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DVLF TOY 2021 with Ray & Miguel

Earlier this month I attended the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) TOY 2021, it’s an annual holiday fundraising event to benefit DVLF. Guestsbuy tickets to attend, and bring an unwrapped toy for the children who will spend the holidays in the hospital. This years event was hosted by merriest of couples Miguel Martinez-Valle and Raymond Smeriglio with the very entertaining Varla Jean Merman who kept us in stitches for her entire set, including the very brave Ric Harris, President & General Manager, NBC10/Telemundo who didn’t cover his eyes or ears once,

even though I may have with Varla’s real take on LGBTQ life, hook ups and relationships especially in Covid times…. She is a must see in any season.

The event also featured a hearty brunch buffet, open bar and a silent auction to raise additional funds.

TOY is DVLF’s annual fundraising event that edifies the organization’s ability to provide for the emerging needs of the LGBTQ+ community in the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley metropolitan area.At TOY, DVLF will deliver annual grant recipients with grant checks. Additionally, because DVLF was not able to provide an in-person event at the time, they will also honor annual HEROES award recipients who have contributed to activism and growth within the Philadelphia LGBTQ+ community.


Jim Kenney Thinks LCB’s could Distribute Canabis, and Wine Should Be Sold At Wegmans

Tuesday, Evan Urbania & Matthew Ray of Chatterblast held a Reception in Support of  JIM KENNEY Democratic Nominee for Mayor at Garces Trading Company in the Gayborhood. There was a nice turn out of voters to the cocktail party. I arrived just as Kenney was addressing the crowd.

Some of the highlights of his speech: He’s not giving up on anyone. He believes in 2nd chances, believes in prison reform and believes we have a higher percentage of African Americans in prision unfairly. Many on drug charges, specifically pot. There’s no way more AA’s smoke pot in this City than other groups. There’s something wrong. He will end “Stop and Frisk” as he believes AA are targeted at a higher rate than other groups. He’d like to see pot legalize, and controlled and sold in LCB stores. It’s about time wine was sold at Wegman’s, freeing up space in the LCB for pot. No one cards more aggressively than the LCB, and pot would be sold only to the 21 and over crowd. Kenny said he is excited to keep the greatness of Philly going following great leaders like Gov Rendell and Mayor Nutter. He’s renewed in his faith after seeing Pope Francis, and he’s excited to be Philadelphia’s next Mayor.

Host Committee – Matt Ray, Jim Kenney and Evan Urbania center
 Andre Golsorkhi – Armon Vincent – Ben Haney  Dan Giacobbe – Gavin McKay – Geoff Johnson – Michael Braunstein   Marc Coleman – Michelle Taglialatela – Nikolas Greenblatt – Scott Peters

Ben Haney, Scott Peters, Michael Braunstein and Marc Coleman
Evan Urbania and Geoff Johnson
Jim Byrne, Rebecca Devine, Co-Founder and Principal Maven Communications and Nicholas Greenblatt
Gavin McKay,  founder and head of Unite Fitness, Jim Kenney and Andre Golsorkhi,  ‎CEO, Sidecar
Richard Lee,  ‎Owner at Media Copy and Maggy Wilkinson
Eric Muller and his brother Greg Muller
Brad Deleone,  ‎Freelance Graphic Designer and Jay Romberg
Michelle Taglialatela, Tag Strategies and Karen Kaufman – The Kaufman Partnership
Tiffany Tavarez, Exelon, Jaret Wilson, is a talented musician teaching private in-home piano, guitar, voice, and drum lessons in the Philadelphia area,  Bjorn Henriques, Fox 29 and Marc Coleman, President, The Tactile Group
Nick Plagge, VIVANA Wellness and Jesse Rendell, Rendell Management & Consulting
Michael Braunstein, Online Sales, Marketing, & Client Services Team Leader – ‎Comcast Spotlight, Marisa Magnatta, WMMR and Justin Pizzi, Saxbys.
ELECTION DAY IS less than two weeks away on Nov 3.