Category Archives: Philanthropy

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
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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 servings.org.

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

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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 mensevent.org.

Taste of the South End

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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 tasteofthesouthend.org.

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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 wickedqueer.org.

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 dinnerparty.org.

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 vpi.org.

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, gbpflag.org.

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, pointfoundation.org/events/2018-boston/.

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 bgmc.org/encore-2018.

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, bostonspiritmagazine.com.

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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, mensevent.org.

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.

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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