The rain came down in sheets yesterday starting around 5 pm, but, as if Glinda the Good Witch was overlooking the National Constitution Center, the storm ceased at the start of last evening’s Our Night Out and held off until, ironically, the end of the event. The break in the weather certainly helped produce a robust crowd to support the William Way Community Center and Delaware Valley Legacy Fund. Guests were treated to lots of tasty nibbles, plus free admission to Speaking Out for Equality. We were on hand to capture some of the evening’s festivities.
Ms. Tootsie’s, the gay-owned eatery known for its authentic soul food and Southern cooking, welcomed Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) last evening for another fantastic OurNightOut happy hour. Guests were able to mingle amongst the four floors of the restaurant, which featured two bars, a DJ, a buffet of snacks, and plenty of cozy lounge areas. This month’s event benefitted DVLF itself, and after the festivities, there was an “unofficial” after party across the street at the newly opened Big Gay Ice Cream. We were there to capture the crowd and the fun.
It was a gorgeous spring night along the Delaware River as hundreds packed in to La Peg, the Fringe Arts bar and restaurant space on Columbus Boulevard, for OurNightOut. As usual, the event was thrown for a good cause: The Attic Youth Center was beneficiary of the evening’s festivities, which gave folks the chance to mingle indoors and out, and the opportunity to roam the Fringe Arts stage area. (Did we mention the fantastic Aperol margarita that was on special?) We captured some of the great folks who showed up to enjoy a fantastic night of networking, sipping, and socializing, all thanks to the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund.
“I knew I was part of LGBTQ community since I started high school,” said Micah Rodriguez, DVFL’s Youth HERO honoree this year. “But I never knew how much the LGBTQ community was a part of me.” Read more »
It’s safe to assume that Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s soiree at The Barnes last night may have been the best OurNightOut to date. A final count says nearly 1,000 people showed up to the famed Parkway museum to enjoy an assortment of excellent cocktails, food, networking, and gorgeous art. Visitors could roam the galleries for free, and, in addition to the huge indoor space, a fabulous outdoor patio, complete with bar and fireplace, was available to mingle. Take a look at the great-looking crowd who showed up, and get ready for next month’s event. Here’s a hint: It is at another arts-based organization! Stay tuned for details.
Last night at Brü Craft and Wurst on Chestnut Street, Delaware Valley Legacy Fund hosted its wildly successful monthly OurNightOut networking mixer, and boy was it packed. Sources tell me more than 250 folks came out in the cold to mingle, drink some suds and try some of the Bavarian-inspired grub Brü is known for.
ACLU of Pennsylvania
P.O. Box 40008
ACLU of Pennsylvania works to secure total rights for LGBT people by working to defend and expand the individual rights and personal freedoms afforded to us all by the state and federal constitutions and the Bill of Rights.
Bread & Roses Community Fund
1315 Walnut Street
Bread & Roses provides grants and technical assistance to communities in the Philadelphia region that are taking collective action to bring about racial and economic justice. Bread and Roses Fund offer scholarships for Philadelphia LGBT students, giving young minds the opportunity to expand their education.
Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) Executive Director Samantha Giusti has been named one of Regions Business Philadelphia’s “Women Who Lead in Philadelphia” list. Giusti, who is also a G Philly contributor, is not only the youngest in DVLF’s history of executive directors but the first female to fill the position. Read more »
The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund has just announced their 2015 HEROES award recipients. These individuals’ “leadership advances the rights of the LGBTQ community. Through the nomination process, DVLF identifies youth, adults, non-profits, allies and businesses who have bold ideas, act with selfless intention, and courageously work to advance the equality of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community in the Delaware Valley and beyond.” Read more »