Faris (Photo Credit: Al For)

Crystal Campbell, Ryan Howard & Matt Jackson

Crystal Campbell, Ryan Howard & Matt Jackson (Photo Credit: Al For)

The Constitution Center was transformed into a stunning representation of old Paris. Over 300 guests filled the second floor and strolled along park benches, statues and lovely fountains as they mingled with Jimmy Rollins and other philanthropic teammates and celebrities including Ryan Howard, Vance Worley, David Montgomery, president and CEO of the Phillies, Ruben Amaro Jr., Phillies GM, Bernard Hopkins, boxer, Mike Jerrick, Fox 29’s Good Day Philly, and Kharisma McIlwaine, CW Philly. There were family style community tables all around inviting guests to grab a bite, sit and chat.

Antoine Johnson, Kharisma McIlwaine & Mike Jerrick

Antoine Johnson, Kharisma McIlwaine & Mike Jerrick (Photo Credit: Al For)

Alec Mazo & Edyta Sliwinska from ABC's Dancing With The Stars

Alec Mazo & Edyta Sliwinska from ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (Photo Credit: Al For)

The beautiful mild weather allowed the patio area to be open for light desserts, which were deliciously provided by Le Bec Fin’s Abigal Dahan and Jennifer Smith, accompanied by an espresso bar and cigar-smoking courtesy of La Aurora.

The Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation is all about helping children. The main goal of the foundation is to raise funds and awareness in the fight against arthritis and child abuse. Annual events, such as A Night in Paris and BaseBowl, are held to support these causes as well as J Roll’s Aces, which rewards children in disadvantaged areas for excelling in the classroom. You too can get informed, give support and get involved here.

Schoolly D, Amy K. & Jimmy Rollins

Schoolly D, Amy K. & Jimmy Rollins (Photo Credit: Al For)

Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania became a chartered chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America in November 2010.  The organization works in collaboration with local and statewide efforts to develop an approach to child abuse prevention that is locally based. It is their mission to create strong public awareness of child abuse, public participation in prevention and creating and maintaining public policy and advocacy to promote prevention. Child abuse is a major public health issue, together prevention is possible. Find out how you can help here.

The theme for next year’s event has already been chosen as Harlem nights and I am sure it, as A Night in Paris was, will be a can’t miss event.

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