The Tradesmen prepared a holiday meal with a lovely fruit basket for House of Mercy. Photo Credit: House of Mercy

Mercy receives support

BELMONT, N.C. — The House of Mercy (HOM), 100 McAuley Cir., announced that it had received a contribution of $5,000 from The Tradesmen during HOM’s holiday part in early December 2015.

The Tradesmen also gave gift cards to HOM residents, along with a fruit basket and a spread of food.

To date, the Tradesmen have contributed over $80,000 to the HIV/AIDS care facility which is run by the Sisters of Mercy.

HOM also received a number of grants to handle funding for a used van purchase, ice maker, clinical staff salary support, as well as salary support for HOM’s coordinator of residential recreation and volunteers.

A number of churches made financial contributions and stocking items for the pantry.


Performer to release video

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Lara Americo, a transgender musician, artist, luthier and advocate for transgender rights, will release her “[untitled]” video showcased on Creative Loafing Charlotte on Jan. 5.

The montage trailer features sights and sounds from around the Queen City, as well as musical associates and friends of Americo.

Each episode in the series will be broken into two parts — one with a live performance, a la the Tiny Desk concert series, and one with an interview, Creative Loafing Charlotte reported.


Condoms go fashion fab

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Planned Parenthood South Atlantic will host its Condom Couture event on Feb. 27, 8 p.m., at Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St.

Using condoms (in “Project Runway” speak — unconventional materials), designers will showcase their innovative, wearable art pieces as they hit the runway.

All proceeds will benefit the hosting organization so it can continue to provide sexual health and safer sex information and resources.

Corporate and individual sponsorships are being sought. See Planned Parenthood’s website to learn more.

Early bird tickets are $25/general and $40/balcony. Door prices are $30/general and $45/balcony. Sponsorship levels are detailed on the website and range from $125 to $3,000.


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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.