Category Archives: Philanthropy

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,

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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

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.



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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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,


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,

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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

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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).


Turn Up The Heat: 2017 Boston Firefighter calendar launch party

firemen calendarGet the first look at the 2017 Boston Firefighter Calendar and interact with the Boston Calendar guys at the “Turn Up the Heat” Calendar Launch Event at Royale on Thursday, November 17th. Tickets to this event are now on sale.

All ticket sales and proceeds of calendar purchases directly benefit the Boston Firefighters Burn Foundation. Supporting the foundation will help fund volunteer events with patients at the Shriner’s Children’s hospital and assistance to local families that fall victim to burn injuries.

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Purchase Your Tickets Today


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.