On Saturday, I attended the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s (DVLF) annual holiday charity event, TOY. Taking place along the corridors and alleys of a closed Reading Terminal Market, over 400 showed up to eat, drink and be merry. Or should I say “Mary.” A big chunk of the crowd were LGBTers, who came out in their yuletide finest to support the cause, which, according to DVLF’s Ron Lucente, raised 350 toys that will be distributed to children between the ages of 2 and 17 at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
In our Fall Guide we called it the party of the season, and finally TOY is upon us. The annual see-and-be-seen holiday event hosted by Delaware Valley Legacy Fund kicks off Saturday, and, being that it’s a charity event for kids, it’s just the ticket you need to get that warm holiday feeling that only comes from giving. (And maybe a little egg nog, but I digress …)
Taking place at Philly’s iconic Reading Terminal Market, TOY guests are asked to bring one unwrapped toy that will later be distributed to young people between the ages of 2 and 17 at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The party starts once the gifts have been donated, and goes well into the night if you’re in the right mood: Your wristband will grant you access to both Woody’s and Voyeur. We’re sending our very own Alexander Kacala to check it out, so stay tuned to G Philly for a recap and photos. Sat., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., dvlf.org.
On Saturday, more than 600 leaders and members of the Philadelphia LGBT community gathered at the Crystal Tea Room for The Attic Youth Center (AYC) 20th Anniversary Gala. Organizers did an extraordinary job putting together a sold-out night that included moving performances by AYC youth, an award ceremony, live auction, dinner and dancing. Here are some of the biggest highlights:
Here is a class that will finally get you into the gym on Friday evenings! For four Fridays throughout the month of November, the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance and go2max Fitness will be joining forces to host Fit to Feed circuit-training classes. All of the proceeds from the donation-based classes will go to MANNA, which prepares and delivers nourishing meals to Philadelphia-area residents battling life-threatening illnesses. The classes will be held at 12th Street Gym, but no gym membership is required.
Spending a week night out on the town can be difficult to justify. I mean, what’s more important than watching Scandal and eating take-out Indian food, anyway? Well, l’ve got the perfect compromise for you! The Metta Movement party hosted by Lululemon Athletica Walnut Street and the Philadelphia non-profit GreenTreks gives you a short and sweet night out without sacrificing a cozy night in.
Conservative critics of government social welfare programs argue that private charity, which Americans engage in on a vast scale, can help those in need better and more effectively.
But that charity does little to address or reduce social inequality, for it turns out that it’s largely a form of self-help.
Are you an expert when it comes to sun salutations but only lace up your sneakers to run errands? Or maybe you’ve finished every 5K in the past five years, but you can’t quite touch your toes during post-workout stretches? If you can relate, then Dan’s Down Dog and Dash is the perfect event for you.
In April, I wrote a story about a father in Oregon, Joe Bell, 48, who set out on a cross-country trek to memorialize his teen son Jadin who had committed suicide after being bullied at school for being gay. The walk would take him 5,000 miles, from his home state all the way to the Delaware coastline. Along the way he stopped to lead lectures for his organization, Walk for Change, a group that stressed the importance of anti-bullying efforts in schools and communities. Unfortunately, he only made it as far as Colorado, where tragedy struck him there this week.
I never imagined I’d be writing a post to update an earlier post about, of all things, pink beer, but here we are, folks. Yards is the latest local brewer to get in on the pink-beer-for-a-cause game with its just-released raspberry tart ale called PYNK.
Like the Saison de Rose from Bucks County’s Free Will Brewing Co., a dollar from the sale of each case of pink Yards beer will go to support breast cancer research. Funds from the Yards beer will go to the Tyanna Foundation, while Free Will’s goes to Penn Medicine’s Rena Rowen Breast Cancer Center.