Volunteer with the Bridgemen on the eve of World AIDS Day in the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park. This annual iconic event offers a nighttime journey through the darkness and into light, reflecting upon loss and inspiring hope. The Bridgemen have been called upon to help usher the event.
As the National AIDS Memorial's largest single fundraiser, Light in the Grove is a sell-out event. The Bridgemen have been tasked with ushering and other event support roles. Each team will get a break to pause and enjoy the beautiful lights and delicious refreshments.
This is a "firm" RSVP MeetUp. If you have RSVP'ed with a YES, we are expecting you to be there to volunteer! Please note this is a semi-formal event and white shirt and black slacks are requested.
Monday, November 30 | 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
National AIDS Memorial Grove, Nancy Pelosi Dr. at Bowling Green Dr.
The World Tree of Hope is a twenty-foot holiday tree in San Francisco City Hall that is decorated with thousands of origami cranes that are inscribed with people’s wishes and hopes for the future of the world, alongside beautifully glittering holiday stars. The tree is created as a symbol of global unity and hope and is a gift from the LGBT community to the world. This is the 10th year anniversary of the tree and we are returning to City Hall!
During Act 3 of this project, the Bridgemen will be celebrating! The tree is up and now it's time to light it. Join us at City Hall for a free reception featuring a concert by the Grammy winning San Francisco Boys Chorus, Emcee Cheryl Jennings, an exchange of peace cranes by Mayor Ed Lee and Consul General of Japantown, and a blessing of the tree by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
If you cannot find us, call or text Michael at 415.987.5120.
Wednesday, December 2 | 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
San Francisco City Hall | East Side Steps facing Polk St
Join the Bridgemen at this month's gallery opening and artist's reception at Magnet. This month, artist Jason Mecier presents Man Candy, a vibrant collection of celebrity artwork created with candy and other unconventional materials!
<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/191083204562541/"></a>Man Candy is a sugary new series of candy portraits inspired by the sexiest men alive! Hunky heartthrobs like Joe Manganiello and Tom Hardy will be hangin’ with Jon Hamm. Picture a bare-naked chocolaty Burt Reynolds centerfold. Andy Cohen has Tic-Tac breath. Don’t forget about the Magic Mike and Ike and Zack Gummy Bear Galifianakis. Mario Lopez is one Hot Tamale! Shirtless Nick Jonas has a Jelly Belly belly button. Legendary San Francisco sex symbol Peter Berlin will be there smoking a candy cigarette!
Pop Artist Jason Mecier creates one of a kind outrageous mosaic portraits. He meticulously fabricates anybody out of anything, from Kevin Bacon out of bacon, to Honey Boo Boo out of 25 lbs. of trash. Jason’s artwork has been featured everywhere from Entertainment Weekly to The New York Times, on TV shows like Glee, Rachael Ray and TMZ, as well as music videos by Pink and Pitbull. His portraits are hanging in Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museums, countless celebrity homes, and even in The Playboy Mansion!
Friday, December 4 | 8:00 - 10:00 PM
Magnet | 4122 Eighteenth St (at Castro)
You're invited to join the Bridgemen and celebrate all of our big accomplishments in 2015 at our 5th annual Bridgemen Toy Drive and Holiday Party to benefit disadvantaged infants and children in the Bay Area.
Also, come check out Bridgemen's new home, Strut! We'll provide the snacks and beverages, and you can bring friends, family, and lots of toys to contribute to this annual cause.
TOYS: The Bridgemen Holiday Party will also close out our 5th annual Toy Drive! Please bring an unwrapped toy or gift for infants & children, ages 1-12 to benefit the SF Fire Department Toy Program. Your donation of a new, unwrapped gift could include art supplies, crafts, games, toys, dolls, sports equipment and books. Our biggest need is boys and girls aged 10 through 12.
These toys will go to kids who are living with HIV and AIDS, survivors of domestic abuse, and displaced children who are victims of fires, floods and other disasters. You and your guests' donations will help make all of their holidays more joyful.
Saturday, December 5th | 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Strut | 470 Castro St
Join the Bridgemen in providing Event Support for the AIDS/Lifecycle Holiday Party at Strut. We will be helping out with set up, check in, coat check, the ALC toiletries drive, and other event support roles.
Bridgemen has partnered with AIDS/Lifecycle (ALC) and we have committed to assisting with several ALC events this season. ALC is the largest annual fundraiser benefiting the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and funds raised through ALC directly help to fund Bridgemen and many other essential SFAF programs.
This is a semi-formal event, so please dress nicely. A holiday flair is always encouraged. And food will not be provided so please eat ahead of time and bring your own snacks if you need.
Also, feel free to contribute to the AIDS/Lifecycle Toiletries Drive by donating socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, razors, comb/brush, soup, lotion, shampoo, or face towels. All collected items will benefit participants of the Housing and Benefits Program at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
Ak Bar will be point man for this event.
Wednesday, December 9th | 6:30 - 10:30 PM
Strut | 470 Castro St
Meet us on the corner of Noe St. and Beaver St... then we will check in and get ready for the silliest and sexiest run of your life! There is a free clothing check, so no need to come to the event without clothes on. If you have trouble finding us, call or text Jared at 415.902.6789.
All Bridgemen will get free registration, but we ask that you raise at least $50 towards your fundraising goal to cover the cost of waived registration. After you RSVP for the event, we will send you info on how to register.
Santa Skivvies Block Party (no need to run or register to attend this):
Once you cross the finish line, continue the fun! Join us at Santa’s Village on Noe Street (between Market and Beaver Street) for a lineup of performances, awards, and contests! Santa’s Village will be open from 9AM – Noon. And the Block Party will be open to all Bridgemen, even if you don't do the run (no need to register for the run to attend the block party).
We will head into the Lookout for a drink after enjoying the Block Party Festivities.
Help Us Raise Funds to End HIV Transmission:
Each runner receives their own personal fundraising page and access to our online fundraising tools. We ask that each runner who receives a waived registration fee to raise at least $50 to help San Francisco AIDS Foundation provide much-needed funding for its free HIV testing, prevention, and support services.
Runners who reach key fundraising levels also receive some incentive gifts, including skivvies, a tank top and an official Santa Skivvies Run union suit.
Sunday, December 13 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Down Noe St. from the Lookout | Corner of Noe St. and Beaver St.
RSVP for this Meetup opens at 9 AM on November 25.
Interested in learning more about Bridgemen and what we do? Join us every 3rd Wednesday of the month for a bit of fun, free food and camaraderie in the Castro!
This is your chance to meet new and returning members alike. So, come get connected, whether it's your first time or fiftieth time! Surround yourself with an amazing group of guys that are here to have fun and make a difference!
RSVP now or just show up and come be part of something great.
Wednesday, December 16 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Lookout - 3600 Sixteenth Street (at Market & Noe)