Category Archives: Philanthropy

ARTcetera WOW

Last night The AIDS Action Committee hosted ARTcetera 2013 to a sold out crowd only eager to mingle and bid on art.  This year’s ARTcetera eliminated the live auction from year’s past, but nobody seemed bothered as they continued to peruse and bid on the items in the silent auction.

This is one of the better run charitable events I attend. If you missed this year’s ARTcetera, you’ll have to mark your calendars for the next auction in October 2015.   Much thanks to Sergio for his help photographing the event.AIDS Action CommitteeAIDS Action CommitteeAIDS Action CommitteeAIDS Action CommitteeAIDS Action CommitteeAIDS Action CommitteeAIDS Action CommitteeAIDS Action CommitteeAIDS Action CommitteeAIDS Action CommtteeAIDS Action Committee

ARTcetera 2013

AIDS Action CommitteeThanks 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.

2013 Santa Speedo Run registration opens tomorrow

Boston Santa Speedo RunThis 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.

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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. 

2013 GLBT Fall fundraisers

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.

AIDS Action CommitteeLove 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

GLADThis 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

HRC Dinner BannerOne 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   More details here:  HRC New England Dinner – Saturday, November 9th

Harbor to the Bingo at Club Cafe on Monday

Harbor To The Bay BingoNo 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.

Theater Offensive honors Craig Bailey

Theater OffensiveI’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.

GLAD summer party this Saturday

ProvincetownThe 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.

Taste of Provincetown, July 20th

taste-of-ptownMassEquality 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

Boston Gay for Good at Franklin Park Zoo

Gay for Good BostonNext 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.

Theater Offensive Singles Auction with The Maverick Men

The Theater OffensiveBoston’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


The Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl


Tomorrow The Jimmy Fund will host their annual two-day fundraiser, The Scooper Bowl.  Tuesday, June 4 through Thursday, June 6 The Scooper Bowl will set up in Boston’s City Hall Plaza from 12pm – 8pm serving up nearly 40 different flavors of ice cream from 9 different ice cream companies.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids and you may purchase your tickets online here.

2013 AIDS Walk and Run Boston

AIDS Walk and RunThe first Sunday each June is the AIDS Walk & 5K Run Boston. While I wish there was no longer a need for this fundraiser the sad truth is there remains no cure and infections continue to spread among all age groups and sexual orientation.  No longer a “gay disease” it still resonates with the LGBT community and so I wanted to encourage you to create a fund raiser page and plan to walk in this year’s AIDS Walk & Run Boston on Sunday, June 2nd.  You may register and sign up to walk or run by linking here.

AIDS Walk & Run Boston – Sunday, June 2nd

If you cannot join AIDS Action on Sunday, June 2nd, my friend and fellow blogger, Julian would greatly appreciate a donation (any amount is welcome).

Support Julian by making a donation today here

Julian has a very modest goal of raising $500. If you are not or cannot participate in the walk this year, won’t you help him shatter his goal?  I think together we can help him raise far more.  Proceeds go to support New England’s largest AIDS Service Organization, AIDS Action.

Boston Bites Back – May 15th

Boston Bites BackPhilanthropic foodies have come together with Boston Bites Back – a fundraiser spearhead by chefs Ken Oringer and Ming Tsai as well as The Boston Red Sox, Gov. Patrick, Mayor Menino and ARAMARK.  This fundraiser to benefit The One Fund aims to raise $1 million through the help of 100 of Boston’s top chefs and you the support of foodies like you.

 Wednesday, May 15th from 6:00 – 10:00 PM at Fenway Park

Only 5,000 general access tickets will be sold at $200 each. There will also be 200 VIP tickets at $1,000 each, allowing additional access to an intimate and exclusive gathering in Fenway’s EMC Club. If you are interested and want to learn more about this event visit,

BAGLY Out for Youth – Saturday, May 4th

BAGLY Out for YouthBAGLY – Boston’s Alliance of GLBT Youth is hosting Out for Youth on Saturday, May 4th at the Museum of Science in Boston to celebrate the work of BAGLY, the achievements of the GLBT youth leaders in our communities, and to present the 2013 Queer Activist College Honorary Degrees.

Not familiar with BAGLY? BAGLY is a youth-led, adult-supported social support organization committed to social justice, and creating, sustaining and advocating  for programs, policies and services the the GLBT youth community here in Boston.  Perhaps best known for hosting the country’s first Gay Prom back in 1981 – BAGLY has been a mainstay in Boston since its inception.

You may support BAGLY through donations or by attending tomorrow’s Out for Youth.  More information here.

The One Fund

The One Fund

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings a fund was created called The One Fund.  Money raised by this fund will go to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.

Boston has a long (and fairly well deserved reputation) for being a cold city; tough to meet people especially if you are not from the area.  I’ve often countered this painfully truthful observation that friendships once made here are rock solid and for many last a lifetime.  Reactions from the community have helped validate how meaningful personal relationships are here in Boston. I don’t want to dwell on the tragedies from this year’s marathon, but I do want to say thank you to all who have donated money or time to help those afflicted.