It seems like just yesterday when we were milling and mingling at the Mazzoni Center’s last Elixr Gala, but believe it or not the 2014 edition is right on our heels.
Apparently, there’s something about spring that makes the city feel extra philanthropic. Throughout the month of May Philly will see all kinds of charity events — from those supporting the local arts and disease research to poverty. Because soirees of this kind require a little planning ahead, Ticket has rounded up seven of the season’s not-to-be-missed charity events that’ll fit any giving budget.
The lineup for the 2014 Taste of the Nation fundraiser for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign has been finalized. More than thirty restaurants including Serpico, Will and Vernick Food and Drink will be participating at the April 27th event. Tickets are on sale now fro the event which will take place at the Hotel Monaco. General admission tickets are $95 and VIP tickets (which come with an early admission time ar $145).
Dining Out for Life is just under three weeks away and in addition to all the restaurants donating 33% of all proceeds to AIDS related charities, Philadelphia food trucks are hosting a round-up.
More than ten food trucks will descend on 13th and Locust between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24th where they will be offering lunch and helping a good cause.
Last month we told you how Starr Restaurants was making it easy for diners to donate to support Philadelphia schools. Stephen Starr’s restaurants have also put together some interesting packages that you can bid on online. They include everything from omakase for four at Morimoto to a kids’ pizza party at Pizzeria Stella. There’s even an item that includes dinner for two at all 20 of Starr’s Philadelphia restaurants.
Philadelphia’s Children First Fund [Charitybuzz]
Philly gays (and allies) will channel their inner frat boy for the Gay Bowl Committee and National Multiple Sclerosis Society‘s first annual Flip Cup Tournament. The event — a fundraiser for both organizations — calls on different teams to play everyone’s favorite college drinking game in the attempt to be crowned Philly’s Flip Cup
“The MS Society has long traditions of doing innovative and out-of-the-box fundraisers, and the gang at Gay Bowl wanted something unique that seemed kinda sporty,” says Chatterblast founder Matthew Ray, explaining the thinking behind the tournament. He, along with Field House and Gay Bowl rep Tim Adams, helped organize the event. “We gays haven’t always embraced our ‘frat-tastic’ side,’” he says, “but over the last few years I have participated in more and more drinking games at homo parties. So it seemed like something cuckoo that might be fun.”
Don your footsie pajamas for a good cause at the second annual ConKerr Cancer PJ Party at the Please Touch Museum. ConKerr Cancer’s Cindy Kerr started the foundation when her son was fighting cancer at the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP). Since then, the grassroots non-profit has expanded into an international volunteer organization that brings smiles to children in hospital or hospice care through the simple act of donating cheery pillowcases.
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.
New Project Will Provide Shelter for Philly’s Homeless LGBT Youth:
All the Ways You Can Help Get it Running
Between 20 and 40 percent of the nation’s annual 1.6 million runaway and homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender according to studies by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Two Philadelphians, Rusty Doll and Lisa Sipes, are trying to lower that number by opening a safe house for LGBT homeless youth, the only such facility in the tri-state area.
Doll says the North Philly shelter, called Change Philly Today, will offer a variety of services, including “crisis beds” for youth that need an emergency place to stay, along with a long-term residency program for those LGBT youth who are permanently displaced from homes. However, his vision doesn’t end there.