If you’re new to Charlotte, it’s an obvious question: What does “Booty” (as in 24 Hours of Booty) have to do with raising money to help cancer patients and survivors?
It started out as the Booty Loop, a local nickname for young professionals who ride racing bikes, the kind with a high posture for your, um, posterior, around the Queens Road area in Myers Park for both exercise and socializing with like-minded bike riders. You can still spot the origins on pleasant afternoons if you try to drive anywhere near the Providence/Queens/Selwyn intersections.
In the great Charlotte tradition of taking our hobbies seriously, local cyclist Spencer Lueders noticed the interest and turned it into an annual bike marathon to raise money for cancer patients and survivors: So the Booty Loop begat 24 Hours of Booty. (The 16th annual Booty run just happened July 28-29.) That did so well, it led to the 24 Foundation, a nonprofit that supports cycling and walking events in Charlotte, Baltimore and Indianapolis and raises money for groups including the LIVESTRONG Foundation, the Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children’s Hospital, Keep Pounding Foundation and a long list of other groups.
OK, are you in the loop? Next up: A new event: Bourbon for Booty, at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Hart Witzen Gallery in NoDa. For $100 ($60 if you’re a “wingman,” or non-drinker), you get led through an evening of bourbon and whiskey tasting, along with light food pairings by chef Craig Barbour. If you’re really serious about bourbon, there are 20 $200 tickets that get you all of the above and a special tasting of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve.