The 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.
Philanthropic 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, www.bostonbitesback.org.
BAGLY – 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.
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.
Tomorrow, Opus Affair will host their free monthly gathering in Fort Point Channel at Tavern Road – a relatively new space that opened earlier this year in the space formerly occupied by Blue Wave.
When: Tuesday, Apr. 23rd at 6:00 PM
Where: Tavern Road at 343 Congress Street
RSVP: C’mon it’s fun and it’s free – click here
is comprised primarily (but not exclusively) of young professionals and artists who meet up each month to socialize. Each social also has a charitable drinking game (a.k.a the Punch Bowl Fund) where you may contribute $5 (cash only) for a drink ticket that is good for a glass of punch and a ballot to vote for one of the three featured arts groups. The organization with the most votes at the end of the night gets the money.
This month the Punch Bowl fund will be featuring:
From dinners for 10 to intimate wine pairings for two, the Dinnerfest Party + Auction offers over 100 silent auction items to Boston’s best restaurants. Tickets purchased before Sunday are $60 and $70 at the door.
All proceeds raised from Dinnerfest go to help support Victory Programs.
Purchase tickets to Dinnerfest here
Some of the photos we snapped at the March fundraiser for the Theater Offensive’s climACTS! Unbound are in the current issue of Bay Windows, that dropped last Thursday.
There are more photos from that night in a quick video I pulled together that you may watch below if you like. Thanks to everyone who was gracious enough to pose and to Sergio for doing such a great job snapping pictures for the blog.
In just over a month Boston’s popular bacon and beer festival will take place (Saturday May 4th) at the House of Blues in Fenway. Proceeds will go to support the hunger relief organizations Lovin’ Spoonfuls and Community Servings.
The 2012 Boston Bacon and Beer Festival was a week-long event that included a harbor cruise and an art show. Get more details about this year’s event by joining their mailing here.
Earlier this week several hundred supporters of the Theater Offensive in Boston showed up to celebrate their annual fund raiser, climACTS! at Rumor Boston. The party included entertainers, Sherry Vine, Cazwell, and Marga Gomez as well as a brief auction. Theater Offensive is reporting that the 2013 event raised more than $100,000 to support the expansion of their youth theater program True Colors: Out Youth Theater!
You can learn more about The Theater Offensive and the work they do in Boston’s performing arts community by visiting www.thetheateroffensive.org.
The Theater Offensive’s annual fundraiser ClimACTS! Unbound is later this week on Wednesday, March 20th. This year’s fundraiser includes an incredible line up including, drag performer, Sherry Vine, as emcee and performances by New England native, Cazwell and comedienne Marga Gomez.
Purchase Your Tickets Here
More about the Theater Offensive: The Theater Offensive’s mission is to form and present the diverse realities of queer lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation and political orthodoxy to help build an honest, progressive community.
The Fenway Health Clinic hosted their annual Men’s Event this weekend in Boston. The event, which raised more than a half million dollars, draws more than 1,300 gay men and their allies. This year Marc Solomon was recognized with the Congressman Gerry E. Studds award.
Marc is currently the national campaign director for Freedom to Marry but is best known here in Massachusetts for serving as executive director for Mass Equality.
The sold out evening was a success for The Fenway Health Clinic, which will now focus on the upcoming Women’s Dinner Party next month. If you missed this year’s Men’s Event but would like to make a donation, link here.
As usual, I’ve created a video based on the photos taken by Sergio. Apologies in advance but it seems YouTube won’t allow this to be viewed on phones
Later tonight I’ll be dusting off my tuxedo as Sergio and I make ready to attend the annual fund raiser for Fenway Health Clinic – The Men’s Event. The Fenway as most refer to it here in Boston is one of the largest most comprehensive clinics focused on GLBT health issues in the country.
I’ve often jokingly referred to this annual event as the “gay prom” but it does serve an important purpose to help The Fenway raise unrestricted dollars to help fund research and programs that are important to our community here in Boston and beyond. I’ve included a video from last year’s party to share a bit of what is in store tonight.
Black tie season is about to go into full swing because most charities use Spring and Fall as opportunities to host galas and other fund raising events. So break out your tuxedo if you have one or in my case, I’ll dust off my Filene’s Basement purchase and try to eek out yet another season.
In a little more than two weeks, on Saturday, March 9th, Fenway Health will host it’s annual fundraiser, The Men’s Event. This black tie event gathers more than 1,300 gay, transgender and bisexual men and their friends and supporters for a night of dinner and dancing.
This year’s award recipient will be Marc Solomon who is perhaps best known for his work as executive director of MassEquality. While there he led the campaign to defeat two constitutional amendments in the first freedom to marry state in the nation (Massachusetts), beating back attacks by the Catholic Church, President George W. Bush, Gov. Mitt Romney, and the right-wing anti-gay industry.
Will you be attending this or the Women’s Event later this year? You may purchase tickets to this year’s event here.
Victory Programs (A.K.A. The Living Center) is holding their annual Dinnerfest fundraiser later this month on Sunday, February 24th from 3-6PM at The Brahmin Restaurant in Boston in the South End. Proceeds will go to help their clients, many of whom are HIV+.
This fundraiser has been going on in Boston for years and helps this organization provide critical services to our community. With more than 100 packages from Boston’s best restaurants it provides you with an opportunity to feel good about donating to a worthy charity and getting a chance to bid on dining packages from some of the best restaurants in Boston.
Mark the date in your calendar, and buy your tickets to the event here.