Pictured left to right are Human Rights Campaign Carolina Gala Co-Chairs Davey Greene, Dawn Pugh and J. Alan Goddard.

Carolinas HRC names new co-chairs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Carolina has announced the appointment of J. Alan Goddard, Davey Greene and Dawn Pugh as its 2017 HRC North Carolina Gala co-chairs. The event will be held on Feb. 4, 2017.

“The North Carolina Board of Governors and Directors are excited J. Alan, Davey and Dawn have been selected to chair the 2017 gala,” said Dan Mauney, member of the HRC Board of Governors and the prior 2007 and 2012 gala co-chair. “The North Carolina Gala is an award-winning event and continues to be one of the largest HRC Galas in the country. This year’s co-chair team is committed to continuing a long-standing record of success, as well as striving to reach new communities and milestones as we continue our fight for equality across the Carolinas and beyond!”

Goddard is an operations manager with Dole Food Company in Charlotte, N.C. He previously served on active duty with the U.S. Air Force and is currently a major in the Air Force Reserves.

Greene has a strong resume of activism and volunteerism. His accomplishments include activities with OutCharlotte, Gay Bingo, among others. His alter-ego, Lana Cane, has served the community through performance and hosting a myriad of events.
Pugh has spent many years of service to HRC on the steering committee and other roles. She has also helped sponsor numerous events, including the 2016 Drag Diner. Professionally, she is a real estate agent and the mother of twins.

HRC is now searching for corporate sponsors, silent auction items, table captains and volunteers for the gala. It is in the early stages of development for the upcoming event and needs those who are experienced with event management, brand management, software administration, social media content creation, recruiting and fundraising. Email dinner@hrccarolina.org to learn more.

info: hrccarolina.org.

ASO hosts run fundraiser

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolinas CARE Partnership will hold its Carolina Pop Run 5K/10K on June 4, 8 a.m., at Mc Alpine Park, 8711 Monroe Rd.

The event is a fundraiser and awareness event to support the services of Carolinas CARE Partnership. The day is inspired by activities that encourage participants to be kids at heart.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the race following at 9 a.m.

The public is invited to register to run in the park and enjoy the great outdoors. Popsicle goodies will be provided from the King of Pops.

The event host is Fox News Rising and WCCB-TV anchor Terrance Bates.

Awareness of HIV/AIDS and action toward thwarting it are the driving themes of the day’s event. North Carolina ranks 12th in the U.S. for individuals who have HIV/AIDS, with Mecklenburg County having the highest rate in the state. Continual HIV prevention outreach, advocacy and education efforts are urgently needed for a new generation at risk.

Call Lesha Dodson at 704-496-9578 or email LeshaD@carolinascare.org to learn more about the event.

Event sponsors include Gilead, Rosedale Infectious Diseases and Dr. Lewis McCurdy of ID Consultants.

info: carolinascare.org.

BOA, HRC host picnic

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A community family picnic for LGBT and allied families will be held on June 5, 12 p.m., at Wedgewood Community Church, 4800 Wedgewood Dr.

Hamburgers, hotdogs and fixings, along with baked beans, slaw, chips and equality cupcakes will be served.

There will be games and activities such as kickball, Jenga, Twister and face painting and more.

DJ Little Betty will spin tunes during the event.

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TOY hosts volunteer trainings

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Time Out Youth Center (TOY), 2320 N. Davidson St., will hold an agency volunteer orientation and a host home provider training on June 13, 6:30 p.m.

The organization is always in need of trained volunteers and these opportunities enable those who seek to support TOY in this way with a viable and important option.

Email O’Neale Atkinson, director of youth programs, at oatkinson@timeoutyouth.org to sign up for the orientation.

TOY’s host home provider program works to recruit volunteers who are willing to provide a safe, stable and welcoming space for LGBT homeless youth. All volunteers must be 25 years old, complete a Host Home Provider application, complete a home visit and attend a volunteer training.

Email Shakira Clarke, director of youth services at sclarke@timeoutyouth.org to learn more or to sign up for the June training or any future ones as they become available.

info: timeoutyouth.org.

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Does your organization or special interest group have events or great information to share with our readers? If so, be sure to send in your information to specialassignments@goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com. In the upcoming months, we’ll feature one of you in our news notes section in each issue. Are you a part of a Meetup, Yahoo or Google group and do you do something that’s really newsworthy? Do you provide a service for the community or hold fundraisers for worthy causes? Do you educate the public about LGBT issues or concerns? Of course, this is only a sampling of things we are interested in. It’s the aim of these pieces to inform, enlighten and educate our readers about what we’re doing here in the Carolinas to champion LGBT rights, as well as offer resources for those who may be interested in what your group is doing.

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.