Delaware Valley Legacy Fund Divvies Out $32,000 to Philly LGBT Organizations

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.”

PHOTOS: Our Night Out at The Four Seasons Hotel

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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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Man Crush Monday: Grant Shea

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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Woman Crush Wednesday: Lobstar Bisque

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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Brian Sims, Giovanni’s Room to Receive 2014 HEROES Awards


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

Only Three Days Left to Nominate a Delaware Valley Legacy Fund HERO

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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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PHOTOS: LGBTers Showed Up in Droves for TOY 2013

(L-R) Brad Hemler, Jivey Rivas, Kristina, Jeb Rehmann, Angela Giampolo and Tim Adams at TOY.

(L-R) Brad Hemler, Jivey Rivas, Kristina, Jeb Rehmann, Angela Giampolo and Tim Adams at TOY.

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.

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DVLF Releases Music Video for TOY 2013

Here is the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s promo video for its seventh-annual TOY event, the annual must-do fundraiser at Reading Terminal Market that collects toys to be distributed to kids at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia living with HIV/AIDS.

The evening takes place on Sat., Dec. 7 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets run between $60-$150, and all attendees must show up with one unwrapped toy. Link to buy tickets here.

TONIGHT: TOY 2013 Launches at OurNightOut

ournightout field houseThis month’s popular networking event OurNightOut not only offers attendees the chance to schmooze with other LGBT professionals and allies, but they can witness the official launch of this year’s TOY campaign. Taking place on Dec. 9, Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s (DVLF) annual event is a do-gooder holiday fundraising party that collects toys that will be distributed to kids at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP.)

Guests will be able to get a first peek at the TOY 2013 video and snag tickets at a reduced rate of $50. Not a bad price for what G Philly‘s Alexander Kacala refers to as December’s “most air-kissy, see-and-be-seen event” in our Big Gay Fall Guide.

OurNightOut kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Field House (1150 Filbert St.) More details here.

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