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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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 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.
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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Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria will perform at Mazzoni’s 2014 Elixr Gala.
It seems like just yesterday when we were milling and mingling at the Mazzoni Center’s last Elixr Gala, but believe it or not the 2014 edition is right on our heels.
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The stars of the evening, the Bingo-Verifying Divas.
On Saturday AIDS Fund hosted the 15th annual Black-Tie Gay Bingo, an annual springtime event that raises money for the nonprofit’s mission to provide monetary aid to regional HIV/AIDS organizations. Gays, drag queens, allies and shirtless waiters packed the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building for a night of cocktail-ing, Bingo-ing, dancing, and mingling. The much-loved Bingo-Verifying Divas did one number, Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” awards were handed out to locals working to bring HIV awareness to Philadelphia, and the whole shebang ended with a fantastic dance party. Check out some photos from local paparazzo HughE Dillon after the jump.
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Between 20 and 40 percent of the nation’s annual 1.6 million runaway and homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender according to studies by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Two Philadelphians, Rusty Doll and Lisa Sipes, are trying to lower that number by opening a safe house for LGBT homeless youth, the only such facility in the tri-state area.
Doll says the North Philly shelter, called Change Philly Today, will offer a variety of services, including “crisis beds” for youth that need an emergency place to stay, along with a long-term residency program for those LGBT youth who are permanently displaced from homes. However, his vision doesn’t end there.
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