Category Archives: Philanthropy

Boston area LGBT 2016 fall fund raisers and events

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Toys for Joys annual fundraiser is Friday, Dec. 9th

Much like the spring, the fall is a season when many LGBT organization hold important fundraisers and events to raise awareness and funds to support the work they do in our community.

Below are some of the areas largest fundraisers so mark the dates in your calendar and get your tickets. If I’ve missed an event, please add the information in the comments section of this post.

Human Rights Campaign New EnglandStarting the fall gala season is the Human Rights Campaign New England Fiercely Forward gala dinner and auction at the Westin Waterfront in the Seaport on Saturday, October 8th. The event hashtag is #EqualityVote2016.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit

community-servings-pie-in-the-skyEach November since 1993, Boston’s best restaurants, bakeries, caterers, and hotels donate thousands of pies that more than 700 volunteers then sell to family, friends and colleagues. The money from each pie sold provides a week’s worth of nutritious home-delivered meals to a Community Servings’ client and a tasty Thanksgiving treat to the buyer.

Tuesday, October 18th is the official kick off party for Community Servings’ annual Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving bake sale at the W Boston Hotel. For more information and to RSVP link to the eventbrite web page, here.

glad-spirit-of-justice-awards-2016Friday, October 28th don’t miss GLAD’s Spirit of Justice Awards party at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, which brings together over 900 community members and allies to recognize and honor individuals whose achievements reflect a profound dedication to our ideal of a just society.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit their web page, here.

TTOWednesday, November 16th The Theater Offensive (TTO) hosts Beyond the Stage, Benefit for True Colors: Out Youth Theater. Beyond the Stage is your chance to learn more about TTO’s program, meet the remarkable youth of True Colors, and connect with others in your community. Discounted tickets remain available until October 16th.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit their web page, here.

Victory ProgramsThe Celebration of Life Dinner was born in 1987 when Peter Daniel Clark, one of the Boston Living Center’s (BLC) founding members, decided to bring people living with HIV/AIDS together with their families and friends around the holidays to celebrate another year of life. Clark died from AIDS-related complications in 1992, but his work lives on. The 2016 Celebration of Life theme is “Positive, Proud and Living Out Loud”.

Tuesday, November 22nd is when the Celebration of Life 2016 dinner will take place. For more information visit the event web page, here.

ProvincetownTis the Season for Giving is on Friday, December 2, 2016 and kicks off Provincetown’s Holly Folly Weekend 2016. The fun event features Provincetown’s amazing local talent.

For more information visit the event web page, here.

Boston Gay Men's Chorus, Jingle All The Way concertStarting Saturday, December 3rd and running through mid December, The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will host five concert performances to celebrate the holiday season at the beautiful Jordan Hall (note the December 3rd concert will take place in Provincetown for Holly Folly Weekend).

For more information and to purchase tickets visit the event web page, here.

T4J 2016, Toys for Joys BostonSaturday, December 9th Toys 4 Joys will return again for their 8th year to collect funds and toys for children in the Boston area. This year’s event will also be dedicated to the memory of John Michael Gray (perhaps best known as one half of the Hat Sisters). His presence will be missed at this year’s event.

For more information like their Facebook Page, here.

Gay for Good Boston

Gay for Good BostonFrom time to time I publish volunteering opportunities from the Boston Chapter of Gay for Good.  G4G, as I like to refer to them, may be the perfect option for you if you’re looking to meet people or would like to volunteer but cannot commit to a particular charity. Each month, Gay For Good Boston selects a different non-profit to donate time for a community service project and they arrange all the logistics. There is no money required and anyone willing to give their time and energy are welcome, but note that most opportunities fill quickly.

If this sounds like a group you would like to learn more about, I encourage you to link here to join the organization. You will receive regular notifications about upcoming volunteering opportunities.

Join Gay for Good Boston

To learn more, e-mail them at

Broadway to the Bay, Monday, Aug. 22 at Club Cafe

H2B, Harbor to the Bay, Club CafeHead over to Club Cafe on Monday evening for their Broadway to the Bay fundraiser. Join members of the 2016 Harbor to the Bay Ride at Club Café for a cabaret-style evening, filled with live performances of your favorite show tunes and musical hits to help support the fight to end HIV/AIDS. Tickets are $20.

For more information visit Club Cafe’s event page, Broadway to the Bay.

Santa Speedo Run registration opens

Boston Santa Speedo Run 2015 KS ivAlthough winter is thankfully still far off, last week the Playball! Foundation announced that this year’s Santa Speedo Run will take place on Saturday, December 10th and they opened registration for the 2016 run. You can save $25 if you register by Wednesday, August 10th.

Thinking about participating this year check out my video from a few years ago or you can check out photos from last year’s run in my post Boston Santa Speedo Run 2015.

To learn more about the Santa Speedo Run and register visit,

GLAD Summer Party in Provincetown

PtownGLAD’s annual summer party in Provincetown is in three weeks on Saturday, July 30th. Will you be in Ptown that weekend? Join GLAD for a fabulous party while mingling with other GLAD supporters.

GLAD Summer Party

About GLAD: The work of this Boston legal advocacy organization reverberates around the country – and the world. It successes in landmark cases have created new benchmarks for LGBT rights. You can learn more about their impressive list of accomplishments here.

Community Servings LifeSavor event May5th

Community ServingsCommunity Servings fundraiser, LifeSavor spring gala takes place early next month on Thursday, May 5th from 5:30 – 11:00 PM, starting at the Langham Hotel in Post Office Square. Join Sergio and me at their superb cocktail party before being whisked off to Greater Boston’s top restaurants to enjoy a multi-course dinner.

Proceeds from 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.

WHEN: Thursday, May 5, 2016, 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 is April 28th

TTO, The Theater Offensive

Thursday, April 28 at 6:00 pm

The Theater Offensive (TTO) annual FUNdraiser, climACTS! is less than two weeks away Thursday, April 28th at Icon Nightclub – 100 Warrenton St.

The party will be emceed by David Brown,  DJ Brent Covington will be on hand and Cuban-American performance artist Octavio Campos will be joined by an ensemble of sexy dancers and performers. Check out this video I put together from a climACTS! fundraiser from a couple years ago. You’ll understand why I say this isn’t your typical, stuffy fundraiser; it is actually quite a bit of fun.

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.