Photo Credit: Jon Mullen

CHARLOTTE — BRIEF! A Fete for Fashion returns to the runway and the Queen City on Aug. 11 at Extravaganza Depot, 1610 N. Tryon St. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Over the past two years, it has raised more than $50,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). And, over 800 attendees watched models strut their stuff for charity.

In his third year, BRIEF! will partner with the foundation and will add another beneficiary, Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN), a local HIV/AIDS non-profit.

Dan Mauney, who created the event, was inspired to action in 2009 by Oliver, the son of a close friend. Oliver, age 2, was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease.

Mauney says, “We have created an incredible runway to educate and raise the awareness of CFF and RAIN while sending the area’s hottest male models down the catwalk.” They don underwear and swimwear from a host of top designers.

Tickets are now available: VIP table of four, $600; VIP single, $125; general admission seated, $50; and general admission standing, $25. VIPs receive preferred seating, five drink tickets each, light appetizers and a free BRIEF! calendar. General admission attendees receive cash bar, free calendar while supplies last. Promoters expect a sell out, so secure a spot now.

Sponsorships are also being sought. Presenting sponsors who contribute $5,000 will have their logo/name appear on all marketing materials for one year, receive 10 VIP tickets to the event, five drink tickets to each person, a free 2013 calendar and best placement of tables at the end of the runway. Gold sponsors ($2,500) receive a similar package, but only receive six VIP tickets and preferred placement on the floor. Silver sponsors ($1,000) get four VIP tickets. And, bronze sponsors receive two reserved tickets and three drink tickets to each person and a calendar. Email Mauney at or call him at 704-906-6531.

For more information, to be a sponsor or to purchase tickets, visit

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.