Ty Herndon comes to Charlotte, N.C., to perform for the 6th Annual Evening of Hope and Inspiration.

Herndon hits stage

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Out country performer Ty Herndon will be the headline performer at the 6th Annual Evening of Hope and Inspiration on Nov. 21, 7 p.m., at the Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St.

Others taking the stage for the annual event are Charlotte’s One Voice Chorus and New York multi-dimensional singer/songwriter Addison Moon.

Different Roads Home will present two awards during the evening’s program. Blogger and Pastor John Pavlovitz will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award and country gospel music’s David L. Cook will be presented with the Making Miracles Happen Award.

Pavlovitz, who resides in Wake Forest, N.C., is a former United Methodist Church minister and is an LGBT ally.

Cook is CEO and founder of Artists Music Guild. He has been inducted into the Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He has written and performed a number of television theme songs and has won seven Emmy Awards for his work.

Jeanne White Ginder has also accepted an invitation to appear. Ginder is the mother of Ryan White who captured public attention as a teen when he, at 13, fought for the right to attend school after he was diagnosed with AIDS. He became the first child with hemophilia to be diagnosed with AIDS. He died from the disease in 1990. Congress passed important legislation to assist those with HIV/AIDS when it passed the Ryan White CARE (Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency) Act in the same year. Ginder and White educated the U.S. about issues surrounding HIV/AIDS.

Proceeds of the event go to benefit the Jeanne White Ginder Food Pantry housed at Different Roads Home.

Tickets are $25/gallery and $35/orchestra. VIP package is $125 and includes reserved seating in the first five rows, private pre-party reception with Herndon and other guests, photo and autograph opportunities, swag bag, one cocktail ticket and appetizer buffet.

info/tickets: differentroadshome.org.


Pump affair announced

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The 7th Annual Red Pump/Red Tie Affair will be held on Dec. 5, 7 p.m., at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th St., in commemoration of World AIDS Day.

This event is being held as a part of The Red Pump Project which raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls, saying that “awareness is always in style.” It fuses fashion and philanthropy. Women are asked to wear red pumps to the event, while men are asked to don a red tie.

During the evening, attendees will enjoy a cocktail reception, runway show and awards ceremony where one woman will be presented with the Red Pump Award.

Other past honorees include Rev. Deborah C. Warren, Tarsha’ Hamilton, Geneva Galloway, Joanne Stevenson Jenkins, Dee Dee Richardson and DeVondia Roseborough.

Co-hosts are Hip Hop legend Edward “Special Ed” Archer and model/media personality Amanda G.

Tickets are $40/level 1 general, $50/level 2 general, $75/VIP and drink tickets are $6 and available online. Contributions and sponsorships are always welcomed. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

info/tickets: bit.ly/1KQ8LAl. redpump.org.

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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.