Category Archives: Philanthropy

Toys for Joys is on Friday

T4J, gay boston

9th Annual Toys for Joys is Friday, December 9th at The Revere Hotel

Get Your Tickets to T4J 2017 – Here

I wanted to give another shout out to one of my personal favorite Boston holiday traditions and encourage anyone who has yet to purchase tickets to this year’s Toys for Joys to plan on joining Sergio and me at this fun event that helps bring presents to under privileged youth in and around Boston.

Toys for Joys, T4J

Unlike most fundraisers you may have attended in the past the event is devoid of rubber chicken dinners, self righteous speeches and people chasing you to donate more money. This celebration now in its ninth year has grown tremendously but remains as festive and social as ever and the newly remodeled space at the Revere Hotel will make this year’s event even better.

The organizers of Toys for Joys (T4J for short) simply ask that in addition to buying your ticket to the event that you purchase 3 gifts: one for tots (3-months to 5 yrs), tweens (6-11 yrs) and teens (12-18yrs). Bring the unwrapped gifts to place under the T4J tree. If your last name begins with A-M you purchase toys for a girl and if your last name begins with N-Z purchase gifts for boys.

For those who do not want to go toy shopping to bring gifts to the event, the T4J organizers have added a new option this year for $250 that includes six gifts (3 for boys and 3 for girls) along with expedited admission. If that is more than your holiday budget will accommodate, no worries there are more affordable (tax deductible) options.

Get Your Tickets to T4J 2017 – Here

BAGLY: Out for Youth is Sept. 28th

gay youth Tickets are still available for BAGLY’s Out for Youth annual fundraiser, which helps raise money for BAGLY’s programs that serve GLBT youth and takes place here in Boston one week from today on Thursday, September 28th.

For those who may not be familiar with this wonderful organization, BAGLY works with LGBTQ youth across the state, sponsoring leadership development programs; health promotion & services; social support; fun, inclusive events; and the statewide GLBT Youth Group Network. For those of you who would like to work with GLBT youth, BAGLY is truly an amazing organization where your money and time will be wisely invested.

Tickets to this year’s program on Thursday, September 28th are $100 and the event will take place at the New England Aquarium. For more information click here: Out for Youth Registration Site.

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BAGLY has been helping GLBT Youth in Massachusetts since 1980

About BAGLY: We believe in creating safe space, BAGLY’s values of Respect, Diversity, Social Justice, and Youth Leadership, feeling safe, having fun, equal access to public accommodations, employment and credit for transgender and gender variant people, building a strong, youth-led, social justice community, conflict resolution, change, healthy relationships, being sex positive, sexual freedom, health education, being yourself, being fabulous, girls with curves, adult support, condoms, love, educational freedom, safer sex, harm reduction, peace, feeling like you matter, and personal growth.

Pine Street Inn presents: Summer Inn the City!

Summer Inn the CityThursday, July 13 | 6 pm-9 pm
John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse | Fan Pier, Boston
Advance Ticket: $70 | Door Ticket: $80

Tonight is the Pine Street Inn’s “Summer Inn the City” at the Moakley Courthouse in the Seaport. The event will happen rain or shine, and if the weather doesn’t cooperate, no worries – the event will move inside the Moakley U.S. Courthouse Atrium, overlooking the great harbor.

Admission to the event includes food and drink from Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar,  Gourmet Caterers as well as delicious cocktails made with Bumbu Rum and spirits from Bully Boy Distillery. For more details and the full menu visit the event website, www.pinestreetinn.org/innbassadors.

All funds raised go directly toward Pine Street Inn’s work supporting men and women rebuilding their lives.

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Community Servings: Life Savor is May 4, 2017

LifeSavor boston 2014Community Servings is hosting its 25th annual LifeSavor benefit on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 5:30pm at The Langham in Boston’s Post Office Square. This is one of the better cocktail parties and shouldn’t be missed by foodies who love dining out or for those who love and support Community Servings.

Proceeds raised at this event go to help Community Servings provide medically tailored meals to 1,600 individuals who are too sick to shop and cook for themselves and their families.  Last year’s LifeSavor gala raised $525,000, and over the past 24 years it has raised more than $9.3 million, with an average of 90 cents of every dollar raised going directly to feed Community Servings’ clients.

Community ServingsWHEN: Thursday, May 4, 2017, 5:30pm – 11:00pm
WHERE: Beginning at The Langham Boston in Post Office Square

Tickets to the event remain available and can be purchased here.

The Theater Offensive climACTS! Bounce is May 3

TTO, gay BostonOne week from today is The Theater Offensive annual fund raiser climACTS! This year’s party, climACTS! Bounce features an array of performances that celebrate the LGBTQ community.

Performer, Big Freedia, will emcee the event and perform the up-tempo New Orleans style hip hop music she has made famous. Also performing is the dance troupe Skydance Phillypromising a gravity-defying, sensual performance.

If you’ve never attended the TTO’s annual fundraiser, I’d highly recommend you check it out.  For more information or to get tickets link here.

Since 1989, The Theater Offensive has served its mission with groundbreaking interactive workshops and shows by, for, and about the LGBTQ community. Our work is called OUT In Your Neighborhood (OUT’hood) because we go beyond traditional theater spaces. OUT’hood reflects the diversity of Boston, gives voice to underserved LGBTQ community members, creates avenues for cross-cultural dialogue, and breaks down the barriers of homophobia, racism, bigotry and hate.

Broadway Bares “Strip U” is June 18, 2017

Broadway Bares, is an unrivaled evening of sexy striptease that is part burlesque and part razzle-dazzle with all proceeds going to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.  This year’s theme “Strip U” released some eye raising photos and videos for the 27th burlesque show of buff Broadway stars.

This year’s show will take place at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom June 18 and will be directed by Nick Kenkel, whose Broadway credits include “Catch Me If You Can,” “Evita” and “The Wedding Singer.

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Taste of the South End is Tuesday, March 21

Taste of the South End

Photo Credit: Marilyn Humphries ©

AIDS Action Taste of the South End
Tuesday, March 21, 2017  ||  Tickets start at $125.00
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. I also think this is one of the best organized events of its kind in Boston. The fact that proceeds go to the AIDS Action Committee is a bonus. For more information visit tasteofthesouthend.org.