TOY 2009 – Delaware Valley Legacy Fund’s Toys For Tots Annual Party

(I was really looking forward to attending, but my sister had passed away the day before and I couldn’t make it. So thanks to Karen Cornell, PhillyGayCalendar, Scott Drake & Mike Toub for the following photos.)

On December 4, the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund held it’s 3rd annual Toy event/holidayparty to benefit to children in the HIV/AIDS unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. For $30 and one unwrapped toy, guests enjoyed delicious foods and beverages and danced to tracks spun by local DJ Carl Michaels. Matthew Ray, Dan Giacobbe and Evan Urbania were on hand to enjoy the evening. Matt does not believe in embroidered shirts, so don’t even think about getting him one for Christmas. In 2001, Evan Urbania Co-Founded The Memoria Project, a commemorative memorial sculpture created to honor the victims and survivors of 9/11/2001.Right off the Bat Let’s thank the sponsors Gold Sponsors
AgileCat, Comcast, Mikey’s American Grill & Sports Bar, Thomas Glenn Collection Silver Sponsors
Matthews Interior Design, Matthew Izzo, The Legal Intelligencer, Diverse Catering, Al Besse, Pepperbox Pictures, ChatterBlast, Curve Bronze Sponsors
R&R Creative, Pilla Creative Group, Marc Phillips Showroom, Fusion Gym, City of Brotherly Love Softball,, Law office of Lavin Oneil Ricci Cedrone & DiSipio, Stormy Lundy, Coors Light,, Philadelphia Gay News, World Shippers and Importers, DJ Carl Michaels, Sony Playstation PS, PECO, Philadelphia Fashion Week, Specialty Productions, Roche Bobois
Sony Playstation gave PS3 and 17 games, Comcast ran their PSA (300 spots over November) AgileCat is our PR firm, Mikey’s is where the after party was held, Diverse Catering is the caterer for the event, Thomas Glenn Collection is giving away free ornaments, Taste of Philadelphia Door Prize (this includes gift cards for several local restaurants totaling $500-750)

DVLF Director Joe Matthews, Matthews Interior Design and Mark Segal, Publisher of PGN
a pioneer in LGBT civil rights as a journalist/publisher/activist. I think Philadelphia is lucky to have him on our side.
Bill Gehrman, President at En Route Consulting and my Mike Toub (my bf for 15 yrs, oh and an IT guy, you should see our home networking system). Good thing he paid his way into TOY cause he failed at taking enuf pixs for PCC. I’d fire him, but he is so cute and so nice to let me be PhillyChitChat and cover all the great charities and events in the City; he’s patient. Ettore, of Ettore’s Spa, Thom Cardwell and Eddie Mastroddi of Ettore’s Spa; Rumors can rest, I spoke to Thom Cardwell today. He is happy and working on 2010’s film festival for TLA. Plus they are very busy with their French Film Series too.
Guest, Laura Burkhardt, Where Mag Publisher and Jeff Francis, Jeff just joined TRUE OPERATION CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR US TROOPS on Facebook!. Sounds like a good organization.
Bill Gehrman, Meredith Magoon manager of Fusion Cross Training Fitness, and Mike Foran, CFO at Eureka Growth Capital.The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) strives to increase philanthropy and grantmaking to support the community needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) and straight-allied communities. DVLF advances philanthropy for the LGBTI community through endowment building, fundraising, community outreach and education.

Heshie & Joe Matthews among the TOYS donated: Philadelphia Gay News / Scott Drake.
Besides all those fabulous toys, the DVLF donated $21,000; in the back you can see Chris Bartlett. Chris Bartlett launched the Gay History Wiki in 2005 to reclaim the lives of those who died from HIV/AIDS. NY Times wrote a nice piece about it last week. DVLF Announces Challenge Grant A generous donor to the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund has earmarked $15,000 to match one-for-one every dollar that is contributed to DVLF over the upcoming months. Now’s the chance for you to DOUBLE the power of your gift to strengthen our work in the LGBTI communities of Philadelphia and the surrounding region.

You can make your online contribution towards the match or mail a check payable to Delaware Valley Legacy Fund to: DVLF, c/o the Philadelphia Foundation, 1234 Market Street, Suite 1800, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

If you have any questions about the match, or other possible contributions to DVLF, don’t hesitate to contact co-Director Chris Bartlett at 215-563-6417, extension 117.