Rise – A Night of Friendship and Hope

June 24, 2011 to June 08, 2012


Hosted by Sinful Sunday’s The Goddess Isis and featuring performances by Sinful Sunday’s weekly cast as well as local theater troupe The Dumpsta Players, Tabu kicked off their anniversary fundraiser to celebrate their achievements with their friends and loved ones.

"We wanted to make sure the community knew we were going to support them from the very beginning," mentions Freddy Shelley. "In addition to sponsoring a number of local sports leagues, we made a conscious decision to give back to the community in a way that’s not intrusive to our customers. Our customers can still get inexpensive prices and feel good that a portion of what they drink or eat is going toward a good cause.”

Proceeds from the night benefited Philadelphia FIGHT and Action AIDS. When asked why proceeds from the anniversary event focused on the HIV/AIDS community, Shelley responded: "Certainly there are going to be causes that bear a significant weight for our customers and for us personally as well.  We’re located in the heart of the Gayborhood, where HIV and AIDS is still a very urgent issue. I continue to be optimistic that every time we open up our doors, we’re making a difference to the neighborhood around us.  I’m very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and glad the neighborhood has been so supportive of us to be able to do these things for the community."