DO THIS: ActionAIDS Fundraiser “Glamsino Royale” Comes to Hotel Palomar

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Full disclosure: last year when I attended Glamsino Royale, the casino benefit thrown by ActionAIDS, I had a little too much fun. Evidence is provided below …

Glamsino Buttler

But in all seriousness, the fundraising evening, which transforms the Hotel Palomar into a high-rolling very gay casino for one night, is one of the best events in the city. This party for a purpose benefits the great work that ActionAIDS does throughout the Philadelphia region: the organization is “committed to creating an AIDS-free generation through a combination of proven strategies,” including “case management, HIV testing, prevention education, supportive housing, HIV treatment as prevention and volunteer services.”

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PHILANTHROPY FRIDAY: Kevin Burns Talks ActionAIDS and the Opening of the West Annex Clinic

Every Friday we spotlight a local LGBT nonprofit in Philadelphia. This week, Kevin Burns tells us about ActionAIDS‘ first HIV primary care clinic, which opened earlier this month, and other ways the local nonprofit is making sure no one in Philadelphia has to face AIDS alone.

Ken Burns, executive director of ActionAIDS.

Kevin Burns, executive director of ActionAIDS.

Who are you? I’m Kevin Burns, executive director of ActionAIDS.

When was ActionAIDS founded? In 1986, at a time when governmental and philanthropic support for HIV/AIDS services was nearly non-existent. A group of 84 committed volunteers came together in Philadelphia and formed a community of care for their partners, family and friends with AIDS. ActionAIDS was the result, with a mission statement that read simply: “ActionAIDS believes that no one should face AIDS alone.”

What’s ActionAIDS’s shining moment, to date?: The opening of our West Annex Clinic earlier this month. After many months of planning, we’re excited to have launched our first HIV primary care clinic, in partnership with the Family Practice and Counseling Network. This clinical service will be coordinated closely with our medical case management services, also provided at the West Annex and focused on our clients at high-risk to be lost to care. Our medical case management services are highly effective in retaining clients in care, and the West Annex Clinic will increase our ability to do that. The initial effect of case management services is particularly dramatic: Average viral load drops 76 percent during the first six months.

One-sentence mission statement? ActionAIDS is committed to creating an AIDS-free generation through a combination of proven strategies, including medical case management, HIV testing, prevention education, supportive housing, HIV treatment as prevention, and volunteer services.

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GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to TOY This Saturday [CONTEST CLOSED]

TOYIf you’ve lived in Philly for a while, you know that TOY, Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF)’s annual holiday fundraiser for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and ActionAIDS, is not only one of the go-to events of the season but of the year. And the eighth annual gathering is happening this Saturday in Old City.

Over the past few years it was held after hours at the Reading Terminal Market, but this year organizers have decided to take the shindig east to Fire & Ice in Old City, where, DVLF’s Samantha Giusti tells me, the space will be transformed into a winter wonderland as guests mingle, nibble, sip and boogie to the sounds of DJ Carl Michaels.

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Philadelphia Restaurants Participating in Dining Out for Life 2014

ActionAIDS‘ 23rd annual Dining Out for Life (DOFL) takes place in Philadelphia on April 24th, with nearly 150 restaurants in the region taking part. If you’re new to the game, this is how it works: On that evening participating restaurants will donate 33 percent of every check to a variety of regional HIV/AIDS service organizations, including ActionAIDS, AIDS Delaware, and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania. I love DOFL, because it’s such an easy, fun, and delicious way to give to a worthy cause.

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7 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week:
B-Boy Blues, Glamsino Royale,
an NSFW Dance Party and More

b-boy blues

B-Boy Blues: The award-winning stage adaptation of James Earl Hardy’s novel B-Boy Blues gets its Philly debut at Painted Bride Art Center. The first-of-its-kind gay, hip-hop love story chronicles the lives of queer black men in New York City. The Philly Gay News does a nice writeup about it here. The event — a must-see one-night-only affair — is being produced with the help of Philadelphia Black Gay Pride. Tuesday, February 25, 7 p.m., Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street.

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Hotel Palomar Goes Vegas for ActionAIDS Charity

glamsino royale palomar

Attention high rollers: Forget Atlantic City or Las Vegas. For one night only, ActionAIDS, Pennsylvania’s largest AIDS service organization, is transforming Philadelphia’s Hotel Palomar into a glitzy casino — all for a good cause.

Philanthropic “gamblers” are invited to attend Glamsino Royale, an evening of food, games, and music, on Feb 27.  The 24th and 25th floors of Hotel Palomar will be transformed into a  casino paradise, where guests can try their hands at Black Jack, Craps, Roulette, or Texas Hold ‘Em.  If gambling isn’t your jam, no worries: There will be plenty of booze from the likes of Yards Brewing Company, J. Lohr Vineyards, and Philadelphia Distilling, along with light bites from the Palomar’s Square 1682.  There will also be plenty of raffles and prizes, including Kimpton Hotel vacations, up for grabs.

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