PHOTOS: OurNightOut at The Barnes Brought Out Nearly 1,000 People

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.

PHOTOS: Lots of Hotties Braved the Cold for OurNightOut at Brü Craft & Wurst

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.

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Top LGBT Civil Rights Organizations in and Around Philadelphia

aclulACLU 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.

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The DVLF’s Samantha Giusti Named to “Women Who Lead in Philadelphia” List

Used with permission, Freedom G Photography.

Used with permission, Freedom G Photography.

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 »

DVLF Announces 2015 HEROES

Gloria Casarez

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 »

PHOTOS: OurNightOut at Top of the Tower

It was a huge turn out for yesterday evening’s OurNightOut LGBTQ happy hour: nearly 400 people took in the amazing sights from 50 stories high. Top of the Tower rolled out the welcome mat for the evening’s guests, with two huge party rooms dedicated to the event, and plenty of food and drinks. The social gathering was also a party for a purpose: A five dollar donation went toward an LGBTQ scholarship fund, coordinated by the Independence Business Alliance and the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund. We were there to capture the fun.

PHOTOS: Our Night Out at XIX

The extremely nasty weather didn’t stop hundreds (literally, hundreds … it was packed) of gay Philly’s finest from taking the Bellevue elevators all the way up nineteen floors for an evening of cocktails, mingling, and holiday cheer. The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s popular Our Night Out happy hour and networking event was co-sponsored this month by the HRC Philadelphia Steering Committee, who showed up with plenty of equality stickers and paraphernalia for guests.

The views, even in the cold rain and wind, were stunning: Several of XIX’s signature bay windows were opened so guests could take a peek at the City of Brotherly Love (if they didn’t mind getting a little wet in the process). We were there to capture some of the fabulous fun and excellent outfits that graced the evening.

P.S. Kudos are in high order for the folks at DVLF for throwing another great event so quickly after their annual TOY fundraiser, which was this past Saturday evening. Now, that’s some great party planning!

PHOTOS: Gay Holiday Spirits Ran High at TOY

Charitable, in-the-holiday-spirit LGBTers braved the drizzle Saturday night to head to Old City for Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s annual holiday fundraiser, TOY. This was the first time the event was held at Fire & Ice, a club-y space on Market that hosts a handful of LGBT events throughout the year.

The new venue gave the event a little more attitude than years past when it was held at Reading Terminal Market. The space was dark, music—by DJ Carl Michaels—was pumping, and folks mingled in their holiday-inspired threads. In the doorway was a small mountain of unwrapped toys donated from each guest. Delaware Valley Legacy Fund Executive Director—and TOY organizer—Samantha Giusti tells me that, “because of the community’s support, DVLF was able to raise significant funds [from ticket sales and a silent auction] to support the LGBTQ community in the region. We don’t have the final number yet, but we collected over 350 toys to support children served by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and ActionAIDS.”

Freedom G Photography‘s Tara Lessard sent some photos from the evening. Check those out below.

Extra Reading: See photos from last year’s TOY here.

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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Philanthropy Friday: Bebashi

Every Friday Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) Executive Director Samantha Giusti introduces you to a local LGBT non-profit in Philadelphia. This week, Bebashi-Transition of Hope, an organization that works to provide healthcare information, direct services, education, research and technical assistance to reduce and eliminate HIV/AIDS and other health disparities within the urban community of Philadelphia and its vicinity.

Gary J. Bell, executive director of Bebashi-Transition of Hope.

Gary J. Bell, executive director of Bebashi-Transition of Hope.

Who are you? My name is Gary J. Bell and I am the executive director of Bebashi-Transition to Hope. Bebashi was the first African American based AIDS service organization in the United States and remains one of Philadelphia’s largest community-based minority providers of HIV/AIDS education and services, serving more than 20,000 clients annually.  We offer a comprehensive continuum of prevention and care, which includes HIV counseling and testing, integrated screening for STDs, Hepatitis C, and pregnancy; culturally sensitive and competent prevention education, medical case management, community-based education programs; outreach services; support groups; HIV discharge planning for recently released inmates; breast cancer awareness and screening for high-risk African American women; and a hunger relief program.

When was Bebashi founded? In 1985 by Rashidah Abdul-Khabeer and Wesley Anderson as BEBASHI (Blacks Educating Blacks About Sexual Health Issues). The purpose was to address the impact of HIV/AIDS and other sexual health disparities in communities of color at a time when there was no other organization in the United States doing so.  Five years ago we changed our name to ensure that our openness and availability to all people was not misunderstood based on our acronym.

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