Virtual Fenway Health Gala

June 24, 2020

6:30-7:30pm EST

Our annual Men’s Event is a truly special evening for the Fenway Health family. Every year, the Boston LGBTQIA+ community and allies come together to remember our history, celebrate how far we’ve come, and pledge to keep fighting for Fenway’s mission: that health care is a right, not a privilege. While we may be apart physically this year, we continue to be a community united in spirit. It is in that spirit that we bring you our first ever, virtual Fenway Health gala! This reimagined event will include many of the fun and festive moments that you’ve all come to love about the Men’s Event, with some very special added twists!

If you bought a ticket for the Men’s Event, you are already pre-registered for this event using the email you provided. If you bought a ticket or a table for someone else, please send the email addresses to development@fenwayhealth.org by June 10 so that they may participate as well on June 24.

If you have not bought a ticket, make a donation of $100 or more to join us on Wednesday, June 24 for a night to remember – and EVERYONE gets a front row seat! We’ll enjoy some hilarious comedy from Dana Goldberg and piano bar favorites from cabaret singer Jon Richardson, dance to beats by Men’s Event favorite DJ Nate Bluhm, meet our new CEO Ellen LaPointe, and see the presentation of the Dr. Susan M. Love Award to Rev. Irene Monroe and Dr. Thea James and the Fenway Health LGBTQIA+ Impact Award to the FLAG Flag Football League. And, most importantly during these challenging times, raise money for the lifesaving work of Fenway Health while having a great time doing it!

A link to access the event will be sent to all registered participants a few days ahead of June 24.

Thank you for your patience the past few months, as we’ve worked hard to bring you this redesigned event for the age of social distancing.

Stay tuned to Fenway emails and social media for some fun updates and competitions leading up to the big night. While a donation is not required to submit a competition entry, it is still greatly appreciated!

Fenway Health has survived tough times before, and we will make it through today’s challenges together. We will always be here for the people who depend on us, no matter what. We hope you’ll join us for this special virtual evening of fun, friends, and philanthropy!

Our Night, Our Community, Our Future

Since 1994, the Men’s Event has been a night for Boston’s gay, bisexual, transgender, and ally community to celebrate our health. From the dark days of the AIDS crisis to the battle for marriage equality and the advancement of transgender rights, there has always been a reason to come together for a good cause while having a great time.

Join 1,200+ attendees on March 14 to enjoy a gourmet dinner, bid on unique auction items, and dance the night away—all while supporting the lifesaving work of Fenway Health. Philanthropy never looked so good!

QUESTIONS?
Please call 617.927.6350.
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TICKETS

The Men’s Event will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the Boston Marriott Copley Place from 6 PM to 1 AM.

All Men’s Event tables seat 12 people. Tickets to this year’s Men’s Event are $275 each and Tables cost $3,300.

If you wish to purchase tickets to attend The Men’s Event and do not have a Table Captain, you can select a mix and mingle table or seat me anywhere. Call Fenway’s Development Department at 617.927.6350 or email us at information@fenwayhealth.org if you have any questions.

When purchasing your tickets, you will have the opportunity to provide us with the names of any guests you are purchasing tickets for. Please also indicate if anyone in your party has dietary restrictions, food allergies, or mobility issues we should be aware of.

Online Men’s Event ticket sales have closed. Please call us at 617.927.6350 with any questions.

TABLE CAPTAINS

Become a table captain!

Table Captains are the life of the party! Guarantee a table in the elegant Boston Marriott Copley Place ballroom for you and 11 of your friends by booking today. Tables are $3,300, and individual tickets are $275.

PREMIUM TABLES

Would you like to increase your philanthropic visibility and make your Men’s Event experience even more fabulous? Ask us about hosting a Premium Table; where you have the opportunity to pay tribute to someone who has made a difference in your life with a naming opportunity and enjoy benefits that will enhance your evening. Contact Niamh Foley at nfoley@fenwayhealth.org for more information.

TABLE CAPTAIN BENEFITS:

Table Captains get to choose their table location! Sign up early and pledge to fill your table, or pay for the table in full, to ensure that you and your guests have a great table location. Table Captains will select their table location in the order in which their tables are paid.

Signing up as a Table Captain will ensure that friends all sit together. Have your name or a Table name listed on the “Purchase Tickets” page, so that your guests can go online, select your name, and easily purchase their tickets to your table. Meet others like you leading up to the big night. Table Captains receive invitations to special Men’s Event Table Captain events.

* Please note, unsold tickets at your table should be released back to Fenway Health by February 22 or paid for by the Table Captain.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Please pay for your table in full no later than February 22, 2020.

CO-CHAIRS:

Taylor Brown

Taylor Brown is the director of college advancement initiatives at Northeastern University’s College of Engineering. As a member of the Office of the Development and Alumni Affairs, Taylor is responsible for identifying and securing philanthropic resources from individual, corporate, and institutional donors. He is also responsible for directing and overseeing advancement services for the college, including donor relations/stewardship, development communications, fundraising research, strategic planning, and special projects. He is an integral part of a team responsible for raising over $120 million in the past six years for the College of Engineering while being personally responsible for over $9 million.

Prior to his position at Northeastern, Taylor served as deputy finance director on a statewide political campaign in Virginia. He has also held various development and alumni affairs positions at Columbia, Emory, and Georgetown universities.

Taylor holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Wake Forest University and a master of science in international relations at Northeastern University. He is a native of Greenville, South Carolina.
Taylor is entering his sixth year as a member of the Men’s Event Committee, serving as a table captain for five of these years. He is a former member of the Young Leaders Council, an annual donor to Fenway, and a patient.

Thomas Evans

Thomas Evans is a Boston-based Software Architect for the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to this role, Thomas has held many positions during his time in Boston’s technology industry.

Thomas moved from Pittsburgh, PA to the Boston area in 1994 after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering; 2019 marks his 25th anniversary in Boston.

Thomas became a patient at Fenway in 1999 and attended his first Men’s Event in 2005 and first became a table captain in 2006 and has been a table captain in most years since. He is a long time Fenway supporter and has participated in several Fenway Institute studies – Explore, Project PrEPare, iPrex OLE, AMP and others – and is also a member of the Fenway Board of Visitors.

Taylor S. Harris

Taylor Harris, CPA, is an Audit & Assurance Manager beginning his seventh year at Deloitte. He primarily serves life sciences and biotech companies in the Greater Boston area, managing teams of varying sizes in executing financial statement audits, initial public offerings, and various accounting advisory projects.

He leads the Deloitte’s New England chapter of GLOBE and Allies (their LGBT+ diversity group) and sits on the Company’s New England Inclusion Council. He also manages Deloitte’s corporate sponsorship relationship with Fenway.

Taylor has been involved with Fenway Health for a number of years, starting in 2015 attending his first Dinner Party, crewing for Harbor to the Bay, and joining the Young Leaders Council. Since then he has continued these activities also participating on the Men’s Event planning Committee for three years.

AWARDEE:

Fenway Health LGBTQIA+ Impact Award Recipient FLAG Flag Football League 

Fenway Health is excited to announce our 2020 LGBTQIA+ Impact Award recipient: FLAG Flag Football League!

Now in their 22nd year in existence, FLAG Flag Football is a league that strives to build community through football, promoting volunteer opportunities and bring awareness to social issues. The football league is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization of 18 teams of 14 players in the spring season and 22 in the fall. They strive to build relationships for so many individuals and break down stereotypes between LGBTQIA and allied teammates alike in a judgment-free, team sports environment. The league represents players of all ages from around the New England area. All skill levels are encouraged to participate, and FLAG is committed to providing a comfortable and enjoyable setting for those who want to play football and foster community.

In 2019, over 250 of FLAG players and supporters spent almost 2,000 hours volunteering in various capacities. FLAG has longstanding relationships with many organizations including the Boston Living Center, Community Servings, Fenway Community Health, Greater Boston Food Bank, Autism Speaks, Boys and Girls Club, BAGLY and PFLAG. FLAG players also volunteer at Youth Field Day, Camp Lightbulb, and Toys for Joy, and sponsor a yearly scholarship for a deserving LGBTQIA student athlete attending college.

The league’s Vision embraces tackling stereotypes, building community, and transforming lives through sport for the LGBTQIA and ally community, and is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, specifically to:

  • Promote and educate the public about the sport of flag football in the greater Boston area especially to persons or groups who are traditionally under-represented including members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer community (the “LGBTQIA community”)
  • Foster and augment the self-respect of members of the LGBTQIA community through the positive enjoyment of flag football and other community activities
  • Through education and the promotion of sport, to refute traditional stereotypes against members of the LGBTQIA community, increase diversity and tolerance within athletics, and engender respect and understanding within the larger community

MEET OUR FABULOUS MEN’S EVENT MC, NINA WEST!

Nina West

Nina West, AKA Andrew Levitt, has been performing in central Ohio and around the United States for the last 18 years. West became a household name on the eleventh season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, where she placed sixth and won Miss Congeniality. She will join the cast of the first ever season of RuPaul’s Celebrity Drag Race in 2020.

A longtime advocate and fundraiser for the LGBTQIA+ community, West has worked to support HIV/AIDS testing and safe sex, marriage equality, and trans rights. She has raised over $2 million for local and national charities through her charitable fund, The Nina West Foundation.

New York magazine named West as one of the top 100 Most Powerful Drag Queens in America in June 2019. She was also named the Top Local Artist of 2019 by Columbus Underground. West attended the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, where she became the first person to walk the purple carpet in full drag. In May 2019, she released Drag Is Magic, a children’s music EP, as well as the comedy EP John Goodman.

See how your support of Fenway Health can change lives.

CONTACT US:

If you have any questions, please contact us at information@fenwayhealth.org or call 617.927.6350.

If you’re interested in donating to the silent auction, please fill out, sign, date and return this form to ATTN: Development Department, 1340 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215, by fax to (617) 267-8437, or by email: bmoser@fenwayhealth.org. Deadline is February 1st for all Silent Auction contracts! 

SPONSORS

As of 3.4.20

PLATINUM

Beth Israel

GOLD

Biogen
Boston University
FMC
Gilead
Marriott Copley
PWC
Ropes & Gray
Santander
Webster Bank

SILVER

Berkshire Bank
IVF New England
Cambridge Savings Bank
CCRM Boston
Citizens Bank
Deloitte.
Eastern Bank
Eaton Vance
EY
Harvard Pilgrim
KPMG
MFS Investment Management
Quest Diagnostics
Rockland Trust
Tufts
Vertex
Walgreens

BRONZE

AAF CPAs
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
Blue Cross Blue Shield
The Boston Foundation
Brooks School Summer Programs
CitySide Subaru
Dowling & O'Neil
Janssen
Kletjian Foundation
Law Office of Joblin Younger
Liberty Mutual
Locke Lord
Samuels & Associates
WB Mason

MEDIA

Boston Spirit