Last evening, gay Philly was treated to breathtaking views from the 52nd floor of the BYN Mellon Center, otherwise known as The Pyramid Club. The exclusive space opened its doors as part of the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s Our Night Out program. Guests had the chance to preview DVLF’s upcoming holiday extravaganza, TOY 2014, and were offered a chance to purchase discount tickets to the popular event; one lucky guest won a pair of tickets as part of a raffle. We were there to capture the mingling, the cocktails, and the really great looking crowd.
Samantha Giusti, Executive Director, DVLF, greets guests.
Ryan, Philip, and Dave
Matt and Nick
Will and Chuck
Amber and Kaitlin
Chris and Sharif
The crowd mingling at The Pyramid Club.
Michael and Richard
Joe and Jim
Mark, Randal, Richard, and Gary
Dan and Jon
Guests purchasing raffle tickets to win TOY admission.
Rob and Jose
The Magnum PI, one of the cocktail specials. It was delicious!
This was a very popular scene: guests took pictures of the amazing Philly skyline. Peyton joined right in.
Peyton, Ben, and Derek
Mike and David
To celebrate its eighth anniversary, TOY, Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s annual charity gala for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), will move from Reading Terminal Market, where it has been held for the past two years, to Fire & Ice in Old City.
I don’t know about you, but I was surprised to hear it was moving. It really seemed like the event was becoming synonymous with RTM, where people would gather after hours to hobnob and bring toys that would be donated to the pediatric HIV/AIDS unit at CHOP. It was fabulous there. Why is it moving?
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It truly is Christmas in July for eight local LGBT non-profits who will benefit from a $32,000 grant from Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF.) The money will be divided between each organization, and used to fund a specific program within each group. DVLF Executive Director Samantha Giusti tells me the money comes from the organization’s 2014 LGBTQ Emerging Needs Grant. Benefactors are chosen by a panel of community members “who have a diverse array of lived experience and professional knowledge in a variety areas” based on best practices, benchmarks, outcomes, and financials, she says.
This year’s recipients are:
“Every year I am more impressed by the ingenuity displayed by our community members at creating innovative programming to meet emerging needs faced by LGBTQ people in our region,” says Giusti. “Less than .3 percent of the over 50 billion given annually by U.S. foundations goes to LGBTQ issues. It’s a grave statistic as it is neither representative of the size of our community nor it’s need. With these grants we hope that we can be responsive to the the emerging needs in our community.”
On Monday, July 21, the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund teamed up with the Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League (who will be making history in October when they host Gay Bowl XIV, the championship tournament for the National Gay Flag Football League) to welcome guests from around Philadelphia at the oh-so-swanky Four Seasons Hotel. Attendees at this Our Night Out were treated to a gorgeous outdoor patio, plenty of cocktails, and lots of summer evening fun. We were there to snap some shots that captured the night perfectly.
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Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week, Grant Shea. Mr. Shea works for the City of Philadelphia as an emergency planner. He is also a volunteer with the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF.)
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Every hump day, a Philly woman shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, Philly “burlesqueer,” and recent prom queen winner at A Very Tabu Prom, Lobstar Bisque.
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Philly State Representative Brian Sims will be honored with DVLF’s 2014 Community HERO Award.
On March 30th, Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) will honor six local LGBTers and allies at its eighth annual HEROES event. The affair was created by DVLF to pay tribute to “youth, adults, non-profits, straight-allies & businesses who have bold ideas, act with selfless intention, are admired for their integrity, and are regarded as courageous in advancing the equality of the [region's] LGBTQ community.”
Those being awarded are mega gay rights advocate Mel Heifetz (Lifetime Achievement), Philly State Representative Brian Sims (Community HERO), pro-marriage fighting MontCo Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes (Straight Ally HERO), Donald Jackson (Youth HERO), the City of Brotherly Love Softball League (Non-Profit Organization HERO), and Philly iconic gay bookstore Giovanni’s Room (Business/Corporation HERO).
The awards will be handed out at a brunch on May 30th in the Lafayette Ballroom of the Hotel Monaco. For more information and tickets go to dvlf.org.
The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) is accepting nominations for its eighth-annual HEROES awards, which will be doled out at a ceremony on March 30. DVLF is looking for individuals in the community “whose work and leadership advances the rights of the LGBT community.” It can be anyone — from young people to non-profit businesses to straight allies who “act with selfless intention, are admired for their integrity, and are regarded as courageous in advancing the equality of the LGBT community in the Delaware Valley and beyond.”
Last year’s winners included Philly Pride‘s Franny Price (Individual HERO), U.S. Congressman Patrick Murphy (Straight Ally HERO) and the Rossi Wellness Center (Business/Corporation HERO).
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New DVLF Board President Ron Lucente (left) and Executive Director Samantha Giusti.
Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) Board President Mark Mitchell is stepping down after five years with the organization. DVLF Executive Director Samantha Giusti sent me this release:
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