Category Archives: Philanthropy

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.

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.

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.

Dinnerfest early bird ticket sale ends Tuesday

Victory Programs, BosGuyThe Victory Program’s Dinnerfest
Sunday, April 23, 2017  ||  Early Bird Tickets $50.00
Red Lantern, 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Dinnerfest which goes to support Victory Programs and Boston Living Center is delicious fundraiser to attend.  Early bird ticket pricing ($50.00) ends on Tuesday, February 28th.

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Your support helps Victory Programs and Boston Living Center serve 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.

Fenway Health Men’s Event is March 11

Fenway Health Men's EventIn two weeks Fenway Health will host one of the largest LGBT fundraisers in New England.  The Men’s Event, which takes place on Saturday, March 11th will draw more than 1,300 supporters to raise funds for one of the nation’s largest LGBT clinics and to bring our community together to celebrate our accomplishments. Unlike recent years, a chilling shift in political currents has taken place in the United States and after having a friend in the White House for the past eight years, the LGBT community finds itself facing a President who says he’s a friend but who’s actions indicate something very different.

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 2016 Men’s Event on Saturday, March 19. To learn more about the event or to purchase tickets visit, mensevent.org.

To give you a taste, here is a video of Fenway Men’s event from a few years ago. 

Spring 2017 Boston LGBTQ fundraisers & events

Fenway Men's EventBoston hosts many LGBTQ fundraisers and events each spring that are worth your attention and support. Considering the changes in American politics, friends and allies are needed now more than ever.

I’ve compiled a list of LGBTQ events that will take place this spring 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.

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Point Foundation reception is Thursday, March 2, 2017

Point Foundation 2017 Boston Cornerstone Society Reception
Thursday, March 2, 2017  ||  Tickets are $125.00
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 6:00 – 8:00 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/bostonCS17.

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Fenway Men’s Event is Saturday, March 11, 2017

Fenway Health Men’s Event
Saturday, March 11, 2017  ||  Tickets are $275.00
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.

Boston Gay Men's Chorus

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus Spring event is March 18 & 19

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus: Let’s Hear It For The Boys
Saturday & Sunday, March 18 & 19, 2017  ||  Tickets start at $25
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall 

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus presents Let’s Hear it for the Boys. Featuring music from The Beatles, NSYNC, Kool and the Gang, One Direction, David Bowie, George Michael, The Jackson 5, Village People, Queen, The Beach Boys, Coldplay, Great Big World, Bruno Mars, Journey and Pharrell Williams. For more information visit Let’s Hear It For The Boys.

 

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Taste of The South End is Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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.

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Boston’s Wicked Queer Film Festival runs from March 30 – April 9, 2017

Wicked Queer – Boston’s Annual LGBT Film Festival
March 30 – April 9, 2017  ||  Ticket prices vary
Multiple locations throughout Boston

The Boston LGBT Film Festival presents the past, exhibits the present, and develops the future by supporting and displaying LGBT media works that challenge, encourage, and educate through the medium of the moving image and the power of queer cinema. For more information visit wickedqueer.org.

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The Dinner Party is April 8, 2017

Fenway Health Dinner Party
Saturday, April 8, 2017  ||  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 womensdinnerparty.org.

Victory Programs, BosGuy

Dinnerfest is Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Victory Program’s Dinnerfest
Sunday, April 23, 2017  ||  Early Bird Tickets $50.00
Red Lantern, 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.

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Join Kathy Griffin on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Spirit Magazine LGBT Executive Networking Night
Wednesday, April 26, 2017  ||  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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Greater Boston PFLAG Pride & Passion is on Thursday, April 27, 2017

Greater 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.

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This year’s climACTS! event is Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Theater Offensive climACTS! Bounce
Wednesday, May 3, 2017  
Royale Nightclub, 7:00 – 11:00 PM

This party is easily the sexiest fundraiser you will ever attend. climACTS! is a unique party experience that explores and celebrates the rich diversity of queer lives through provocative themes and performances. For more information visit, thetheateroffensive.org.

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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.

Toys for Joys is next Friday, December 9th

T4J Boston, Toys for Joys Boston, Toys 4 Joys If you’ve yet to register to attend the 8th annual Toys for Joys Gift Gala, I wanted to remind you that the celebration is a week from this Friday on December 9th. This is a really wonderful event that brings together Boston’s LGBTQ community and our allies to collect gifts for underprivileged children in Boston and the Boston area. The fundraiser is devoid of speeches and rubber chicken meals and devoted instead to socializing with friends. 

Registration site for: Toys 4 Joys Gift Gala

Toys for Joys, T4J 2016

Toys for Joys registration is open

Toys for Joys, T4J 2016If you previously tried to register for the annual holiday fundraiser / party but were unable, you can go back to their website and register now. Sergio and I were able to successfully register earlier this week.

Registration site for: Toys 4 Joys Gift Gala

Gay for Good volunteer opportunities for Toys for Joys

G4G, T4JThe Boston Chapter of Gay for Good has several volunteering opportunities coming up in December. These group volunteering opportunities include several ways you can help with the Toys for Joys event in early December.

There is no money required and anyone willing to give their time and energy are welcome, but note that most opportunities have a limited number of slots and they fill quickly.

Monday, December 5, 6:00 – 8:00 PM in Back Bay
Toys for Joys Wagon Build at 351 Boylston Street

Tuesday, December 6, 6:00 – 8:00 PM in Back Bay
Toys for Joys Wagon Build at 351 Boylston Street

Friday, December 9, 12 Noon – 3:00 PM
Toys for Joys Set Up at Revere Hotel (200 Stuart Street)

Friday, December 9, 5:30 – 10:30 PM
Toys for Joys at Revere Hotel (200 Stuart Street)

Childe Hassam Park’s event, ARTISTRY, is Sunday

Childe Hassam Park, South End BostonChilde Hassam Park is located in Boston’s South End at the intersection of Chandler Street and Columbus Ave. The park has been designated as an outdoor space, showcasing the work of Boston’s visual and performing artists.

Later this weekend Friends of Childe Hassam Park will be hosting a fundraiser at The Urban Grape on Sunday, October 16th.

Childe Hassam Park, Sergio Mazon, Joshua Wilmoth

Sergio Mazon poses with artist, Joshua Wilmoth, at the “Play Me I’m Yours” piano that Wilmoth painted and was placed in the Childe Hassam Park (Sept-Oct 2016).