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Plan for Dyke March

Philadelphia Dyke March, now entering its 12th year of providing an alternative to traditional Pride events, is seeking volunteers to help prepare for this summer’s event.

Organizers will host a planning meeting from 2-3 p.m. March 13 at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. Those interested can meet with current organizers and learn about what role they can play in the event, set for June 12 and which is expected to see an attendance triple that of previous years.

For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or look for the group on Facebook.

New party to raise funds for Mazzoni

The creators of popular lesbian party Stimulus will launch a new monthly event, Arouse, at 10 p.m. March 13 at Marathon Grill, 1818 Market St. All proceeds from the inaugural party will benefit LGBT health facility Mazzoni Center.

DJs Jivey and JD will spin house music and two bars will be open as well as an outdoor patio.

There is a $5 cover charge.

DVLF minority initiative relaunches

The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund will host an information session from 7-8:30 p.m. March 15 at 1234 Market Street, Suite 1800, for organizations interested in applying for DVLF’s third installment of its Racial Equity Initiative.

In the past three years, the program has allowed DLVF to disperse nearly $70,000 to organizations that serve LGBT people of color.

The session is mandatory for those planning to apply. To RSVP, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

St. Paddy’s Day gay fundraiser

Voyeur will host the third-annual “Kiss Me, I’m Irish and Gay,” from 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. March 17 at the club, 1221 St. James St., marking the first year the party will be held in the Gayborhood.

A portion of the night’s proceeds will be donated to local HIV/AIDS service organization Philadelphia FIGHT.

Admission is $10.

Calcutta hosts annual fundraiser

Calcutta House’s Night Train to New Orleans will set off at 7 p.m. March 19 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, 200 S. Broad St., to raise funds for the HIV/AIDS housing organization.

The Creole-themed event will feature dinner, dancing, live music and a live auction featuring trips to Buenos Aires, New Orleans and Washington, D.C.

Night Train serves as the agency’s sole fundraising event to support its services to the HIV/AIDS community. Tickets start at $125.

For more information, visit or call (215) 684-0480 ext. 102.

Sparacino award reissued

The Tony Sparacino Scholarship Fund, named in honor of the late LGBT entrepreneur, will accept applications until June 25.

The $1,000 scholarship is available to LGBT or ally students majoring in the arts at a local college or university and who have a history of community service.

The scholarship is managed by LGBT grantmaking agency Sapphire Fund.

For more information or to apply, visit

LGBT scholarships available

The Human Rights Campaign has launched the second installment of its Generation Equality Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to LGBT and ally college students who are active in the LGBT-rights movement.

This year, three $2,000 scholarships will be awarded: for a first-year student, a returning student at a four-year college and a returning student at a community college.

Priority will be given to those enrolled at an accredited institution, who are in good academic standing, who have demonstrated a commitment or contribution to the LGBT community and who have demonstrated financial need.

The application deadline is April 16. For more information or to apply, visit

— Jen Colletta

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