Project Open Hand1493146800000

Founded in 1985, Project Open Hand is a nonprofit organization that provides meals with love to seniors and the critically ill. Every day, they prepare 2,500 nutritious meals and provide 200 bags of healthy groceries to help sustain their clients as they battle serious illness, isolation, or the health challenges of aging. They serve San Francisco and Alameda Counties, engaging more than 125 volunteers every day to nourish the community. In 2015 alone, they served 905,744 meals!

Bridgemen are pleased to be helping Project Open Hand in their efforts and will be assisting in their Grocery Center, working in their warehouse. Grocery Center tasks may include sorting, bagging, culling food items, stocking the Grocery Center shelves, shopping for clients, or assisting in the kitchen during special projects. It should be a fun and easy weekday afternoon project, allowing us time to share some laughs and enjoy each other’s company.

DRESS CODE: All volunteers must dress appropriately in closed-toe shoes, shirts with sleeves (no tank tops) and full-length pants (no shorts/skirts/kilts/etc.). Hats are welcome for those who prefer not to wear hairnets.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked]-4549.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Project Open Hand, 730 Polk Street, San Francisco

Spring Fling with Openhouse1493566200000

Founded in San Francisco in 1998, Openhouse assists San Francisco Bay Area LGBT seniors overcome the unique challenges of aging by providing housing, direct services and community programs.  Openhouse works to reduce isolation and to empower LGBT seniors to improve their health, well-being and economic security.

Each year Openhouse brings together hundreds of San Francisco's most influential and trailblazing people at their annual Spring Fling fundraising event to celebrate the great work they do. As their biggest fundraising event of the year, the money raised at Spring Fling is essential to support the quality programs and services Openhouse provides. Spring Fling offers local entrepreneurs, community members, advocates and city officials a unique opportunity to showcase their support. This year they will be honoring Dr. Marcy Adelman, Openhouse founder, and Cleve Jones, LGBT and HIV/AIDS activist.

The recent opening of Openhouse’s first affordable housing complex at 55 Laguna, combined with 95 Laguna, which breaks ground in August, provides 119 units of LGBT-welcoming senior housing and over 10,000 square feet of program and office space. This housing complex represents San Francisco’s first, and the nation’s largest, LGBT-welcoming senior communities.

The Bridgemen will be assisting with multiple tasks: setting up the silent auction, setting up the Grand Ballroom, and registration. Please arrive promptly at 8:30 AM so that we can get our instructions and be ready to go. The actual event runs from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM. There will be a volunteer lounge, and refreshments will be provided. Afterwards, if there is interest, we could meet for drinks and/or lunch somewhere in the area.

DRESS CODE: This event is at the Fairmont San Francisco hotel on Nob Hill, and business casual attire is requested (slacks and a button-up shirt; no shorts please).

For more information on this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray[masked] or [masked].

Sunday, April 30, 2017, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Grand Ballroom, Fairmont San Francisco, 950 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA

Strut Art Opening - "In the Springtime of His Voodoo." Art by Nathan Rapport1494039600000

For the month of May we are very excited to be exhibiting a new collection from the artist Nathan Rapport!


Nathan Rapport is a California-based multimedia artist working and showing in galleries and alternative creative spaces across North America. Nathan works as a painter, illustrator, designer, performer and director, and he creates scenic work for a number of producing theaters in San Francisco and Austin. In October 2015, Nathan released his queer adult coloring book "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me," receiving tremendous visibility and press for the project. In 2016, he launched a queer-focused line of wearables and fine art, and he continues to nurture this project. Currently Nathan lives in Los Angeles, and works full time creating visibly queer, sex-positive art.


The opening starts at 8 PM sharp, and will go till 10 PM. Free drinks and light snacks will be provided.

Please contact our Community Organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez at [masked] or Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray at [masked] if you have any questions.


Friday, May 5, 2017 | 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM 

Strut | 470 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA

EUREKA! TECA Fundraiser (Early Shift)1494183600000

This entry is for the EARLY SHIFT. For the LATE SHIFT, click here.

The Thomas Edison Charter Academy (TECA) is a TK-8 public charter school in San Francisco’s Mission / Noe Valley neighborhood. TECA is a Title I elementary school, where 8O% of the students qualify for free lunch. The school’s limited resources make it a challenge to provide the high quality of education they strive for. They will be holding a fundraiser for the purchase of portable science labs:

Through hands-on learning, these portable labs will greatly impact how science is taught and will make the students better prepared in an increasingly competitive academic field. The school would like to buy 4 of these portable labs at a cost of $2,500 each.

Their adult-only fundraiser will take place at Dear Mom Restaurant & Bar in the Mission. They will have live entertainment, a jazz band, dancers, fabulous food prepared by celebrity Chef Yaku (from the Food Network), a live auction and a silent auction. The event will be a lot of fun! Bridgemen will assist the school in the fundraiser in two shifts: the Early Shift (12:00 PM to 5:00 PM) and the Late Shift (4:30 PM to 9:00 PM). We will assist in all aspects of putting on the event: set-up, break-down, meeting & greeting, auction registration, auction operation, and other tasks as needed.

DRESS CODE: As this is a science-themed event, the organizers have made a special fun request that we come dressed like scientists. This could be as simple as wearing a white lab coat, if you happen to have one. Or let your imagination run wild! If you don’t have such attire, please don’t worry or go to any great effort. It’s just a fun request, not a requirement. Otherwise, please just wear a Bridgemen T-shirt (if you have one) and dress with a “family-orientated crowd” in mind.

If you have questions about this event, please contact either Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked] or event Point Man Matt Hall here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked]-7133.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Dear Mom Restaurant & Bar,[masked]th Street, San Francisco, CA

EUREKA! TECA Fundraiser (Late Shift)1494199800000

This entry is for the LATE SHIFT. For the EARLY SHIFT, click here.

The Thomas Edison Charter Academy (TECA) is a TK-8 public charter school in San Francisco’s Mission / Noe Valley neighborhood. TECA is a Title I elementary school, where 8O% of the students qualify for free lunch. The school’s limited resources make it a challenge to provide the high quality of education they strive for. They will be holding a fundraiser for the purchase of portable science labs:

Through hands-on learning, these portable labs will greatly impact how science is taught and will make the students better prepared in an increasingly competitive academic field. The school would like to buy 4 of these portable labs at a cost of $2,500 each.

Their adult-only fundraiser will take place at Dear Mom Restaurant & Bar in the Mission. They will have live entertainment, a jazz band, dancers, fabulous food prepared by celebrity Chef Yaku (from the Food Network), a live auction and a silent auction. The event will be a lot of fun! Bridgemen will assist the school in the fundraiser in two shifts: the Early Shift (12:00 PM to 5:00 PM) and the Late Shift (4:30 PM to 9:00 PM). We will assist in all aspects of putting on the event: set-up, break-down, meeting & greeting, auction registration, auction operation, and other tasks as needed.

DRESS CODE: As this is a science-themed event, the organizers have made a special fun request that we come dressed like scientists. This could be as simple as wearing a white lab coat, if you happen to have one. Or let your imagination run wild! If you don’t have such attire, please don’t worry or go to any great effort. It’s just a fun request, not a requirement. Otherwise, please just wear a Bridgemen T-shirt (if you have one) and dress with a “family-orientated crowd” in mind.

If you have questions about this event, please contact either Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked] or event Point Man Matt Hall here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked]-7133.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Dear Mom Restaurant & Bar,[masked]th Street, San Francisco, CA

Bridgemen Monthly Meetup!1494468000000

Interested in learning more about Bridgemen and what we do? Join us every 2nd 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, May 10, 2017 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Lookout | 3600 16th Street (at Market & Noe)

"Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" at Theatre Rhino1496286000000

Theatre Rhinoceros, the world’s oldest, continuously-producing, professional queer theater, was founded in San Francisco in August 1977 by the late Allan B. Estes, Jr. True to its queer roots, its first play, “The West Street Gang” by Doric Wilson, was staged in a SoMa leather bar, The Black and Blue. We are so fortunate to have this amazing, historic venue in our city!

Bridgemen are very honored to have been offered complimentary tickets for the opening night of their stage production of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. What a great kick-off to Pride month!

Attendance will initially be capped to 25 tickets. More seats may be made available later, but that’s not guaranteed. So act now if you’d like a seat. Also, though the performance is not until 05/31/17, the organizer would like to have a headcount by 05/05/17 to ensure that he’s able to reserve enough tickets for us. Hence the early announcement.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup or by email at [masked]. See you there!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco

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