Category Archives: Philanthropy

dinnerfest 2014

Nearly 90 local restaurants participated in this year’s dinnerfest. The annual event, which was held this past Sunday to raise money for Victory Programs and the Boston Living Center (BLC), was a success. According to an email sent to attendees on Monday this year’s celebration (marking the 25th anniversary of the BLC) set a new fund raising record.

Congratulations to the hard working staff and volunteers who worked so diligently to make Sunday’s event such a great success.

Theater Offensive: climACTS! BOLD

The Theater OffensiveEarlier this month I wrote about The Theater Offensive’s fundraiser, climACTS! BOLD. The event now takes place in less than a month at the Wilbur Theater on May 19th, and I wanted to encourage supporters of this great organization to mark the date and consider attending.  This year’s special guest is musician and Broadway star, Billy Porter, currently playing the Kinky Boots role of Lola on Broadway.

Tickets to climACTS! BOLD
Monday, May 19 at the Wilbur Theater
6:00 PM VIP/Sponsor Reception 7:00 PM General Admission

Last year The Theater Offensive’s party theme “Unbound” featured gay rapper/singer, Cazwell, and drag sensation, Sherry Vine.  Check out all the fun from last year’s event.


victory programs boston living centerYet another amazing event for those who love Boston’s dining scene will take place on Sunday, April 27th when the Victory Programs hosts Dinnerfest 2014 at the Red Lantern from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Buy Your Dinnerfest Tickets Here

Unfamiliar with this Foodie event?  Dinnerfest raises money for the Victory Programs.  The event which is generously supported by many of Boston’s best restaurants (of course includes food and entertainment) but also allows you to bid on dinners at participating restaurants to enjoy with someone special or a group of friends. Never been before? Come down to The Red Lantern (the host restaurant for this year’s event) and enjoy some cocktails and conversation on Sunday, April 27th.

Fenway Men’s Event is April 26

Fenway Men's EventAre you going to the Fenway Men’s Event this year?

Sergio and I will miss the party as we will be just a few blocks away attending the wedding of a couple we’ve been friends with for more than a decade.

Despite our absence this year, I wanted to be sure to remind any of you who may be dragging your feet to buy your tickets to this annual fundraiser that helps Fenway Health.  I’ve included my video from the 2013 Men’s Event to give you an idea of what is in store.  More information can be found online here.

Community Servings: Mustachio Bashio 2014

Mustachio Bashio 2014 Community ServingsLast Tuesday, Community Servings raised more than $14,000 at their 5th annual Mustachio Bashio at the posh Lenox Hotel’s, City Table restaurant in Back Bay.  Sergio and I were lucky enough to attend, and I’ve posted photographs from all the fun.  Much thanks to everyone who graciously posed for a picture.

About Community Servings

Hats off to everyone who participated to help raise money for this worthwhile not-for-profit food and nutrition program that serves Massachusetts individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses.  Despite the fact that the Mustachio Bashio party is over, you can still donate to Community Servings by visiting their site hereCommunity Servings Fund RaiserMustachio Bashio 2014 Community ServingsMustachio Bashio 2014 Community Servings 2Mustachio Bashio 2014 Community ServingsMustachio Bashio 2014 Community Servings 3Mustachio Bashio 2014 Community ServingsMustachio Bashio 2014 Community Servings 4

Theater Offensive: climACTS! BOLD

The Theater OffensiveThe Theater Offensive’s big fundraiser, climACTS! BOLD, will take place at the Wilbur Theater on May 19th. This year’s special guest is musician and Broadway star, Billy Porter, currently playing the Kinky Boots role of Lola on Broadway.

Get your tickets to climACTS! BOLD HERE!
Monday, May 19 at the Wilbur Theater
6:00 PM VIP/Sponsor Reception 7:00 PM General Admission

Each spring The Theater Offensive hosts their annual “climACTS!” event.  Last year the party theme “Unbound” featured gay rapper/singer, Cazwell, and drag sensation, Sherry Vine.  Check out the video from last year’s event. The Theater Offensive’s mission is to present the diversity of the LGBT community through art to help break through personal isolation, challenges the status quo, and help build a more thriving community. If you cannot attend this year’s event but would like to support the organization make a donation here.


Mustachio Bashio in Back Bay tonight at 6pm

BosGuy MoustacheTonight at 6pm the Community Servings fundraiser, Mustachio Bashio, will take place at City Table in the Lenox Hotel (65 Exeter Street in the Back Bay).  If you don’t have any plans after work, stop by and check out this quirky fundraiser that celebrates the mustache and benefits a very worthy local charity.  Tickets are sold at the door for $50. More information can be found on their Facebook page, here.

The ‘Stache is Back fundraiser: April 1, 2014

Mustachio Bashio Community ServingsMustachio Bashio: celebrating the mustache, while raising money for Community Servings.

Have fun growing a mustache and support Community Servings’ food and nutrition program then join the party on April 1st at City Table to celebrate the mustache with growers, wanna-be-growers, and all those who support the ‘stache.  This rather funny fundraiser goes to a worthy local charity.

Tickets cost $50 and may be ordered ahead of time by phone (call Emily Chilton) (617) 522-7777  x235 or online at,

Victory Program’s Dinnerfest 2014

victory programs boston living centerFoodies take note!

Sunday, April 27th Victory Programs will host Dinnerfest 2014 at Red Lantern from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.  One week from today, their ‘early bird’ special pricing to this great event ends.  Get your tickets to Dinnerfest 2014 before Friday, February 28th and save $20.

Dinnerfest 2014 Tix (early bird special ends Friday, Feb. 28th)

ABOUT VICTORY PROGRAMS 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of Victory Programs’ Boston Living Center, New England’s largest community and resource center for people living with HIV/AIDS, and the original beneficiary of Dinnerfest.  Now that the BLC merged with Victory Programs, 2,600+ individuals and families throughout Greater Boston who face chronic health conditions such as HIV/AIDS, homelessness, substance use disorders and/or mental illness are served.

Cupid Underwear Run is next Saturday

Cupid's Underwear RunSaturday, February 15th / Race Time: 12:00 PM 

Starts at Who’s On First, 19 Yawkey Way, Fenway

Next weekend  the Cupid Undie Run will take place for the first time here in Boston. The 1-mile charitable run hosted in 28 cities raises money for The Children’s Tumor Foundation.

Organizers are hoping 1,000 Bostonians are crazy enough to run through the streets of Boston next Saturday.  Despite the brutal winter,  I think organizers will find no shortage of people only too eager to run around the city in their underwear no matter the temperature.

For more information about how to register and to learn more about Boston’s newest fundraising run, visit

MLK Day of Service with Boston’s Gay for Good

MLK Day G4GIn just a couple of weeks the Boston chapter of Gay4Good will be working with the Human Rights Campaign and BAGLY (Boston Alliance of Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Youth) to help package gifts on Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Monday, January 20, 2014 from 11am – 2pm.  The donated contents  need to be packaged so they may be distributed to local homeless LGBT youth.

WHEN: Monday, January 20, 2014 from 11am – 2pm

WHERE:  BAGLY at 14 Beacon St, Suite 301 in Boston

If you want to do more or if you cannot join but would like to help you may access a gift registry on  After you visit the Amazon wish list and are ready to check out choose the gift registry shipping address for John Affuso. 

MLK Day of Service Gift Registry Wish List

After volunteering, the group will grab a bite to eat.  For more information about the drive link here.

Toys for Joys tonight

T4JHave you registered to attend tonight’s fundraiser / party, Toys for Joys? I hope to see you there.  All the fun starts at 7:30 tonight.  More information about this great organization and party can be found on their website,


Toys for Joys is next Saturday

Toys for JoysHave 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

BosGuys holiday wish: boycott Salvation Army donation kettles

Salvation ArmyEven 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.

Did you get your pie?

community servingsHave 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.