CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The sixth annual Twirl to the World Holiday Party held on Dec. 13 raised $15,000 for one of its beneficiaries, Campus Pride, a Charlotte-based national non-profit working with LGBT college and university students.

Hosts for the annual event — a non-profit group — pay for the expenses for each year’s party, allowing 100 percent of donations to go toward charities.

The party also collected stuffed animals and toys for Smart Start of Mecklenburg County, which assists at-risk families.

The $15,000 donation to Campus Pride was presented at the college advocacy group’s Dec. 17 community forum at the Levine Museum of the New South. This year’s donation, including $9,000 raised and a $6,000 match, eclipsed all past fundraising; Twirl to the World had raised over $12,800 for local charities the past five years.

This year, just under 300 people attended the event, contributing more than 270 toys for Smart Start.

This year’s event brings Twirl to the World’s fundraising totals to 2,530 toys and $27,800 to local charities and organizations.

Past charities supported by the non-profit party include Toys for Tots, Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital, Share-A-Bear Foundation, Time Out Youth Center and Crisis Assistance Ministry.

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Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.