Originally posted on http://blogs.phillymag.com/gphilly by Josh Middleton on 4/15/2013 at 1:22PM
Three hard-working women behind Philly’s LGBTQ community will be honored at the Mazzoni Center’s 2013 Elixr event. Themed “Leading Ladies,” the Center’s Elisabeth Flynn says the evening is “both a nod to the outstanding women we’ve chosen to honor with our various awards … and a reflection of what we’re raising money for, which is expanded women’s health services at Mazzoni Center Family and Community Medicine. And the honorees are:
Dean of the Drexel University School of Public Health Marla Gold (pictured, right) will receive the big-momma Peter Mazzoni Award for her “pioneering achievements and contributions to HIV care and public health in Philadelphia, and her advocacy on behalf of LGBT health and wellness.” Since she became dean in 2002, Gold’s LGBTQ-centric accomplishments include launching the school’s Program for LGBT Health and an online LGBT health certificate program.
Philly AIDS Thrift co-founder Christina Kallas-Saritsoglou will receive the 2013 Ally Award and Police Liaison Committee Member Jaci Adams will take home the 2013 Activist Leader Award.
The event will take place on Sat., May 18 at Loews Philadelphia hotel and will include all your usual gala-type trimmings — an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a buffet. Vocal trio Hotsy-Totsy and DJ Carl Michaels will provide the musical accompaniment. For more information and to buy tickets, check out mazzonicenter.org.
A free event for all ages, come by and experience the best of what South Street has to offer. There will be food, music, shopping, art, and an all-day kid’s zone.
The party will be from noon-8PM and will span South Street from 2nd to 8th and on the 2nd Street Plaza between Lombard and South.
For more details, click here.
On Wednesday, April 24, Philly AIDS Thrift is joining other local retailers in supporting the Friends of 4th Street Fire Relief Fund. 20% of our sales will be donated to the Fund which will disperse the money raised to displaced residents, business affected by the fire, and the family of Captain Michael Goodwin who was lost to the fire.
To donate directly to the Fund, click here.
About what happened:
On April 6, 2013, a 3-alarm fire struck historic Fabric Row in Queen Village. Due to the rapid response of the Philadelphia Fire Department, damage was limited to 2 buildings. However, the fire claimed the life of Captain Michael Goodwin of South Philadelphia’s Engine 27. Our hearts and minds are with the family of Captain Goodwin as well as the entire Fire Department.
In addition to the tragic loss of Captain Goodwin and injury to Andrew Godlewski, there was extensive property damage to several businesses and residential apartments. Information is still coming in, but at present it seems that several uninsured renters have lost most or all of their possessions.