Category Archives: AIDS Action Committee

Taste of the South End 2020

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AIDS Action Taste of the South End
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Boston Center for the Arts, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

The Taste of the South End is offering an early bird / holiday special, starting today and running through December 31st, selling VIP tickets for $150. Starting in January VIP tickets, which include the early entrance will cost $200 each.

Consider this your contribution to New England’s largest AIDS Service Organization on World AIDS Day

Sergio and I started attending this event nearly 20 years ago when I worked at AIDS Action and it is one of my favorite charity events to attend. For one night in March, AIDS Action brings together 40+ South End restaurants for a delicious evening of bite-sized servings, live cooking demonstrations, a great silent auction, as well as wine tastings and beer sampling.

Tickets for all levels are on sale now. For more information visit tasteofthesouthend.org.

Taste of the South End is Tuesday, Mar 19th

TOSE 19, AIDS Action CommitteeAIDS Action Taste of the South End
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 ||  Tickets start at $150.00
Boston Center for the Arts, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

This is easily the best tasting event of the season. Sergio and I started attending this event nearly 20 years ago when I worked at AIDS Action and it is one of my favorite charity events to attend.

For one night in March, AIDS Action brings together 40+ South End restaurants for a delicious evening of bite-sized servings, live cooking demonstrations, silent auction, as well as wine tastings and beer sampling. Admission includes unlimited sampling and complimentary fine wine, beer and more.

Tickets have been on sales since late last year so if you’ve yet to purchase your tickets don’t delay since the event generally sells out before the night of the event. For more information visit tasteofthesouthend.org.

Boston’s 33rd Annual AIDS Walk & Run is Sunday

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AIDS Walk & Run is Sunday, June 3rd on the Boston Common

On Sunday, June 3, thousands will come together to take action in the 33rd annual AIDS Walk & Run Boston, New England’s largest HIV/AIDS fundraising awareness event.

This year in particular, AIDS Action is asking you to take to the streets to continue raising money for the life-saving work the agency does as well as to support AAC and all members of the statewide Getting to Zero Coalition in their pledge to end HIV by 2020. The AIDS Walk is starting on The Boston Common and registration opens at 7:30 AM.

Click here for more information about the AIDS Walk & Run

Taste of the South End

Will you be at The Taste of the South End tonight? Sergio and I hope to see you there. This is one of my favorite events to attend each spring and all the money raised goes to The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.

For more information about the event visit, tasteofthesouthend.org.

Bayard Rustin breakfast, Saturday, April 7

bayard rustin breakfast, gay rights, aids action committeeOn Saturday, April 7th AIDS Action Committee (AAC) will host their 29th annual Bayard Rustin community breakfast at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Presidential Library. Tickets remain available and you can learn more about this community event by visiting AAC’s event page, Bayard Rustin Breakfast.

Bayard Rustin Breakfast: Saturday, April 7, 2018 9:30AM – 12:30PM

Yesterday, March 17th was Bayard Rustin’s birthday so I thought it appropriate to provide this annual community event a shout out.  You can learn more about this civil rights pioneer, social activist and later in life Gay rights activist here.

Taste of the South End is March 20th

Taste of the South End

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AIDS Action Taste of the South End
Tuesday, March 20, 2018  ||  Tickets start at $150.00
Boston Center for the Arts, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

This is easily the best tasting event of the season and one any foodie should not miss. Sergio and I have been attending this event for so long I can’t recall when we started going but it is truly one of my favorite charity events to attend.

A partial list of participating eateries includes Aquitaine bar á Vin Bistrot, Area Four, Banyan Bar + Refuge, Bar Mezzana, Barcelona South End, Blackbird Doughnuts, Boston Chops, Cinquecento Roman Trattoria, Five Horses South, Flour Bakery + Cafe, Formaggio Kitchen South End, Frenchie, Gaslight Brasserie, Haley House Bakery Cafe, Lion’s Tail, Masa, Metropolis Café, Meyers + Chang, MIDA, Petit Robert, The Elephant Walk South End, Stephi’s on Tremont, PICO, The Gallows and Mistral.

Tickets have been on sales since late last year so if you’ve yet to purchase your tickets don’t delay since the event generally sells out before the night of the event. For more information visit tasteofthesouthend.org.

Thank Larry Kessler at The HistoryMakers Awards at Club Cafe on Wednesday

Larry Kessler to be honored at The HistoryMakers Awards on Wednesday at Club Cafe

In 1995 – the same year that the combination treatment known as the “AIDS cocktail” became available to people with HIV/AIDS. The Action Committee  (AAC) produced a video highlighting the organization’s work, entitled A Community Responds. It depicts the first 15 very scary years of the epidemic and features Larry Kessler, then AIDS Action Committee’s executive director.

I had the pleasure of working for Larry Kessler, joining AIDS Action in 2002 just as he was stepping down as the founding executive director of AAC. Kessler’s work both directly and indirectly has saved tens of thousands of lives through his grass roots prevention and education efforts. He has also been the face of compassion for many left on their deathbed in the early days of the AIDS epidemic; forsaken by their friends and family and left to die alone – were it not for Larry Kessler. I’m sorry I won’t be able to make it to Club Cafe to see Kessler at the 2017 Heromakers Award Wednesday from 6-9PM.

Get your tickets!