News Briefing: April 9-15

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Beef, beer and fundraising

HIV/AIDS service organization Siloam will host a fundraising beef and beer from 8 p. m.-midnight April 9 at the FOP Lodge No. 5, 1336 Spring Garden St.

Siloam provides support groups, exercise programs, arts activities and social outings for those with HIV/AIDS.

Tickets to the event are $25 and include a buffet and drinks. The party will be deejayed and feature a 50/50 raffle and an auction.

For information, call (215) 765-6633.

Gambling for good

LGBT-grantmaking agency Sapphire Fund will host its annual Casino Night from 6:30-10 p.m. April 10 at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.

The luau-themed event will feature a silent auction and complimentary drinks, hors d’oeuvres and play chips.

Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door, and proceeds benefit Sapphire Fund, which this year is supporting the Drexel University Program for LGBT Health, LGBTQ Womyn of Color, Mountain Meadow and the Smoke, Lilies and Jade Arts Initiative.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.sapphirefund.org.

Softball season arrives

The City of Brotherly Love Softball League will kick off its season April 18 at the Dairy Fields, Fountain Green and Mount Pleasant drives in Fairmount Park.

City director of LGBT affairs Gloria Casarez will toss the opening pitch at 12:15 p.m.

The night before, CBLSL members and supporters are invited to an opening-weekend party from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at Tabu, 200 S. 12th St.

For more information, visit www.cblsl.org.

Gay Day returns to zoo

The LGBT community is invited to the second-annual Gay Day at the Philadelphia Zoo, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 17.

In addition to visiting the hundreds of animals housed in the zoo, guests will also have the chance to attend “Creatures of Habit: A Gazillion-Piece Animal Adventure,” the new exhibit of life-sized Lego animal sculptures being unveiled this month.

Participants can purchase tickets — at $10 each — in the name of one of several LGBT organizations, such as the William Way LGBT Community Center, Mountain Meadow, Philadelphia FIGHT, Mazzoni Center or Philadelphia Family Pride.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.waygay.org, call (215) 732-2220 or visit the William Way center, 1315 Spruce St.

— Jen Colletta