Category Archives: Philanthropy

Swim for Life: New route created after shark sightings in Provincetown harbor

Provincetown Swim for Life will be Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021

The 34th annual Provincetown Swim for Life is a 1.4 mile harbor crossing swim that raises money for charitable organizations like the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. Due to concerns about shark sightings, this year’s swim is modifying the route which in years past has started at Long Point.

The new (slightly shorter) route of 1.2 miles will begin at the Snail Road beach area and conclude at the East End Waterfront Park at 387-395A Commercial Street. Registration will continue to take place on the deck of the Boatslip at 161 Commercial Street and a trolley will take swimmers to the starting point in the East End.

Registration for this year’s swim is now open, and the minimum pledge to participate is $100. For more information about the 2021 Swim for Life visit the event website,

Fenway Health 50th Anniversary celebration

For fifty years Fenway Health has been serving the LGBTQ community in Boston. Starting in a basement in a building owned by the Christian Science Church, Fenway Health has grown to meet and serve our community through many health crisis including AIDS / HIV, Crystal Meth and Opiods, and more recently COVID-19.

To celebrate this milestone anniversary, Fenway Health is planning to host a virtual celebration next week, Wednesday, April 28th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The event is free an open to everyone but to attend you need a good Internet connection and to register on or before 12:00 pm on April 28th.

While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic prevents everyone from coming together in person this year, Fenway Health invites you to join them from the comfort of your home for an evening of celebration.

50 Years of Fenway Health

Celebrate 50 Years of Fenway Health!

April 28, 2021 at 6PM

While COVID-19 prevents Fenway Health from hosting The Men’s Event or Dinner Party this spring, supporters, patients, and staff on April 28th will gather virtually for a gala to celebrate 50 years of Fenway Health.

Listen in with us to the instructive words of Dr. Anthony S. Fauci M.D. who is uniquely poised to speak to our moment. And enjoy music and performances from Boston transplant Neo Gcabo, Mel Fine, and see another side of your providers with a performance by The FChords.

Check out Men’s Event celebratory photos of past attendees, hosts and special guests like Greg Louganis, Harvey Fierstein, Tony Kushner, Rev. Peter Gomes, Senator Edward Kennedy and many more: Men’s Health Memory Lane.

Register to attend FENWAY 50 (registration is free).

Provincetown Film Society’s Winter Auction


The 23rd Provincetown International Film Festival, hosted by the Provincetown Film Society, will take place June 16 – June 25, 2021. The winter auction which opens later this week uses the money raised to help support the cinemas and continue their year-round programming including the annual Women’s Media Summit, Film Financing Forum, Jamaica on Film Festival, and the LGBTQIA2+ Young Film-Maker Mentorships.

Provincetown Film Society Winter Auction January 29 – February 7, 2021

Click here to check out the items for this year’s online auction

About Provincetown Film Society (PFS): The Society is an advocate for gender, racial, and LGBTQIA+ representation in film, providing year-round programming and platforms that allow voices of all kinds to be heard. PFS’s work postively impacts the cultural and economic vitality of Provincetown, and its work helps shape industry discussions around parity in film.

Final push: Toys for Joys needs your help


Through “The Wunderfund of Massachusetts”, Toys for Joys is shipping $1,000+ worth of toys and gifts to each and everyone of the 29 DCF (Department of Children and Family) offices. To date the organiztion has funded 22 DCF offices.  THEY NEED TO RAISE $7,000 more to cover all 29 offices! 

Toys for Joys aims to send gifts to EVERY foster office in Massachusetts. But they need your help.

This year, Toys for Joys has already raised enough funds to sponsor the following organizations; representing thousands of children. 

Casa Iris/Multicultural AIDS Coalition (Jamaica Plain): 465 Gifts Purchased ($6,000)
IBA (South End): 367 Gifts Purchased ($5,000)
Eastern Service Worker’s Association (Dorchester, East Boston, Mattapan): 430 Gifts Purchased ($6,000+)
Urban Farming Institute (Mattapan, Dorchester): 191 Gifts Purchased ($2,500+)
Boston Housing Authority, Joseph Tierney Learning Center 313 Gifts Purchased ($6,000+)
Boston Public Health Commission Homeless Shelter 22 gifts purchased ($800)
St. Ann’s Home and School (Methuen): purchase pending ($2,200)

If you know of any individual or company who would like to sponsor a DCF office, please email, Donations can also be made through their website,, or by sending your donation to: Toys for Joys, Inc., PO Box 315, Belmont, MA 02478. 

Toys for Joys is a 501(c)3 organization, that is 100% volunteer run and all donations are 100% tax deductible.  Won’t you please join me in helping this worthwhile organization?

Toys for Joys needs your help

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The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the annual fundraising party that Toys for Joys hosts to raise money and collect gifts for underpriviledged children in our community. The cruel irony is this year there are more children living in poverty and in need of your kindness and charity.

Without having the benefit of a large party to bring people together, that makes this year’s challenge to collect enough donations to distribute gifts to children that much more difficult. As a long time supporter of T4J and someone who believes in their mission, I’m asking you to share this message and join me in making a donation to this worthwhile charity that was started and has been nurtured by our LGBTQ community.

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T4J20 Make A Donation Today

This year T4J is teaming up with The Wonderfund of Massachusetts, a private non-profit organization that works on behalf of children engaged with the MA Department of Children and Families. Donations to T4J will help fill most of the Wonderfund offices with toys and gifts for the children and families they serve. Your dontations will also go to support the following groups with toys and gifts this year:

  • Multicultural AIDS Coalition (Jamaica Plain)
  • IBA (South End)
  • Eastern Service Worker’s Association (Dorchester, East Boston, Mattapan)
  • Urban Farming Insitute (Mattapan)
  • United South End Settlements (South End)

Click the link above to learn more and to make a donation so the Toys for Joys charity can continue their good work, and please help spread the word.

Order your pie from Community Servings today

pie in the skyA local tradition and rather delicious fundraiser is Community Servings’ Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving bake sale, which is currently underway.

The 26th annual pie sale brings together more than 100 of Greater Boston’s most generous chefs, bakers, and caterers to bake and donate thousands of delicious pies that are sold by more than 500 volunteers each year. The proceeds generated from the sale of these delicious pies helps Community Servings fulfill their mission to make and deliver nutritious meals for the critically ill.

If you are traveling out of town this Thanksgiving or you don’t want the temptation of a delicious pie in your house, do what I do and buy a couple of pies and donate them back to Community Servings.

Online sales end Saturday, November 17th so place your order today!

Order a Thanksgiving Pie from Community Servings

Toys for Joys Gift Gala tickets are now on sale


10th Annual Toys for Joys is Friday, December 7th. Tickets are now on sale

Mark your calendars and get your tickets to the 10th Annual Toys for Joys Gift Gala on Friday, December 7th at the Revere Hotel. Tickets went on sale last week and this event will sell out.


On Friday, December 7th, TOYS 4 JOYS returns to The Revere Hotel’s – Liberty Hall to celebrate and collect thousands of donated toys. The evening’s event includes passed hors d’oeuvres, signature seasonal spirits, and dancing.

Everyone who purchases tickets are also asked to bring a minimum of 3 new and unwrapped toys to the gift gala; one for each age group – tots, tweens and teens.  If your last name begins with A – M you are asked to bring toys for a boy, but if your last name begins with N – Z you are asked to bring toys for a girl.

Gifts will be distributed to the Toys for Joys partner charities listed below.

  • Boston Housing Authority
  • Eastern Service Worker’s Association
  • IBA-Three Kings
  • Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Boston
  • Multicultural AIDS Coalition
  • Teddy Bear Foundation for Foster Children
  • United South End Settlements

Gay for Good teams up with Mass Bears and Cubs

gay bostonMass Bears and Cubs is Teaming with G4G Boston and Boston Area Gleaners to Harvest Surplus Farm Crops for Those in Need.

WHAT: G4G Boston + Boston Area Gleaners + Mass Bears and Cubs
WHEN: Saturday, September 22, 8 AM – 1:30 PM, weather permitting
WHERE: A local farm, approximately 1 hour from Waltham, MA

Have you ever been gleaning? Gleaning is harvesting high-quality fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste on local farms. The fresh produce is then distributed to families struggling to access nutritious food. Harvesting is unpredictable and depends on the weather and crop readiness.

Anyone who is interested is encouraged to sign up for this project now, so G4G can begin organizing carpools, etc. More details, such as the crops that will be gleaned and the specific location of the farm, will be available soon. Interested in learning more or volunteering?  Visit the G4G Event page.

Community Servings LifeSavor is Thursday

LifeSavor BostonCommunity Servings is hosting their annual LifeSavor benefit on Thursday, April 26, 2017 at 5:30pm at The Langham in Boston’s Post Office Square. This is one of the better cocktail parties and fund raisers of the spring and shouldn’t be missed by foodies who love dining out or for those who want to show their support for Community Servings. Tickets to the cocktail party remain available.

Join me Thursday, April 26 at LifeSavor’s Cocktail Party
5:30PM – 7:30PM at the Langham Boston
LifeSavor Cocktail Party Tickets

For those who may be unfamiliar with Community Servings, the proceeds raised at this event go to help provide medically tailored meals to individuals who are too sick to shop and cook for themselves and their families. Learn more about the great work that Community Servings does in our community at

dinnerfest RED Party is this Sunday

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2017 dinnerfest || Photo Credit: David Fox

Tickets remain for this highly social fundraiser which has changed venues this year and will take place on Sunday, April 22nd from 3-6PM at The City Winery located near the Haymarket / North Station T stations.

If you love dining out, the Dinnerfest silent auction will definitely be something you’ll want to check out. Every year their silent auction features some of Boston’s most acclaimed restaurants, bistros, pubs and breweries. This year’s honorary co-chairs are Attorney General Maura Healey and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

Come join Sergio and me on Sunday, April 22nd. Tickets remain available and all the money goes to help support the important work that the Boston Living Center and Victory Programs do for our community.

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2017 dinnerfest || Photo Credit: David Fox

I want my dinnerfest 2018 tickets

2018 LGBTQ spring fund raisers and events

In what has become somewhat of a tradition, each February (or in this case early March) I share a post about Boston’s many LGBTQ fundraisers and events each spring. Considering the changes in American politics, these worthy charities need their friends and allies more than ever.

I’ve compiled a list of LGBTQ events that will take place that you may want to consider attending or supporting. If I’ve overlooked an event / fundraiser, leave a comment in the post, and I’ll do my best to update this list.

25th Anniversary of the Fenway Health Men’s Event
Saturday, March 11, 2017  ||  Tickets are $275
Boston Marriott Copley Place, 6:00 PM – 1:00 AM

The Men’s Event will bring together more than 1,300 gay and bisexual men, transgender people and allies to this black tie event to help raise money to support Fenway Health. For more information visit

Taste of the South End

Photo Credit: Marilyn Humphries ©

AIDS Action Taste of the South End
Tuesday, March 20, 2018  ||  Tickets start at $150
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

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Wicked Queer – Boston’s Annual LGBT Film Festival
March 29 – April 8, 2018  ||  Ticket prices vary
Multiple locations throughout Boston

The Boston LGBT Film Festival (A.K.A. Wicked Queer Film Festival) opening night tickets are currently on sale for, “A Moment in the Reeds” at the MFA on March 29th. For more information visit

gay boston, Fenway HealthFenway Health Dinner Party
Saturday, April 21, 2018  ||  Tickets are $225.00
Boston Marriott Copley Place, 6:00 PM – 1:00 AM

The Dinner Party will bring together more than 1,000 lesbian and bisexual women, transgender people and allies to help raise money to support Fenway Health. For more information visit

BosGuy, Victory ProgramsThe Victory Program’s Dinnerfest
Sunday, April 22, 2017  ||  Tickets start at $75.00
City Winery, 3:00 – 6:00 PM

This is another delicious fundraiser to attend which has a large silent auction to tempt you into giving more to this worthwhile charity that is focused on helping individuals and families who are homeless and may have substance use disorders, often accompanied by chronic health issues like HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and mental illness. For more information visit

PFLAGGreater Boston PFLAG Pride & Passion
Thursday, April 27, 2017  ||  Tickets are $200.00
Boston Marriott Copley Place, 6:00 PM

Greater Boston PFLAG chapter helps to change attitudes and create an environment of understanding so that LGBTQ family members and friends can live in a world that is safe and inclusive. For more information visit,

conrerstone society receptionPoint Foundation 2018 Boston Cornerstone Society Reception
Thursday, May 3, 2018  ||  Boston Tea Party Museum, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Join Point Foundation on Thursday, March 2nd for their annual fundraiser. The organization empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential. They do this through scholarships, mentoring, leadership and community service training. For more information visit,

Boston Gay Men's ChorusBoston Gay Men’s Chorus: Encore 18 Annual Gala
Saturday, May 5, 2018  ||  Tickets start at $125
Omni Parker House, starts at 6:30 PM

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is hosting their annual spring gala, Encore 18 in one of Boston’s most historic venues, The Omni Parker House. In addition to helping this 35 year old organization, there will be great entertainment including Jujubee (Hostess), IZOHNNY and Jet Adore. For more information visit

Boston Spirit MagazineSpirit Magazine LGBT Executive Networking Night
Wednesday, May  ||  Admission is $15.00
Boston Marriott Copley Place, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Boston Spirit Magazine’s annual LGBT Executive Networking Night is always a great evening to connect with friends and meet professionals in Boston. This year Kathy Griffin will be stopping by so be sure to register before the event fills. For more information visit,

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If the cost of these events prohibit you from attending consider volunteering  as a way to contribute. All of these events rely on the help of volunteers.

Fenway Men’s Event is Saturday, March 10

Fenway Health Men's Event

Fenway Health Men’s Event is Saturday, March 10, 2018

Saturday, March 10th Fenway Health will celebrate 25 years of The Men’s Event and 1,300 gay and bisexual men, transgender people and our allies will attend this important fundraiser at the Boston Marriott Copley.  This year’s Congressman Studds Award Winner is the popular, former Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick. 

A chilling shift in political currents has taken place in the United States since Patrick was our governor and the LGBTQ community has gone from having a friend in the White House to a President who’s policies and actions specifically target the LGBTQ community. It is important for our community to come together and support each other which is one reason Sergio and I will be attending this year’s program. Tickets remain available for the 2018 Men’s Event on Saturday, March 10. To learn more about the event or to purchase tickets visit,

Much thanks to UB2 Inc for posting such a lovely video of last year’s celebration. I’ve included their YT clip below for everyone to enjoy.

Toys for Joys is on Friday

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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.

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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.

Flashback Friday

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.