LGBTQA’s Celebration of Life

On November 20th, the LGBTQA organization teamed up with faculty and student volunteers to serve a delicious Thanksgiving meal at the 2018 Celebration of Life event in the Hynes Convention Center: Jonathan Candido (D21), Chardai Lyde (D21), Tarlan Sedaghat (D22), Jeff Murat, Mark Gonthier, Dr. Gerard Kugel, Dr. John Morgan.

The Celebration of Life is an event that provides people living with HIV/AIDS a free Thanksgiving meal and an opportunity to connect and celebrate with other members of the HIV/AIDS community who have been living, thriving, and striving. With over 700 guests, this
event is the largest fundraiser of the Boston Living Center and Victory Programs, which serve individuals in New England living with HIV/AIDS.

Chardai Lyde (D21) reflects: “During the Thanksgiving holiday season, it was very inspiring to connect with a community that has been historically marginalized and ostracized yet have strived in the face of adversity through endless love, hope, strength, and compassion. The joy of another year of life was palpable while leaders of the community shared the triumphs of the year, rewarded members who are making a positive impact, and provided words of
encouragement for the future to come. While serving plates of overflowing turkey, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and more, the family atmosphere and welcoming smiles transformed this community service opportunity from solely volunteering to a genuine celebratory experience of life for all. The live band and musicians filled the Hynes Convention Center with cheerful tunes and positive energy. The Celebration of Life was a very memorable event! I look forward to the LGBTQA organization being the future top fundraising team in order to further support this tremendous cause!”