Category Archives: Philanthropy

#FeelingNuts

Testicular Cancer AwarenessIt was inevitable I suppose, but looking to capitalize on the social media success of this summer’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, U.K. based Check One Two has created the “Crotch Grab Challenge” to raise awareness about testicular cancer and to encourage men to regularly examine themselves.

Recently Hugh Jackman decided to lend a hand (so to speak) to support the cause and tweeted out the above photo signalling his acceptance of the challenge. He then nominated Niel Patrick Harris, Michael Strahan and Ricky Gervais.

Pay it forward with G4G Boston this Saturday

G4G BostonGay for Good Boston will help Urbanity Dance, a Boston-based contemporary dance company, move into their new studio space in the South End on Saturday, September 27th at 10:00 AM

Interested? More details here.

Harbor to the Bay this weekend

Harbor to the Bay, Boston, ProvincetownNow in its twelfth year, Harbor to the Bay (H2B), a 120+ mile bike ride initiated to help raise awareness and funding for several local HIV/AIDS organizations, has raised nearly $3.5 million.

This year’s ride is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 20th. The ride starts at the corner of Boylston and Clarendon Street and concludes at the Boat Slip in Provincetown later that day.

I’d like to tip my hat to the organizers, volunteers and of course the many riders who train and fund raise for this event.  AIDS/HIV is no longer in vogue and the fund raising, prevention and education work is still as important as ever. Thank you  to everyone who helps make this ride a possibility.  If you’d like to learn more or possibly donate, visit their website, www.harbortothebay.org.

 

ALS ice bucket challenge surpasses $41 million

Perhaps you are tired of watching people dump buckets of ice cold water over their heads in an attempt to raise awareness / money for ALS.  However, this video from Kermit the Frog may go down as my favorite video of all.

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I’d like to commend Pete Frates, a patient advocate in the ALS community who lives in the area and is widely credited for starting the campaign.  The viral nature of this challenge has been a god send for the ALS community.  My only regret is my former colleague and friend who passed from ALS last year didn’t live to see this outpouring of support. I know this would have meant the world to her. It certainly has made me emotional (both of the laughing and teary eyed variety) watching this social media challenge go viral.

Earlier this week the NYT reported that as of August 21 – the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised $41 million.  The foundation received less than $20 million in 2013 but thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge, ALS reports they have nearly 740,000 new donors (and counting) and doubled their donations in just one month.  If that isn’t the feel good story of the summer I don’t know what is.

 

Gay For Good Boston: Charles River clean up

Gay for GoodNext Saturday (August 23rd) Boston’s chapter of Gay for Good will be helping the Charles River Watershed clean up the Charles River.

Details about the meet up location will be shared prior to the event for interested volunteers who RSVP.  Following the clean up G4G Boston will be hosting a picnic from Noon to 1:00 PM.

G4G Charles River clean up on Saturday, August 23

Volunteers are encouraged to bring sunblock and water; no open toe shoes or sandals.  To RSVP or if you need a ride, please link here.

Note: For those looking for a ride contact Bobby Morris. His email is included on the RSVP page (link shared above).

Brew at the Zoo Saturday, Aug 16

Franklin Park ZooThis year marks the Franklin Zoo’s fifth annual beer-tasting event featuring stations hosted by local breweries and restaurants.

This is the first year the entire Zoo will be open for the event, allowing you the opportunity to sip delicious brews while visiting the zoo.  Although I’ve never been, it seems like a great event for animal lovers. This year’s Brew at the Zoo is this Saturday, August 16th from 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM.  Tickets purchased in advance are $50 or $60 at the door.  For more details and to purchase tickets for Brew at the Zoo visit the event website here.

#IceBucketChallenge on Copley Square Lawn at 1PM

IceBucketChallenge Julian EdelmanPerhaps you’ve seen a number of your friends in the Boston area pouring buckets of freezing ice water on their heads to help raise awareness and money for ALS.

Boston.com has arranged to host a large #IceBucketChallenge for all who want to participate today at 1PM on the Copley Square lawn. Here’s what you need to know.

Where: Copley Square lawn
When: Thursday, Aug. 7, 1 p.m.

Help spread the word. More details here.