Each year Bill Gates writes his annual letter from the Gates Foundation and this year’s letter is entitled, How We Measure Impact to Improve Lives.
This world needs more men like Bill Gates. If I were to name a business leader who I admire above all others, I think Bill Gates would top that list. It is difficult to articulate all the good Bill and Melinda Gates have done and continue to do here in the United States and around the world through their foundation.
Looking for something fun to do tomorrow night? Opus Affair is hosting January’s monthly get together at the very cool West Bridge in Kendall Square.
When: Tuesday, Jan. 22nd at 6:00 PM
Where: West Bridge, 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge
Opus Affair is comprised primarily (but not exclusively) of young professionals and artists from the area who meet up each month to socialize. Keeping with the group’s interest in supporting the local arts community, there is also a charitable drinking game (a.k.a the Punch Bowl Fund) where you may contribute $5 (cash only). In exchange for your contribution, you receive a drink ticket 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 that night gets the money.
With the start of a new year, many make resolutions to “give-back” or to volunteer in the community so I wanted to nudge any of you who may have contemplated this but have yet to find the right opportunity by talking about Gay for Good (G4G).
G4G originally started in Los Angeles in 2008 and now there are chapters in Boston, Chicago, Orange County, Pittsburgh, San Diego and San Francisco. Check out one of these local chapters and get involved. You’ll not only help make your community a better place, but you’ll be able to meet like minded individuals in an organized social setting.
This past Saturday was the 4th annual Toys for Joys in Boston. Each year this event collects thousands of gifts that are in-turn passed along to local charities for their distribution to underprivileged children during the holiday season. I love the cause and enjoy the party each year. If you missed Saturday’s party, but want to contribute to this non-profit’s cause, you may make a donation on their website, here.
Thank you to all who posed for the photos from the 4th Annual Toys for Joys and thank you to Sergio for bringing along the camera.
Today, Boston hosted the 12th Annual Santa Speedo Run. Inspite of the threat of rain, hundreds came out to run through the Back Bay. Above is a photograph of the top fundraising team Straight As A Candy Cane. These guys raised nearly $20,000 for this year’s beneficiary, The Play Ball Foundation. Check back later for more photos from today’s run.
I’m still traveling, but I wanted to remind everyone that today is World AIDS Day.
The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is the largest AIDS Service Organization in New England and they are always looking for volunteers and donations. Interested? You may learn more about how to get involved or to make a donation by visiting here.
If you live in Boston, look to the Prudential this evening. The top of the building will be alight in red in honor of World AIDS Day. If you would like to learn more about World AIDS Day you may visit here.
Toys for Joys Boston is one of my favorite (and one of the most social) holiday parties held each December. Thanks to the organizers, sponsors and the community this party donates thousands of dollars of gifts for children, but to attend this party you must register. To tempt you into coming, I’ve included photographs from the 2011 Toys for Joys party in Boston, here.
Use the link below to register if you are planning to join. This party always sells out so share the registration link with your friends. Note that this year there is a $10 donation at the door in addition to the gifts.
More about Toys for Joys – a volunteer group made up mostly of members of the GLBT community who care about children and their basic desire to have something to make them smile for the holidays.
Sponsor Sergio for this year’s Santa Speedo Run
I am currently visiting Sergio’s family in hot and humid Brazil where speedos are common but the cold is a distant memory. While we are away, I wanted to give Sergio a plug since he is participating in the Santa Speedo Run next month and needs to do some fundraising.
A modest donation of $10 or $25 to help him raise money for this year’s charity, Play Ball Foundation, would be greatly appreciated by him.
Sergio’s Santa Speedo Run Donation Page
Mark your calendars! The organizers of one of my favorite parties in Boston have announced that this year’s Toys for Joys will be held Saturday night, December 15, 2012. They will be updating their Facebook and the Web Site soon with all the information on this year’s event and registration. Link here to see photos from the 2011 Toys for Joys party in Boston.
Stay tuned for more updates that I’ll publish here.
Toys for Joys, Inc. is a non-profit event/organization dedicated to providing toys and gifts for underprivileged children during the holiday season. This annual event, through donations from businesses, organizations and individuals, will collect toys and gifts with 100% of the donations given to local charities for distribution at their holiday events.
One month from today Boston will host the 13th annual Santa Speedo Run. This year the local beneficiary will be Play Ball Foundation.
Over the years, this hilarious and fun tradition has spread to other cities so check and see if a similar event will be taking place in your hometown.
The run starts at 1pm on Boylston Street near the Prudential Mall so arrive early to cheer runners who will be in speedos running to raise money for the Play Ball Foundation. Never been or won’t be able to attend? Here is a video from last year.
Registration to this year’s Santa Speedo Run opens tomorrow. Registration will likely close within just a few hours so make sure to visit the Santa Speedo Run website to get the details. This year’s run will take place on Saturday, December 8th.
ATTENTION ICE CREAM LOVAHS
The 4th annual Ice Cream Showdown will be held on the Rose Kennedy Greenway from 2-4PM today.
Some of the city’s most delicious ice cream shops will be on hand sampling their creamy treats to all who support the event. Money raised will go to benefit Community Servings and Lovin’ Spoonfuls; two local nonprofit organizations who help feed Boston’s less fortunate. This year’s one day ice cream celebration will feature newcomers FoMu, along with JP Licks, Giovanna Gelato e Sorbet, Picco, and Toscanini’s.
This past Saturday I was an invited guest of MassEquality to come and enjoy food and drink from 30 Cape Cod restaurants. The fact the event ran so smoothly and was so enjoyable is credit to the Host Committee.
The crowd delighted in the cooking competition, which pitched two chefs in a head-to-head showdown. Your’s truly was one of three judges who sampled the lobster plate that was created. The entire evening was great fun. I’d strongly suggest putting on your calendar for 2013.
Bachelor shown: Matt Micari is handsome and has a heart of gold
No plans tonight? Come down to Club Cafe for the Harbor to the Bay Bachelor Auction at 7:30pm. Proceeds from the auction benefit the Harbor to the Bay ride for AIDS. This bike ride from Boston to Provincetown gives 100% of its proceeds to The AIDS Action Committee, Fenway Health, Community Health Initiative, and AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod.
More about the Harbor to the Bay Ride here.
For the past couple of weeks I’ve been writing about The Taste of Provincetown, which takes place this Saturday from 6 PM to 9 PM at Provincetown Town Hall. Will you be in Ptown this weekend? If so, come and join me. The event begins with a VIP reception but is open to the public from 6 PM to 9 PM.
5 PM to 6 PM VIP Reception – Harbor Lounge
6 PM to 7 PM Music and Food & Wine Tastings
7 PM to 7:30 PM QuickFire Challenge with Chef Tiffani Faison
7:30 PM to 8 PM Speaking Program with Special Guests
8 PM to 9 PM More Music, Food and Wine Tastings
Money from this worthwhile event goes to support MassEquality, a group that works to ensure every lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender person in Massachusetts is protected from cradle to grave—with equal rights and opportunities in school, in marriage and family life, at work and in retirement.
Purchase Tickets Here