Human Rights Campaign North Carolina Gala
More than 1,000 supporters of LGBT equality attended the Human Rights Campaign North Carolina Gala at the Charlotte Convention Center. A highlight at the black-tie gala was the presentation of the Visibility Award to “Orange Is the New Black” actress Samira Wiley. Human Rights Campaign galas are held in states across the country, and North Carolina’s has become one of the largest.
Mardi Gras Gala
The Lupus Foundation of America’s North Carolina Chapter brought a New Orleans tradition to Charlotte at this ninth annual event. Presented by the Dickerson Family Trust, guests donned masks as they enjoyed Creole cuisine, music from the band Hot Sauce, a silent auction, photo booth and a fortune teller. Proceeds support research, programs and services for the estimated 45,000 individuals living with lupus in North Carolina.
Queen of Hearts High Tea
The Venus Chapter of the Daughters of Penelope in Charlotte hosted its 19th annual benefit for the Carolinas Breast Cancer Fund at the Levine Cancer Institute. Several hundred women enjoyed tea, a buffet of sandwiches, hors d’oeuvres and pastries at Carmel Country Club. A fashion show emceed by Laura Palka Callis of WSOC-TV featured models in outfits from the Eileen Fisher boutique at Phillips Place, and Marshelette Prime won a prize for most stylish hat.