Ye Olde Philadelphia Club hosted one of the first black tie galas of 2015 at the Springfield Country Club in Delaware County recently. This is one of the club’s signature events that blend elegant entertaining with good old fashioned fun.

I was delighted to be the guest of Ye Olde Club President Michael LeVere and his lovely wife Hortense. Other guests joining the LeVeres were Irv and Carlotta Randolph and Frank LeVere, Wanda Poole and Gus Lacy.

Other officers of the club are Byron Golson, Eugene Golson, Stephen Brangman and William Burke Jr. Board members include Derick Edwards, Ken Jarrett, Don Waterford Jr., Robert Gorgas, Robert Chapman and David Donaldson.

Ye Olde Philadelphia Club honors distinguished Philadelphians each year. This year’s honorees were Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey and Ye Olde Philadelphia Club officer, Eugene Golson. Ramsey was honored for his outstanding service to our city and Golson was honored for his outstanding service to the club.

Ramsey graciously accepted a beautifully engraved plaque and acknowledged the support of his wife, Dr. Sylvia Ramsey, following introductory remarks by president LeVere. LeVere sighted many of Commissioner Ramsey’s achievements since being sworn into office at the beginning of Mayor Michael Nutter’s term in January 2008. Most notably, violent crime has decreased by nearly 20 percent in some of our city’s most dangerous precincts and the homicide rate has dropped 37 percent during his tenure.

After coming out of retirement to accept this challenging position and achieving so much to make Philadelphia safer; Commissioner Ramsey announced that he and his wife will continue to reside in the City of Brotherly Love following his retirement.

Eugene Golson, who has served as club president, board member and secretary was completely surprised by the announcement of his recognition and also received a beautifully engraved plaque. He remarked, “I appreciate the recognition bestowed upon me by Ye Olde Philadelphia Club. It has been an enjoyable and meaningful experience to serve the club in the various positions through the years. I especially enjoy being the host for my guests at all of our events through the club year. I look forward to continuing to serve in any capacity. Long live Ye Olde Philadelphia Club!”

Golson and his wife, Marie, were joined by Clay and Denise Armbrister, Kenneth and Francine Boone, Eric and Tina Coombs, Dr. Reginald Royster and his wife Monique Braxton, Bobby and Judy Tillman and Jessica Golson who traveled from Boston to visit her father and family for the holidays.

Vice president Byron Golson and his wife Stephanie were joined by Donna and Vincent Ross, Dr. Sam Wyche and his wife, Dr. Leslie Brown Wyche, Gillian Golson and Tomas de’Medici.

Others “Out & About,” having a terrific time included Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, state Rep. Curtis Thomas, Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer, former Philadelphia Commissioner Harold Hairston and his wife Ann, Judge Craig Ward, Deputy City Mayor and club member Everette Gillison and his wife Elaine, Sylvia and Raymond Webster, Jewel Mann- Lassiter and Bob Kersey, Paula McCauley and Lawrence Jack, Drs. Sam and Leslie Wyche, Rick and Gloria Hawkins, Charles Nix and Orien Reid- Nix and newlyweds Jerome Mond and Leslie Cousins Mond.

Just some of the Ye Olde Club Philadelphia members spotted on the dance floor enjoying the music by Sandstorm and the evening were Dr. Charles and Nicole Harris, Gail Hawkins Bush and Charles Bush, Everette Jones and Gloria Toxey Jones, Bill and April Rawlings, Louis DeVaughn and Elaine Evans DeVaughn, Robert and Rose Chapman.

I am sending a very special shout out to Rob and Barbara Gorgas. Rob, a former club president has graciously provided beautiful photographs of this and numerous events. Thank you!

Robert Chapman, entertainment chair, and Stephan Bragman, entertainment co-chair are congratulated for their roles in making this another terrific event, as are all members of Ye Olde Philadelphia Club.

Have a fantastic week “Out & About,” everyone!

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