Eli Kulp Day Benefit

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We updated you on his medical status, and then we told you about the fundraiser campaign for Eli Kulp‘s medical expenses, so now here’s something a little more lighthearted going on for the chef, with tickets available now. This Thursday, July 16th, join High Street Hospitality Group at Fork; they are hosting a benefit evening to raise money and show support for Kulp as he continues his recovery.

And you’re invited to take part.

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Kick Cancer’s Butt at Voyeur

Via Shutterstock.

Via Shutterstock.

“Cancer is gross. I mean, okay, yes. Cancer is ‘gross’ in the hypothetical, figurative sense with the daily life messes created by running around to doctor’s appointments, calming distressed friends and relatives, and trying to remember when you took your last does of anti-[insert side effect here] medication. But, beyond that, in a very literal sense, cancer is really gross.”

Those of the words of Bee Reed, whose blog, One Body, Two Battles, shares the often times gritty details of her fight with both HIV and leukemia (“I am living in a world where my body is fighting against two very different (and potentially lethal) diseases,” she wrote, “But, you know, things could always be worse”). However, Ms. Reed’s friends are coming together to help support her healthcare costs in a drag-themed show at Voyeur. Read more »

DO THIS: 2nd Annual — and Very Gay — Charity Flip Cup Tournament

Testy scene from last year's Flip Cup Tournament. | Photo by HughE Dillon

Testy scene from last year’s Flip Cup Tournament. | Photo by HughE Dillon

A gaggle of Philly gays (and some allies) will channel their inner frat boy for the Gay Bowl Committee and National Multiple Sclerosis Society‘s second annual Flip Cup Tournament. The event — a fundraiser for both organizations and gay-run theater company Mazeppa Productions — calls on different teams to play everyone’s favorite college drinking game in the attempt to be crowned Philly’s next Flip Cup champion.

“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,” Chatterblast founder Matthew Ray says, 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.”

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Help Send This Philly Fitness Instructor to the Duathlon World Championship

Body Cycle Studio's Barry Lewis

Body Cycle Studio’s Barry Lewis

It isn’t every day a person is invited to join Team USA for the world championship of, well, anything. But Body Cycle Studio instructor and competitive triathlete Barry Lewis recently received word that he’d earned a coveted spot on the USA Triathlon Team for the 2015 ITU Long Course Duathlon World Championship in Zofingen, Switzerland this September. The catch: He had to pay his way there, and he was a bit light on expendable cash, having already spent his race budget for the year.

When his pals at Body Cycle Studio heard about his dilemma, they knew they couldn’t just let this opportunity pass by. And so, the BCS Fundraiser Day, set for Saturday, April 4th, was born.  Read more »

Fifth Annual Global Conservation Gala

The Philadelphia Zoo hosted its 5th Annual Global Conservation Gala, November 13, 2014 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue.

The Philadelphia Zoo hosted its 5th Annual Global Conservation Gala, on Thursday at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The gala honors individuals, families and organizations for extraordinary contributions to wildlife and the natural world.

This year’s gala spotlighted the issues facing gorillas in the wild, addressing the impact of climate change and palm oil on endangered species. The gala also officially launched 2015 as the “Year of the Gorilla”, a zoo-wide commitment of resources designed to mobilize action on behalf of gorillas.

Joanna McNeil Lewis was recognized for her contributions and 27 years of volunteer work with the zoo, and was honored with the Conservation Impact Award. Gerry Ellis was recognized with the Global Conservation Prize.

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New Website to Raise Funds for Gloria Casarez Scholarship Fund

A pin that can be purchased on the memorial website.

A pin that can be purchased on the memorial website.

Gloria Casarez may be gone, but a new fundraising campaign aims to ensure that Philadelphia’s first director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs continues to have an impact, even after her death.

The Gloria t-shirt for sale on the website.

The Gloria t-shirt for sale on the website.

The website, simply titled “Remembering Gloria,” offers visitors the opportunity to purchase both a T-shirt and a pin; all proceeds from the sales will benefit the Gloria Casarez Scholarship Fund for Latino students attending Casarez’s alma mater, West Chester University.

For those wishing to make a donation without purchasing the T-shirt or pin, they can do so by money to WCU Foundation, In Memory of Gloria Casarez, P.O. Box 541, West Chester, PA 19381.

Ms. Casarez died on October 19 this past year after battling cancer.

You can visit the fundraising website here.

Ben Franklin, Phillie Phanatic and Other Philly Characters Come Together for Fellow Entertainer With Cancer


Billy Edwards with Historic Philadelphia

Professional actor Billy Edwards has spent the past 15 years entertaining Philadelphia as some of the city’s most beloved figures. He has worked as a costumed History Maker and Storyteller at Historic Philadelphia Inc., a Duck Boat guide at Ride the Ducks, a Santa at Macy’s Dickens’ Village, a Phanstormer for the Philadelphia Phillies, at Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary and much more.

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