Fishtown Pharmacy owner Kris Hunsicker’s kids posing with Santa.
Guys, this is by far the easiest and most hilarious way to give back this holiday season: Fishtown Pharmacy will donate 10 bucks to No Kid Hungry for every funny and/or awkward photo folks post to their Facebook wall of a kid posing (so crying) with Santa. The photo can be of your kids or yourself as a kid. All you have to do is post it to their wall with #NoKidHappy, and BOOM: You’ve done your good deed for the day.
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Earlier this week, we wrote about the crowd source fundraiser that was established to assist Tara Lessard, a Gayborhood staple who is currently battling ovarian cancer. There’s yet another way to help Ms. Lessard, and this one involves an afternoon of wellness for body and spirit. Read more »
Writer’s note: I’ve received permission from Ms. Lessard to share this story.
I first learned about Tara Lessard‘s cancer diagnosis while I was in a hotel room. She sent me a text and I was quite literally speechless.
Chances are, if you’ve been to an event in the Philadelphia Gayborhood, you’ve encountered Ms. Lessard. Her photography company, Freedom G Photography, has captured countless memories of Gay Philly, from various Pride festivals to parities to awards ceremonies. Tara has also been a regular contributor to G Philly, and I can tell you from personal experience that she is professional, passionate, and thoughtful. She has such an interesting story and has been a valued friend for many LGBT organizations throughout the city. And now, people are eager to give back. Read more »
DIG Yoga // Photo via Facebook
This week, over 20 yoga studios in Philly, New Jersey and New York are banding together to put on a giant fundraiser in support of the International Rescue Committee, an organization that helps to relocate and rebuild the lives of refugees. Read more »
If you ever wanted to sip a martini with the one and only Brian Sims, next week presents a perfect opportunity to do so. Read more »
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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“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 »
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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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 »
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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