Dancing for a Cause: BOS Philly’s Candyland Empowers our Community

Executive Director of PhillyGayCalendar

As the sun sets on June 3, 2023, Concourse Nightclub will transform into a candy-colored wonderland for an evening of music, dancing, and most importantly – giving back to the community. BOS Philly is partnering with Circuit Mom to host Philadelphia’s official pride party called Candyland – a night filled with delight designed not only to create joy but also bring people together in support of local LGBT charities.

Since 2018, BOS Philly has donated over $60,000 to local LGBT charities by organizing exciting events like Candyland. Their generosity has gone as far as donating $1,000 to ACLU’s Drag Defence Fund thanks largely due their guests’ kindness.

This year’s beneficiary is none other than William Way Center – an organization committed towards engaging and supporting diverse LGBTQIA+ communities through arts & culture initiatives. Chris Bartlett – the director of William Way Center praised BOS for being more than just event organizers.

"When it comes to community service and investment in William Way, there's no group more committed or dedicated group than BOS. We view them as the perfect community partner: they believe in the Center and its mission, participate in our programs, and make very generous gifts to support our work. Thank you BOS for making a difference-- both in your events, which build community in and of themselves, and by investing in community centers like ours so that we can stand along side you to build stronger and more resilient queer communities. "
Chris Bartlett
Director of the William Way Center

Circuit parties have a long history of philanthropy. In the 1990s, gay circuit parties played a significant role in supporting AIDS organizations nationwide. These elaborate, large-scale dance events, often spanning over several days, brought thousands of gay men together to celebrate their community and pride. As the HIV/AIDS epidemic loomed large in the lives of the LGBTQ+ individuals and their families during this time, circuit parties emerged as essential fundraising opportunities to support the many organizations working to address the crisis. Event organizers and attendees rallied behind a common cause, transforming these gatherings into vital platforms to raise awareness, provide support, and fund ongoing AIDS research and prevention efforts. With admission prices and proceeds from events going directly to various AIDS organizations, these parties raised millions of dollars that helped fund a myriad of services, such as medical care, counseling, and educational programs. As a result, gay circuit parties in the 1990s not only fostered solidarity within the community but also provided essential resources to bolster the battle against the AIDS epidemic.

For attendees, the Candyland event goes beyond just being an unforgettable night of music and dancing; it serves as a token toward making a real impact on the lives of those in need. The support generated at events like these creates ripples of change across Philadelphia’s LGBT community, ultimately leading to better support for queer individuals.

We invite you to join us at Candyland on June 3rd, 2023 and be part of this unifying experience where entertainment meets compassion. Embrace your activism through dance and celebration! Get your tickets now by visiting BOSPhilly.com/candyland – let’s create meaningful community connections together while ensuring that vital organizations such as William Way Center continue their essential work in providing safe spaces for all LGBTQIA+ people.

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