Have you registered to attend this year’s Toys for Joys? What you waiting for? Although the venue has changed and there is a small registration fee, it is still the same party but just better because they organizers have changed the venue to accommodate a larger crowd so more friends can join you.
Time: Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 12:00 AM
Location: 1 Black Falcon Ave. Boston
Even though I’m currently traveling in Brazil, I know that shopping malls and retail stores all over the US are a buzz with hordes of shoppers. Today marks the first day of the holiday shopping season and just outside your mall and retail stores is the Salvation Army – a seemingly kind organization that asks for your spare change to help with their charity work.
My annual reminder / request to boycott Salvation Army
I like to remind people that The Salvation Army is an Evangelical Christian group that is rabidly homophobic. I would ask you to consider boycotting their holiday donation kettles.
There is no shortage of very worthy charities more deserving of your spare change. If you feel the same as I do, you may even consider speaking to the mall / store manager to ask if they wouldn’t mind granting the space to a more accepting group.
Have you bought your pie yet? You can help those in need when you purchase a Community Servings pie for $25. Proceeds go to help feed the critically ill. So this year, if you are visiting a friend or family for Thanksgiving, offer to bring dessert and buy a pie (or two).
Buy a Pie for Thanksgiving Here
Not familiar with the great work that Community Servings does for the sick and hungry in Massachusetts? Watch this video.
Have you heard about Cupid’s Underwear Run? It is a 1-mile charitable run hosted in 28 cities – including Boston for the first time – to raise money for The Children’s Tumor Foundation.
Saturday, February 15th / Race Time: 12:00 PM
Hosted in the heart of winter, organizers are hoping 1,000 Bostonians are crazy enough to run through the streets of Boston in February. I think organizers will find there is no shortage of people only too eager to run around the city in their underwear no matter the temperature.
Registration for Cupid’s Underwear Run is $30, but if you’re not much of a fund raiser, no worries because this need be your only expense. However, if you fund raise more than $250, you will receive a VIP pass to a post-run party w/ open bar. There are additional goodies provided to those who fund raise even more. Sound like fun but don’t live in Boston? Visit www.cupidsundierun.com to see if your city is hosting a Cupid’s Underwear Run.
Earlier this month the organizers behind the annual holiday fundraiser, Toys for Joys, announced that the event would be held on Saturday, December 14th in a new, larger location in Southie. This past Friday Toys for Joys registration opened. A modest registration fee of $30 has been added this year. I hope to see you there.
Time: Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 12:00 AM
Location: 1 Black Falcon Ave. Boston (formerly Black Falcon Cruise Terminal)
Thanks to the generosity of my firm, I’m able to attend ARTcetera 2013 tonight in Boston. The funds from this event go to support The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. The event includes approximately 200 objects of art that may be bid upon in both silent and live auctions. It is an absolute blast, attracting an eclectic mix of art enthusiasts, artists, and supporters of the AIDS Action Committee. I’ve included a quick video from the last event that was held in 2011 to give you an idea of what one may expect from tonight’s program.
This year’s Santa Speedo Run in Boston will be on Saturday, December 14, 2013. Runners will congregate at Lir Tavern and at Whiskey’s Bar on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay.
Check out: ssrunners.org
Registration for this fun event is on a first come, first serve basis and it will fill very quickly so don’t delay.
Here is a recap of all the fun at the 2012 event.
The spring and fall are when the majority of large scale formal fundraisers take place throughout the US and Boston is no exception. The following are some of the largest and most fun GLBT fundraisers in Boston. Feel free to share in the comments section below any charitable events I may have missed that you would like to share.
Love Art. Fight AIDS
ARTcetera may be my all-time favorite GLBT fundraiser in Boston. This event draws art lovers and enthusiasts as well as many artists who donate their work for auction to raise money for the AIDS Action Committee of MA. The event is hosted every other year but it went dark for a couple of years while AIDS Action rethought the event and in 2011 ARTcetera was relaunched. More details here: ARTcetera 2013 – Saturday, October 5th
This event raises money for GLAD; not to be confused with GLAAD. The Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders have been fighting for and advancing GLBT civil liberties since it was founded in the late 1970s. This year’s recipient of GLAD’s Spirit of Justice award will be Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall. The sitting Chief Justice who presided over the landmark Goodridge decision that was the first to rule (10 years ago) same sex marriage was legal and must be recognized. More details here: GLAD Spirit of Justice – Friday, October 25th
One of the GLBT’s largest fundraisers in Boston each year is the HRC dinner gala, this year hosted on Saturday, November 9th. At the moment, the website for this event is still a bit bare so if you have questions about the program, I’d encourage you to email firstname.lastname@example.org. More details here: HRC New England Dinner – Saturday, November 9th
No plans tomorrow night? Head over to Club Cafe for the Bingo fundraiser for the Harbor to the Bay Ride from 7:30 – 11:30 PM. There is a suggested donation of $10, but I’m sure Trampolina would be happy to accept a few Jacksons on behalf of the local charity.
I’ll be in Provincetown and unable to attend, but if you don’t already have plans, check out this fun event on Thursday. Be sure to call or email the phone and address provided above to let them know you are coming.
The GLAD Summer Party will take place this Saturday from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum. Tickets this year are $75 online or $85 on site. You may purchase tickets online here.
About GLAD: Since 1978, GLAD has achieved scores of legal victories to end discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression. It was GLAD that successfully argued the Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health that made Massachusetts the first state in the US to recognize same sex marriages back in 2003.
MassEquality summer fundraiser, The Taste of Provincetown, is Saturday, July 20th. The event is always a great time and filled with a lot of great food options. If you are in town, consider attending, you may purchase tickets here.
The Taste of Provincetown will start at 6 p.m. at Provincetown Town Hall on Saturday, July 20. Event and raffle tickets are available now at www.massequality.org/PTown.
Next Saturday, June 29th the Boston chapter of Gay for Good will be volunteering at the Franklin Park Zoo.
Saturday, June 29th – 9AM to 12PM – Franklin Park Zoo
This popular outdoor volunteering event, is a great way to spend part of your Saturday and meet some great people. Want to learn more about Boston’s chapter of Gay for Good or would you like to register to help out at the volunteering project? Link here.
Boston’s favorite bad boys are hosting a charity auction to raise funds for The Theater Offensive tonight. Come to Club Cafe between 7-9PM to check out this very special Pride singles auction.
Tickets at the door cost $10 but knowing Cole & Hunter will have an open microphone guarantees you’ll get your money’s worth as these guys auction off ten handsome singles.
Theater Offensive Singles Auction 7-9PM at Club Cafe $10 at the door