Spruce Foundation Gala To Honor The Attic Youth Center and Others


Members of The Attic Youth Center, one of the Spruce Foundation's award recipients.

Members of The Attic Youth Center, one of the Spruce Foundation’s award recipients.

A gala at Union Transfer on Saturday, June 7 will celebrate the achievements of a host of local associations that have contributed to Philadelphia youth, and there’s a strong (although not exclusive) focus on the LGBTQ population.

The host of the evening, The Spruce Foundation, is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 that supports at-risk youth in Philadelphia through grant making and volunteer services. The gala is the group’s largest fundraiser of the year, and serves as a celebration for the excellent work of various service organizations throughout the city.

Jake Tulsky, Spruce Foundation’s Chair of Communications, says the group’s “dual mission is to redefine philanthropy and cultivate the next generation of philanthropists through community giving and grant-making in support of Philadelphia’s youth.”

This year marks the 7th anniversary of the gala, and the recipients include iPRAXIS, Asian Arts Initiative, Girls on the Run, and, of note to the LGBTQ community, The Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia’s only gay youth center. As a matter of fact, 25% of The Spruce Foundation’s grant money is going to The Attic, a huge amount, according to Co-President Rudy Flesher.

“Spruce’s dedication to LGBTQ youth is basically unparalleled in the philanthropic community,” said Flesher. “It’s an inspiring reason for our community to make the Spruce Gala part of their weekend.”

Tickets and more information about the event are available by clicking here.