Celebration of Life: Homecoming

Honoring 30 Years of the Boston Living Center

Wednesday, November 6, 5:30 PM
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street, Boston MA


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Victory Programs’ Boston Living Center is honoring 30 years of service to community members living with HIV/AIDS at our annual Celebration of Life! This year’s theme, “Homecoming,” recognizes the many ways in which the Center has served as a “Home away from Home” for so many members over the years.

Thanks to medical advances in the treatment of HIV and services reflecting the changing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, thousands of individuals who have walked through the doors of the Boston Living Center will have much to rejoice about at our 2019 Homecoming celebration. The event is free to anyone living with HIV/AIDS, and their loved ones.

Celebration of Life dates back to 1988, when a small group of friends living with HIV gathered to share a meal and solidarity in the face of what was then an emerging, deadly disease. Celebration of Life is also our largest annual fundraiser for the Boston Living Center. The funds raised help to ensure the life-affirming services remain available for nearly 1,000 Boston Living Center members each year.

Volunteer Opportunities

We rely on more than 200 volunteers to help make Celebration of Life a special experience for our guests. The event includes a variety of volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals to help with event set-up during the day and other roles throughout the event.

Dinner is served by a special group of volunteers, known as TIPS Servers, who each commit to raise at least $300 for the Boston Living Center as part of their volunteerism. Every dollar raised goes directly to member services at the Boston Living Center which includes nutritional services and meals, wellness, education, and peer support.

For general information about Volunteering at the Celebration of Life please contact:

Tammy Blocker, Volunteer Coordinator, 617-236-1012 x 227, tblocker@vpi.org

For information about becoming a TIP Server please contact:

Eve Rabinowitz, Corporate Relations & Special Events Manager, 617-541-0222 x 647, erabinowitz@vpi.org

Resource Fair

Celebration of Life begins with a Resource Fair before dinner. Organizations and companies who wish to connect with Boston Living Center members and individuals living with HIV/AIDS are encouraged to table at the Resource Fair to showcase their products and services. Past participants include Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, Community Servings, Walgreens, ViiV, Fenway Health, and many others. We suggest a $100-$250 tabling fee, which supports the Boston Living Center.

For information about participating in the Resource Fair please contact:

Morrigan Phillips, Clinical Director, 617-927-0836 x 184, mphillips@vpi.org

Sponsorship Opportunities

If your company or organization is looking for a meaningful way to support the community during the holiday season please consider sponsoring Celebration of Life. Every sponsorship supports vital services like the meals program, which serves nearly 35,000 nutritionally balanced meals to members living with HIV/AIDS every year. More than 90% of Boston Living Center members are low-income and nearly all of them report the Center as their primary or secondary source of nutrition.

For more information about sponsoring the Celebration of Life please click the button below:


Or contact: 

Eve Rabinowitz, Corporate Relations & Special Events Manager, 617-541-0222 x 647, erabinowitz@vpi.org

Peter Daniel Clark Award

Peter Daniel Clark founded the Celebration of Life and was an early member of the Boston Living Center. Each year, Peter’s sister helps us honor an individual or organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of the HIV/AIDS community by presenting them with the Peter Daniel Clark Award.

Brenda Bellizeare “BIG” Better it Gets Award

Brenda Bellizeare was a member and staff member of the Boston Living Center. She was also a powerful voice for the HIV/AIDS community in Boston and beyond. In honor of her legacy, Boston Living Center members select of their peers each year who is on an inspirational journey to recognize with the “Brenda Bellizeare Better It Gets Award.”


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