This past April The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts announced big changes to the annaul AIDS Walk & Run. They announced the annual fundraiser would take place in the fall and the route would change drastically. After years of walking through affluent downtown neighborhoods and neighboring Brookline, the 5K walk and run route will now move to Southie with people meeting at Carson Beach on September 26, 2021.
For those who would like to learn more about the annual fundraiser which goes to help fund prevention and education services at AAC, please click the link below. If you won’t be running or walking this year, consider making a donation or sponsoring someone who will be walking this year.
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.
Earlier this week Fenway Health announced a date and location change for the 2021 AIDS Walk & 5K Run. The event, which is traditionally occurs in June and kicks off Boston Pride Week will move to September 26, 2021 in South Boston at DCR’s Carson Beach.
The new walk route has not been shared but the change in location along Southie’s Boston Harbor will no doubt make for a memorable walk at a beautiful time of year. Organizers are looking for volunteers and have also opened the registration site.
For more information about this year’s event click on the button below.
AIDS Action Committee announced via email earlier today that their annual fundraiser and awareness building event, The AIDS Walk & Run has been postponed – although no rescheduling date was shared. Initially scheduled for Sunday, June 7, 2020, concerns about public health related to the coronavirus were cited as the reason for the cancellation.
Even though The Walk has been postponed, AIDS Action is asking you to join them on Tuesday, May 5 for #GivingTuesdayNow and asks supporters to virtually continue their AIDS Walk fundraising efforts. Anyone who makes a donation on Tuesday, May 5th will have their transaction fees waived.
This is my favorite food tasting event in Boston. Sergio and I started attending “The Taste” nearly 20 years ago when I was working at AIDS Action and it continues to be one of my favorite charity events to attend and support.
For one night in March, AIDS Action brings together 40+ South End restaurants for a delicious evening of bite-sized servings, live cooking demonstrations, silent auction, as well as wine tastings and beer sampling. Tickets have been on sales since late last year so if you’ve yet to purchase your tickets don’t delay since the event generally sells out before the night of the event.
AIDS Action Taste of the South End Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Boston Center for the Arts, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
The Taste of the South End is offering an early bird / holiday special, starting today and running through December 31st, selling VIP tickets for $150. Starting in January VIP tickets, which include the early entrance will cost $200 each.
Consider this your contribution to New England’s largest AIDS Service Organization on World AIDS Day
Sergio and I started attending this event nearly 20 years ago when I worked at AIDS Action and it is one of my favorite charity events to attend. For one night in March, AIDS Action brings together 40+ South End restaurants for a delicious evening of bite-sized servings, live cooking demonstrations, a great silent auction, as well as wine tastings and beer sampling.
Celebration to benefit Fenway Health AIDS Action Committee
Mark your calendars, because next Saturday, September 28th the new Encore Boston Harbor resort will host it’s first tea dance, with proceeds raised going to benefit Fenway Health AIDS Action Committee.
What: Tea Dance to benefit AAC When: Saturday, September 28 from 3PM to Sunset Where: Encore Boston Casino More Info & RSVP:encorebostonharbor.com/hightea
Encore’s first ever ‘hightea’ outdoor tea dance party will run from 3 p.m. until sunset and will be hosted by Yuhua Hamasaki of RuPaul’s Drag Race, with celebrity DJs Dania Sea of Showtime’s The L Word and L’Duke spinning a unique mix of tunes. A portion of the proceeds from each ‘CommuniTea’ signature cocktail sold will benefit Fenway Health AIDS Action Committee.
AIDS Action Taste of the South End Tuesday, March 19, 2019 || Tickets start at $150.00 Boston Center for the Arts, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
This is easily the best tasting event of the season. Sergio and I started attending this event nearly 20 years ago when I worked at AIDS Action and it is one of my favorite charity events to attend.
For one night in March, AIDS Action brings together 40+ South End restaurants for a delicious evening of bite-sized servings, live cooking demonstrations, silent auction, as well as wine tastings and beer sampling. Admission includes unlimited sampling and complimentary fine wine, beer and more.
Tickets have been on sales since late last year so if you’ve yet to purchase your tickets don’t delay since the event generally sells out before the night of the event. For more information visit tasteofthesouthend.org.
Despite amazing advances there remains no cure for AIDS and new infections continue to be reported. In honor of World AIDS Day, make a commitment to know your status if you’ve not been tested recently and encourage your friends to do the same. If you’re interested in learning more about Truvada (a.k.a. PrEP) visit Fenway Health’s What is PrEP? website.
AIDS Service Organizations (ASO) around the country and the world, still need your support. Here in Boston, our largest ASO is The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. Visit their website, make a donation or volunteer.
AIDS Walk & Run is Sunday, June 3rd on the Boston Common
On Sunday, June 3, thousands will come together to take action in the 33rd annual AIDS Walk & Run Boston, New England’s largest HIV/AIDS fundraising awareness event.
This year in particular, AIDS Action is asking you to take to the streets to continue raising money for the life-saving work the agency does as well as to support AAC and all members of the statewide Getting to Zero Coalition in their pledge to end HIV by 2020. The AIDS Walk is starting on The Boston Common and registration opens at 7:30 AM.
Will you be at The Taste of the South End tonight? Sergio and I hope to see you there. This is one of my favorite events to attend each spring and all the money raised goes to The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.
On Saturday, April 7th AIDS Action Committee (AAC) will host their 29th annual Bayard Rustin community breakfast at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Presidential Library. Tickets remain available and you can learn more about this community event by visiting AAC’s event page, Bayard Rustin Breakfast.
Yesterday, March 17th was Bayard Rustin’s birthday so I thought it appropriate to provide this annual community event a shout out. You can learn more about this civil rights pioneer, social activist and later in life Gay rights activist here.
Larry Kessler to be honored at The HistoryMakers Awards on Wednesday at Club Cafe
In 1995 – the same year that the combination treatment known as the “AIDS cocktail” became available to people with HIV/AIDS. The Action Committee (AAC) produced a video highlighting the organization’s work, entitled A Community Responds. It depicts the first 15 very scary years of the epidemic and features Larry Kessler, then AIDS Action Committee’s executive director.
I had the pleasure of working for Larry Kessler, joining AIDS Action in 2002 just as he was stepping down as the founding executive director of AAC. Kessler’s work both directly and indirectly has saved tens of thousands of lives through his grass roots prevention and education efforts. He has also been the face of compassion for many left on their deathbed in the early days of the AIDS epidemic; forsaken by their friends and family and left to die alone – were it not for Larry Kessler. I’m sorry I won’t be able to make it to Club Cafe to see Kessler at the 2017 Heromakers Award Wednesday from 6-9PM.
Heads up everyone! Sunday, June 4th is AIDS Action’s annual AIDS Walk & Run. Every year since 1986, our community has gathered on the first Sunday in June for this grassroots event to raise money and awareness. This event plays a crucial part in enabling AIDS Action to fulfill their mission and help maintain the health of individuals living with the disease, while working to prevent the spread of the epidemic. AIDS Action’s work is all the more important when you consider the lack of interest / support in Washington, D.C.
AIDS Walk & Run
Sunday, June 4 || 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM
DCR Hatch Shell along the Esplanade
By raising funds and awareness in Boston you help make a difference in the lives of those living with and at risk of HIV/AIDS. Can’t attend this year’s Walk / Run? Consider making a donation here, aac.org.
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.