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A native of the Philadelphia area, family and friends would describe Malikah Upchurch as eclectic. Her experiences in school and the workplace have enabled her to familiarize herself with and befriend people from all walks of life. Those familiar with her appreciate her positive energetic demeanor and those she meet quickly grow to love it. She enjoys writing about all topics from business to education and beyond. As a soccer mom, wife, and educator, she knows how busy life can be on a daily basis. Understanding that many readers may only have a brief moment to enjoy a story, she writes in a concise yet enjoyable way. Philadelphia is an exciting place to live, visit, and work. Eager to keep readers in the know about charitable happenings around Philadelphia, she seeks out and shares her discoveries with readers. She frequents events and festivals in Center City, Bucks and Montgomery counties, so if and when you see her be sure to share a friendly wave.

Recap: Preakness At The Piazza In Philadelphia

Fox 29's Mike Jerrick and Chandra Deal. (Photo Credit: Malikah Upchurch)

Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick and Chandra Deal. (Photo Credit: Malikah Upchurch)

The very first Young Professionals Preakness at the Piazza took place on Saturday evening, in the Piazza at Schmidt’s, in Northern Liberties. The rain didn’t stop volunteers and supporters from going to mingle with friends, while watching the hundred thirty-eighth Preakness Stakes on the Piazza’s big screen. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society of the Greater Delaware Valley.

Supporters of MS autographed banners. (Photo Credit: Malikah Upchurch)

Supporters of MS autographed banners. (Photo Credit: Malikah Upchurch)

While DJ Royale provided a nice mixture of music that catered to all preferences, guests danced, and dined on Gunners Run Cheddar Bay biscuits, chicken, and crab cakes, followed by desserts like chocolate cake and chocolate chip brownies.

The open bar included wine and signature drinks like the Smarty Jones, which was a mixture of Vodka, St. Germain, Lemon Juice, Soda, and Strawberry Puree. During dancing breaks, guests went under the tents to bid on items including stays at Hotel Monaco, Nicole Miller Girls Night Out Packages, and jewelry from various retailers including Steven Singer Jewelers, during the silent auction.

Guests doing The Wave. (Photo Credit: Malikah Upchurch)

Ladies doing The Wave. (Photo Credit: Malikah Upchurch)

The Multiple Sclerosis Society strives to “create a world free of MS,” and events like Preakness at the Piazza raise funds to help the foundation work toward that goal. Along with Saturday’s festivities, the MS society continuously seeks volunteers for various reasons, and hosts other awareness and fund-raising events in the region. See the society’s website here for information about how to become more involved with their efforts.

Kris Gross, Geoff Gross, co-founder of Preakness at the Piazza, Evelyn Bock, John Nevergole, Hoagy Bock and Andrew Bock (Photo Credit: HughE Dillon)

Kris Gross, Geoff Gross, co-founder of Preakness at the Piazza, Evelyn Bock, John Nevergole, Hoagy Bock and Andrew Bock (Photo Credit: HughE Dillon)

Kevin Sierra, Chris Lydon, Linda Arceo, and Javier Arceo (Photo credit: HughE Dillon)

Kevin Sierra, Chris Lydon, Linda Arceo, and Javier Arceo (Photo credit: HughE Dillon)

Cass Hallacker, Lauren Mantilla, and Randyl Case (Photo Credit: Hugh E. Dillon)

Cass Hallacker, Lauren Mantilla, and Randyl Case (Photo Credit: HughE  Dillon)

Diana Escobar in her stylish hat. (Photo Credit: Malikah Upchurch)

Diana Escobar in her stylish hat. (Photo Credit: Malikah Upchurch)

 

 

 

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