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Philadelphia, PA (August 22, 2019) -- More than 6,000 guests have descended upon Le Dîner en Blanc - Philadelphia at the iconic Boathouse Row tonight. This is the eighth edition in the City of
Brotherly Love and the largest Dîner en Blanc gathering in the country this year.  Guests have the opportunity to explore one of the city's most iconic landmarks while mingling among fellow Philadelphians dining. 

The iconic landscape of Boathouse Row on the east bank of the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park is known not only throughout all of Philadelphia, but nationwide and globally.

Home to twelve rowing clubs from which four of the city's universities also compete, "Boathouse Row" is maintained by the individual clubs who together are members of the Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia.  

Paul Horvat, who currently leads the Schuylkill Navy as Commodore, offered, "We're so excited to welcome the thousands of Diner En Blanc members and their guests to Boathouse Row.  We hope that many might be inspired during the night to return to check out rowing themselves or help us spread the word throughout the city of the great opportunities that exist for our city's youth students, adaptive athletes, and citizens of every age."

The Schuylkill Navy's newest member - Philadelphia City Rowing (PCR) - serves as the team for the Philadelphia School District and rows from the most downriver location.  Free to every student in the city's public and charter schools, PCR's year-long programs- like the many "Learn to Row" programs offered for both adults and youth by various clubs  - provide an avenue to get on the water and in a boat even for those who might not be from a collegiate rowing program.  

Bonnie Mueller,  who serves as Vice Commodore, added, "As rowers, one thing we understand intuitively is the idea that what you can accomplish together is far greater than that which you can do alone or even as individual parts.  So, Diner En Blanc makes sense to us. Just as we feel daily on the river, there's something magical and truly special about coming together as a "crew." Together, especially when everyone blends in unison and becomes a seamless "one," the experience is transformational."

“The number eight plays a significant role in competitive rowing.  The “rowing eight” is the largest of the boats and takes eight rowers, working in unison, to succeed,” said Le Dîner en Blanc - Philadelphia co-host Natanya DiBona. “So, it was fitting to pick Boathouse Row for our eighth location, particularly because the event relies on the hard work of everyone- planning team members, volunteers and all 6,000 participants to make Diner en Blanc Philadelphia a success.”

Attendees are dining, dancing, and delighting in this year’s variety of entertainment. There will be roaming performers to start the night - Originaire, Melissa Dunphy, Etta's Baby Boy - Project Philly and Justin The Magician- followed by the Dewdrop Society Band, DJ Mar, Great on Skates, and DJ Sean Smoove. Also look for The Event Poet, Rev Michael Alan Portraits,  Dandy Wellington & Gin Minsky and, event favorite, Mad Beatz. Artists Dora Cuenca, Weston Welch and Andy Greenleere will be painting oars in the space which will be auctioned after the event to benefit Broad Street Ministry. This is the second year Le Diner en Blanc Philadelphia is auctioning work to support BSM.

The “Most Elegant Table” judges include Jeff Guarcaino, President of Visit Philly, Alicia Vitarelli, 6abc news personality, and Christina Henck, owner of Henck Designs The “Most Elegant Women” judges are Syrmarie Villalobos, Telemundo62 Primera Edición Anchor, Mary Dougherty, Owner Nicole Miller Philadelphia, and Influencer Davida Janae of Vida Fashionista.  The “Most Elegant Men” judges are Miguel Martinez-Valle, NBC10 and Telemundo 62 news personality, Mike and Alex, Philadelphia lifestyle bloggers and Sabir Peele, stylist and founder of Men’s Style Pro.

Le Dîner en Blanc – Philadelphia gratefully acknowledges Chateau Ste Michelle and Sofitel as official national partners of the 2019 US series of Le Dîner en Blanc.

For all the info on Le Dîner en Blanc – Philadelphia visit philadelphia.dinerenblanc.com, Facebook: DinerEnBlanc.Philadelphia, Instagram: dinerenblancphl  and Twitter: DEBphl.  #debphl19 #dinerenblanc  

About The Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia
The Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia is the governing organization for Boathouse Row and the rowing community in Philadelphia. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest amateur sporting association in the country and is chartered by its member clubs to secure collective action and promote amateurism on the Schuylkill. Along with its priorities to improve river infrastructure and stewardship, promote safety and inclusion, and develop athletes and next generation talent, it annually hosts the Schuylkill Navy Series presented by Toyota.  The series includes the world's largest scholastic rowing competition The Stotesbury Cup Regatta and four of the nation's oldest events dating back to the mid-19th century.

 More about Boathouse Row
Home to twelve rowing clubs from which four of the city's universities also compete, "Boathouse Row" is maintained by the individual clubs who together are members of the Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia.  Founded in 1858 to promote amateurism on the river and secure collective action among and for the clubs, the Schuylkill Navy today partners with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, the Philadelphia Water Department, and the Fairmount Park Conservancy not only to improve the river's infrastructure but also to promote strategic initiatives like stewardship and access and inclusion. 

About Le Dîner en Blanc - Philadelphia
Le Dîner en Blanc - Philadelphia debuted in the City of Brotherly Love on Thursday, August 23, 2012. Co-hosts Natanya DiBona and Kayli Moran worked with a six-person volunteer planning team from April to August to make the first event happen. 30 Table Leaders and on-site volunteers led 1,300 guests to the surprise location, Swann Fountain at Logan Circle. Seven events later, the event has grown to over 5,500 attendees, and will again be the largest event in the US this year. Over 150 volunteers were necessary to bring participants to the 2018 location, City Hall and Paine Plaza. Guests traveled by a variety of methods including by foot, subway and chartered buses to enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing that included close to 100 performers.  Year after year, the volunteer team is passionate about the experience they create for their guests and they look forward to delivering another great event in the summer of 2019.

 About Le Dîner en Blanc  
In June 2018, Le Diner en Blanc de Paris marked its 30th anniversary. A record 17,000 guests from Paris and around the world gathered at the Esplanade des Invalides to celebrate this historic moment.  Launched in Paris in 1988 by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc has become a worldwide epicurean phenomenon. What was a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international sensation celebrated on six continents. While the technology behind the event may have changed over the years, the principles fuelling this fantastic event have not: guests continue to gather at a secret location for the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends in one of their city’s most beautiful public spaces. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in over 80 cities in 30 countries around the world. Each event is headed by passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city, giving this rendezvous a local flair. For more info, photos and videos of Dîner en Blanc events from around the world, visit dinerenblanc.com.